Monty Rice had a big game for Georgia in the win over Tennessee, and a national award has noticed that and given the Georgia linebacker its Player of the Week award.

Rice had eight tackles, and a touchdown scoop and score from his own sack-and-strip, in the win. Following that performance, Rice was named the Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week, according to an announcement from the Maxwell Football Club.

Most notably, Rice was in the middle of a defense that held the Vols to minus-1 yards rushing and without a point in the second half.

The Bednarik Award has been given to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player each year since 1995. Former Georgia star David Pollack earned the honor for the Bulldogs in 2004. Current Chicago Bear Roquan Smith was Georgia’s last finalist for the accolade in 2017.

The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday at Alabama in a game on CBS set to kick off at 8 p.m. ET. It’s between the SEC’s remaining unbeaten teams and the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in the AP Top 25 poll, with the Crimson Tide sitting behind No. 1 Clemson.

The matchup is a battle of stellar units, as Alabama’s running game is led by Najee Harris, who last week in the win over Ole Miss had 206 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns. Georgia, meanwhile, is allowing a nation’s best 38.3 rushing yards a game and hasn’t given up a touchdown on the ground through three games.