Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 2

With the 2011 NFL season officially underway, a number of Florida Gators participated in Week 2 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 second week of the 2011 campaign.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: 10 receptions [team-high] for 83 yards (targets: 13, long: 15), touchdown [game-winner]
Video: David Nelson’s game-winning touchdown [start at 2:57]

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Five solo tackles (one for loss)
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Seven receptions for 62 yards, touchdown (targets: 8, long: 16)
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: 25/43 for 291 yards, two touchdowns [game-winner], two interceptions (QB Rating: 74.9)
Video: Rex Grossman leads Washington to a come-from-behind victory

THE REST

LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Played as a reserve
LB ANDRA DAVIS, Buffalo Bills: Five tackles (three solo)
FS MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Five tackles (four solo)
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Cincinnati Bengals: Three receptions for 27 yards (targets: 4 long: 10), touchdown
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Four solo tackles
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Four tackles (three solo)
DE DERRICK HARVEY, Denver Broncos: Solo tackle
QB TIM TEBOW, Denver Broncos: Played as reserve wide receiver
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Solo tackle
C MIKE POUNCEY*, Miami Dolphins: Played as a starter
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings Seven receptions for 76 yards (targets: 8, long: 19), two rushes for 18 yards (long: 10), fumble, kick return for two yards
LB JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Played as a reserve
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Two solo tackles
G COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Played as a starter
DE JARVIS MOSS, Oakland Raiders: Played as a reserve
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Played on special teams
P CHAS HENRY*, Philadelphia Eagles: Four punts for 179 yards (avg. 44.8, long: 52)
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Played as a starter
OT MARCUS GILBERT*, Pittsburgh Steelers: Played as a starter
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Sack, two QB hits
FB EARNEST GRAHAM, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Three rushes for 18 yards (long: 7), five receptions for 21 yards (long: 8 )
WR JABAR GAFFNEY, Washington Redskins: Five receptions for 62 yards (targets: 8, long: 22), two rushes for 18 yards (long: 10)

NOTES
C DREW MILLER: A reserve on St. Louis, Miller cut by the team early last week.
DE JUSTIN TRATTOU: A reserve on the New York Giants, Trattou was cut by the team early last week and signed to their practice squad.

INJURED / INACTIVE
DT MARCUS THOMAS, Denver Broncos: Pectoral
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Torn achilles (season)
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Oakland Raiders: Sports hernia

PRACTICE SQUAD PLAYERS
TE Cornelius Ingram (Detroit), DE Justin Trattou* (New York Giants), SS Ahmad Black* (Tampa Bay), OG Maurice Hurt* (Washington)

NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
DE Alex Brown, DE Bobby McCray, CB Lito Sheppard, OT Max Starks, DT Gerard Warren

* Rookie

2011 WEEK: 1

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 1

With the 2011 NFL season officially underway, a number of Florida Gators participated in Week 1 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 first week of the 2011 campaign.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: 21/34 for 305 yards, two touchdowns (QB Rating: 110.5), fumble

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Nine tackles (seven solo, one for loss) [team-highs], sack, two passes defended
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings Two receptions for seven yards (targets: 4, long: 5); four rushes for 15 yards (long: 8); kickoff return for 103 yards, touchdown
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Seven receptions for 103 yards, touchdown (targets: 10, long: 30)
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Six solo tackles (three for loss) [team-high], sack, three QB hits

THE REST

LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Played as a reserve
LB ANDRA DAVIS, Buffalo Bills: Played as a starter
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Four rec. for 66 yards [team-highs] (tar: 6, long: 35)
FS MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Four tackles (three solo)
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Cincinnati Bengals: Target
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Two QB hits
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Three tackles (one solo), sack, five passes def.
QB TIM TEBOW, Denver Broncos: Reserve
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Three QB hits
C MIKE POUNCEY*, Miami Dolphins: Played as a starter
DE JUSTIN TRATTOU*, New York Giants: Tackle
G COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Played as a starter
DE JARVIS MOSS, Oakland Raiders: Played as a reserve
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Solo tackle
P CHAS HENRY*, Philadelphia Eagles: Three punts for 109 yards (avg.: 36.3, long: 39)
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Played as a starter
OT MARCUS GILBERT*, Pittsburgh Steelers: Played as a reserve
C DREW MILLER, St. Louis Rams: Reserve
FB EARNEST GRAHAM, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Six rushes for 13 yards (long: 9), eight receptions [team-high] for 58 yards (targets: 9, long: 16)
WR JABAR GAFFNEY, Washington Redskins: Three receptions for 54 yards (targets: 7, long: 39), touchdown

* Rookie

INJURED / INACTIVE
DE DERRICK HARVEY, Denver Broncos: Inactive
DT MARCUS THOMAS, Denver Broncos: Pectoral
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Torn achilles (season)
LB JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Groin
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Inactive
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Oakland Raiders: Sports hernia

PRACTICE SQUAD PLAYERS
TE Cornelius Ingram (Detroit), SS Ahmad Black (Tampa Bay), OG Maurice Hurt (Washington)

NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
DE Alex Brown, DE Bobby McCray, CB Lito Sheppard, OT Max Starks, DT Gerard Warren

2011 WEEK: 1

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Preseason 4/4

With the 2011 NFL preseason officially underway, a number of Florida Gators participated in Week 4 action, some 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 final exhibition week of the 2011 campaign.

