Florida football: David Reese II earns National Defensive Player of the Week

Every player that has ever played competitive sports has dreamed of having that big game. The type of game that everything just goes right. Saturday night Florida football’s David Reese II had one of those nights.

In a game against the Kentucky Wildcats, Florida football player David Reese complied a record day with 16 tackles and an incredible 13 solo stops.

This was a record night for him as his previous high was 14 tackles on two other occasions. Reese also leads the team in total tackles with 23, and he is tied for seventh in the SEC.

For that tremendous performance, Reese was honored with the National Defensive Player of the week.

The award is given each week by the Football Writers Association of America. Reese has also earned the SEC defensive player of the week award this week.

Those stats he had Saturday alone would make for one of the best games of the year but he did more than just that, he led that team in a big way.

His stellar play was no more evident than on a key series that started near the end of the third quarter.

He made play after play in that series and on a critical fourth-down play Reese came up and put a hit on Asim Rose, stopping him in his tracks.

After that play, the rest of the game was all Gators. They scored 19 straight points and ran out of Kentucky with another SEC win.

That type of play and leadership is why he won that national player of the week award. The award puts him in line for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. That award is for the National Player of the year which will be given out on Nov. 20.

Next up for Florida football is at home against the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday. This will be another chance for Reese to add to a year that has been off the charts already.