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SEC players of the Week

9/6/2010

The SEC office has named its top performers in the league for Week 1:

OFFENSE

Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton: Making his Auburn debut, Newton accounted for 357 yards of total offense. He was 9 of 14 passing for 186 yards and threw three touchdown passes in Auburn's 52-26 win over Arkansas State. He also rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns. The 171 rushing yards was a school record for a quarterback.

DEFENSE

Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan: He had a game-high 11 tackles in the 23-16 win over Louisville, including a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss. Nine of Trevathan's 11 tackles were solo stops.

SPECIAL TEAMS

LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson: Returning kicks for the first time at LSU, Peterson set a school record with 257 combined yards on kickoff and punt returns in the Tigers' 30-24 win over North Carolina. Included was an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown. The 257 yards ranks as the second highest total in SEC history.

OFFENSIVE LINE

South Carolina center T.J. Johnson: Awarded a game ball following the 41-13 win over Southern Miss, Johnson anchored a South Carolina offensive line that produced 449 yards of total offense. It was his first start at center after playing last season at guard.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Florida tackle Jaye Howard: The 6-foot-3, 295-pound junior recorded 2.5 sacks, the first multisack performance of his career. Howard had five total tackles and was part of a Florida defense that didn't allow a run longer than 9 yards in the Gators' 34-12 win over Miami (Ohio).

FRESHMAN

Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell: The redshirt freshman tied a school record with four touchdown passes in the 49-7 win over Memphis. He finished 13-of-16 for 256 yards and opened the second half by hitting six straight passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.