VETERANS
LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Two tackles (one solo)
OL JASON WATKINS, Buffalo Bills: Played as a reserve
Watkins was waived during final cuts.
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Cincinnati Bengals: Kick return for 18 yards
OT PHIL TRAUTWEIN, Cleveland Browns: Played as a reserve
Trautwein was waived during final cuts.
DE DERRICK HARVEY, Denver Broncos: Solo tackle for loss
QB TIM TEBOW, Denver Broncos: 7/11 for 116 yards and a touchdown (QB Rating: 129.4), rush for eight yards
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Solo tackle
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Two receptions for 22 yards
DT GERARD WARREN, New England Patriots: Three tackles
G COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Started at right guard
WR CHAD JACKSON, Oakland Raiders Reception for nine yards (targets: 3)
Jackson was waived during final cuts.
DE JARVIS MOSS, Oakland Raiders: Sack
CB LITO SHEPPARD, Oakland Raiders: Three tackles (two solo)
Sheppard was waived during final cuts.
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Two receptions for 14 yards (targets: 4)
TE CORNELIUS INGRAM, Philadelphia Eagles Two receptions for 27 yards
Ingram was waived during final cuts.
RB KESTAHN MOORE, Tennessee Titans: Six carries for eight yards
Moore was waived during final cuts.

DRAFTED ROOKIES

C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Did not play
OT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at right tackle
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Did not play
Black was waived during final cuts but signed to the practice squad.
OG MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Played as a reserve
Hurt was waived during final cuts but signed to the practice squad.

UNDRAFTED ROOKIES
LB DUKE LEMMENS, Arizona Cardinals: Did not play
Lemmens was cut during the week before Arizona played.
LB BRANDON HICKS, Buffalo Bills: Three tackles (two solo)
Hicks was waived during final cuts.
DE JUSTIN TRATTOU, New York Giants: Tackle
Trattou was waived during final cuts but signed to the practice squad.
P CHAS HENRY, Philadelphia Eagles: Three punts for 136 yards (avg.: 45.3, long: 58)
Henry will start as Philadelphia’s punter this season.

INJURED – DID NOT PLAY
LB ANDRA DAVIS, Buffalo Bills: Did not play
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Did not play
FS MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Did not play
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Knee
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Did not play
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Did not play
DT MARCUS THOMAS, Denver Broncos: Did not play
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Torn achilles (season)
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings Did not play
LB JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Undisclosed
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Undisclosed (ankle)
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Oakland Raiders: Hamstring
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Did not play
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Did not play
FB EARNEST GRAHAM, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Did not play
WR JABAR GAFFNEY, Washington Redskins: Did not play
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: Did not play
Grossman was named the starter for week one.

DE ALEX BROWN, New Orleans Saints: Did not play
Brown was cut during the week before New Orleans played.

PRESEASON: Week 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Preseason 3/4

With the 2011 NFL preseason officially underway, a number of Florida Gators participated in Week 3 action, some 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 second exhibition week of the 2011 campaign.

VETERANS
LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Three solo tackles
LB ANDRA DAVIS, Buffalo Bills: Two tackles (one solo for loss)
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Reception for 10 yards
OL JASON WATKINS, Buffalo Bills: Played as a reserve
FS MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Four tackles (three solo)
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Cincinnati Bengals: Played as a reserve
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Team-high five tackles (three solo)
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Four tackles (three solo)
OT PHIL TRAUTWEIN, Cleveland Browns: Played as a reserve
DE DERRICK HARVEY, Denver Broncos: Played as a reserve
QB TIM TEBOW, Denver Broncos: 6/11 for 93 yards (QB Rating: 82.8), four rushes for 25 yards (long: 19), two fumbles (none lost)
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings Four rec. for 29 yards (targets: 5, long: 13)
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, N.E. Patriots: Five rec. for 46 yards (targets: 8, long: 14)
DT GERARD WARREN, New England Patriots: Solo tackle
DE ALEX BROWN, New Orleans Saints: Started at defensive end
G COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Started at right guard
WR CHAD JACKSON, Oakland Raiders Played as a reserve
DE JARVIS MOSS, Oakland Raiders: Played as a reserve
CB LITO SHEPPARD, Oakland Raiders: Played as a reserve
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Target
TE CORNELIUS INGRAM, Philadelphia Eagles Solo tackle
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at center
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Solo tackle
FB EARNEST GRAHAM, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Three carries for five yards, touchdown, two receptions for 27 yards (targets: 4, long: 15)
WR JABAR GAFFNEY, Wash. Redskins: Two rec. for 27 yards (targets: 3, long: 14)
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: 8/15 for 112 yards, TD (QB Rating: 99.9)

