The 2012 NFL regular season began three weeks ago with 32 former Florida Gators football players spread over 23 teams.
A total of 25 players participated in week three 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 third week of the 2012 regular season.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Two solo tackles, interception (45-yard touchdown return), pass defense
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Three tackles (two solo, one for loss), sack, three QB hits, forced fumble and fumble recovery (Video)
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 81 yards (long: 36)
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Carolina Panthers: Reception for seven yards (targets: 3)
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: 10 tackles (seven solo)
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Solo tackle
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Pass defense
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Solo tackle
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started at center
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings Nine receptions for 89 yards (targets: 11, long: 24) [team-highs]; carry for nine yards; three kick returns for 74 yards (long: 32)
DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Two solo tackles
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Four tackle (two solo)
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Two solo tackles
QB TIM TEBOW, New York Jets: Two carries for zero yards (long: 5); target
OG COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Started at left guard
P CHAS HENRY, Philadelphia Eagles: Five punts for 246 yards (avg.: 49.2, long: 52)
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 seven yards (long: 5); two receptions for 23 yards (long: 14); two kick returns for 44 yards (long: 24)
OT MAX STARKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at left tackle
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Two tackles
CB JANORIS JENKINS*, St. Louis Rams: Six tackles (five solo), pass defense
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Played as a reserve
OG MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Played as a reserve
INJURED / DID NOT PLAY (7)
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Injured – ACL (season)
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Suspended (three games remaining)
RB JEFF DEMPS, New England Patriots: “Injured” – leg (season)
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Injured – ankle
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Injured – collarbone
DT JAYE HOWARD*, Seattle Seahawks: Inactive
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: Inactive
– Wright has picked off Sam Bradford in each of the two games in which they have gone head-to-head, the first being the 2009 BCS National Championship.
– Dunlap (knee) played in his first game of the season.
– Caldwell (ribs) played in his first game of the season.
– Harvin led his team in receptions and receiving yards for the third-straight week.
– Tebow converted a fake punt and won the overtime coin toss.
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