Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 1 (2013)

By Adam Silverstein
September 9, 2013

The 2013 NFL regular season began this week with 32 former Florida Gators spread out over 16 teams. Ten teams have multiple Florida players on their roster including Miami (four); N.Y. Giants and Washington (three); Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay (two).

Below are full game statistics for all 24 active players that participated this week along with select news updates on a number of Gators for the first week of the regular season.

* Rookie

K CALEB STURGIS, Miami Dolphins*: Started; 3/3 on field goals (long: 49, 45, 39); 2/2 on extra points
» Still has not missed a field goal after going 9/9 in the preseason.

Check out how the rest of the Gators in the NFL performed…after the break!

S MATT ELAM, Baltimore Ravens*: Solo tackle
LB JON BOSTIC, Chicago Bears*: Played as a reserve
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Started; seven tackles (three solo)
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Started; three tackles (two solo), two QB hits, pass defense
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Started; two solo tackles
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Started; solo tackle, pass defense
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Reception for 28 yards, touchdown
» First touchdown reception since Nov. 20, 2011.
S JOSH EVANS, Jacksonville Jaguars*: Three solo tackles
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Solo tackle for loss
DT JAYE HOWARD, Kansas City Chiefs: Played as a reserve
» Acquired on waivers after being released by Seattle during final cuts.
LB JELANI JENKINS, Miami Dolphins*: Played as a reserve
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started
DT SHARRIF FLOYD, Minnesota Vikings*: Pass defense
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Started; two tackles (one solo)
» Though he left early in the first quarter due to dehydration, Spikes returned.
WR LOUIS MURPHY, New York Giants: Played as a reserve
DE JUSTIN TRATTOU, New York Giants: Played as a reserve
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Started; two receptions for 14 yards (targets: 6, long: 8)
RT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started
» Carted off the field early in the first quarter after suffering a right leg injury. It was revealed by head coach Mike Tomlin after the game that Pouncey tore his ACL and MCL and will be out for the remainder of the season.
DT RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Started; four tackles (two solo, one for loss), 0.5 sack, QB hit
CB JANORIS JENKINS, St. Louis Rams: Started; four solo tackles, three pass defenses
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Punt return for no gain
TE JORDAN REED, Washington Redskins*: Five receptions for 38 yards (targets: 6, long: 11)

WR DEONTE THOMPSON, Baltimore Ravens: Injured – foot
LB LERENTEE McCRAY, Denver Broncos*: Injured – ankle (injured reserve)
RB MIKE GILLISLEE, Miami Dolphins*: Inactive
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Suspended – first of four games
WR PERCY HARVIN, Seattle Seahawks: Injured – hip (PUP list)
RB JEFF DEMPS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Under contract, not on roster
» Will reportedly join the team on Monday after running track all summer.
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: Inactive
OL MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Injured – knee (PUP list)

WR Frankie Hammond, Jr.* (Kansas City), OT Xavier Nixon* (Washington)

Veterans: OG Cooper Carlisle, DE Jermaine Cunningham, P Chas Henry, WR David Nelson, OT Max Starks, QB Tim Tebow
Rookies: WR Omarius Hines*, DT Omar Hunter*, DE Earl Okine*


  1. Cal Burke says:

    Glad Ahmad Black (AB) has an NFL job. Wish I could say the same for blacklisted Tim T., or any Gator for that matter! AB stuck around all four years, even during that last, post-Tebow, tormented year of Meyer. AB ended his college career sending Meyer and UF out a winner in 2010. AB had two interceptions, returning one 80 yards for a touchdown against Penn State in the Outback Bowl, earning the Player of the Game honors. Ring of Honor possible, Adam?

  2. Alex says:

    AB also had the insane INT against OU in the National Championship game; I still remember the look on Bradford’s face

    • Cal Burke says:

      Good call! AB was a sophomore, right? Yeah, he was kinda neat during the presser after. All the talk was about TT of course. But man, oh man, do we owe a bunch to Lakeland HS. I know S. Fla is blue chip, 5-star stuff but just how many good to great players have come from there? The Lakeland 6, 2007, comes to mind, I think AB was part of that elite group that won two National Championships in high school and for UF in 2008!!

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