DRAFTED ROOKIES

C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started at center, solo tackle
OT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at right tackle
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DNP (high-ankle sprain)
OG MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Played as a reserve

UNDRAFTED ROOKIES
LB DUKE LEMMENS, Arizona Cardinals: Played as a reserve
LB BRANDON HICKS, Buffalo Bills: Three tackles (one solo)
DE JUSTIN TRATTOU, New York Giants: Unknown
P CHAS HENRY, Philadelphia Eagles: Four punts for 174 yards (avg.: 43.5, long: 58)

INJURED – DID NOT PLAY
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Knee
DT MARCUS THOMAS, Denver Broncos: Pectoral
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Concussion
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Torn Achilles (season)
LB JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Undisclosed
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Undisclosed (ankle)
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Oakland Raiders: Hamstring

PRESEASON: Week 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Preseason 2/4

With the 2011 NFL preseason officially underway, a number of Florida Gators participated in Week 2 action, some 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 second exhibition week of the 2011 campaign.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Three receptions for 42 yards, touchdown (long: 16)

VETERANS
LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Tackle
LB ANDRA DAVIS, Buffalo Bills: Three solo tackles, pass defense
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Played as a reserve
OL JASON WATKINS, Buffalo Bills: Played as a reserve
FS MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Four solo tackles
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Cincinnati Bengals: Two receptions for a team-high 50 yards (long: 39, targets: 4)
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Solo tackle for loss, pass defense
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Three solo tackles, pass defense
OT PHIL TRAUTWEIN, Cleveland Browns: Played as a reserve
DE DERRICK HARVEY, Denver Broncos: Solo tackle
QB TIM TEBOW, Denver Broncos: 1/2 for 10 yards, rush for seven yards
DL JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Team-high three solo tackles
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Three tackles (two solo)
DT GERARD WARREN, New England Patriots: Solo tackle for loss
DE ALEX BROWN, New Orleans Saints: Two tackles (one solo)
G COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: – Started at right guard
WR CHAD JACKSON, Oakland Raiders – Played as a reserve
DE JARVIS MOSS, Oakland Raiders: Two solo tackles, sack
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Reception for 16 yards (targets: 3)
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at center
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Two tackles (one solo for loss)
FB EARNEST GRAHAM, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Two receptions for 12 yards (long: 7, targets: 3)
WR JABAR GAFFNEY, Washington Redskins: Reception for 19 yards (targets: 2)
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: 7/12 for 88 yards and an interception

DRAFTED ROOKIES
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started at center
OT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Played as a reserve
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DNP (high-ankle sprain)
OG MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Played as a reserve

UNDRAFTED ROOKIES
LB DUKE LEMMENS, Arizona Cardinals: Played as a reserve
LB BRANDON HICKS, Buffalo Bills: Tackle
DE JUSTIN TRATTOU, New York Giants: Three tackles (two solo)
P CHAS HENRY, Philadelphia Eagles: Punt for 53 yards

INJURED – DID NOT PLAY
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Knee
DT MARCUS THOMAS, Denver Broncos: Pectoral
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings Ribs
LB JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Undisclosed
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Undisclosed (ankle)
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Oakland Raiders: Hamstring

PRESEASON: Week 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Preseason 1/4

With the 2011 NFL preseason officially underway, a number of Florida Gators participated in Week 1 action, some 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 first exhibition week of the 2011 campaign.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: 19/26 for 207 yards and a touchdown (QB Rating: 109.0)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES
FS MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Team-high five solo tackles
QB TIM TEBOW, Denver Broncos: 6/7 for 91 yards (QB Rating: 118.8), two rushes for 15 yards (long: 13)
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Six rec. for 68 yards (long: 20)

