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Monday November 12, 2012Purifoy Named SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week

Gainesville, Fla.

University of Florida sophomore defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy (Pensacola) has been named the SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, announced by the league office on Monday.


Purifoy blocked a Louisiana punt with :02 remaining and Jelani Jenkins (Onley, Md.) returned it 36 yards into the end zone in the Gators’ come-from-behind win over the Ragin’ Cajuns on Homecoming.  It helped complete a 14-0 run in the final 1:42 to close the game for the Orange and Blue and help them improve to 9-1 on the season.


It marked the second blocked kick for Purifoy this season, after blocking a 25-yard field goal against Mizzou a week earlier.  Purifoy also recorded five tackles and a pass breakup in the win.


This marks the third SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for the Gators this season and the seventh under special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin.


SEC Special Team Players of the Week Under D.J. Durkin


PK Caleb Sturgis (9/10)

K Kyle Christy (10/22)

DB Loucheiz Purifoy (11/12)



PK Caleb Sturgis (9/19)



RB Jeff Demps (9/13)

K Chas Henry (10/1)

RB Chris Rainey (11/8)


The No. 7 Gators (9-1, 7-1 SEC) play their final regular-season game in The Swamp when they host Jacksonville State (6-4, 5-3 Ohio Valley Conference) on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. ET and will be made available live via pay-per-view (PPV) to viewers of participating cable systems, satellite systems and commercial establishments throughout Florida. Cable/satellite systems offering the game on pay-per-view will designate a channel location, separate from Sun Sports’ channel, for the pay-per-view presentation. Viewers should call/contact their local cable/satellite company for further details. Outside Florida, the game will be offered via ESPN GamePlan.


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