GAINESVILLE -- Every Tuesday this season we'll rank the top 15 players on the Florida Gators' roster. It's a sliding power poll based on performance and will change weekly.
STOCK IS RISING
OMARIUS HINES: This redshirt freshman receiver is third on the team in receptions with seven catches for 98 yards. Nice catch and carry for 25 yards in the third quarter against Troy. Florida coach Urban Meyer says Hines' play has moved him up the depth chart. He's currently the Gators' first receiver off the bench. Considering the Gators' perceived lack of depth at receiver to begin the season, Hines' emergence might be the biggest surprise through two games.
STOCK IS FALLING
JONATHAN PHILLIPS: This sixth-year senior kicker missed his first field-goal attempt of the season against Troy. Meyer said back-up Caleb Sturgis will push for playing time in practice this week. Sturgis is already the Gators kickoff specialist.
JEFF DEMPS: The sophomore running back is averaging 14.7 yards per carry and has already rushed for three scores. Yeah, he's legit.
RILEY COOPER: This senior receiver completely lost his mind after springing running back Jeff Demps for a 24-yard touchdown with a brilliant block. Felt bad for the poor Troy freshman cornerback that Cooper dressed down on national television. Take no prisoners!
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TIM TEBOW: Tebow accounted for over 300 yards of offense and five touchdowns against Troy. He was also named the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week.
BOB MARLEY REDEMPTION SONG AWARD
BRANDON JAMES: Talk about making up for your mistakes. James dropped a touchdown pass in the season opener but redeemed himself against Troy with a remarkable diving touchdown catch.
BIG HIT AWARD
TIM TEBOW: The Gators senior quarterback powered through Troy's safety during the second quarter to cap off a long run. Will Tebow do the same against Tennessee safety Eric Berry: "It depends on the situation of the game," Tebow said. "We'll see."
1. QB Tim Tebow: Accounted for seven touchdowns through two games.
2. RB Jeff Demps: Is there a better running back in the SEC? Not through the first two weeks of the season.
3. WR Riley Cooper: Doing more for the Gators offense than any other player ... save his roommate, of course.
4. ATH Brandon James: A kickoff return for a score followed by a highlight reel touchdown catch. Not a bad way to begin the season.
5. RT Marcus Gilbert: Helped to spring some long runs for the Gators' running backs against a talented Troy defensive line. Looked good in one-on-one match ups against Troy defensive end Brandon Lang. Excellent protection on Tebow's second touchdown pass (Riley Cooper).
6. RB Chris Rainey: Not far behind Demps. Rainey has rushed for 116 yards on 13 carries (12.4 yards a pop) and two touchdowns.
7. DE Jermaine Cunningham: Cunningham had four tackles, a quarterback hurry, a tackle for a loss, a fumble recovery and one forced fumble against Troy. Welcome back, sir.
8. CB Janoris Jenkins: Troy's leading receiver didn't catch a pass last Saturday. Jenkins recorded his first interception of season. Uncanny field awareness on the pick.
9. DE Justin Trattou: Had an excellent game against Troy. Recovered a fumble, deflected a pass and had five tackles.
10. CB Joe Haden: Leads UF starters with 10 tackles through two games.
11. RG Mike Pouncey/Maurkice Pouncey: Exceptional blocking by both players.
12. TE Aaron Hernandez: Second on the team with eight receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown. Not bad for a tight end. (Also made several key blocks in the second quarter.)
13. James Wilson: Must be doing something right to keep Matt Patchan out of the starting line up.
14. WR Deonte Thompson: Two touchdown receptions against Troy made up for two drops to begin the season.
15. LB Ryan Stamper: Made several key third-down stops against Troy.