SEC players of the week

October, 1, 2012
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The SEC league office has announced its top performers for Week 5:

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
  • Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Manziel set an SEC and Texas A&M record with 557 total offensive yards in the Aggies’ 58-10 win against Arkansas. He accounted for a school-record 453 passing yards on 29-of-38 passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions and also rushed for 104 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. Manziel’s total offense and passing yardage total is the most by a freshman in FBS play this season. Manziel threw to 12 different Aggie receivers against the Razorbacks and hasn't thrown an interception in 124 pass attempts this season.
Co-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
  • Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia: Commings tallied five tackles (four solos) and had a pair of interceptions in the final six minutes of the game to help Georgia defeat Tennessee 51-44. His first pick was near midfield at the six-minute mark and his second preserved the Georgia win with seven seconds left in the game.
  • Denzel Nkemdiche, LB, Ole Miss: Nkemdiche had 11 tackles, three for loss including a sack, and two forced fumbles in Ole Miss’ 33-14 loss at Alabama. The Rebel defense limited the Crimson Tide to season lows in points and yards.
Co-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
  • Christion Jones, WR, Alabama: Jones returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in Alabama’s 33-14 win over Ole Miss. It was the eighth longest return in school history and gave the Tide a 13-7 second-quarter lead. For the game, Jones had 161 all-purpose yards, 142 on kickoff returns and 19 receiving yards on two catches.
  • Marcus Murphy, TB, Missouri: Murphy returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown in Missouri’s 21-16 win at Central Florida. His return put the Tigers ahead 14-10 midway through third quarter. For the game, he had three punt returns for 70 yards and a 33-yard kickoff return.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
  • Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: Matthews helped keep quarterback Johnny Manziel sack-free against Arkansas, allowing the freshman signal-caller to break SEC and school records in Texas A&M’s 58-10 win. Matthews was part of an offense that gained 716 total yards; 498 through the air and 218 on the ground. Only two of Texas A&M’s 79 offensive plays were for lost yardage for minus-3 yards. Matthews was not flagged and graded out the best of the Texas A&M offensive linemen against Arkansas.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
  • Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: Clowney was credited with four tackles, including 2.5 for loss with a sack, in South Carolina’s 38-17 win at Kentucky. South Carolina limited Kentucky to just 70 yards in the second half after yielding 173 in the first half. Clowney’s sack came on a third-down play forcing the Wildcats to punt.
Tri-FRESHMEN OF THE WEEK
  • Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: Gurley rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns, including a 51-yard run, in Georgia’s 51-44 win over Tennessee.
  • Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia: Marshall rushed for 164 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns and also caught a 15-yard pass in Georgia’s 51-44 win over Tennessee.
  • Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Manziel set an SEC and Texas A&M record with 557 total offensive yards in the Aggies’ 58-10 win against Arkansas.

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