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SEC players of the week

11/23/2009

The SEC league office has announced its top performers for Week 12:

OFFENSE

Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas: Completed 18 of 34 passes for 313 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions, leading Arkansas to a 42-21 win against Mississippi State. Mallett matched his own school record for touchdown passes in a single game with five. He also set school marks for touchdown passes in a season (28) and touchdowns responsible for in a season (30).

DEFENSE

Sam Maxwell, LB, Kentucky: Collected a career-high 11 tackles, including one for loss, in the Wildcats’ 34-27 win at Georgia. In the final two minutes of the game, Maxwell made two game-saving plays for the Wildcats. With Georgia driving for the potential tying touchdown, he stopped Georgia tailback Caleb King at the 1-yard line. He also intercepted a pass, clinching the win for the Wildcats.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama: Set an SEC career record with his seventh punt return for a touchdown in Alabama’s 45-0 win against Chattanooga. His 66-yard return for a touchdown came early in the second quarter and gave the Crimson Tide a 28-0 lead. Arenas has 1,658 career punt return yards, which is second in SEC history.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN

Reid Neely, G, Ole Miss: Played a key role in Ole Miss gaining 426 total yards against LSU in the Rebels’ 25-23 win. Neely was credited with 14 finishes, four knockdown blocks and two pancakes, grading out at 98 percent in the run game and 94 percent in the pass game.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

Wes Brown, T, Tennessee: Accounted for three total tackles, including a sack for minus-9 yards, an interception and a quarterback pressure in Tennessee’s 31-16 win against Vanderbilt. Brown returned the interception 25 yards for a touchdown on the game’s final offensive play.

FRESHMAN

Warren Norman, RB, Vanderbilt: Accumulated 152 all-purpose yards, breaking an SEC freshman all-purpose yardage record in the Commodores' 31-16 loss at Tennessee. Norman finished the season with 1,941 all-purpose yards, breaking a mark set by Georgia’s Herschel Walker in 1980.