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Monday September 24, 2012Hunter Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week

Gainesville, Fla.

Senior Omar Hunter (Buford, Ga.) has been named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his career performance against Kentucky, announced by the league on Monday.


Hunter recorded a career-high eight tackles in UF’s 38-0 win over the Wildcats Saturday at The Swamp.  He bested his previous career-record of six tackles he recorded against Arkansas in 2009.  The senior helped anchor a defensive unit that helped the Gators defeat the Wildcats for a 26th straight time, marking the longest active win streak over a major conference opponent in the nation. He also helped lead the Gators’ shutout of an SEC opponent for the first time since 2001, when UF downed Mississippi State 52-0. 


The senior from Buford, Ga. also played a key role on the Gators’ defensive line as it stopped the UK passing game, allowing just 60 passing yards on the afternoon and also held it to 4-for-15 on third downs.


Hunter made the start at nose tackle for the Gators and the award marks his first SEC weekly award of his career. It is also the third-consecutive weekly SEC award for the Gators, as Caleb Sturgis and Jeff Driskel have also won awards in the previous two weeks.


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