Gators in the NFL: Week 12 Performance Awards

The Florida Gators is on top of the list at having the most former players in the NFL. We help you keep track of the best performing ones in our weekly Gators in the NFL column. This is week 12...

Emmitt Smith Award: Top Offensive Performer

Fred Taylor, Jacksonville Jaguars

In yet another stellar rushing performance, Taylor ran all over the Vikings defense, gaining 147 yards on 22 carries and an additional 13 yards on one catch. Once again, Taylor's tremendous outing was not enough to offset his fellow teammates' miscues, with the Jaguars losing to Minnesota, 27-16. It seems as if Taylor has finally found the groove in his running game just when the rest of his team has begun to stumble.

Jack Youngblood Award:– Top Defensive Performer

Bobby McCray, Jacksonville Jaguars

While McCray may not have had the top numbers defensively, 3 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble, he stepped up at a key moment in the game to sack Dante Culpepper and force a fumble with less than eight minutes left in the game. This play gave Jacksonville the opportunity to drive down the field and take the lead, at that point only being down to Minnesota 20-16. While Byron Leftwich was later sacked at the 19 and coughed the ball up leading to a Viking touchdown, it does not diminish McCray's outstanding play.

Mr. Two Bits Award

Todd Johnson, Chicago Bears

Johnson once again led the Bears defense with seven tackles and two assists in a 21-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. It's never a good sign when a safety leads the defense in tackles, but it shows that Johnson does an outstanding job of being the last line of defense.

The Red Zone

Erron Kinney, Tennessee Titans

Kinney managed to find the end zone twice in Tennessee's losing effort against the Houston Texans. Steve McNair was able to connect with him on the Titans first two drives, giving them a 14-0 lead, each reception being of 12 and 11 yards respectively.

I Wish I Were Back In Hogtown….

Andra Davis, Cleveland Browns

Davis tore his left ACL in the shootout between the Browns and Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The injury will not require surgery, but it has effectively ended his outstanding 2004 season after being place on the Injured Reserve.

That's Why He Ended Up In Miami….

Butch Davis, Cleveland Browns Davis resigned as the Browns head coach late Monday night after his teams' fifth loss in a row and having a current record of 3-8. Davis is said to have resigned under pressure and since the news broke has already been tied to the open position at UF. Let's hope that this rumor stays just that, a rumor.

Calling Dr. Pete

Injury Update Andra David, Cleveland Browns: Knee, A torn left MCL has Davis out for the rest of the season and placed on the Injured Reserve.

Emmitt Smith, Arizona Cardinals: Toe, Expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a sprained toe.

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