Mike Pouncey, Jeff Demps earn SEC weekly honors
His career-best 54 yard kickoff return, along with an overall outstanding performance in last Saturday's win over South Florida, has earned Florida junior RB Jeff Demps the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honor, the league office announced today.
Demps ran back two kickoffs for 95 yards and had 255 all-purpose yards in the game - including a career-high 139 yards on 11 carries. His 54-yard kickoff return and his 255 all-purpose yards are the highest this season in the SEC.
And after starting the season with a horrific performance at center, senior C Mike Pouncey rebounded on Saturday and was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Florida coach Urban Meyer said Pouncey graded out at 94 percent on the team's grading scale, which he said is extremely high for an offensive lineman.
The 6-foot-4, 310 pound Pouncey anchored a line that allowed the Gators to rush for 251 yards (7.6 per carry) and he had a key block in Demps's 62-yard touchdown run.
The game, and the SEC honor, are a bit of redemption for Pouncey who was bombarded with advice and taunts from people all last week.
"I heard it all,'' Pouncey said. "I was going through the drive-through at McDonald's and as I was leaving the guy told me, 'Man, hey, don't mess up the snaps again.' I said, 'Hey, don't mess up my sandwiches anymore.''
Pouncey did get an unsolicited suggestion from a member of the Gators' equipment staff that he actually accepted - and it worked. He's now staggering his stance with his right foot slightly behind him.
"I was snapping the ball and he came up and he said you might want to try staggering your stance because I see you're kind of squared up in your stance,'' Pouncey said. "I was like, that's a good idea. I was so used to playing guard, and I did it and it worked.''