SEC players of the week

October, 17, 2011
10/17/11
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Here are the SEC players of the week announced by the league Monday:

SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: Richardson rushed for a career-high 183 yards on 17 carries and scored a career-high four touchdowns in Alabama’s 52-7 win at Ole Miss. His 76-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was his career-longest and put the Crimson Tide ahead, 31-7. He also added two catches for 30 yards. Richardson has now tied a school-record and leads the nation with six straight 100-yard rushing games.

SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn: Lemonier led the Auburn defense with six tackles, including 3.0 tackles for loss (minus 20), including 2.0 quarterback sacks (minus 16) and four quarterback hurries in Auburn’s 17-6 win against Florida. He helped the Tiger defense hold Florida to 194 yards of total offense, which was the fewest by a Gator offense since 1990 at Tennessee (194). He tied a career high in tackles and set career-bests in tackles for loss and sacks.

D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina: Swearinger logged a game- and career-high 12 tackles (five solo and seven assisted) in South Carolina’s 14-12 win at Mississippi State. He also sealed the win, intercepting a pass at the South Carolina 12-yard line with just 1:45 remaining in the contest.

SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Steven Clark, P, Auburn: Clark tied a career-high with nine punts, two of which were muffed by the receiving team and recovered by Auburn, in the Tigers 17-6 win against Florida. Clark averaged 39.2 yards per punt, two of which led to Gator drives starting inside the 20-yard line. Florida was held to -4 yards on four punt returns. On the seven other punts (outside of UF fumbles), Florida’s average starting field position was their own 26-yard line.

SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

Chris Faulk, OT, LSU: Faulk played all 69 snaps and led Tigers with 12.5 knockdowns in 38-7 win over Tennessee. He helped pave the way for an LSU offense that racked up 383 total yards (237 rushing, 146 passing) as the Tigers amassed 38:19 of possession time in the game.

SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State: Cox posted a career-best four tackles for loss and a pair of sacks in Mississippi State's 14-12 loss to South Carolina. He was credited with six total tackles, second most in his career behind only the previous weekend's seven total stops (vs. UAB). Cox led a Bulldog defensive front that held USC to a season-low 110 yards on 43 rushing attempts and the SEC's leading rusher Marcus Lattimore to 39 yards on 17 attempts.

SEC CO-FRESHMEN OF THE WEEK

Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina: Ellington did a little bit of everything to help South Carolina pull out a 14-12 win at Mississippi State. The redshirt freshman caught four passes for 32 yards, was used in the "Wildcat" formation where he rushed four times for 25 yards and completed 2-of-3 passes for 24 yards. He also returned one kickoff for 17 yards. On the game-winning drive, he returned the kickoff for 17 yards, rushed twice out of the Wildcat for 14 yards, completed a pass for 8, and caught a pass for 8 yards.

Ray Drew, OLB, Georgia: Drew recorded a career-high three tackles, including the team’s only sack for -8 yards and 2.5 tackles for loss for -13 yards, and forced as well as recovered a fumble during the Bulldogs’ 33-28 win over Vanderbilt. His forced fumble and recovery came at the conclusion of the opening half in Georgia territory with Vanderbilt driving and down 20-7.

Check out other top performers from Saturday here.

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