The 2012 NFL regular season began on Wednesday with 32 former Florida Gators football players spread over 23 teams.
A total of 24 players participated in week two action, many of whom had an impact on their respective team’s performance.
For the third-straight year, OGGOA has checked and re-checked the box scores to bring you a summary of what all of these Gators accomplished during the second week of the 2012 regular season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings 12 receptions [career-high] for 104 yards (targets: 13, long: 20) [team-highs]; two carries for 13 yards (long: 20); two kick returns for 78 yards (long: 50)
Check out how the rest of the Florida Gators in the NFL played this week…
LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Played as a reserve
WR DEONTE THOMPSON*, Baltimore Ravens: Three kick returns for 100 yards (long: 49)
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Carolina Panthers: Played as a reserve
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Six tackles (three solo, one for loss)
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Six tackles (two solo)
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Five solo tackles (one for loss), pass defense
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Solo tackle
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started at center
DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Tackle
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Target
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Seven tackles (five solo, one for loss), two QB hits, forced fumble
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Solo tackle
QB TIM TEBOW, New York Jets: Carry for 22 yards
OG COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Started at left guard
P CHAS HENRY, Philadelphia Eagles: Five punts for 196 yards (avg.: 39.2, long: 56)
OT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at right tackle
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at center
RB CHRIS RAINEY*, Pittsburgh Steelers: Two carries for three yards (long: 4); reception for five yards (two targets); two kick returns for 45 yards (long: 23); punt return for 13 yards
OT MAX STARKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at left tackle
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Two solo tackles (one for loss), sack
CB JANORIS JENKINS*, St. Louis Rams: Five solo tackles (one for loss), pass defense
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Solo tackle
OG MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Played as a reserve
INJURED / DID NOT PLAY (8)
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Injured – ACL (season)
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Injured – knee
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Suspended (three games remaining)
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Injured – ribs
RB JEFF DEMPS, New England Patriots: “Injured” – leg (season)
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Injured – collarbone
DT JAYE HOWARD*, Seattle Seahawks: Inactive
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: Inactive
– Harvin registered his seventh career 100+ yard receiving game.
– Hernandez injured his ankle in the first quarter and did not return.
– Tebow did not throw the ball for the second-straight week.
– Three Gators (Harvin, Thompson, Rainey) started at kick returner.
– Dunlap is expected to make his 2012 debut in Week 3.
– Cooper is expected to make his 2012 debut in Week 3 or 4.
PRACTICE SQUAD (1)
TE Cornelius Ingram (Denver)
NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
QB John Brantley*, LB Andra Davis, LB Brandon Hicks, WR Jabar Gaffney, OT Phil Trautwein, DE Bobby McCray, DE William Green*, DE Derrick Harvey, DE Jarvis Moss, DE Justin Trattou, CB Lito Sheppard, DT Marcus Thomas, DT Gerard Warren