SEC players of the week

October, 10, 2011
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Here is a look at the SEC players of the week as announced by the league Monday:

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina: Shaw nearly surpassed his career totals in just about every passing category, as he completed 26-of-39 passes for 311 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Gamecocks' 54-3 rout of Kentucky. He also rushed 15 times for 42 yards. Shaw became the first Gamecock quarterback since 2006 to throw four touchdowns in a game. In the first half, Shaw completed 15-of-22 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Mike Gilliard, LB, Georgia: Gilliard recorded a game-high and career-high 12 tackles, including a sack for -14 yards and 2.5 tackles for a combined loss of 20 yards, forced a fumble and had a pass breakup during the Bulldogs’ 20-12 win at Tennessee. This marked the fourth straight game that Gilliard has led Georgia in tackles.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Blair Walsh, K, Georgia: Walsh was 2-for-2 in field goals and hit a pair of PATs to help clinch the Bulldogs’ 20-12 win at Tennessee. After starting the season 6-for-12, Walsh drilled a 35-yarder in the opening quarter to put Georgia up 3-0 and then a 23-yarder in the second quarter to give the Bulldogs a 6-3 edge.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

Will Blackwell, OL, LSU: Blackwell played every snap and recorded a team-high 10 knockdowns in LSU’s 41-11 win against Florida. He did not allow a sack as the Tigers rolled up 453 total yards against a Florida team allowing just 258 total yards going into the game. Blackwell helped pave the way for 100-yard rusher Spencer Ware as the Tigers ran for 238 yards against a Gators defense that was holding opponents to 90 yards on the ground per game.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State: Cox posted a career-high seven total tackles, including five solo stops, in Mississippi State’s 21-3 victory against UAB. He was a presence in the UAB offensive backfield for most of the game, credited with five quarterback pressures. Mississippi State held the Blazers to 145 rushing yards on 35 carries with only one rush for more than 20 yards.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Tevin Mitchel, CB, Arkansas: In his first career start, Mitchel finished with seven total tackles, including three solos, in Arkansas’ 38-14 win against Auburn. Mitchel was part of a Razorback secondary that allowed just nine completions in 25 Tiger pass attempts for 104 total yards.

You can check out the other top performers from the weekend here.

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