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SEC: Gators’ Joseph Earns League Honor After Big Game in Swamp

Jachai Polite celebrates during Florida's 27-19 win over LSU. He amassed six tackles and two sacks, including a sack-fumble in the first quarter. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Houston Florida Alligator Sports)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida linebacker Vosean Joseph was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after the Gators 27-19 win over No. 5 LSU. Florida won its first game over a top-5 opponent Saturday since it beat No. 3 Ole Miss in 2015.

The Miami native recorded a team-high 14 tackles, including 3.5 for losses. He also sacked LSU QB Joe Burrow twice for a loss of 14 yards. Burrow had not thrown an interception this season. The Gators’ Brad Stewart, Jr. and Donovan Stiner both picked him off in the fourth quarter.

Jachai Polite, who entered Saturday in a seven-way tie for the FBS lead with three forced fumbles, notched his fourth forced fumble of the season with his sack and forced fumble on LSU’s second drive of the first quarter

Through six games, Joseph is the Gators’ leading tackler with 42, including 6.5 for losses. He has also recorded three sacks, two pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery, which he returned for 20 yards. Joseph also earned the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honor for his performance against LSU.

With his first touchdown pass, QB Feleipe Franks passed Jeff Driskel (12 in 2012) for the most touchdown passes in a season by a Florida quarterback since Tim Tebow threw 21 in 2009.

After starting the game 1-of-6 for six yards, Franks completed five of his final six passes in the first half for 64 yards and a touchdown—and he was 4-of-4 for 56 yards on Florida’s 10-play, 63-yard touchdown drive late in the second quarter. Franks’ interception in the red zone was just the second time this season the Gators failed to score in the red zone.

LSU GAME NOTES: Dan Mullen joins Galen Hall as the only other head coach in school history to win his first two games over ranked opponents; Hall won his first six games over ranked opponents from 1984 through 1985……The Gators entered the game tied for 15th nationally in red zone scoring percentage (95 percent – 19-of-20)….Today marked Florida’s fourth game of the season with 200-plus rushing yards.


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