SEC announces Week 6 Players of the Week
Following a smaller slate of games thanks to the postponement of the Florida-LSU game and both Ole Miss and Missouri on their bye weeks, the weekend only featured five contests involving Southeastern Conference teams. Despite the small number of matches, several players managed to stand out and have been awarded individual honors by the conference.
The top individuals honored by the SEC for Week 6:
Offensive Player of the Week – Trevor Knight, QB, Texas A&M
- Trevor Knight led the Aggies to a 45-38 double overtime victory in a Top 10 matchup at Kyle Field on Saturday.
- Knight rushed for 110 net yards and three touchdowns including the go-ahead touchdown in the second overtime.
- He completed 17-of-34 passes for 239 yards and two additional touchdowns while throwing two interceptions.
Defensive Player of the Week – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
- Earned Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance at Arkansas.
- Tied the Alabama school record with three interceptions in a single game while also making five tackles and breaking up two passes.
- Set the Crimson Tide record for the longest interception return in program history, taking his third pick back 100 yards for a score.
- That also tied the Alabama career record for interception returns for a touchdown with three.
Special Teams Player of the Week – JK Scott, P, Alabama
- The junior punter consistently flipped the field for the Crimson Tide in a 49-30 victory at No. 16 Arkansas.
- Punted four times for 206 yards for an average of 51.5 yards per punt.
- Dropped two of his four punts inside the Razorbacks’ 20-yard line and netted 41.5 yards per punt.
- Booted a long of 63 yards with two kicks beyond 50 yards.
Freshman of the Week (tie) – Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama
- Williams, a true freshman, helped the Aggies beat #9 Tennessee in double overtime by rushing for 217 yards on the ground with one touchdown.
- His long run was 71 yards and he averaged 7.8 yards per rush.
Freshman of the Week (tie) – Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
- The true freshman shined once again in an SEC road game at Arkansas, accounting for 273 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in Alabama’s 49-30 victory.
- Threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns while completing 76.5 percent of his passes (13 for 17).
- Averaged 14.9 yards per attempt and was not sacked. • Posted a career-best 228.54 passer efficiency on the road in a hostile environment.
- Rushed eight times for 20 yards and two scores and has now accounted for five rushing and nine passing touchdowns this season.
Offensive Lineman of the Week – Jon Toth, C, Kentucky
- Helped UK rush for 258 yards against a team that had been allowing only 160.6 yards per game.
- 258 rushing yards was the most for UK in an SEC win since 2010.
- Kentucky had four players with at least 50 rushing yards in a game for the first time since 2012.
- Led the O-Line effort with nine knockdown blocks and 23 blocks at the point of attack.
- Did not allow a sack or have a penalty. • Made a key block on UK’s first touchdown, a four-yard burst up the middle by Jojo Kemp.
- Handled the pre-snap line calls for the offensive line that did not allow a sack during the game.
Defensive Lineman of the Week – Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
- Key cog in Auburn defense that held Mississippi State scoreless in the first half, a first for Auburn against an SEC opponent since 2008.
- Equaled his career high with 2.0 sacks on the game, his second-straight SEC game with two sacks.
- His first sack also forced a fumble that was picked up by teammate Montravius Adams and returned for a touchdown, Auburn’s first defensive touchdown of the season.
- Second sack of the game (team-high sixth of season/2nd SEC) forced MSU into a 3rd-and-long and ultimately a punt.
- With Lawson in the lineup, the Auburn defense has held 5-of-6 opponents under 20 points in 2016.
- His pressure off the edge helped hold Mississippi State to just 91 total yards in the first half, the fewest yards allowed in half by Auburn vs. an SEC opponent since 2014.