Florida junior defensive lineman Cece Jefferson was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week by the league Monday.
The weekly honor is the first of Jefferson’s tenure as a Gator and comes after a career-high performance in Florida’s 28-27 win over Kentucky.
The Glen St. Mary native posted a career-best 1.5 sacks for a loss of five yards on Saturday, stifling the Wildcats’ offense. The sacks came on back-to-back plays in the second quarter, backing up Kentucky to Florida’s 29-yard line. Jefferson’s sacks forced Kentucky into a 48-yard field goal attempt, which the kicker missed and helped shift the momentum in favor of the Gators.
Jefferson recorded a total of five tackles in the game, including his 1.5 sacks. This brings him to 12 tackles on the year and pushes his 2017 sack total up to 2.5.
The list of SEC Players of the Week selections for Week 4:
OFFENSE: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
DEFENSE: Cece Jefferson, DL, Florida
SPECIAL TEAMS: Christian Kirk, WR/KR, Texas A&M
FRESHMAN: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
DEFENSIVE LINE: Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
OFFENSIVE LINE: Ross Pierschbacer, OL, Alabama