Monday November 26, 2012Gillislee, Sturgis Named SEC Players of the Week
University of Florida senior running back Mike Gillislee (DeLand) and redshirt senior kicker Caleb Sturgis (St. Augustine) have been named the Co-Offensive and Co-Special Teams SEC Players of the Week, respectively, announced by the league on Monday.
Gillislee grabbed his second weekly honor this season as he rushed for 140 yards in the Gatorsí 37-26 win at Florida State Saturday. He became the first Gator to rush for over 1,000 yards since Ciatrick Fason in 2004, and just the eighth Gator all-time to reach that plateau.† He scored twice in the win, with a nine-yard run in the second quarter and on a 37-yard run in the fourth quarter that gave the Orange and Blue the lead for good.
The DeLand, Fla. native leads Florida with 11 touchdowns, 10 on the ground and one receiving, this season and is second in scoring with 66 points.† He is fourth in the SEC in rushing yards (87.6 ypg.), 13th in scoring touchdowns (4.9 ppg.) and ninth in all-purpose yards (99.9 ypg.).† Gillislee was also named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week after the Gatorsí win over LSU.
Sturgis had a career day against the Seminoles, as he knocked down three field goals in the contest, which put him in sole possession of the UF record for career field goals made.† He bested Jeff Chandlerís record set from 1997-2001 with a 45-yard field goal in the second quarter to push his all-time field goals made total to 68 in his career. He kicked one more through the uprights in the fourth quarter to put his current career total to 69.†
On the day, Sturgis was perfect from both field-goal range and in point-after attempts.† The Lou Groza Award finalist has made three field goals in five games this season (Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Jacksonville State, Florida State) and has multiple field goals in eight games this season.† He is 23-for-27 for field goals this season, and ties Bobby Raymondís single-season UF record with his 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter Saturday that narrowed the Gatorsí deficit to 20-16. The St. Augustine, Fla. native also leads the Gators in scoring this season with 101 points.††
He leads nearly all kicking statistics in the SEC this season, including field goals (1.82 fgpg.) and field goal percentage (83.3) while ranking third in kick scoring (8.0 ppg.) and ninth in point-after attempt percentage (96.6).† This is also Sturgisí second SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honor this season after capturing the same accolade in week two after the Gatorsí win over Texas A&M. For his career, Sturgis has captured four weekly award honors.