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Chris Rainey named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week

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Chris Rainey also had a 40-yard touchdown reception on Saturday. (AP photo)

Florida’s Chris Rainey was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking two punts in the Gators’ 55-14 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Rainey’s first block was the Gators first of the season and set them up at 1st-and-goal from the three-yard line. Two plays later, Mike Gillislee scored.

Rainey blocked another punt in the second quarter, one Solomon Patton returned 42 yards for a touchdown.

Rainey finished with 136 all-purpose yards.

With his two blocked punts, Rainey brought his career total to four. That ties his for first place in Florida history with Tim Paulk (1987-91), Sam McCorkle (1992-95) and Carlos Dunlap (2007-09).

Rainey has been responsible for the Gators’ past four block punts, with ones last year against Mississippi State and Kentucky.

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Special teams helps Gators to blowout win over Vandy

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Florida's Solomon Patton recovered one of two blocked punts by the Gators against Vanderbilt. (US Presswire photo)

Throughout the season, Florida coach Urban Meyer has lamented the Gators’ special teams play. He might still be mad about a 41-yard punt return Florida gave up to Alabama’s Julio Jones on Oct. 2.

While Chas Henry has been one of the best punters in the country, the Gators’ coverage has been not so great. Florida had just one blocked kick coming into the game.

Chris Rainey changed that, blocking two punts to bring his career total to four.

“You talk about a momentum shift,” Meyer said. “And Rainey’s a very unique, skilled athlete that can come off that edge, that skinny like that.”

The first block set up a three-yard score by Mike Gillislee two plays later. On the second one, Solomon Patton returned the ball 42 yards for a touchdown.

Rainey tied a school record for blocks in a career, bringing his total to four. Tim Paulk (1987-91), Sam McCorkle (1992-95) and Carlos Dunlap (2007-09) all blocked four as well.

Of course, it was not all good. Terron Sanders missed a blocking assignment in the third quarter, allowing Javon Marshall to recover the ball in the end zone for Vanderbilt’s first score.

“That was on me,” said Sanders. He worked a move, he worked a good move on me. I was real disappointed afterwards, but we got the win.”

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