Monday October 15, 2012Halapio Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week
Redshirt junior Jon Halapio (St. Petersburg, Fla.) has been named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, announced by the league on Monday.
Halapio has helped anchor the Gators’ offensive line this season and graded out a team-high among offensive linemen after the 31-17 win over Vanderbilt Saturday. He helped the offensive unit rush for 326 yards, 9.3 yards per carry – the team’s best single-game average since it averaged 10.6 yards versus The Citadel on Nov. 22, 2008. The 9.3 yards per rush is second-best nationally in a conference game this season and the most in an SEC league game since Alabama averaged 9.4 yards per rush versus Arkansas on Sept. 20, 2008.
In addition, Halapio is an integral part of a UF offense that is now averaging 233.3 rushing yards per game, the highest since 1989 when a group spearheaded by Emmitt Smith led the Gators and averaged 241.8 rushing yards per game.
The redshirt junior has started every game for the Orange and Blue this season and currently owns the most consecutive starts on offense, starting the past 18-straight games.
Following its third SEC road win of the season at Vanderbilt, the No. 3/4 Gators (6-0, 5-0 SEC) return to The Swamp for a nationally-televised matchup on CBS with South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 SEC) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The game will also be centered around ESPN’s College Game Day Saturday morning with a live broadcast from outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.