Jeff Demps was honored by the SEC as the special teams player of the week after blocking a punt against Kentucky. I’m not sure why he was singled out over William Green and Joe Haden, who also had blocks, but probably it was to honor his overall play for the whole game. It’s the second time he’s been named all-SEC as he was freshman player of the week after Arkansas.
Florida’s streak of having at least one player selected as some sort of SEC player of the week after every win has continued, thanks in part to Brandon Spikes getting defensive player of the week after LSU (which I neglected to mention last week).
In other news, Jim Tartt will be back for the game this weekend. Even though Carl Johnson has been playing well, Tartt has the edge in experience and will help anchor the line on the big stage. If (or perhaps sadly, when) Tartt has to come out, Johnson can go back in and I will feel fine.
Apparently, Ryan Stamper will keep the starting weakside linebacker spot over Dustin Doe until and unless Doe can win it back in practice. Stamper has impressed me a lot this year with his versatility and quality play. If/when Brandon Spikes declares for the draft, the Gators should be in good shape at middle linebacker with Stamper moving up to starter. His ceiling is not as high as Spikes’ is, but he can flat out get the job done.