Gators in the NFL: Week Eight

The former Gators that have stolen the NFL headlines this season are usually Tim Tebow, Maurkice Pouncey or Aaron Hernandez, but a trio of former Gators in Cincinnati is helping the Bengals to a solid season.

The trend continued on Sunday afternoon. After being released by Jacksonville, Reggie Nelson has flourished in Cincinnati. He had five tackles, two passes defended and returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown. Carlos Dunlap had the best game of his career, recording three tackles, five quarterback hurries and one sack. Andre Caldwell also added four receptions for 31 yards.

The Pittsburgh Steelers started three former Gators on their offensive line in right tackle Marcus Gilbert, left tackle Max Starks and center Maurkice Pouncey, who made his 24th consecutive regular season start at center.

The Steelers beat the New England Patriots, who were led on defense by 12 tackles from linebacker Brandon Spikes, including one for a loss. Tight end Aaron Hernandez added two catches for nine yards and one touchdown.

Tim Tebow's second start this season for the Denver Broncos wasn't pretty. He went 18-for-39 through the air for 172 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Tebow also ran ten times for 63 yards. Broncos defensive tackle Marcus Thomas started and recorded a tackle and quarterback hurry.

Rex Grossman saw action despite being the second string quarterback for the Washington Redskins. Jabar Gaffney started at wide receiver and caught four passes for 40 yards. Maurice Hurt was also active for the Redskins but didn't play.

Cornerback Joe Haden made six tackles and deflected one pass for the Cleveland Browns.

Percy Harvin had four catches for 58 yards and three rushes for 16 yards, including a ten-yard touchdown run.

Rookie center Mike Pouncey started his seventh straight game to begin his career but left the game with a head injury.

Defensive end Jeremy Mincey started at defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars and made three tackles. Buffalo Bills wide receiver David Nelson made four receptions for 47 yards. Philadelphia Eagles punter Chas Henry had two punts of 40 and 52 yards.

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