SEC announces Week 1 Players of the Week
The first week of SEC football is in the books, and all 14 of the conference’s teams have now played their season opener. And while the favorite won in nearly every matchup, that wasn’t the case for quite every game.
Mississippi State went on the road and upset No. 6 LSU, as the Bulldogs’ offense impressed in their debut under head coach Mike Leach. As you might expect, that led to a top honor for the leader of the unit.
Here are the players who earned SEC Player of the Week honors for the first week of the conference’s 10-game 2020 season:
Offensive: K.J. Costello, QB, Mississippi State
Costello aired it out in his first game in Leach’s Air Raid offense, passing for an SEC-record 623 yards. He went 36-for-60, setting the Mississippi State record for both completions and attempts, while tying the school record with five passing touchdowns.
The Bulldogs upset LSU, 44-34, as the redshirt senior Costello impressed during the first start of his college career. If this is a sign of things to come the rest of the season, then he could have a special season in this new offense.
Defensive: Ventrell Miller, LB Florida
Florida may have put up 51 points in its season-opening win at Ole Miss, but it had a defensive player with a standout performance as well. Miller collected 15 tackles, which was the most by any player in the SEC this week, including two for a loss and one sack.
Special Teams: Jake Camarda, P, Georgia
While Georgia’s offense struggled early in its season-opening 37-10 win at Arkansas, Camarda put on an impressive effort. He finished with seven punts for an average of 49.9 yards (47.0 net), which included a 61-yarder and five that landed at the 11-yard line or better.
Freshman: Jaylin Simpson, DB, Auburn
Making his first career start, Simpson had a solid showing in Auburn’s 29-13 win over Kentucky. He had four tackles (one for a loss) and a pass breakup to contribute to a strong defensive performance by the Tigers, who allowed 384 yards and forced three turnovers.
Offensive Line: Brett Heggie, C, Florida
Considering the Gators put up 51 points and 642 total yards of offense (a school record against an SEC opponent) it’s not a surprise Heggie earned this honor. The redshirt senior led the way on the line, helping Florida’s offense open the year in a big way.
Defensive Line: Deandre Johnson, Edge, Tennessee
Johnson led the Vols’ defense in their 31-27 season-opening win at South Carolina, collecting a career-high six tackles and 2.5 sacks, which was not only a career high, but the most in the SEC this week. He also added a forced fumble in the second quarter.