BIRMINGHAM (SECDigitalNetwork.com) - The Southeastern Conference on Monday announced its Football Players of the Week, recognizing performances from the eighth week of the 2013 season.
OFFENSIVE: Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn
• Marshall threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 100 yards and two TDs to lead Auburn to an upset victory at No. 7 Texas A&M.
• Accounted for 336 yards of total offense and four touchdowns
• Only second Auburn quarterback to ever rush and pass for two or more scores in the same game. The last to accomplish the feat was Cam Newton at Kentucky in 2010.
• Led Auburn to four touchdowns in their final five drives
• Directed an Auburn offense that had 615 yards of total offense, the third most ever by an AU team in an SEC game
DEFENSIVE: Michael Sam, DE, Missouri
• Sam continued his All-American level of play with yet another huge game to help key Mizzou's 36-17 win over #22 Florida. He tallied three sacks on the day (22 yards in loss), and added four tackles in all, to go with one other QB hurry.
• Sam now leads the SEC in both QB sacks (9.0 total / 1.3 avg.) and tackles for loss (13.0 total / 1.9 avg.), and he ranks 2nd in the nation and 4th in the nation in those categories, respectively.
• Sam recorded his third multi-sack game of 2013. He also had three sacks in wins over Arkansas State and Vanderbilt earlier this season. Sam pushed his career sack total to 18.5, fifth all-time at Mizzou.
• Missouri held Florida to just 61 yards in the first half, the fewest yards gained by a Tiger opponent in a half since MU allowed just 16 yards in the second half vs. Kentucky last season.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Michael Palardy, P/K/KOS, Tennessee
• Palardy kicked a game-winning, 19-yard field goal in Tennessee's 23-21 win over No. 11 South Carolina.
• He also punted eight times for a 40.4-yard average, including a career-best six downed inside the 20 and two downed inside the 10, including a 64-yarder.
• Palardy leads the conference with 16 punts downed inside the 20 this season (next closest is 12). He was was 3-of-4 in field goal attempts Saturday (good from 37, 33, 19) and made both PAT attempts.
FRESHMAN: Maty Mauk, QB, Missouri
• Thrown into the fire on Saturday, as he made his first-ever collegiate start subbing for injured senior captain James Franklin. Mauk not only acquitted himself nicely, he had one heck of a day, as he threw for 295 yards and a touchdown (with one interception), while also adding a rushing touchdown to seal the game in the fourth quarter, as he led the Tigers to a 36-17 win over #22 Florida.
• Mauk led the Tiger offense to a 500-yard and 36-point day against the vaunted Florida defense, which came into Saturday's game ranked 3rd in the NCAA in total defense (allowing 235.3 yards per game coming in) and 4th in the NCAA in scoring defense (allowing just 13.0 points per game coming in).
• Finished the day 18-of-36 passing for 295 yards and added 15 yards rushing on 6 carries.
• Florida entered the game toting the nation's #3-ranked pass defense (152.0 yards per game) and the nation's #2-ranked pass efficiency defense.
• It took the redshirt freshman all of two plays, a 41-yard pass to L'Damian Washington and a 20-yard pass to Bud Sasser (TD), to put the Tigers in front 7-0 just 22 seconds into the contest.
• Mauk finished the game throwing for 295 yards vs. Florida, the most the Gators have allowed in a game all season.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Wesley Johnson, OT, Vanderbilt
• Johnson contributed 12 knockdown blocks in Vanderbilt's 31-27 upset of No. 15 Georgia.
• Four of Johnson's blocks also led directly to Commodore touchdowns or first downs in the victory.
• Using a balanced offensive attack, the Commodores produced their highest point total against Georgia in 19 years.
• Johnson ranks among the SEC leaders with 45 consecutive career starts.
• One of his best blocks was huge on the team's game-winning score – a 13-yard TD by RB Jerron Seymour.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Cameron Whigham, DE, Ole Miss
• Posted a sack, a QB hurry and a pass break-up in helping Ole Miss to a 27-24 victory over No. 6 LSU.
• The Ole Miss defense posted season highs of 3 interceptions and 3 sacks.
• Became the first team to hold LSU scoreless in the first half this season.