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 third 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: Played as a reserve
WR DEONTE THOMPSON*, Baltimore Ravens: Reception for 18 yards (targets: 2), kick return for 63 yards
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Reception for 25 yards (targets: 2)
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Carolina Panthers: Three receptions for 16 yards (targets: 4), touchdown
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Four tackles (two solo)
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Two tackles (one solo), pass defense
DE WILLIAM GREEN*, Cleveland Browns: QB hit
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Two solo tackles, interception, pass defense
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Two receptions for 15 yards (targets: 5)
TE CORNELIUS INGRAM, Denver Broncos: Target
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Started at defensive end
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Two tackles (one solo)
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started at center
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings Two receptions for 53 yards [team-high] (targets: 6, long: 40); solo tackle
LB JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Tackle
RB JEFF DEMPS*, New England Patriots: Three carries for 41 yards (long: 29); three targets; two kick returns for 44 yards (long: 23), punt return for 16 yards
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Five receptions for 52 yards (targets: 7, long: 24) [team-highs], punt return for five yards
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Five solo tackles
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Two solo tackles
DT MARCUS THOMAS, New York Giants: Two solo tackles, two QB hits
QB TIM TEBOW, New York Jets: 4/14 for 55 yards, interception (QB rating: 13.7); five carries for 45 yards (long: 20)
OG COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Started at guard
P CHAS HENRY, Philadelphia Eagles: Two punts for 78 yards (avg.: 39.0, long: 46)
OT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at left tackle
LB BRANDON HICKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Solo tackle for loss, QB hit
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at center
RB CHRIS RAINEY*, Pittsburgh Steelers: Three carries for 41 yards [team-high] (long: 41); target; two punt returns for one yard
OT MAX STARKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Played as a reserve
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Solo tackle
DT JAYE HOWARD*, Seattle Seahawks: Two solo tackles
CB JANORIS JENKINS*, St. Louis Rams: Two solo tackles
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Two tackles (one solo)
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: 8/8 for 127 yards, two touchdowns (QB rating: 158.3 – perfect)
OG MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Started at left guard
INJURED / DID NOT PLAY
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Injured (knee)
WR JABAR GAFFNEY, New England Patriots: Injured (leg/thigh)
DT GERARD WARREN, New England Patriots: Did not play
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Injured (collarbone)
OT PHIL TRAUTWEIN, San Diego Chargers: Did not play
– Demps played in the first NFL game of his career.
– Gaffney, Warren and Trautwein were cut by their respective teams on Monday.
– Thomas signed with the Giants during the preseason.
NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
QB John Brantley, LB Andra Davis, RB Earnest Graham, WR Jabar Gaffney, OT Phil Trautwein, DE Bobby McCray, DE Derrick Harvey, DE Jarvis Moss, DE Justin Trattou, CB Lito Sheppard, DT Gerard Warren