UF’s Davis, Heggie receive SEC weekly honors

Florida running back Malik Davis scores the final touchdown to ice the game Saturday against Vanderbilt at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida won 38-24. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Florida freshman Malik Davis garnered SEC Freshman of the Week accolades, while redshirt freshman Brett Heggie was named Offensive Lineman of the Week, the league announced Monday.

In Florida’s 38-24 win over Vanderbilt, Davis rushed for a career-high 124 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. He is the first Florida true freshman to rush for over 100 yards and record two rushing touchdowns in a game since Jeff Demps did so against Arkansas on Oct. 4, 2008.

The Tampa native became the first true freshman in the SEC to have two rushing touchdowns in a game this season. He sits fifth in the nation and second in the SEC for total yards gained by a true freshman with 321 and is averaging 79.8 yards through his first four games.

Heggie earned his award after allowing the Gators to rush for 246 yards and throw for 249 yards, both season highs for Florida’s offense. He graded the highest among all of Florida’s offensive lineman and earned the title of co-offensive player of the game after the win.

He assisted Florida in being able to rush for five touchdowns for the first time since Nov. 1, 2014 when the team did so against Georgia.

The list of SEC Players of the Week selections for Week 5:

OFFENSE: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia/Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
DEFENSE: Levi Wallace, DB, Alabama
SPECIAL TEAMS: Josh Paschal, DE, Kentucky
FRESHMAN: Malik Davis, RB, Florida/Nick Coe, DL, Auburn  
OFFENSIVE LINE: Brett Heggie, OL, Florida 
DEFENSIVE LINE: Landis Durham, DE, Texas A&M