Jaye Howard is sharing the honor with Kentucky's Luke McDermott, but it is the first weekly honor of it's kind for Howard who has been a mainstay on the Florida line for a couple of years now.
Florida dominated on defense Saturday against FAU holding a rushing attack that gained over 200 yards a game last year to just 30 yards on 30 carries (1.0 average).
Howard had a sack and finished second on the team in tackles with four in a game that was played at 7 p.m. in Gainesville with a near capacity crowd. Florida won the game 41-3.
Here are the rest of the SEC honors given out this week.
SEC Players of the Week - Week 1
Offense - Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State
Defense - Tyrann Mathieu, DB, LSU
Special Teams - Joe Adams, WR/RS, Arkansas
Offensive Line - Rokevious Watkins, OT, South Carolina
Co-Defensive Line - Jaye Howard, NT, Florida; Luke McDermott, DT, Kentucky
Co-Freshman - Tre Mason, RB/RS, Auburn; Trey DePriest, LB, Alabama