Tampa Bay Sports Day

UF NOTEBOOK: Jefferson Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida junior defensive lineman Cece Jefferson was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week.

The weekly honor is the first of Jefferson’s tenure as a Gator and comes after a career-high performance in Florida’s 28-27 win over Kentucky.

The Glen St. Mary, Fla. native posted a career-best 1.5 sacks for a loss of five yards on Saturday, stifling the Wildcats’ offense. The sacks came on back-to-back plays in the second quarter, backing up Kentucky to Florida’s 29-yard line.

Jefferson’s sacks forced Kentucky into a 48-yard field goal attempt, which the kicker missed and helped shift the momentum in favor of the Gators.

The junior recorded a total of five tackles in the game, including his 1.5 sacks. This brings him to 12 tackles on the year and pushes his 2017 sack total up to 2.5.

The Gators are back in action on Saturday when they host Vanderbilt in a SEC matchup at Noon on ESPN.

Del Rio to Start Against Vanderbilt
Junior Luke Del Rio will start for this week’s home game against Vanderbilt.

Del Rio replaced Feleipe Franks during the third quarter of Saturday’s 28-27 victory over Kentucky, connecting with Freddie Swain on a 5-yard touchdown pass with 43 seconds left for the winning points.

Franks was the hero a week earlier, when his 63-yard Hail Mary heave into the end zone beat Tennessee. He struggled against the Wildcats, completing 7 of 12 passes for 85 yards as the Gators fell behind by 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Del Rio led them back after Kentucky went up 13 early in the fourth quarter. He was 9 of 14 for 74 yards and the last-minute touchdown. Del Rio started six games last season but underwent offseason shoulder surgery as Franks won the job through spring and fall competition.

The Gators (2-1) added Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire in the summer, but he hasn’t appeared in the past two games since replacing Franks in a season-opening loss to Michigan in Arlington, Texas.

Florida is 112th out of 129 FBS teams in total offense, averaging 322.3 yards per game. For the season, Franks is 30 of 49 for 372 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception.

Nine Players Face Felony Charges
Wide receiver Antonio Callaway and running back Jordan Scarlett are among nine University of Florida players facing multiple third-degree felony charges on the heels of alleged credit card fraud, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Callaway and Scarlett join five other suspended players in facing two third-degree felonies: fraud/swindle in obtaining property under $20,000 and use or possession of another person’s ID without consent.

Defensive linemen Keivonnis Davis and Richerd Desir-Jones, linebackers James Houston IV and Ventrell Miller, wide receiver Rick Wells and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort are also facing the third-degree felony counts, according to Alachua County (Fla.) Circuit Court records, per the Orlando Sentinel.

Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Smith is facing three additional felony counts of use or possession of another person’s ID without consent.