After downing Tennessee 33-23 in their Southeastern Conference opener Saturday, running back Chris Rainey and placekicker Caleb Sturgis were honored by the league.

Sturgis was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking a career-high four field goals and three touchbacks against the Volunteers Saturday.

Rainey, who rushed for 108 yards, hauled in two passes for an additional 104 yards, and blocked a punt was named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, sharing the honor with South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore (37 carries, 246 rushing yards in a 24-21 win against Navy).

Gators ascend to No. 15 in the AP Poll

Florida's victory against Tennessee was enough to bump the Gators up one spot in the Associated Press Poll from No. 16 to No. 15.

UF is one of five SEC squads ranked among the top 15 teams in the AP Poll, joining No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Alabama, No. 13 South Carolina, and No. 14 Arkansas.

At this time last season, Florida was ranked No. 9, which, in this writer's opinion, proves that early-season polls mean absolutely nothing.

Call me when the BCS rankings come out around the seventh or eighth week of the season.

'Florida Football with Will Muschamp' available online

GatorZone.com has posted this week's episode of "Florida Football with Will Muschamp," hosted by play-by-play broadcaster Mick Hubert.

In addition to Muschamp breaking down the Gators' seventh consecutive win against the Volunteers, there's also a good segment profiling new offensive line coach Frank Verducci.

I embedded the show right here in the article, but you can also watch it on GatorZone.com by clicking here.

The next episode of "Florida Football with Will Muschamp" will air next Sunday at noon on Sun Sports after the Kentucky game, which will air on ESPN at 7 p.m. 

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