Gators' Chris Rainey, Caleb Sturgis earn SEC honors
Florida senior RB Chris Rainey and junior K Caleb Sturgis have been named SEC Co-Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Week respectively for their performances in Florida's 33-23 win over Tennessee, the league office announced today.
Rainey had a season-high 233 all-purpose yards - 108 rushing, 104 receiving, 21 on punt returns. He is only the second player in the nation to tally a 100-yard rushing and receiving performance this season, joining Georgia Tech's Orwin Smith. And he became just the second Florida player to go over 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game. Former Gator Percy Harvin did it in 2007 in a game against Vanderbilt.
Rainey shared the SEC award with South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore who rushed for a career-high 246 yards on 37 carries in the Gamecocks’ 24-21 win against Navy.
Sturgis cored a career-high 15 points with four field goals and three PAT's, was a perfect 4-for-4 in field goals with a long of 46, and also hit from 42, 30 and 28 yards. The four field goals were a career-best and he is currently 9-for-9 this season. The percentage and 3.00 field goals per game this season are tops in the nation. He has made 12 consecutive field goals (dating back to last season).
Sturgis also averaged 65.4 yards per kickoff with three touchbacks and has seven touchbacks on the season.