VETERANS
LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Three tackles (two solo, one for loss)
LB ANDRA DAVIS, Buffalo Bills: Two solo tackles
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Target
OL JASON WATKINS, Buffalo Bills: Played as a reserve
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Solo tackle for loss
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Solo tackle
OT PHIL TRAUTWEIN, Cleveland Browns: Played as a reserve
DE DERRICK HARVEY, Denver Broncos: Played as a reserve
DT MARCUS THOMAS, Denver Broncos: Two tackles (one solo)
DL JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Three tackles (one solo)
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Solo tackle
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings: Reception for three yards
LB JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Two tackles (one solo), sack
DE ALEX BROWN, New Orleans Saints: Started at defensive end
G COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: – Started at right guard
WR CHAD JACKSON, Oakland Raiders: Four targets, one kick return for 17 yards
DE JARVIS MOSS, Oakland Raiders: Three tackles (two solo)
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Reception for 42 yards

C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at center
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Started at defensive end
FB EARNEST GRAHAM, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Reception for 13 yards
WR JABAR GAFFNEY, Washington Redskins: Five rec. for 38 yards (long: 12)

DRAFTED ROOKIES
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started at center
OT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Played as a reserve
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Suffered a high-ankle sprain
OG MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Played as a reserve

UNDRAFTED ROOKIES
LB DUKE LEMMENS, Arizona Cardinals: Two solo tackles
DT TERRON SANDERS, Baltimore Ravens: Played as a reserve, waived on Monday
LB BRANDON HICKS, Buffalo Bills: Two solo tackles
LB A.J. JONES, Denver Broncos: Played as a reserve
DE JUSTIN TRATTOU, New York Giants: Three tackles (two solo)
P CHAS HENRY, Philadelphia Eagles: Four punts for 152 yards (long: 52, avg.: 38.0)

INJURED – DID NOT PLAY
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Cincinnati Bengals: Abdominal pull
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Knee
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Undisclosed
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Oakland Raiders: Hamstring

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Florida Gators report to NFL training camps

Updated at 9 p.m.

With NFL training camp finally underway after an extended lockout cancelled organized team activities and mini camps, more than three dozen former Florida Gators are working out and trying to earn their keep this year. Below is a comprehensive look at each player in the league as well as those still looking for work.

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DL Joe Cohen: “…we called it ‘confidence.’”

It’s been a long ride for former Florida Gators defensive lineman Joe Cohen to get to where he is now – happily married with a loving wife, three young daughters and plenty of football years ahead of him. From losing a best friend at an early age and going through the trials and tribulations of college to being surrounded by family and looking ahead while the NFL tries to settle a lockout that seemingly has no end in sight, Cohen reflected about the path he took to get to where he is as well as his hopes for the future. Celebrating his 26th birthday on Monday, Cohen is trying to get in the best shape of his life and continue his NFL career while supporting his family and doing plenty of good for the community.

ADAM SILVERSTEIN: Before deciding to enroll at Florida, you grew up with and were teammates with Reggie Nelson at Palm Bay High School. Did you two always plan to go to college together or was it something that just worked out that way?
JOE COHEN: “Me and Reggie, back in like the 10th grade, we made a pact together. We ripped a dollar bill in half and made a pact that we’d stick together through all the hard times. We both ended up deciding to go to Florida together. Florida was always an option, but it wasn’t always our leader. We took our visits. One weekend it was LSU, one weekend it was Florida State, one weekend it was Miami, and one weekend it was Florida. We really had to sit down and make a decision after all the recruiting was done, after we could sit down and think ourselves. Florida felt more like home. Miami was too big of a city, LSU was unfamiliar, and FSU was rebuilding with the school and football team. Florida just felt more like home. I felt like that was a place I could call home for four-to-five years, and it was close enough to both of our kids where we could visit every weekend if need be. That played a big part in the decision making, too, because both of us had daughters coming out of high school.”

AS: Are you and Reggie still close friends?
JC: “As a matter of fact, I just spoke with him this morning actually. He’s in Jacksonville working out at The Hit Center and, like me, waiting for the lockout to be lifted and see what the next move is.”

AS: Since you brought up the lockout, what is your mindset right now? How are you approaching the NFL lockout and, of course, making sure you are employed
JC: “Right now my mindset is back to college mode, getting back hungry, like a rebuilding process. I’m trying to get back to the athletic ability, size and speed I had in college with the technique I possess now from being in the league. Right now I’m training with my brother-in-law, a younger guy who just turned 20. He’s in there kicking my butt, and I’m trying to keep up with him. But it’s really helping me a lot getting that hunger back. Where he’s at now is where I was five years ago – trying to get to the NFL. He’s really helping me out a lot.”

Cohen also discusses head coaches Ron Zook and Urban Meyer, the 2006 national title team, his fantastic football camp supporting the James McGriff Foundation, whether or not student-athletes should be paid, and if he still loves Disney movies.

Read the rest of this interview – for FREE – on InsideTheGators.com.

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