With the 2011 regular season complete, six Florida Gators participated in Wild Card action during the first round of the 2011-12 NFL Playoffs over the weekend. A total of 11 former Florida players were on the rosters of five of six teams that played, but a number were either inactive or forced to sit out due to injury. OGGOA has checked and re-checked the box scores to bring you a summary of what these Gators accomplished.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
QB TIM TEBOW, Denver Broncos^: 10/21 for 316 yards, two touchdowns (QB rating: 125.6); 10 carries for 50 yards, touchdown
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Solo tackle
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Six tackles [team-high] (five solo, one for loss), sack, QB hit
DT MARCUS THOMAS, Denver Broncos^: Solo tackle
OT MARCUS GILBERT*, Pittsburgh Steelers: Played as a starter
OT MAX STARKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Played as a starter
INJURED / INACTIVE
LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Torn triceps (season)
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Cincinnati Bengals: Groin (season)
DE DERRICK HARVEY, Denver Broncos^: Inactive
DE JUSTIN TRATTOU*, New York Giants^: Inactive
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: High-ankle sprain
OTHER GATORS IN THE PLAYOFFS
New England Patriots: TE Aaron Hernandez, LB Brandon Spikes, DT Gerard Warren, LB Jermaine Cunningham (hamstring – season)
San Francisco 49ers: DE Ray McDonald
- Tebow’s 316 yards were a season- and career-high.
- Starks left the game with an injury (knee).
PRACTICE SQUAD PLAYERS
TE Cornelius Ingram (Denver)
^ Team advanced in playoffs