Rainey, Sturgis Honored by the SEC

FightinGators.com Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2011

The Gators were well represented in Monday’s weekly conference awards. Running back Chris Rainey was named co-Offensive Player of the Week, and kicker Caleb Sturgis was named Special Teams Player of the Week. It was the third time Rainey has been honored by the conference but the first time he was named Offensive Player of the Week.

Chris Rainey counted for 233 all-purpose yards in Florida’s 33-23 win over Tennessee. He added a touchdown on an 83-yard reception on a short pass from John Brantley. Rainey also blocked the fifth punt of his career, setting a new school and conference record.

Rainey led the team with 108 rushing yards and 104 receiving yards. He became the second Florida player to reach the 100-yard mark on the ground and in the air, joining Percy Harvin who did it against Vanderbilt in 2007.

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore split the honor with Rainey.

Rainey leads the Gators with 306 rushing yards and 214 receiving yards. He is one of only two players in the country to lead his team in both categories. Rainey is also tied for sixth in the country with 520 yards from scrimmage.

The SEC honored Caleb Sturgis for the second time in his career. He scored a career-best 15 points against Tennessee. Sturgis went 4-for-4 on field goals to set a career high with a long of 46 yards. He also made all three extra point attempts. Sturgis also kicked three touchbacks.

Sturgis is 9-for-9 on field goals this season, the top total in the nation.

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