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Florida coach Will Muschamp takes home honor from SEC coaches

Award caps a significant turnaround year that saw the Gators return to prominence. Team improved from 7-6 in 2011 to 11-1 in 2012.

Sam Greenwood

Florida Gators coach Will Muschamp and placekicker Caleb Sturgis were honored by SEC coaches on Wednesday, according to the Gainesville Sun. Muschamp was named co-coach of the year along with Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin. Calib Sturgis was picked as co-special teams player of the year alongside South Carolina return man Ace Sanders. The Gators finished 11-1 on the year and 7-1 in the SEC. They'll take on Louisville in the 2013 Sugar Bowl.

Florida's 11-1 record marked a significant improvement in Muschamp's second season as coach. Muschamp steered the Gators to a 7-6 mark in 2011. Muschamp is the first Florida coach to be named coach of the year in the SEC since Steve Spurrier in 1996. Sumlin, meanwhile, coached the Aggies to a 10-2 record in their first year in the conference.

Sturgis finished the season as Florida's all-time field goals leader. He was 23 for 27 on the year and finished with 101 points.

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