University of Florida junior quarterback Chris Leak (Charlotte, NC) and redshirt freshman running back Markus Manson (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) were each honored by the Southeastern Conference Monday for his role in Florida's 49-42 double overtime win against Vanderbilt this past Saturday night. Leak was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while Manson was tabbed the league's Freshman of the Week.
Leak was responsible for five touchdowns and 324 yards in total offense against Vanderbilt. He was 32-of-41 passing for 257 yards and three touchdowns. Leak rushed for two touchdowns against the Commodores, giving him six on the campaign, to tie Jesse Palmer (2000) for the second best single season total by a Gator quarterback in school history (8, Jimmy Fisher, 1978). He rushed for 67 yards against the Commodores, which were the most yards rushing by a Florida
quarterback in a game since Terry LeCount ran for a school record 108 yards against Georgia
on Nov. 5, 1977. Leak completed passes to 10 different receivers and did not throw an interception on the night to raise his streak to 91 attempts without being picked off.
Manson touched the ball 27 times against the Commodores with a career-high 18 rushes, six receptions and three kickoff returns. He totaled 179-all-purpose yards on the night. In addition, his fourth quarter touchdown to put the Gators up 35-21 was the first of his career. Manson eclipsed the 200-yard mark on kickoff returns with a 70-yard performance in only his fourth game as the primary kickoff returner. Manson has handled 11 of the 12 kickoff returns since being inserted into the lineup versus Mississippi State and is averaging 21.2 yards.
No. 12 Florida (7-2, 5-2) travels to South Carolina (6-3, 4-3) for a matchup with the Gamecocks this Saturday. The contest will be aired on Jefferson-Pilot and kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. ET.