Pro Gators Still Doing Well in Week 5

Florida Gator football players are making impacts on the field after they leave their college careers. Sixteen former Gators contributed to their teams Sunday and Monday in NFL games. A few made some big noise on the day. Recent receivers that have moved on from Florida are starting to put up some nice numbers and make some heavy contributions to their teams.

Recent Gator receivers seem to be making big impacts this season on their respective teams. Rookies Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy have had big years so far. Andre Caldwell was on the 2006 national championship team and has been a life saver for the Bengals this year.

Third year WR Andre Caldwell (Cincinnati Bengals) scored his second game-winning touchdown of the season on Sunday on a 20-yard pass from Carson Palmer with 22 seconds remaining. Caldwell is second on the team with 18 catches on the season for 181 yards. He and also has 346 yards on 17 kickoff returns.

Rookie WR Percy Harvin (Minnesota Vikings) made his first career start and led the team with four receptions and 66 receiving yards in the Vikings 38-10 win over the St. Louis Rams. He also returned one kickoff for 27 yards. He averages 31.2 yards per kickoff return, second-best in the NFL.

Former Gator WR Jabar Gaffney (Denver Broncos) had six receptions for 81 yards in the win over New England, helping keep Denver undefeated. Rookie WR Louis Murphy (Oakland Raiders) has had a big year so far. He started, but was limited to one reception for two yards.

Two Gator greats started for their respective teams along the offensive line. OT Cooper Carlisle (Oakland Raiders) started at right guard in Oakland's 44-7 loss to the New York Giants and OT Max Starks (Pittsburgh Steelers) started at left tackle for the Steelers 28-20 win over Detroit.

Two former Gator defensive linemen played for their respective teams this past weekend. DT Marcus Thomas (Denver Broncos) played but did not record a stat versus the Patriots. DT Gerard Warren (Oakland Raiders) started and made five tackles in the loss to the Giants.

A hand full of Gator linebackers made some serious noise this weekend in the NFL.

Linebacker is a new position for Derrick Harvey (Jacksonville Jaguars) as they convert to a 3-4 defense. Harvey started at linebacker making five tackles, one quarterback hurry, and one pass deflection in the Jaguars 41-0 loss to Seattle.

Channing Crowder, (Miami Dolphins) started at inside linebacker and had four tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, in the Dolphins' 31-27 win over the NY Jets on Monday Night Football. Andra Davis (Denver Broncos) started at inside linebacker and recorded three tackles and one pass deflection in the Broncos' 20-17 overtime victory over the New England Patriots. Mike Peterson (Atlanta Falcons) started at outside linebacker for the Falcons, making two tackles and two pass deflections in the Falcons' 45-10 win over the 49ers.

Florida will be adding to the NFL ranks in the secondary soon, but some very good former Gators are making plays in the NFL every week. Marquand Manuel (Detroit Lions) started at strong safety, leading the team in tackles with eight, in the Lions' 28-20 loss to Pittsburgh. Reggie Nelson (Jacksonville Jaguars) started at free safety, making one tackle and a pass deflection in the loss to Seattle. CB Keiwan Ratliff (Pittsburgh Steelers) registered two tackles in Pittsburgh's 28-20 win over the Detroit Lions.


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