Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 12 (2012)

Now 12 weeks into the 2012 NFL regular season, there are 31 former Florida Gators football players spread over 23 teams.

A total of 21 players participated in week 12 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 12th week of the 2012 regular season.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CB JANORIS JENKINS*, St. Louis Rams: Two solo tackles, two pass defenses, two interception returns for touchdowns (36-yard return, 39-yard return) [Video]^

Check out how the rest of the Florida Gators in the NFL played this week…

ACTIVE (21)
LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Solo tackle for loss, Gator Chomp^

WR LOUIS MURPHY, Carolina Panthers: Two receptions for 65 yards (long: 55)^
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Three tackles (two solo), pass defense, fumble recovery
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Two solo tackles (one for loss)
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Six tackles (four solo – team-high, one for loss), pass defense, two QB hits^
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Three tackles (two solo), two pass defenses, interception^
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Solo tackle
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Played as a reserve
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started at center
DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Six tackles (four solo, one for loss)
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Two receptions for 36 yards (targets: 3, long: 28)^
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: 11 tackles [team-high] (seven solo), pass defense
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Three tackles (one solo)
OG COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Started at left guard
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Reception for seven yards (targets: 2)
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at center
RB CHRIS RAINEY*, Pittsburgh Steelers: Five carries for 17 yards (long: 7), touchdown; four receptions for 15 yards (targets: 4, long: 11); two fumbles (one lost); four kick returns for 75 yards (long: 25)
OT MAX STARKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at left tackle
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Two solo tackles
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Solo tackle

BYE / INJURED / DID NOT PLAY (10)
WR DEONTE THOMPSON*, Baltimore Ravens: Inactive
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Injured – ACL (season)
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Inactive
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings Injured – ankle
RB JEFF DEMPS, New England Patriots: “Injured” – leg (season)
QB TIM TEBOW, New York Jets: Active – did not play (ribs)
OT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Injured – ankle (season)
DT JAYE HOWARD*, Seattle Seahawks: Inactive
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: Inactive
OG MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Inactive

^ NOTES
- Jenkins is the first rookie since 1960 (Bobby Franklin) to return a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in the same game.
- Peterson’s Gator Chomp was the first for any NFL player this season.
- Murphy’s 65 receiving yards are a season-high.
- Nelson, Haden and Hernandez returned from injury.
- WR Jabar Gaffney was cut by Miami early in the week and is now serving a two-game NFL suspension for an undisclosed arrest that occurred in 2010.

NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
WR Jabar Gaffney^, P Chas Henry, TE Cornelius Ingram, QB John Brantley*, LB Andra Davis, LB Brandon Hicks, 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

* Rookie

Special thanks to OGGOA reader Ross L. for sending in the video.

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