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Monday, November 7, 2011
SEC players of the week

By Edward Aschoff

The SEC announced its plays of the week and here they are:

SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jeff Demps, RB, Florida: Demps rushed for a career-high 158 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns in Florida’s 26-21 win against Vanderbilt. Demps finished the game with 213 all-purpose yards, including 41 kick return and 14 receiving yards (on two catches). It was his seventh 100-yard effort of his career and third this season (105 vs. Florida Atlantic; 157 vs. Kentucky). His 52-yard run for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter put the Gators ahead, 26-14, with 2:13 left in the game.

SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Eric Reid, S, LSU: Reid had six tackles, including one for a 6-yard loss, and a key interception as LSU defeated Alabama 9-6 in overtime. His interception came in the fourth quarter after Alabama had driven to the LSU 28-yard line. The pick came at the LSU 1-yard line. He also forced a fumble in the Tiger win. The LSU defense held the Crimson Tide to its season-low in points (6), rushing yards (96) and total yards (295).

SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Dennis Johnson, KR, Arkansas: Johnson returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and tallied 252 all-purpose yards in Arkansas’ 44-28 win against #9-ranked South Carolina. Johnson also returned a kickoff 32 yards, had 86 yards rushing on 15 carries and caught four passes for 36 yards for the Razorbacks. His touchdown was the third kickoff return of Johnson’s career and tied for the 10th longest kickoff return in school history.

SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

Ben Jones, C, Georgia: Jones graded out at 85 percent and had five intimidation blocks in just a half of play during Georgia's 63-16 win over New Mexico State. He anchored an offensive line that did not allow any sacks of quarterback Aaron Murray as Murray was able to complete 18-of-23 passes for 238 yards in two quarters and a career-high five touchdown passes, which ties a school record. He was part of an offensive unit which accumulated the most total yards (627) and the most points (63) in the Mark Richt era during the Bulldogs' seventh straight win. With the top four tailbacks out versus the Aggies, Georgia was still able to rack up 258 yards rushing and have its fourth 100-yard receiver of the season

SEC CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE WEEK

Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas: Bequette tallied four total tackles, three sacks (-32 yards) and a forced fumble in Arkansas' win over South Carolina. His three sacks matched a career high and were the ninth-highest single-game total this season. His forced fumble was on a sack that the Razorbacks recovered on the Gamecocks' 1-yard line. Arkansas scored two plays later.

Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU: Montgomery had six total tackles, including a pair of sacks, in LSU’s 9-6 win at Alabama. His sack in overtime on third down resulted in the Crimson Tide having to attempt a 52-yard field goal. Other sack came in the second quarter and contributed to Alabama being forced to attempt a 49-yard field goal.

SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Maxwell Smith, QB, Kentucky: Making his first collegiate start, Smith completed 19-of-36 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions in Kentucky’s 30-13 win against Ole Miss. Smith led the Wildcats in a come-from-behind victory, trailing 13-10 entering the fourth quarter. Kentucky outscored Ole Miss, 20-0, in the final 15 minutes. In the final quarter, Smith was 4-of-8 for 110 yards and two touchdowns. His 283 passing yards is a UK record for passing yardage by a true freshman.

Here are other top performers from the weekend.