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.

Continue Reading » Florida Gators report to NFL training camps

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Florida G Maurice Hurt falls to seventh round of 2011 NFL Draft, picked No. 217 by Washington

Round 7 – No. 14 (217 overall)
Maurice Hurt, G
Washington Redskins


Height: 6’3″ – Weight: 318 lbs.
Age: 21 – Class: Senior

Thought to possibly fall out of the 2011 NFL Draft after it was revealed he tested positive for marijuana usage at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, Florida Gators guard Maurice Hurt ended up being selected with the 14th pick in the seventh round (No. 217 overall) by the Washington Redskins.

The third Florida offensive lineman chosen in the draft, Hurt is the Gators’ first seventh-round pick since 2007 and the first UF player selected by Washington since wide receiver Taylor Jacobs was the No. 44 overall pick in the second round in 2003.

He projects as a reserve at the next level due to his overall lack of athleticism and questionable football IQ. Hurt will be the only former Gators player on the Redskins unless quarterback Rex Grossman is re-signed in the offseason.

OGGOA will continue updating this story.

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 17 recap

With the 2010-11 NFL regular season having come to a close, a number of Florida Gators participated in Week 17 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 week of the regular season.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Four tackles (two solo, one for loss), 1.5 sacks, two QB hits, fumble recovery, Gator Chomp

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Cincinnati Bengals: Seven receptions for 94 yards (targets: 11, long: 39)
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Four solo tackles, two passes defended, interception (56-yard return)
QB TIM TEBOW, Denver Broncos: 16/36 for 205 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions (QB rating: 58.2); 13 carries for 94 yards; touchdown (long: 30)
DL JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Eight tackles (five solo, two for loss)
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings: Eight receptions for 69 yards [team-highs] (targets: 14, long: 20); two rushes for -4 yards
DE ALEX BROWN, New Orleans Saints: Three solo tackles, sack, forced fumble

LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Solo tackle (for loss), fumble recovery
CB KEIWAN RATLIFF, Cincinnati Bengals: Two solo tackles
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Six solo tackles, pass defended
WR JABAR GAFFNEY, Denver Broncos: Rec. for 12 yards (targets: 3), solo tackle
DE DERRICK HARVEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Solo tackle
LB CHANNING CROWDER, Miami Dolphins: Four solo tackles
CB LITO SHEPPARD, Minnesota Vikings: Three tackles (two solo)
RB FRED TAYLOR, New England Patriots: 10 carries for 35 yards
DT GERARD WARREN, New England Patriots: Two tackles (one solo)
DE JARVIS MOSS, Oakland Raiders: Three tackles, three QB hits, sack
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Oakland Raiders: Two receptions for 29 yards (targets: 4)
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Reception for five yards (targets: 4)
FB BILLY LATSKO, San Diego Chargers: Solo tackle
LB BRANDON SILER, San Diego Chargers: Four solo tackles
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: 26/44 for 336 yards, two touchdowns, interception (QB rating: 88.8); carry for two yards; two fumbles lost

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN — NO STATISTICS / DID NOT PLAY
C Maurkice Pouncey (Pittsburgh Steelers), G Cooper Carlisle (Raiders) – WR David Nelson (Buffalo Bills), S Major Wright (Chicago Bears), DT Marcus Thomas (Broncos), DE Ray McDonald (San Francisco 49ers), FB Earnest Graham (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

INACTIVES
LB Andra Davis (Bills); LB Jermaine Cunningham, TE Aaron Hernandez, LB Brandon Spikes (Patriots); LT Max Starks (Steelers); RB DeShawn Wynn (49ers)

NOTES
- Tebow started his third consecutive game for Denver but posted his worst QB rating even though he scored three touchdowns.
- After being held without a reception in eight of Cincinnati’s first 13 games (due to his spot on the depth chart), Caldwell has posted 89, 87 and 94 yards, respectively, in the last three games.
- Dunlap has registered at least a partial sack in seven of his last eight games. He has now earned 9.5 over the course of his rookie season.
- Latsko was signed as a free agent this week and registered his first – and only – playing time of the season.
- In one play during the Denver-San Diego game, Tebow completed a pass to Gaffney who was tackled by Siler. Siler also got some good shots on Tebow during the contest.
- Injuries: Pouncey suffered a neck stinger during the Steelers game, and Thomas left the Broncos game with a right groin injury and did not return.
- Wynn was released by the 49ers and signed by the Saints on Monday.

