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NOTEBOOK: Ma. Pouncey, Demps honored by SEC

GAINESVILLE -- Florida sophomore offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey and UF freshman running back Jeffrey Demps were named SEC players of the week by the league office on Monday.

Pouncey, the Gators' center, was named offensive player of the week after UF piled up 278 yards rushing. That total is the most against an SEC opponent under Florida coach Urban Meyer.

Ummm, just a quick question. Did the SEC watch UF 38, Arkansas 7 or just look at the stat sheet? Florida's offensive line made several major mistakes on Saturday. The O-line was flagged eight times. Well, for what it's worth, Maurkice Pouncey was never penalized and, according to Florida, graded out at 94 percent.

Demps rushed for 103 yards on seven carries and scored on touchdown runs of 48 and 36 yards. The true freshman combined with redshirt freshman Chris Rainey (10 carries, 103 yards) to become Florida's first 100-yard-rushing tandem since 1997 and the first freshmen duo in school history to accomplish the 100-100 feat.

The Gators moved up one spot in this week's AP Top 25 poll. No.11 Florida (4-1, 2-1 in SEC) is now the highest ranked college football in the state of Florida after USF lost to Pittsburgh. USF dropped from No.10 to No.19. Florida is the third-highest ranked one-loss team in the AP poll behind No.8 USC (3-1, 1-1 in PAC-10) and No.10 Georgia (4-1, 1-1 in SEC).

For the first time in the history of the world, a Florida coach is taunting a Vandy coach. Florida running backs coach Kenny Carter coached at Vandy last season. He congratulated Vandy coach Bobby Johnson for his win against Auburn but then jokingly offered this: "Too bad you are going to be in second place once we get into the thick of things."

Don't expect Florida running back Emmanuel Moody to be healthy enough to play against LSU on Saturday. Moody suffered a high-ankle sprain against Ole Miss. When asked on Monday about the Gators' injured running backs, Carte said redshirt senior Kestahn Moore could be ready to play against LSU. Moore also has a sprained ankle.





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