Florida Gators cornerback Kaiir Elam has been placed on the Walter Camp 2021 Preseason All-American team as a second-team defensive back, the Walter Camp Foundation announced on Thursday.
Elam originally emerged as a starter with the Florida Gators in five games during his freshman year, and successfully replaced C.J. Henderson as a full-time starter after the latter declared for the NFL Draft in 2020. Over the past two seasons, Elam has accumulated a total of 49 tackles, including one for loss, four interceptions, 15 pass breakups, and a fumble recovery.
This marks the first time that Elam has been awarded All-American honors after being named to numerous All-SEC teams during his freshman and sophomore campaigns at UF. Elam was also a semifinalist for the 2020 Jim Thorpe Award, handed to the top defensive back in college football.
You can find the entire Walter Camp Preseason All-American team below.
First Team Offense
WR: Chris Olave (Ohio State), Justyn Ross (Clemson)
TE: Charlie Kolar (Iowa State)
OL: Darian Kinnard (Kentucky), Kenyon Green (Texas A&M), Evan Neal (Alabama), Thayer Munford (Ohio State)
C: Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa)
QB: Sam Howell (North Carolina)
RB: Breece Hall (Iowa State), Mohamed Ibrahim (Minnesota)
PK: Cade York (LSU)
First Team Defense
DL: Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon), Bryan Bresee (Clemson), DeMarvin Leal (Texas A&M), Haskell Garrett (Ohio State)
LB: Will Anderson, Jr. (Alabama), Mike Rose (Iowa State), Nick Bonitto (Oklahoma)
DB: Derek Stingley, Jr (LSU), Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame), Ahmad Gardner (Cincinnati), Brandon Joseph (Northwestern)
P: Lou Hedley (Miami)
KR: Marcus Jones (Houston)
Second Team Offense
WR: Marvin Mims (Oklahoma), George Pickens (Georgia)
TE: Jalen Wydermyer (Texas A&M)
OL: Jamaree Salyer (Georgia), Jordan McFadden (Clemson), Cain Madden (Notre Dame), Jaxson Kirkland (Washington)
C: Colin Newell (Iowa State)
QB: Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma)
RB: Sincere McCormick (UTSA), Bijan Robinson (Texas)
PK: Anders Carlson (Auburn)
Second Team Defense
DL: Myles Murphy (Clemson), Jordan Davis (Georgia), Myjai Sanders (Cincinnati), Calijah Kancey (Pittsburgh)
LB: Edefuan Ulofoshio (Washington), Devin Lloyd (Utah), Micah McFadden (Indiana)
DB: Eli Ricks (LSU), Josh Jobe (Alabama), Tre’vius Hodges-Tomlinson (TCU), Kaiir Elam (Florida)
P: Jake Camarda (Georgia)
KR: Aron Cruickshank (Rutgers)