Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 3 (2013)

By Adam Silverstein
September 23, 2013

The 2013 NFL regular season continued this week with 32 former Florida Gators spread out over 16 teams. Ten teams have multiple Florida players on their roster including Miami (four); N.Y. Giants and Washington (three); Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay (two).

Below are full game statistics for all 24 active players that participated this week along with select news updates on a number of Gators for the third week of the regular season.

* Rookie

S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Started | seven tackles (six solo), pass defense, 38-yard interception return for touchdown [Video], forced fumble [Video]

Check out how the rest of the Gators in the NFL performed…after the break!

S MATT ELAM, Baltimore Ravens*: Started | five tackles (four solo), pass defense
LB JON BOSTIC, Chicago Bears*: Solo tackle
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Started |seven tackles (six solo, two for loss), sack, two QB hits, pass defense
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Started | three tackles (one solo), fumble recovery
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Started | eight tackles (six solo), pass defense
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Played as a reserve
S JOSH EVANS, Jacksonville Jaguars*: Seven tackles (three solo)
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Four tackles (two solo, one for loss)
RB MIKE GILLISLEE, Miami Dolphins*: Active – did not play
» Gillislee was active for the first time in his NFL career.
LB JELANI JENKINS, Miami Dolphins*: Played as a reserve
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started
K CALEB STURGIS, Miami Dolphins*: Started | 2/2 on field goals (long: 50); 3/3 on extra points
» Sturgis is 6/6 on field goals this season and has made one from at least 49 yards out in all three games. He was 9/9 during the preseason.
DT SHARRIF FLOYD, Minnesota Vikings*: Solo tackle, QB hit, pass defense
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Started | seven tackles (five solo)
WR LOUIS MURPHY, New York Giants: Reception for eight yards
DE JUSTIN TRATTOU, New York Giants: Played as a reserve
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Started |two receptions for 29 yards (targets: 7, long: 16)
RT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started
» Gilbert was benched early in the game after giving up a sack but returned.
DT RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Started | four solo tackles
CB JANORIS JENKINS, St. Louis Rams: Started | six solo tackles
OT MAX STARKS, St. Louis Rams: Played as a reserve
» Starks was signed to a one-year contract on Wednesday.
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Started | four tackles (two solo)
TE JORDAN REED, Washington Redskins*: Five receptions for 50 yards (targets: 6, long: 12)

WR DEONTE THOMPSON, Baltimore Ravens: Injured – foot
LB LERENTEE McCRAY, Denver Broncos*: Injured – ankle (injured reserve)
DT JAYE HOWARD, Kansas City Chiefs: Inactive
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Suspended – third of four games
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Injured – torn ACL and MCL (season)
WR PERCY HARVIN, Seattle Seahawks: Injured – hip (PUP list)
RB JEFF DEMPS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Not on roster
» Demps was added to the active roster on Sept. 23, which was Tampa Bay’s deadline.
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: Inactive
OL MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Injured – knee (PUP list)

WR Frankie Hammond, Jr.* (Kansas City), OT Xavier Nixon* (Washington)

Veterans: OG Cooper Carlisle, DE Jermaine Cunningham, P Chas Henry, WR David Nelson, QB Tim Tebow
Rookies: WR Omarius Hines*, DT Omar Hunter*, DE Earl Okine*


  1. Joe says:

    Watching Major play Sunday night was a real treat.

  2. Michael Jones says:

    Man, we’ve had some studs come through here. Go Gators!!!