Florida freshman cornerback C.J. Henderson was named SEC Freshman of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Henderson recorded an interception in the fourth quarter against Tennessee, running it back for a 16-yard touchdown, his second in two games, to give Florida the 20-13 lead. He became the first Florida freshman to record a pick-six in back-to-back games in program history and the first Gator to do so according to records dating back to 1973.
He is also the only true freshman in the nation to have returned an interception for a touchdown in consecutive games, according to records dating back to the 1996 season.
The Miami native is one of two freshmen to have recorded at least one pick-six this season and is the only one to have two under his belt. Through his first two games as a Gator, Henderson is now tied for first in program history for most interceptions returned for touchdowns in a season, with the all-time record for a career being four.
Henderson helped account for UF’s third consecutive multi-interception game and helped give the Gators their 31st multi-interception game against an FBS team since 2010, which is the most in the SEC during that span.
The list of SEC Players of the Week selections for Week 3:
OFFENSE: Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State
DEFENSE: Derrick Baity Jr., CB, Kentucky and LaDarius Wiley, S, Vanderbilt
SPECIAL TEAMS: Austin MacGinnis, PK, Kentucky
FRESHMAN: C.J. Henderson, DB, Florida
DEFENSIVE LINE: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
OFFENSIVE LINE: Darryl Williams, OL, Mississippi State