BIRMINGHAM, AL. -- With the first week of college football in the books, the Southeastern Conference released its first football weekly honors list. The players acknowledged for their accomplishments in week one represented a total of six SEC teams.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Kenny Hill, QB, Texas A&M
• Hill established a new single-game passing mark by completing 44-of-60 passes for a record 511 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. (old record was held by Johnny Manziel with 464 passing yards against Alabama in 2013.)
• Hill became only the sixth SEC quarterback to pass for more than 500 yards in a game.
• He also rushed seven times for a net five yards.
• His played helped snap the nation's longest home winning streak as the Gamecocks had won 18-straight at home.
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
• Finished with a school record 293 all-purpose yards (former record 290, Rodney Hampton, 1987) and scored four touchdowns to help down the Tigers 45-21.
• He finished with his 14th career 100-yard rushing game after going for a career-high 198 yards and three scores on just 15 carries (13.2 average).
• He had scoring runs of 23 and 18 yards and a 51-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter on his final carry.
• Gurley also tied an NCAA record by returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. This marked his second career 100-yard return for a score after he returned one against Buffalo during his first game as a Bulldog versus Buffalo.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Amarlo Herrera, LB, Georgia
• Tied his career high and posted his ninth career game with 10+ tackles after recording 12 stops, including two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.
• Anchored a defense that held #16 Clemson scoreless in the second half and to just 15 yards of total offense in the final two quarters.
• Led a defense that featured a new defensive coaching staff and three new starters in their first game together.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adam Griffith, PK, Alabama
• Perfect 4-4 on field goals from 47, 41, 27 and 45 yards.
• Averaged 64.7 on kickoffs with 3 touchbacks on 7 attempts.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Daniel Carlson, P, Auburn
• In his first career game, averaged 53.3 yards on three punts with two inside the 20.
• Punt of 62 yards was the longest by an Auburn player since 2006.
• Seven-of-eight kickoffs were for touchbacks.
• Six-for-six on PATs and connected on 1-of-2 field goals.
• Handles all punts, kickoffs and placekicking duties for the Tigers.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
Jon Toth, C, Kentucky
• Graded at 91 percent in UK's 59-14 win over UT Martin.
• Had no penalties or missed assignments and did not allow a quarterback sack.
• Credited with three knockdown blocks.
• Part of the UK attack that generated 656 yards total offense, the fourth-highest game in school history.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State
• Smith picked off his first career pass early in the first quarter that halted a Southern Miss drive and then blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter to preserve MSU's first shutout since 1999.- The blocked FG was picked up by Jay Hughes and returned 70 yards for a touchdown.
• Smith also added two tackles, one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup. It was Smith's second career blocked field goal.
• Smith was part of an MSU unit that limited USM to just 2.2 yards per carry and 71 yards on the ground.