SEC announces Week 8 Players of the Week
With the rain pouring down in Sanford Stadium and Georgia’s passing game ineffective, the Bulldogs turned to running back D’Andre Swift in their 21-0 victory over Kentucky. Swift rushed for 179 yards and two scores on 21 carries, the seventh time in his career that he has gone for more than 100 yards on the ground.
For his efforts, Swift has been named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 8. He currently leads the SEC with 107.7 yards per game through seven games.
LSU safety Jacoby Stevens was everywhere for the Tigers’ defense on Saturday in the 36-13 win over Mississippi State. The SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week made eight tackles, had a sack and a highlight interception for LSU. He shares the award with Texas A&M linebacker Buddy Johnson, who made 10 total tackles (five solo) in the Aggies 24-17 victory over Ole Miss in Oxford.
Auburn defensive lineman Marlon Davidson made an instant impact in the Tigers’ victory over Arkansas, forcing a fumble on the third play of the game on his way to recording five tackles, three tackles for a loss, two sacks and one fumble recovery. The SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week is second in the conference with 5.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss.
SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, Alabama’s Alex Leatherwood, helped the Crimson Tide offense put up 140 rushing yards and did not allow a sack or quarterback hurry in the Tide’s 35-13 win over Tennessee.
Florida wide receiver Jacob Copeland was named SEC Freshman of the Week after leading the Gators with 89 receiving yards and a touchdown as they came back to win 38-27 at South Carolina. His touchdown catch came on a career-long 37 yard reception.
In the conference’s upset of the week, Vanderbilt punter Harrison Smith was a key weapon for the Commodores in a 21-14 victory over Missouri, putting up a net average of 42.2 yards per punt and averaging 43.1 yards per punt on eight attempts. He was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.