The SEC league office has announced its top performers for Week 9:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina: Shaw had his most productive day as a Gamecock signal-caller, completing 22-of-32 passes for a career-high 356 yards and three touchdowns in South Carolina’s 38-35 win over Tennessee. He added 33 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries on the ground. His scoring passes covered 33, 26 and 24 yards as the Gamecocks rolled up 510 yards of total offense, the sixth-highest total in the Steve Spurrier era at Carolina. For the season, Shaw has completed 106-of-160 passes for 1,338 yards with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: Jones had a career-high 13 tackles (12 solo stops), including 4.5 tackles for 24 yards of losses, with three sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in Georgia’s 17-9 win against Florida. His 22 sacks in 20 career games over the last two years leads all NCAA FBS active players (1.1 avg. per game). Seven of those sacks have come against the Gators in two games. Jones was the catalyst behind a defense that held No. 3-ranked Florida to no touchdowns and forced the Gators into six turnovers after Florida had committed four turnovers all season leading into the game.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Bryson Rose, PK, Ole Miss: Rose connected on all three field goals attempts, including the game-winning 31-yarder as time expired, to lead Ole Miss to a 30-27 win against Arkansas in Little Rock. His other fourth-quarter field goal was a career-long 53-yarder, which marked the sixth longest in school history. Rose was also successful on all three PAT attempts and recorded four touchbacks on six kickoffs.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama: Warmack graded out at 90 percent with four pancake blocks, no missed assignments, no penalties, no sacks or no pressures allowed in Alabama’s 38-7 win against Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide offense totaled 414 yards (235 passing and 179 rushing) against the Bulldogs. Alabama’s offense had no turnovers against a Mississippi State team that came into the game leading the nation in turnover margin.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri: Richardson tallied five tackles (3 solos) with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Missouri’s 33-10 win over Kentucky. On Kentucky’s game-opening drive, Richardson stripped the Kentucky rusher of the football and returned it 60 yards to set up Missouri’s first touchdown of the game. The Missouri defense forced three-and-outs on nine of Kentucky’s 14 possessions in the game.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Manziel completed 16-of-23 passes for 260 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and also rushed for 90 yards on nine carries and three touchdowns in Texas A&M’s 63-21 win at Auburn. The Aggies scored the most points ever by an Auburn opponent in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Manziel’s 350 yards of total offense came in only one half of play and the first series of the third quarter.