With the 2012 NFL regular season just a few weeks away, a number of former Florida Gators football players participated in preseason action, many of whom had an impact on their team’s performance. OGGOA has checked and re-checked the box scores to bring you a summary of what these Gators accomplished during the first week of 2012 preseason action.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Not awarded for preseason games.
Check out how the Gators in the NFL played…after the break!
LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Solo tackle
WR DEONTE THOMPSON*, Baltimore Ravens: Three receptions for 53 yards (long: 22), touchdown
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Carolina Panthers: Two receptions for 42 yards [team-highs] (targets: 4, long: 22)
DE ALEX BROWN, Chicago Bears: Signed a one-day deal to retire with the team, appeared on the active roster for the game
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Three tackles (two solo), interception
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Started at defensive end
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Started at safety
DE WILLIAM GREEN*, Cleveland Browns: Pass defense
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Tackle
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Reception for four yards (targets: 3)
TE CORNELIUS INGRAM, Denver Broncos: Two receptions for 45 yards [team-high] (targets: 4, long: 25), touchdown
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Started at defensive end
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Solo tackle
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started at center
LB JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Played as a reserve
WR JABAR GAFFNEY, New England Patriots: Two receptions for 18 yards (long: 9, targets: 3)
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Reception for seven yards
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Five solo tackles [team-high]
QB TIM TEBOW, New York Jets: 4/8 for 27 yards, interception; four carries for 34 yards [team-high] (long: 14)
OG COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Started at guard
P CHAS HENRY, Philadelphia Eagles: Four punts for 151 yards (avg.: 37.8, long: 54)
OT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at left tackle
LB BRANDON HICKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Solo tackle
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at center
RB CHRIS RAINEY*, Pittsburgh Steelers: Four carries for one yard (long: 14); two receptions for 65 yards [team-highs] (long: 57), touchdown
OT MAX STARKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Played as a reserve
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Solo tackle
DT JAYE HOWARD*, Seattle Seahawks: Three tackles (one solo)
CB JANORIS JENKINS*, St. Louis Rams: Started at cornerback
SS AHMAD BLACK*, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Three tackles (two solo)
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: 2/10 for 22 yards
OG MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Started at left guard
INJURED / DID NOT PLAY
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Injured (knee)
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings Did not play (precautionary)
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Did not play (precautionary)
DT GERARD WARREN, New England Patriots: Did not play (unknown)
DE JUSTIN TRATTOU, New York Giants: Injured (ankle)
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Injured (collarbone)
OT PHIL TRAUTWEIN, San Diego Chargers: Did not play
– Dunlap injured his knee during the game but walked off under his own power.
– Hurt showed up at practice with an inflamed tendon behind his knee.
– Murphy (Oakland -> Carolina), Gaffney (Washington -> New England), Tebow (Denver -> N.Y. Jets) and Trautwein (Cleveland -> San Diego) are on new teams this season.
NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
QB John Brantley, LB Andra Davis, RB Earnest Graham, DE Derrick Harvey, DE Bobby McCray, DE Jarvis Moss, CB Lito Sheppard, DT Marcus Thomas