Monday, September 23, 2013
SEC players of the week
By Chris Low
The SEC league office announced its top performers for Week 4:
Offense: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
Defense: Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida
- Rushed for career-highs of 184 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in a 35-21 win over Auburn. He scored touchdowns the first two times he touched the ball – going 49 yards on the first score and then followed that with a 12-yard run on his next carry – both coming in the first five minutes of the game.
- Scored his third touchdown on a 6-yard run in the third quarter to stretch the LSU lead to 28-7. Added a 54-yard run down to the Auburn 1-yard line early in the second quarter that led to another LSU score and a 21-0 advantage.
- Averaged 7.4 yards per carry. Hill’s 184 rushing yards were the most by an LSU player since Alley Broussard set the school record with 250 yards against Ole Miss in 2004.
Special teams: Alan D'Appollonio, LS, Arkansas
- Forced two fumbles against Tennessee and recovered one.
- Recorded three tackles (for a total loss of 15 yards) and was the only Gators player to claim a sack on the day.
- Helped lead the Gators defense as they held Tennessee to just 66 rushing yards.
- Helped force the Vols to consecutive three-and-outs in the first half.
Freshman: Reggie Davis, WR, Georgia
- Made first career reception on fake punt in first quarter at Rutgers.
- Catch was for 24 yards on fourth-and-6 from Arkansas 49-yard line, extending drive that ended with an Arkansas field goal.
- Has been perfect on PAT, field goal and punt snaps in 2013.
Offensive lineman: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
- Davis caught the first two passes of his career and finished with 134 yards receiving and a touchdown in the 45-21 victory over North Texas.
- His first reception was a 98-yard touchdown catch from Aaron Murray. It was the longest offensive play in school history and tied for the third-longest receiving touchdown in SEC history.
- Davis helped the Bulldogs generate 641 yards on offense against the Mean Green and 35 points or more for the third consecutive game.
Defensive lineman: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
- Jackson was instrumental in the Bulldogs amassing 551 yards, 235 on the ground, in a 62-7 victory over Troy.
- The senior guard didn't have a missed assignment and was credited with five pancake blocks.
- The 551 yards was the 14th-most in school history, and the 45 first-half points were the most in the modern era.
- Ealy had perhaps the single biggest individual play of Saturday’s win over Indiana, when with the Hoosiers driving for a potential tying score right before halftime, he jumped to knock down a pass on a third-and-3 at the Missouri 46 with two minutes left. Instead of just knocking the ball down, however, Ealy got the ball to stick in his mitts, and he raced the other way for a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown. That staked the Tigers to a 28-14 lead, and they never looked back.
- The pickoff was the first of Ealy’s career, and he finished with two total pass break-ups. He also had a solo tackle as the Tigers held the Indiana offense to well below its season averages.