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Matt Elam, SS

School: Florida  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 208 lbs.
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Career Notes
Declared for the 2013 NFL Draft...Appeared in 39 games (26 starts at safety) in his Gator career, recording 176 tackles, 23.5 TFL, 13 pass breakups, six interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
2012 Season
Started every game at safety for the Gators during the season...Finished the season second on the team with 76 tackles, including 2.0 sacks and 11.0 TFL...Led the team with four interceptions on the season to rank third in the SEC and had a forced fumble on the season...Was named First Team All-SEC (AP, Coaches), AP All-America First Team...Only the second safety in school history to be named First-team All-American by Associated Press (Reggie Nelson)...Sporting News All-America, SI.com All-America First Team, CBSSports.com All-America First Team and Walter Camp All-America Second Team...Recorded a season-high 11 tackles, including 1.0 sack, In his final collegiate game against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl.

Led the team with seven tackles against Florida State, and recorded his fourth interception of the season...Brought down an interception for the second game in a row and returned it a season-long 42 yards to set up the go-ahead touchdown against Missouri...Returned an interception 31 yards against Georgia...Selected a midseason, first-team All-American by Phil Steele, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and CBS Sports...Named the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week after notching seven tackles in the win over LSU and forcing a game-changing fumble in the third quarter and added seven tackles, all solo...Recorded 10 tackles to lead the team and added his first interception of the season against Tennessee.

2011 Season
One of five Gators to play in and start all 13 games in 2011...Finished the season as the team leader in TFL (11.0), pass breakups (seven) and forced fumbles (two)...Ranked second on the team with 78 tackles...Made six tackles, including two for loss, and a sack in UF's Gator Bowl win over Ohio State...Forced a fumble and registered eight tackles vs. Florida State...Registered his second-career sack at South Carolina...Had three TFL against Vanderbilt...Recorded an interception at Kentucky and vs. Tennessee...Forced a fumble against UAB...Made his first-career start against FAU, making four tackles.
2010 Season
One of six true freshmen to play in all 13 games...A starter on kickoff coverage and kickoff returns all season...Recorded 22 tackles on the season, 16 of which were solo, and two TFL...One of the first defensive backs off the bench all season, playing primarily in the nickel spot...Registered three tackles in the home victory over Appalachian State...Tallied three tackles and a pass breakup in the win at Vanderbilt...Registered a quarterback hurry vs. LSU, which led to an interception by Jelani Jenkins...Recorded his first-career sack on the road at Alabama...Registered four tackles in the victory vs. Kentucky...Recorded the team's only fumble recovery in the win against Tennessee...Collected four tackles, while starting on the punt return squad, kick return squad, kickoff coverage team and field goal coverage team in the season opener against Miami University...Graded as a special mention Champion vs. Miami University.
High School
A five-star prospect rated the No. 1 safety and the No. 10 overall prospect in the nation according to Scout.com...Played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl...Selected the Gatorade Player of the Year and named Mr. Football for the state of Florida in 2009...Selected to the 2009 EA Sports All-America first team as an all-purpose player...Named a 2010 Parade High School All-American and No. 12 on the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine...Rushed for 1,883 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior, including 918 yards and 13 touchdowns as he led Dwyer to a 14-1 record and the 4A State Title...Rushed for 187 yards and four touchdowns in the 2009 state title game against Niceville...Selected the Palm Beach County Player of the Year in 2008 and was an FSWA first-team all-state selection...Racked up over 200 tackles, including 38 TFL and 15 sacks in his final two years at Dwyer...Also rushed for 435 yards with four touchdowns and had 758 receiving yards with nine touchdowns as a junior...Chose Florida over Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Tennessee and West Virginia...Coached by Jack Daniels, a UF alum.
04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 26. *Matt Elam, SS, Florida: An instinctive defender with a knack for making the big play in big games, everything about Elam's game is big ... except his 5-10, 208-pound frame. If he were two inches taller, I believe Elam would overtake Vaccaro as the top safety in this draft class. And he might actually do so. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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