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Mizzou's Marcus Murphy and Razorback Chris Smith honored with weekly SEC awards

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From the Southeastern Conference

SEC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Games of Week 1 (Aug. 30 – Sept. 2)

 

 

SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MARCUS LATTIMORE

Running Back

SOUTH CAROLINA

6-0 • 218 • Jr. • Duncan, S.C.

 

• Making his first appearance since a season-ending knee injury last October, Lattimore rushed for a game-high 110 yards on 23 carries and a pair of touchdowns in South Carolina's 17-13 win at Vanderbilt.

 

• Lattimore also had a team-high three receptions for 21 yards.

 

• His 29-yard run in the first quarter gave the Gamecocks a 7-0 lead.  His second score, a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, put Carolina ahead to stay, 17-13.

 

 

SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

DEE MILLINER

Cornerback

ALABAMA

6-1 • 199 • Jr. • Millbrook, Ala.

 

• Milliner totaled five tackles, four pass deflections and an interception in Alabama's 41-14 win against #8 Michigan in Arlington, Texas.

 

• His four pass deflections, all in the first half, were a career-high. 

 

• He returned the interception 35 yards to the Michigan 17 yardline, which set up the Tide's third score to take a 21-0 lead.

 

• The Alabama defense forced three interceptions and limited the Wolverines to just 269 yards of total offense.

 

• For his efforts, Milliner was also named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week.

 

 

SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MARCUS MURPHY

Tailback / Punt Returner

MISSOURI

5-9 • 185 • So. • DeSoto, Texas

 

• Murphy returned a pair of punts for touchdowns and accumulated 206 all-purpose yards in Missouri's 62-10 win against Southeastern Louisiana in Columbia.

 

• Murphy's TD returns were 70 and 72 yards and became the first Tiger to have two returns for scores in the same game. 

 

• Murphy's two punt return TDs also ties an NCAA and SEC record.  The last SEC player to accomplish the feat was Kentucky's Derek Abney in 2002.

 

• Murphy tallied 180 punt return yards (5 attempts) and 32 rushing yards on five carries in the game.

 

 

SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

ZACH FULTON

Guard

TENNESSEE

6-5 • 324 • Jr. • Homewood, Ill.

 

• Fulton started his 16th consecutive game at right guard and was a part of an offensive line that led Tennessee to a 35-21 win over N.C. State in Atlanta.

 

• The Tennessee offense generated 524 total offensive yards, the most since the second game of the 2011 season.  

 

• The Vols also rushed for 191 yards against the Wolfpack, eclipsing the final totals from all but one game from last year.

 

• Tennessee allowed just one sack against N.C. State.

 

 

SEC Co-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

C.J. JOHNSON

Defensive End

OLE MISS

6-3 • 233 • So. • Philadelphia, Miss.

 

• Johnson notched six tackles and a sack in helping Ole Miss defeat Central Arkansas, 49-27.  With Ole Miss up just one score in the fourth quarter, Johnson's sack ended a UCA drive and provided momentum that resulted in three straight Rebel TD scoring drives.

 

CHRIS SMITH

Defensive End

ARKANSAS

6-3 • 251 • Jr. • Mount Ulla, N.C.

 

• Smith had six tackles, a sack and a quarterback pressure in Arkansas' 49-24 win against Jacksonville State.  His sack came on a fourth-down play, giving possession back to the Hogs.

 

 

SEC Co-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

TODD GURLEY

Tailback / Kickoff Returner

GEORGIA

6-1 • 218 • Tarboro, N.C.

 

• Gurley accounted for 227 all-purpose yards, including 100 rushing yards and 2 TDs on eight carries and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a TD in Georgia's 45-23 win against Buffalo.  He reached the end zone three times.

 

T.J. YELDON

Running Back

ALABAMA

6-2 • 216 • Daphne, Ala.

 

• Yeldon led the Crimson Tide with 111 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown in Alabama's 41-14 win against Michigan.  He became the first true freshman at Alabama to rush for more  than 100 yards in his debut.

 

OTHER OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES FROM WEEK 1

 

OT D.J. FLUKER (Alabama) -- Graded out at 85 percent with three pancake blocks and no sacks allowed against Michigan.

 

QB TYLER WILSON (Arkansas) -- Completed 19-of-27 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns against Jacksonville State.

 

PK CODY PARKEY (Auburn) -- Connected on all four of his field goal attempts, a career-high, against Clemson. 

 

RB MIKE GILLISLEE (Florida) -- Rushed for 148 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns against Bowling Green.

 

OT XAVIER NIXON (Florida) -- Had a team-high 93 percent grade, anchoring offensive line that tallied 365 yards of total offense, against Bowling Green.

 

QB AARON MURRAY (Georgia) -- Completed 15-of-26 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns against Buffalo.

 

QB MAXWELL SMITH (Kentucky) -- Completed 35-of-50 passes for 280 yards and two TDs against Louisville.

 

RB KENNY HILLIARD (LSU) -- Rushed for career-high 141 yards and two TDs on 13 carries against North Texas.

 

RS/WR ODELL BECKHAM, Jr. (LSU) -- Returned punt 70 yards for a touchdown and tallied 131 all-purpose yards against North Texas.

 

QB BO WALLACE (Ole Miss) -- Set school debut total offense record with 346 yards, including 264 yards and two TDs through the air, against Central Arkansas.

 

LB MATT WELLS (Mississippi State) -- Had four total tackles, a sack, pass deflection and interception against Jackson State.

 

RB DERRICK MILTON (Mississippi State) -- Had eight carries for 65 yards and a touchdown against Jackson State.

 

TB KENDIAL LAWRENCE (Missouri) -- Rushed for a career-high 121 yards on just 10 carries and had two rushing touchdowns against Southeastern Louisiana.

 

OG A.J. CANN (South Carolina) -- Graded out at 87 percent with seven knockdown blocks and five pancake blocks against Vanderbilt.

 

WR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON (Tennessee) -- Scored two touchdowns, including a 41-yard reception and a 67-yard run, against N.C. State

 

WR JORDAN MATTHEWS (Vanderbilt) -- Had eight catches for 147 yards and a 78-yard career-long TD score against South Carolina.

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