Gators in the NFL Weekly GC Awards - Week 1

Continuing another Gator Country tradition, we'll be keeping track of Gators in the NFL, especially those who perform well. We'll be doing it in award-style format where we give virtual awards to each selected NFL Gator for doing well in a specific category. Make sure you check our Insider BullGator Den for regular updates on them too.

2004 Week 1 Awards

Emmitt Smith Award - Top Offensive Performer

Emmitt Smith, Arizona Cardinals

It's only fitting that the man whom this award is named for should win it in the opening week of the regular season. For being what some call a washed up player, the 35-year-old Smith had the best offensive performance of any former Gator, rushing for 87 yards on 16 attempts with 1 touchdown. Considering the dismal performance of the Cowboy backs, only combining for a total of 71 yards rushing, you can bet the Cowboys are questioning their decision two years ago to let Emmitt go.

Jack Youngblood Award - Top Defensive Performer

Mike Peterson, Jacksonville Jaguars

Peterson led his team on defense this week with 6 tackles and 7 assists against the Buffalo Bills. Not only did he lead his team in tackles, but he was also in the top 5 in tackles for the NFL in the first week. Peterson continues to show why he's a consistent performer at the linebacker position.

Mr. Two Bits Award

Andra Davis, Cleveland Browns

It was difficult to choose between Andra's performance for the Browns and Darrell Jackson's for the Seahawks, but after careful consideration, Andra won out. His 3 tackles, 4 assists, and 1 interception against the Ravens helped his team to a convincing victory. The fact that I once had a class with him at UF and found him to be a very likeable guy played absolutely no part in my decision.

The Red Zone

Reche Caldwell, San Diego Chargers

Caldwell's 36-yard TD catch wins this category hands down. He broke wide open in coverage to give his team a 17-13 lead over the Texans in the third quarter. The Chargers went on to win 27-20, with Caldwell gaining 65 yards on 4 receptions.

I Wish I Were Back In Hogtown….

Rex Grossman, Chicago Bears

While Grossman's season debut wasn't completely horrendous from a numerical standpoint, going 16 of 35 for 227 yards, 2 interceptions, and 1 fumble, his playmaking decision with 18 seconds to go in the game against the Lions cost his team any chance of winning. Instead of throwing the pass away, Grossman tried to float the ball to David Terrell in the corner of the end zone, but was picked off by Bracy Walker, sealing the 20-16 victory for the Lions.

That's Why He Ended Up In Tallahassee….

Brad Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Johnson spent a good portion of Sunday's game against the Redskins on his back watching the clouds float by in the sky. Granted, some of his problems can be attributed to the lack of protection given to him by his offensive line, but maybe if Johnson learned to remove the lead from his feet he might be able to avoid some of his pursuers. His 24 of 37 for 169 yards passing performance led his team to the cellar of the NFL's offenses. It looks like Chris Rix has learned his passing skills from Brad Johnson himself.

Calling Dr. Pete

Injury Update

Zach Piller, Tennessee Titans - Bicep, will miss 3-5 months & might be placed on IR
Lito Sheppard, Philadelphia Eagles - Thumb, probable to play in week 2
Travis Taylor, Baltimore Ravens - Groin, day-to-day, out for a month
Gerard Warren, Cleveland Browns - Strained pectoral muscle, day-to-day

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