- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the SEC players of the week as announced Monday by the league:
SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER AND FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Manziel generated 345 total yards to lead Texas A&M to a 29-24 win over then-No. 1 Alabama. He completed 24 of 31 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 92 rushing yards on 18 carries. With the game, Manziel became the second freshman in NCAA FBS history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards in a single season (Brad Smith, Missouri, 2002). Manziel did not have a turnover against an Alabama team that was fourth in the nation in turnover margin.
SEC Co-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina: Swearinger totaled a career-best 13 tackles (10 solos), including one for a loss, and added an interception and quarterback pressure in South Carolina’s 38-20 win over Arkansas. He returned the interception 69 yards for a touchdown to put Carolina ahead 31-10.
Craig Loston, S, LSU: Loston had six total tackles and returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in LSU’s 37-17 win over Mississippi State. Loston’s interception return, which tied an LSU, SEC and NCAA record for longest, gave Tigers the final margin.
SEC Co-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Andrew Baggett, K, Missouri: Baggett’s 35-yard field goal in the fourth overtime gave Missouri a 51-48 win over Tennessee. It was Baggett’s first-ever attempt at a game-winning field goal in his career. He also hit 6-of-6 PAT tries against the Vols.
Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida: Purifoy blocked a punt with two seconds left against Louisiana-Lafayette that led to a touchdown and a 27-20 Florida victory. Purifoy’s block was returned by Jelani Jenkins 36 yards for the game-winning score. He had five tackles and a pass deflection against ULL. The blocked punt was the second of the year for Purifoy.
SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
David Andrews, C, Georgia: Andrews graded out at 88 percent after registering six “dominator” blocks and three knockdowns during Georgia’s 38-0 win at Auburn. He anchored an offensive line that allowed quarterback Aaron Murray to be sacked only once as the Bulldogs racked up 497 total yards on offense, including a pair of 100-yard rushers.
SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
Walker May, DE, Vanderbilt: May set career highs with six solo tackles, with three for losses, in Vanderbilt’s 27-26 comeback win at Ole Miss. May also had a 14-yard quarterback sack and a quarterback pressure against the Rebels.
For more top performances from Week 11, click here.
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