Monday, September 9, 2013
SEC Players of the Week
By Edward Aschoff
Here are the SEC players of the week, as announced by the league Monday:
OFFENSIVE: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
DEFENSE: Brian Randolph, DB, Tennessee
- Against No. 6 South Carolina, Murray was 17-of-23 passing (74 percent) for 309 yards and four touchdowns for a 244.2 pass efficiency mark.
- This was the ninth time in his career that Murray has had at least four passing touchdowns in a game.
- He connected with eight different receivers, including first-time starter Justin Scott-Wesley, who hauled in a career-long 85 yard touchdown to put Georgia up 41-30 in the fourth quarter.
- Murray moved to No. 2 on the school's all-time list for total offense with 10,907 yards.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Odell Beckham Jr., KR/PR/WR, LSU
- Intercepted two passes and broke up another in Tennessee’s 52-20 win over Western Kentucky. He also finished with eight tackles.
- Randolph is third in the NCAA in interceptions.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Markus Golden, DE, Missouri
- Racked up 331 all-purpose yards -- the third-highest total in school history and tied for eighth in SEC history -- in LSU’s win over UAB.
- Became the first player in LSU history to return a missed field goal for a touchdown as he returned a 59-yard UAB attempt 109 yards (statistically 100 yards) for a touchdown in the third quarter. It tied for the longest scoring play in LSU history.
- He finished the game with a total of four touchdowns (three receiving, one return).
- He also rushed one time for 15 yards, caught five passes for 136 yards, returned three punts for 59 yards, including a 60-yarder that set up a touchdown, returned one kickoff 21 yards and returned the missed field goal 100 yards for his 331 all-purpose yards.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Kevin Mitchell, OG, Kentucky
- Golden had a huge momentum play in the third quarter that helped fight off the Rockets, when he got loose in the backfield and pressured Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens. Owens tried to throw the ball away, but it went straight up in the air as Golden was getting to the quarterback. Golden snatched the ball out of midair as he pushed Owens to the ground, and he raced 70 yards the other way for a touchdown that gave Mizzou a 24-9 lead at the 11:40 mark of the third quarter.
FRESHMAN: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
- Graded at 90 percent.
- Had nine knockdown blocks.
- Did not allow a sack or have a penalty.
- Helped UK amass 675 yards total offense, third-highest game in school history.
- Rushed for career-high 172 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in 31-21 win vs. Samford. That is the ninth-highest single-game total in the NCAA this season, highest among freshmen, and third-highest in school history for a freshman.
- Leads SEC and ranks sixth in NCAA, first among freshmen, in rushing yards per game (151.5).
- First freshman in school history to begin career with consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
- Fourth freshman in school history with multiple 100-yard rushing games in a season and first Arkansas freshman to rush for 100 yards in consecutive games since Darren McFadden in 2005.
- Had zero negative carries in 24 rushing attempts.