- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the SEC players of the week as announced by the league Monday:
OFFENSIVE: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
Completed 20 of 29 passes for a career-high 334 yards with four touchdowns, which tied a career-best for McCarron. His 5-yard pass to Jalston Fowler with 2:28 to play put Alabama up 49-35 and proved to be game-winner.
He had touchdown passes of 22, 44 and 51 yards.
He's now second all time at Alabama for passing yardage (passing Brodie Croyle) with 6,400 yards.
DEFENSIVE: Ego Ferguson, DE, LSU
Led LSU with eight tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack, in the 45-13 win over Kent State. The eight tackles set a career-high for the first-year starter.
Anchored an LSU defense that held Kent State to just 58 rushing yards and 248 total yards.
LSU held Kent State to 4 of 14 on third-down conversions and just 1.8 yards per rush.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Jeff Scott, PR/RB, Ole Miss
Returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown in Ole Miss' 44-23 victory at Texas.
Finished with a career-high 243 all-purpose yards, including a career-high 164 rushing yards and another touchdown.
The punt return score marked the second of his career.
He moved into fourth on the school’s all-purpose yardage list with 3,421 yards.
FRESHMAN: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
Rushed 25 times for 115 yards and one touchdown in 24-3 win over Southern Miss.
First freshman in SEC history and first true freshman in NCAA since Adrian Peterson in 2004 to begin career with three consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
His touchdown capped a 14-play, 81-yard drive in the fourth quarter that featured eight rushes for 38 yards, an average of 4.8 yards per carry.
He leads the SEC and ranks fourth nationally with 418 rushing yards this season, and his average of 139.9 rushing yards per game is second in the SEC and eighth nationally.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: Clayton Stadnik, C, South Carolina
Making his second consecutive start for the injured Cody Waldrop, Stadnik graded out at 82 percent, playing all 87 snaps at center in the 35-25 win over Vanderbilt.
The Gamecock offensive line did not give up a quarterback sack or quarterback hurry while rolling up 579 yards of offense, the second-highest total in the Steve Spurrier era.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas
Recorded career-high three sacks as part of five-tackle performance with two quarterback hurries in Arkansas' win over Southern Miss.
Had two sacks on Southern Miss’ final drive of the second quarter with Golden Eagles at midfield to preserve a seven-point Arkansas lead going into halftime.
His three sacks tied for highest single-game output this season.
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