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 16 recap

With the 2010-11 NFL season still in full swing, a number of Florida Gators participated in Week 16 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-to-last week of the season.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
QB TIM TEBOW, Denver Broncos: 16/29 for 308 yards, touchdown, interception (QB rating: 89.4); 10 carries for 27 yards, touchdown (long: 11) [Video highlights]
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Five solo tackles, sack, INT, forced fumble

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Cincinnati Bengals: Four receptions for 87 yards (long: 44)
DL JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Three tackles (two solo), pass defended
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings: Seven receptions for 100 yards [team-highs] (targets: 8, long: 46); two rushes for six yards
DE ALEX BROWN, New Orleans Saints: Three solo tackles, pass defended

LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Four tackles (three solo)
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Target
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Four solo tackles
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Two tackles (one solo), sack, two QB hits
S REGGIE NELSON, Cin. Bengals: Eight tackles [team-high] (three solo), pass def.
CB KEIWAN RATLIFF, Cincinnati Bengals: Eight tackles [team-high] (three solo)
WR JABAR GAFFNEY, Denver Broncos: Four rec. for 90 yards (targets: 7, long: 50)
DE DERRICK HARVEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Solo tackle (for loss)
LB CHANNING CROWDER, Miami Dolphins: Four tackles (three solo), pass defended
CB LITO SHEPPARD, Minnesota Vikings: Solo tackle
RB FRED TAYLOR, New England Patriots: Rush for -3 yards, target
DT GERARD WARREN, New England Patriots: Two tackles (one solo)
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Oakland Raiders: Two receptions for 36 yards (long: 26)
LB BRANDON SILER, San Diego Chargers: Six tackles (one solo, one for loss)
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Three tackles (two solo, one for loss)
FB EARNEST GRAHAM, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rush for four yards
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: 19/39 for 182 yards, touchdown, interception (QB rating: 60.0); rush for five yards

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN — NO STATISTICS / DID NOT PLAY
C Maurkice Pouncey (Pittsburgh Steelers), G Cooper Carlisle (Raiders) –DT Marcus Thomas (Broncos), WR Riley Cooper (Philadelphia Eagles), DE Jarvis Moss (Raiders)

INACTIVES
LB Andra Davis (Bills); LB Jermaine Cunningham, TE Aaron Hernandez, LB Brandon Spikes (Patriots); LT Max Starks (Steelers); RB DeShawn Wynn (49ers)

NOTES
- Both of Tebow’s touchdowns came in the forth quarter, including his game-winning rushing score with 3:02 left in the game. Denver was down 17-0 at halftime.
- Haden nabbed his fifth interception in the last seven weeks and his sixth of the season to go along with the first forced fumble of his career.
- After being held without a reception in eight of Cincinnati’s first 13 games (due to his spot on the depth chart), Caldwell has caught four balls in each of the last two contests for total gains of 89 and 87 yards, respectively.
- Dunlap has registered at least a partial sack in six of his last seven games. He has now earned eight over the course of his rookie season.
- Though Harvin has played in 13 games (compared to 15 in 2009), he has surpassed his rookie season’s receiving yard total and eclipsed 100 yards for the third time this year. He had one 100-yard receiving game in 2009.

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FOUR BITS: Addazio, baseball, lacrosse, Tebow

1 » According to OrangeBloods.com, the Texas Longhorns have decided to hire current Florida Gators offensive coordinator Steve Addazio as the team’s new offensive line coach. Addazio, who has struggled calling plays for Florida for the last two seasons, is a terrific offensive line coach and recruiter and should do quite well at Texas if the report is accurate. He was named ESPNU‘s recruiter of the year after helping corral the Gators’ 2010 recruiting class and served as interim head coach for Urban Meyer after he briefly stepped down and then during his recovery last offseason. It is worth noting that OrangeBloods.com previously reported that current Florida defensive coordinator Teryl Austin had been hired to the same position at UT; however, that has neither been confirmed nor denied since it was initially mentioned two weeks ago.

Addazio was recently named one of three head coach candidates for the open Temple Owls job. He reportedly interviewed for the position on Monday.

2 » Gators baseball has earned a No. 2 ranking in Collegiate Baseball’s preseason poll, which the organization released on Monday. Florida is coming off a season in which they finished 47-17, won the 2010 Southeastern Conference Championship and participated in the 2010 College World Series in Omaha, NE. The Gators are returning eight starters, 11 pitchers and 22 total letterwinners and begin their 2011 season with a three-game series against South Florida from Feb. 18-20.

3 » Participating in its inaugural season last year, Florida lacrosse is already making national waves after being ranked No. 17 in Lacrosse Magazine’s preseason poll. The Gators, who finished the 2010 season 10-8, reached the finals of the 2010 American Lacrosse Conference Tournament and was only the sixth team in Division I history to have 10 or more wins in its first season. Inside Lacross ranked Florida’s 19-person 2010 recruiting class No. 1 in the nation; every player is returning the team this year.

4 » Denver Broncos interim head coach Eric Studesville plans to start former Gators star quarterback Tim Tebow for his team’s final two games this season, according to numerous reports. Similarly, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has decided to start former Florida signal caller Rex Grossman for his team’s two remaining games after Grossman’s strong performance on Sunday.

Photo Credit: Tricia Coyne/Gainesville Sun

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