Monday, November 14, 2011
SEC players of the week
By Chris Low
The SEC league office has announced its top performers from last week:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt: Stacy rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries, leading Vanderbilt to a 38-8 win over Kentucky. It was the Commodores' most decisive SEC victory in four decades. It marks the fourth rushing performance of more than 125 yards for Stacy this season, including three coming against league teams. The last Vanderbilt back to top 100 rushing yards in four games was Kwane Doster in 2002. Stacy scored on touchdowns of 3 and 8 yards in the first half and 18 yards in the fourth quarter. He ranks fourth in the SEC with 891 rushing yards. Stacy's nine rushing touchdowns this season is the most by a Commodores running back since Jamie O'Rourke scored 12 touchdowns in 1974.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama: Hightower led Alabama with 11 total tackles with 2.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks and a pass break-up in the Crimson Tide’s 24-7 win at Mississippi State. Alabama recorded five sacks in the game and nine tackles for loss and held Mississippi State to just 131 total yards and nine first downs (3-of-16 on third down). Hightower’s unassisted sack came on third-and-8 at midfield late in first quarter, forcing the Bulldogs to punt. The Crimson Tide have not allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points during the first 10 games of the season and 11 dating back to the bowl game (longest since 1975-76 when the Tide did that for 14 games). Hightower is Alabama's leading tackler with 66 total stops on the season (8.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks)
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas: Adams returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown and also had two catches for 52 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown in Arkansas’ 49-7 win against Tennessee. Adams made several Vols miss (six different defenders had a hand on Adams) on the 60-yard punt return for a score to give the Razorbacks a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter. The punt return touchdown was the third of the season (leads NCAA) and fourth of Adams' career. His single-season total is tied for second in SEC history, and his career total is tied for fourth in conference history.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
Ben Jones, C, Georgia: Jones helped lead Georgia to a 45-7 win against Auburn, blocking for a unit that gained 528 offensive yards and had two 100+ rushing yardage performances. He graded out at 85 percent and had 10 dominator blocks while starting his 45th game at center for the Bulldogs. This is his second straight SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honor. He anchored an offense that scored at least 40 points for the fourth time this season and helped Georgia rush for 304 yards, the most on the ground by the Bulldogs since 2009.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
Travian Robertson, DT, South Carolina: Robertson tallied four total tackles, including two solos, with two for losses (-10 yards), including a sack (-8 yards) in South Carolina’s 17-12 win against Florida. The Gamecocks held the Gators to 261 total offensive yards and registered 11 tackles for losses, including three sacks. Robertson’s sack came on the last play of the game with Florida near midfield. For the season, Robertson has 25 total tackles (15 solos) with 4.5 for loss, including one sack.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Georgia: Crowell recorded the fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career (all vs. SEC competition) after rushing for 132 yards on 24 carries (5.5 avg.) and a touchdown in Georgia’s 45-7 win against Auburn. Crowell and his teammate, Carlton Thomas, both had 100-yard games – the first for a Bulldog duo since the 2009 Georgia Tech game and the first time in SEC play since 2004. Georgia moved to fourth in rushing in SEC games with an 185.0 average after tallying a season-high 304 yards on the ground (most since the 2009 season). Crowell is the top freshman and third in the league overall against SEC competition with an average of 96.4 yards. He's also fourth among all freshman rushers in the nation.
Here are some other top performers from last week.