GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida’s Kyle Pitts was named to The Associated Press All-America First Team, the AP announced on Monday.
Pitts is the first Gator to be named an AP First Team All-American since Vernon Hargreaves III in 2015.
Pitts quickly became the best tight end and one of the top pass catchers in the country this season with 43 receptions, 770 yards, and 12 touchdowns.
Pitts’ 12 receiving touchdowns this season are the second-highest total by a tight end in SEC history. Vanderbilt’s Allama Matthews (14 in 1982) holds the SEC record. His 770 yards this year tie Kirk Kirkpatrick (1990) for second on Florida’s single-season record list for receiving yards by a tight end.
The junior is the first tight end in Gators history and the eighth FBS tight end in the last five years (including 2020) with three games of 100-plus receiving yards in the same season.
Pitts has also been named a finalist for both the Biletnikoff Award and the Mackey Award while additionally being named to the All-Southeastern Conference Coaches’ First Team.