Monday, October 24, 2011
SEC players of the week
By Edward Aschoff
Here are the SEC players of the week the the league announced Monday:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dennis Johnson, RB, Arkansas: Johnson helped guide Arkansas to a 29-24 victory at Ole Miss with 15 carries for 160 yards (10.7 yards per carry) and one rushing touchdown. He also had a pair of catches for 14 yards. Johnson’s 160 rushing yards were a career-high and were the most by a Razorback this season. Trailing 17-0 in the second quarter, Johnson started the Razorback comeback with a career-long 52-yard touchdown carry on a third and 14 draw play. Johnson also played a part in setting up Arkansas’ final scoring play of the day as he had four consecutive carries for 44 yards to set up a Zach Hocker field goal that pushed the Arkansas lead to 29-17.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama: Hightower totaled seven tackles with a sack, one interception, two pass breakups and three quarterback hurries in Alabama’s 37-6 win against Tennessee. He returned the interception 29 yards to the UT 9-yard line to set up Alabama's final touchdown. Alabama’s defense gave up six total first downs, 155 yards (92 rush, 63 pass) and just two third-down conversions on 14 Tennessee attempts. Alabama held the Vols scoreless in the second half and allowed just 41 total yards (0 first downs) in the final 30 minutes.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brad Wing, P, LSU: Wing punted four times with a 51.2 average in LSU’s 45-10 win against Auburn. Three of Wing’s four punts were downed inside the 20-yard line. For the season, Wing has had 15 of his 31 punts downed inside the 20, the second highest percentage (48.39) in the SEC. Auburn had an average starting field position of its own 18-yard line on Wing’s four punts.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
Ryan Seymour, OG, Vanderbilt: Seymour anchored a Vanderbilt offensive line effort that helped produce more than 500 total yards and one of the best rushing performances in team history in a 44-21 victory against Army. Starting at left guard for just the third game after earlier starts at both tackle positions, Seymour had seven knockdown blocks as the Commodores rushed for a season-high 344 yards and produced 530 yards, including 198 rushing yards by Zac Stacy. Pulling from the guard slot, Seymour had five blocks that led to touchdowns or first downs.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU: Mingo had four tackles with two sacks totaling 21 yards in losses and a quarterback hurry in LSU’s 45-10 win against Auburn. He led a defense that registered six sacks and 10 tackles for losses against Auburn. Both of Mingo’s sacks were in the first quarter. His first sack came on a 3rd-and-2 for a six yard loss. Mingo’s second sack came on a 2nd-and-goal from the LSU 9-yard line for minus 15 yards and helped forced Auburn to kick a field goal.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
A.J. Johnson, LB, Tennessee: Johnson had a game-high 13 total tackles (five solos) with 1.5 for losses in Tennessee’s 37-6 loss at Alabama. The Vol defense held Alabama to six first downs and 157 yards in the first half. He had seven of his tackles in the first half and six in the second.
Here is a list of other players who had top performances from the weekend.