Monday, September 19, 2011
SEC players of the week
By ESPN.com staff
The SEC league office has announced its top performers for Week 3:
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Chris Rainey, running back, Florida
Rainey accounted for a season-high 233 all-purpose yards – 108 rushing, 104 receiving, 21 on punt returns – in Florida’s 33-23 win over Tennessee.
He is just the second player in the country to tally a 100-yard rushing and receiving performance (Orwin Smith, Georgia Tech) this season.
Rainey became just the second Gator in program history to go over 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game (Percy Harvin, 2007 vs. Vanderbilt).
Marcus Lattimore, running back, South Carolina
Lattimore rushed for a career-high 246 yards on 37 carries in the Gamecocks’ 24-21 win against Navy.
It was the fourth-best single-game rushing performance in school history, just 32 yards shy of the record. He also tied his career high with three touchdowns.
It was his second career 200-yard rushing game and his seventh career 100-yard rushing effort (third this season in as many games).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Trey Wilson, defensive back, Vanderbilt
Wilson intercepted two Ole Miss passes, returning one for a 52-yard touchdown, in the Commodores’ 30-7 win over the Rebels.
It was Wilson’s second interception return for a touchdown this season (previous against Elon).
Wilson’s performance also included breaking up three other passes in the game.
Vanderbilt held Ole Miss to 234 total offensive yards, including just 85 on the ground. Ole Miss had 93 of its 149 passing yards in the fourth quarter.
Wilson leads the SEC in interceptions (second nationally) and is tied for third in the SEC in passes defensed with four.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Caleb Sturgis, Placekicker, Florida
Sturgis scored a career-high 15 points with four field goals and three point-after touchdowns, in Florida’s 33-23 win over Tennessee.
He went a perfect 4-for-4 in field goals with a long of 46. He also collected field goals of 42, 30 and 28 yards.
The four field goals were a career-best and he is currently 9-for-9 in attempts this season. The percentage and 3.00 field goals per game this season are tops in the nation.
He has made 12 consecutive field goals (dating back to last season), while Florida kickers have made 14 in a row.
Sturgis averaged 65.4 yards per kickoff with three touchbacks and has seven touchbacks on the season.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
Wesley Johnson, center, Vanderbilt
Johnson anchored a Commodore attack that produced 281 rushing yards and 387 total yards, in Vanderbilt’s 30-7 win against Ole Miss.
The 281 rushing yards was Vanderbilt’s highest output against an SEC opponent in 17 seasons, dating back to Oct. 15, 1994 against Georgia.
Johnson started every game last season at left offensive tackle, earning Freshman All-SEC honors, and moved to center this season.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
Bennie Logan, defensive tackle, LSU
Logan registered five tackles, including 3.5 tackles for losses, in LSU’s 19-6 win over Mississippi State. Included in the tackles for loss is a half-sack for minus 5 yards.
Led an LSU defensive front that held Mississippi State to just 52 rushing yards, 269 yards below their season average.
The Bulldogs entered the game rated first in the SEC in total offense and rushing yards. The Tigers limited the Bulldogs to only 193 total yards, nearly 400 yards below their season average
For the game, the Tigers registered 15 tackles for losses and five sacks.
This season, Logan is tied for seventh in the SEC in tackles for loss with 3.5.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Odell Beckham, receiver, LSU
Beckham led LSU with eight catches for 61 yards in Tigers’ 19-6 win over Mississippi State.
The eight catches were the most by an LSU true freshman since Michael Clayton caught eight balls in 2002 Sugar Bowl.
Four of his 8 receptions resulted in first downs for the Tigers, who had 21 in the game.
A true freshman, Beckham has started two of LSU’s first three games and he leads the team with 15 receptions.
OTHER OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES FROM WEEK 3
RB Trent Richardson (Alabama) -- Rushed for a career-high 167 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries (15.2 ypc) against North Texas.
LB Courtney Upshaw (Alabama) -- Totaled four solo tackles in shutout of North Texas, including 3.0 tackles for loss and led the team with three QB hurries.
RB Ronnie Wingo, Jr. (Arkansas) -- Rushed for 109 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns and had three catches for 20 yards and another score against Troy.
LB Jerry Franklin (Arkansas) -- Led Razorbacks with nine total tackles with 0.5 for loss (-1) and a pass deflection against Troy.
RB Michael Dyer (Auburn) -- Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries against Clemson.
P Steven Clark (Auburn) -- Four of six punts placed inside-the-20 with a net average of 41.3 yards per attempt against Clemson.
LB Jon Bostic (Florida) -- Tied career-high with eight total tackles and a sack (minus 7 yards) against Tennessee.
SE Malcolm Mitchell (Georgia) -- Had career-high six catches for 43 yards and a touchdown against Coastal Carolina.
PK Blair Walsh (Georgia) -- Had kick of 56 yards (longest in SEC this season) and connected on all eight PAT tries against Coastal Carolina.
QB Morgan Newton (Kentucky) -- Completed 27-of-41 passes for 255 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions against Louisville.
LB Danny Trevathan (Kentucky) -- Led Wildcats with 12 total tackles including a sack (-6 yards) and a forced fumble against Louisville.
QB Jarrett Lee (LSU) -- Completed 21-of-27 passes for 213 yards with a touchdown and intercption against Mississippi State.
LB Mike Marry (Ole Miss) -- Led Rebels with 11 total tackles with two for losses (-13 yards), including a sack (-10 yards) against Vanderbilt.
P Tyler Campbell (Ole Miss) -- Averaged 44.5 yards on six attempts, with three of those inside-the-20 yard line, against Vanderbilt.
SS Charles Mitchell (Mississippi) -- Led Mississippi State with 16 total tackles (seven solos) against LSU.
PK Derek DePasquale (Mississippi State) -- Hit both field goal attempts, including a 42-yarder, against LSU.
SPUR Antonio Allen (South Carolina) -- Led Gamecocks with 10 total tackles (eight solos) with a forced fumble and interception against Navy.
QB Tyler Bray (Tennessee) -- Completed 26-of-48 passes for 288 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions against Florida.
LB A.J. Johnson (Tennessee) -- Totaled seven tackles (all solos) with a forced and recovered fumble against Florida.
RB Zac Stacy (Vanderbilt) -- Rushed for a career-high 169 yards (10th highest rushing total in school history) on 11 carries against Ole Miss.