GAINESVILLE -- The best rookie wide receiver in Florida Gators history didn’t make the SEC’s All-Freshman team Thursday.
Antonio Callaway, a Booker T. Washington product, did not earn postseason honors despite a sensational season.
The Miami native led Florida with 603 receiving yards on 30 catches and four touchdowns. He also scored two punt return touchdowns, ranking fifth nationally with 15.5 yards per return. Callaway’s 20.1 yards per reception was also the best in the conference.
However, while Callaway didn't receive any recognition, a pair of former five-star prospects were named to the All-Freshman team. UF’s offensive lineman Martez Ivey and defensive end CeCe Jefferson both earned honors.
Ivey started seven games, playing both tackle spots and left guard. Jefferson quickly emerged as a rotational rusher, recording 28 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss.
Still, Callaway -- the Gators’ most explosive playmaker since Percy Harvin -- was notably missing from the list.
He was edged out for the receiver spots by Alabama’s Calvin Ridley (75 receptions for 893 yards and five touchdowns) and Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk (70 catches for 925 yards and six scores).
Kirk had an exceptional freshman season, as he became the first player in league history to earn three spots (receiver, all-purpose and return specialist) on the All-Freshman team. He led the nation with 24.4 yards per punt return, scoring a pair of touchdowns.
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