Greenard named SEC Defensive Lineman of Week

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Florida defensive end/linebacker Jonathan Greenard tackles Miami quarterback Jarren Williams at the Camping World Kickoff at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Aug. 24. [Matt Pendleton/Correspondent]

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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:

 OFFENSE

Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

 DEFENSE

Jeremiah Dinson, DB, Auburn

 SPECIAL TEAMS

Rodrigo Blankenship, PK, Georgia

 OFFENSIVE LINE

Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

 DEFENSIVE LINE

Jonathan Greenard, DL, Florida

DJ Dale, NT, Alabama

FRESHMAN

Bo Nix, QB, Auburn