NFL FOOTBALL: Gators in the NFL Update Week 8

Keep up to date with how former Florida Gators are doing in the National Football League in our unique weekly "Awards" format. The University of Florida has one of the most Gators in the NFL amongst all colleges nationally so there's plenty to watch for...

Emmitt Smith Award – Top Offensive Performer

Jabar Gaffney, Houston Texans

In a winning effort by the Texans over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Gaffney had 5 catches for 88 yards and 2 efforts on the ground for 15 yards. Gaffney should have had a touchdown as well, but he lost control of the ball just before the goal line as he prepared to spike it in celebration. If Gaffney can learn to control the showboating and just focus on his play, he should become a star player for the Texans.

Jack Youngblood Award – Top Defensive Performer

Mike Peterson, Jacksonville Jaguars

I'm starting to wonder if maybe I shouldn't just rename this award for Peterson, since he wins it just about every week. Peterson had 8 tackles and 4 assists in Jacksonville's loss to Houston. There's little doubt in my mind that without Peterson's leadership and play, the Jaguars defense wouldn't be the same.

Mr. Two Bits Award

Jevon Kearse, Philadelphia Eagles

In the Eagles close in over the Baltimore Ravens, 15-10, Kearse had 4 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Even though one of those sacks resulted in a 15 yard facemask penalty against Kearse, his play certainly contributed to the Eagles defensive effort. It was another week of improved performance from Kearse.

I Wish I Were Back In Hogtown….

Darrell Jackson, Seattle Seahawks

While Jackson had decent numbers this week on offense with 6 catches for 71 yards, he also had 2 fumbles and was apparently seen on crutches on Monday. Jackson is quite obviously the top receiver for the Seahawks and an injury at this time in the season would be a devastating blow.

That's Why He Ended Up In Miami….

Sean Taylor, Washington Redskins

Taylor was arrested this week on a DUI charge in Virginia. Not only did he flunk field sobriety tests, he also refused to take a breathalyzer test. I don't think it's possible to show much more guilt than refusing a breathalyzer after failing field sobriety tests. At least Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs had the sensibility to bench Taylor, something Taylor himself obviously doesn't possess.

Calling Dr. Pete

Injury Update

Darrell Jackson, Seattle Seahawks – Ankle, On crutches Monday, condition will be updated on Wednesday

Erron Kinney, Tennessee Titans – Calf, Returned to practice on Tuesday, expected to be listed as questionable for week 10

Fred Taylor, Jacksonville Jaguars – Hip Pointer, Expected to be ready for week 10

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