FOOTBALL: Hetland POW, McDonald Injury Update

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. * For the second time this season, University of Florida redshirt junior kicker Chris Hetland (Leesburg, Ga.) was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the week as announced by the league office on Monday. His efforts were instrumental in Florida's 16-7 victory over No. 4 Tennessee on Saturday.

Against the Vols, Hetland was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, with all three coming in the second half from distances of 38, 35 and 20 yards. Hetland is now 5-for-5 on field goals overall this season. In addition, he is one of eight kickers nationally who is a perfect 4-of-4 from 30-plus yards out this year.

Hetland, who also garnered the honor following UF's season-opener versus Wyoming, became the first Gator to be named the league's Special Teams Player of the Week since Matt Leach was honored twice in the 2003 season.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. * University of Florida starting defensive end Ray McDonald underwent surgery at the Florida Surgical Center Monday morning.

The surgery performed by team physician Dr. Pete Indelicato, repaired meniscus tears in his right knee and a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. McDonald will begin rehabilitation and is expected to return to practice in four to six weeks.

McDonald, a 6-3, 285-pound junior Belle Glade, led the Gators last season with 10 tackles for a loss and had already posted three tackles for a loss this year before his injury vs. Tennessee.


BIRMINGHAM, ALA. * Kickoff for the University of Florida football game at Alabama on Saturday, Oct. 1 has been set for 3:30 p.m. as the contest will be televised on CBS, the Southeastern Conference office announced Monday.

The game will be UF's third-straight on CBS, where the Gators are 37-19 all-time on the network in their 56 prior appearances. UF takes on Kentucky this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.

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