With another weekend of college football in the books, the SEC league office has officially named its Week 3 SEC Players of the Week:
Offensive Player of the Week – Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama
- The freshman quarterback led the Crimson Tide with 304 yards of total offense, throwing for 158 yards and rushing for 146.
- Helped the Crimson Tide overcome the largest deficit in school history (21 points) in a 48-43 win at No. 17 Ole Miss.
- Became the first Alabama quarterback to rush (146) and pass (158) for more than 100 yards since Tyler Watts in 2001. It was also the fifth most rushing yards by a QB in school history.
- Completed 19-of-31 passes without an interception while completing five explosive passes for 17 yards or more (45, 30, 22, 18, 17). He also accounted for seven first downs through the air.
- Produced eight rushes of 10 yards or more and seven rushes that produced first downs.
Defensive Player of the Week – Justin Evans, DB, Texas A&M
- Evans played safety against Auburn and recorded 12 total tackles with 10 being solo tackles.
- He had one tackle for loss of one yard and helped keep the Tiger offense limited throughout the game.
Special Teams Player of the Week (Tie) – Eddie Jackson, PR, Alabama
- Returned the first punt of his career 85 yards for a critical late-second quarter touchdown.
- The Crimson Tide had just cut Ole Miss’ 21-point lead to 14 points on a Calvin Ridley touchdown run and forced a quick 3 and out on defense. Jackson’s 85-yard return with just 1:05 remaining in the half shrunk the Rebels’ lead to 24-17.
- He returned two punts in the game for 95 yards, for an average of 47.5 yards per return.
- Jackson also had two tackles and half of a tackle for loss at safety for the Crimson Tide in its 48-43 win at No. 17 Ole Miss.
Special Teams Player of the Week (Tie) – Josh Growden, P, LSU
- Just a redshirt freshman, had his best game as a Tiger averaging 49.2 yards on five punts.
- Boomed two punts of over 60 yards, including a career-best 65 yarder in first half.
- Crushed a 61-yard punt with 2:15 left in the contest and with LSU holding on to a 23-20 lead.
- The 61-yard punt came after the Tigers went 3-and-out at their own 17-yard line after MSU had pulled to within 23-20 with 17 unanswered points.
- Growden’s punt sailed over the head of Mississippi State punt returner and flipped the field, as the Bulldogs were pinned inside their own 25-yard line to start their potential game-winning driver.
- LSU forced State to turn the ball over on downs to secure the victory.
Freshman Player of the Week – Traveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
- Williams, a true freshman, helped the Aggies clinch the road victory at Auburn with an 89-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to help the Aggies beat the Tigers, 29-16.
- Williams had 127 net rushing yards on eight carries and one touchdown for an average of 15.9 per carry.
- In addition, he caught three passes out of the backfield for 30 yards with a long of 17.
- Combined he had 157 all-purpose yards.
Offensive Lineman of the Week – Frank Ragnow, OG, Arkansas
- Made his 16 straight start on the offensive line, but first start at right guard this season after moving from center.
- Head coach Bret Bielema moved Ragnow from center to right guard to improve communication on the right side of the line. The result was 226 yards on the ground and 241 yards passing. It marks the fourth time in the last 10 games Arkansas has had 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing in the same game.
- Earned a career-best 92 percent grade.
- Sophomore running back Rawleigh Williams rushed for 121 yards and two scores. He is the only running back with at least 90 yards rushing all three games this season.
- Ragnow is a major part of the offensive line that has provided time for quarterback Austin Allen to lead the SEC in passer rating (160.91) and completion percentage (67.1).
Defensive Lineman of the Week – Arden Key, DE, LSU
- Had five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks, in LSU’s 23-20 win over Mississippi State.
- Added a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry as the Tigers limited the Bulldogs to 56 rushing yards.
- As a unit, LSU’s defense recorded six sacks and held Mississippi State’s leading rusher Nick Fitzgerald to just 13 net yards, nearly 100 yards below his season average.
- The two sacks ran Key’s season total to five, which leads the SEC.