Gator Bowl Players to watch


Chris Rainey is a first-team All-SEC by league's coaches as all-purpose player and third in the SEC in all-purpose rushing, averaging 119.82 yards per game.

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Published: Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 11:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 11:54 p.m.

Players to watch

FLORIDA

Running back Chris Rainey (5-foot-9, 180 pounds, Sr., Lakeland)

First-team All-SEC by league's coaches as all-purpose player ... Third in the SEC in all-purpose rushing, averaging 119.82 yards per game ... Sixth in the SEC in rushing with 790 yards and two TDs ... Has 3,819 career all-purpose yards (3rd among active SEC players) and 2,393 rushing yards (4th among active SEC players).

QB John Brantley (6-3, 220, Sr., Ocala)

Has completed 132-of-224 for 1,912 yards with 10 TDs and six interceptions ... His 140.0 rating is sixth in the SEC ... Is 5th in the SEC in total offense, averaging 179.5 yards per game ... His 4,618 career passing yards is 3rd among active SEC players ... Threw for 329 yards and 4 TDs against Furman.

DE Jaye Howard (6-3, 303, Sr., Apopka)

Honorable mention All-SEC by AP ... Had 60 total tackles this season (33 solos) with 8.5 for losses (-50 yards), including 4.0 sacks (-36 yards) ... Had five tackles, including two for losses against Vanderbilt ... In Florida career, has 126 total tackles, 24 for losses (-117 yards), including 9.5 sacks (-71 yards).

PK Caleb Sturgis (5-11, 183, Jr., St. Augustine)

Finalist for Lou Groza Award as nation's top placekicker ... First-team All-America by ESPN.com and second-team by AP, Walter Camp, Rivals and SI.com ... Leads the SEC and third in the nation in field goals per game (1.91) ... Connected on 21-of-25 field goals this season ... Hit on all 28 PAT tries ... Scored 91 total points this season, sixth in SEC.

OHIO STATE

DT John Simon

First-team All-Big Ten by league's coaches and second-team by league media ... Third-team All-America by Associated Press and Yahoo Sports ... Led the Buckeyes with seven sacks (-47 yards) ... Was Big Ten defensive player of the week against Illinois (8 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks) ... Had career-high 10 stops against Indiana, along with three for losses and a sack.

C Mike Brewster (6-5, 305, Sr.)

Second-team All-Big Ten by league's coaches ... Four-year starter for the Buckeyes with 48 career starts ... First-team All-Big Ten as a junior and was a Riminington Trophy finalist.

DB C.J. Barnett

Second-team All-Big Ten by league's coaches ... Collected 69 total tackles (45 solos) ... Also had two interceptions and six pass deflections ... Logged season-best 12 tackles against Michigan ... Had interceptions against Michigan State and Miami (Fla.).

QB Braxton Miller

Voted Freshman of the Year in the Big Ten ... Completed 67-of-134 passes for 997 yards and 11 TDs ... Rushed for 695 yards and seven TDs on 144 carries ... Rushed for season-high 105 yards against Indiana and Penn State ... Passed for 235 yards and two TDs against Michigan.

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