- Edward Aschoff, College Football
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Here are the SEC players of the week announced by the league Monday:
SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tyler Russell, QB, Mississippi State: Russell was 19-of-32 for 274 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in Mississippi State’s 45-14 win over Arkansas. He led the Bulldogs on seven scoring drives against the Razorbacks, including six for touchdowns. Russell broke the single-season school record for completions (201), yards (2,523) and 200-yard passing games (seven) while extending his single-season record of 21 passing touchdowns. He continues to hold lead in single-season school records for completion percentage and passing yards per game.
SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt: Hal posted five total tackles (four solos) and intercepted two passes in Vanderbilt’s 41-18 win over Tennessee. Vanderbilt’s pass defense held the Vols to 154 passing yards, which was 180 yards under Tennessee’s league-leading average of 334.0 yards per game. Hal had interception returns of 30 and 36 yards, both deep into Tennessee territory.
SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU: Beckham returned a punt 89 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown that helped propel LSU to a 41-35 come-from-behind win over Ole Miss. The punt return came with less than 10 minutes remaining in the contest and with the Tigers trailing, 35-28. Beckham finished the game with three punt returns for 109 yards and also caught two passes for 13 yards.
SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
P.J. Lonergan, C, LSU: Lonergan played all 76 snaps against Ole Miss, despite playing the entire game with an arm injury. Lonergan had 10 knockdown blocks while not allowing a sack in the game. He helped pave the way for a Tiger offense that racked up 427 total yards (145 rushing, 282 passing). LSU had four offensive drives of 60-yards-or-more, converting three for touchdowns.
SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
Donte Rumph, DT, Kentucky: Rumph totaled five tackles (four solos) with a sack (minus-7 yards) and caused a fumble in Kentucky’s 34-3 win against Samford. In the second quarter, Rumph recorded a sack and knocked out the football, which Tristian Johnson returned 25 yards for a touchdown. The Wildcats defense limited Samford to minus-2 yards rushing on 27 attempts and recorded five sacks of Bulldog quarterbacks. Samford had 102 total offensive yards for the game.
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Manziel completed 14 of 20 passes for 267 yards with three touchdowns and an interception and rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns in Texas A&M’s 47-28 win over Sam Houston State. Manziel became the first SEC player, first freshman and fifth NCAA FBS player to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season. He logged his eighth straight game with 300 or more total yards, while breaking the school record for total offense in a season (4,161 yards).
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Here are the SEC players of the week announced by the league Monday:SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Tyler Russell, QB, Mississippi State: Russell was 19-of-32 for 274 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in Mississippi State’s 45-14 win over Arkansas.