Florida Gators in the NFL: Preseason Week 4

By Adam Silverstein
September 2, 2012

With the 2012 NFL regular season just one week away, a number of former Florida Gators football players participated in preseason 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 fourth week of 2012 preseason action.

Not awarded for preseason games.

Check out how the Gators in the NFL played…after the break!

LB MIKE PETERSON, Atlanta Falcons: Played as a reserve
WR DEONTE THOMPSON*, Baltimore Ravens: Six receptions for 68 yards (targets: 9, long: 20) [team-highs], touchdown; three kick returns for 94 yards (avg.: 31.3, long: 36)
WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills: Played as a reserve
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Carolina Panthers: Two receptions for 25 yards (target: 4, long: 14)
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Four tackles (two solo)
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Started at safety
DE WILLIAM GREEN*, Cleveland Browns: Four tackles (three solo)
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Two receptions for 15 yards (targets: 4, long: 9)
TE CORNELIUS INGRAM, Denver Broncos: Tackle for loss
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Solo tackle
LB BRANDON SILER, Kansas City Chiefs: Three tackles (two solo)
DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Three tackles (two solo for loss), two sacks, three QB hits
RB JEFF DEMPS*, New England Patriots: Six carries for 15 yards (long: 7); three receptions for 31 yards (long: 23) [team-highs]; fumble recovery; kickoff return for 19 yards; four punt returns for 12 yards (long: 17)
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Four tackles (two solo)
DT MARCUS THOMAS, New York Giants: Two fumble recoveries
OG COOPER CARLISLE, Oakland Raiders: Started at left guard
P CHAS HENRY, Philadelphia Eagles: Four punts for 132 yards (avg: 33, long: 39)
OT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at right tackle
LB BRANDON HICKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Two tackles
RB CHRIS RAINEY*, Pittsburgh Steelers: Carry for -1 yard; two receptions for -1 yard; kick return for 23 yards; two punt returns for 40 yards
OT MAX STARKS, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started at left tackle
DT JAYE HOWARD*, Seattle Seahawks: Two solo tackles (one for loss), pass defense, safety
CB JANORIS JENKINS*, St. Louis Rams: Interception (76-yard return), touchdown
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tackle

DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Injured (knee)
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Did not play (precautionary)
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Did not play (precautionary)
WR PERCY HARVIN, Minnesota Vikings Inactive (precautionary)
TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots: Did not play (precautionary)
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Inactive (precautionary)
QB TIM TEBOW, New York Jets: Did not play (precautionary)
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Injured (collarbone)
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Did not play (precautionary)
DE RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Did not play (precautionary)
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: Did not play (precautionary)
OG MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Did not play (precautionary)

– Thompson and Hill made it through camp as undrafted free agents and are on their respective team’s 53-man roster for the 2012 regular season.
– Demps was placed on season-ending injured reserve despite not being injured.
– Murphy, Caldwell, Cunningham, Rainey and Black each started for their respective teams due to the fact that most teams either sat their normal starters for the entire game or did not allow them to see much work at all.
– Green, Ingram, Thomas and Hicks were all cut following their games. Ingram has since been signed to Denver’s practice squad.

QB John Brantley, LB Andra Davis, LB Brandon Hicks, RB Earnest Graham, WR Jabar Gaffney, TE Cornelius Ingram (practice squad), 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

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