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The SEC had itself a nice little weekend of competitive football, with a few upsets thrown into the mix as well. On Monday, the conference announced their players of the week, on offense, defense and special teams.
Offensive Player Of The Week: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee
Hendon Hooker led Tennessee to a 45-42 win this past weekend over No. 18 Kentucky. The Vols quarterback finished 15-of-20 for a career-best 316 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He also had 41 yards rushing. Hooker had two touchdown passes over 70 yards, becoming the first Tennessee QB to do so in the same game since 2000 and the only player in the SEC this season to do so in a conference game. He is now 4th in the country in passer rating and moved into a tie for the national lead in 70+ yard touchdowns on the season with four.
Defensive Player Of The Week: Will Anderson, LB, Alabama
Will Anderson led Alabama on defense in the 20-14 win over LSU on Saturday. He led the Crimson Tide in tackles with a career-best 12, including eight solo stops. He now leads the NCAA in tackles for loss, with 21 on the season. Anderson had 1.5 sacks against the Tigers, bringing his total to 10.5, which is first in the SEC and 4th in the country.
Special Teams Co-Player Of The Week: Seth Small, PK, Texas A&M
Seth Small was 4-of-5 in the field goal department making kicks of 21, 29, 37 and a long of 47. He helped the Aggies defeat Auburn on Saturday, because if not for him, that game could’ve been closer than the final score. Also, if he doesn’t make a few of his kicks, Auburn might’ve had enough to pull out the win. But, Small was clutch, helping the Aggies win.
Special Teams Co-Player Of The Week: Parker White, PK, South Carolina
Parker was solid all night, connecting on all eight of his kicks in Saturday’s 40-17 win over Florida. He also set a career-high with four field goals made, hitting from 39, 35, 40 and 39 yards, and scoring a career-best 16 points. Parker became the first Gamecock place kicker to make four field goals in a game since the 2015 season, which is crazy if you think about it.
Defensive Lineman of The Week: Tyree Johnson, DL, Texas A&M
Johnson had two tackles and both were quarterback sacks for losses of 13 yards as the Aggie defense allowed only 226 net yards on 70 plays from scrimmage against Auburn. He also forced a fumble in the win.
Offensive Lineman Of The Week: Cade Mays, OT, Tennessee
Mays has now played a whopping 418 snaps without allowing a sack. He was key in the Vols’ success against Kentucky, especially protecting his QB Hendon Hooker. He did not allow a pressure, penalty or sack, in the win over Kentucky.
Freshman Of The Week: Cam Little, PK, Arkansas
Little nailed three of four field goals in Arkansas’ 31-28 win over No. 17 Mississippi State. He also set career long marks with 46, 48 and 51 yard field goals. He has also made 14 FGs this season, leading the freshman group.