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Florida graduate defensive lineman Jonathan Greenard was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, the league announced on Monday.
The weekly honor is the first for Greenard as a Gator after a strong defensive performance in Florida’s 24-20 win over Miami.
The Hiram, Ga., native recorded 1.5 sacks for a loss of four yards and six tackles, including two for a loss of five yards, in his Gators debut last Saturday, Aug. 24. Greenard was part of a defensive group that forced 10 sacks against Miami. Florida’s 10 sacks eclipsed its highest single-game total since 1996, with the previous high being its nine against Auburn on Oct. 18, 1997.
Greenard also played a key role in a Gators defense that held Miami to 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) on third downs. The only opponent Florida held under 16 percent on third down last season was Florida State (1-of-14).
The Gators are back in action for their home opener, hosting UT Martin in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
The list of SEC Player of the Week selections for Week 1:
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Jeremiah Dinson, DB, Auburn
Rodrigo Blankenship, PK, Georgia
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Jonathan Greenard, DL, Florida
DJ Dale, NT, Alabama
Bo Nix, QB, Auburn