Special to The Sun
Florida kicker Evan McPherson was named SEC Freshman of the Week, the league announced Monday.
The weekly honor is the second for McPherson this season. He was also named SEC Freshman of the Week following the win at Mississippi State.
McPherson has been a consistent factor in the Gators’ special team efforts. The Fort Payne, Ala. native has made 11 of his first 12 collegiate field goal attempts, knocking in 21-, 25- and 43-yarders in Florida’s 37-27 win over Vanderbilt. He is also perfect on point after attempts on the season (25-25).
Additionally, the freshman is handling kickoff responsibilities for the Gators. On Saturday, McPherson sent four of his seven kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. He totaled 433 yards and averaged 61.9 yards per kickoff.
The Gators are off this weekend, so coach Dan Mullen did not hold his usual Monday news conference and player availability is limited. UF heads to Jacksonville for a key matchup against Georgia on Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m.
The list of SEC Players of the Week selections for Week 7:
OFFENSE: Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Ole Miss and Jarrett Guarantano, QB, Tennessee
DEFENSE: Devin White, LB, LSU
SPECIAL TEAMS: Cole Tracy, PK, LSU
FRESHMAN: Evan McPherson, PK, Florida
OFFENSIVE LINE: Jedrick Wills Jr., RT, Alabama
DEFENSIVE LINE: Kyle Phillips , DE, Tennessee