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SEC football week 8 honors

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OFFENSE
Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
• Starting his second game in place of Todd Gurley, Chubb ran 30 carries for a career-high 202 yards (6.7 avg.) and a career-high two touchdowns during Georgia's 45-32 win in Arkansas.
• Chubb jumpstarted the Bulldog offense after running 12 times for 127 yards (10.6 avg.) and two scores in the opening half, allowing Georgia to go up 38-6.
• Has 345 yards and three touchdowns in Georgia's two consecutive road wins with Gurley sidelined.

DEFENSE
Damian Swann, S, Georgia
• Swann started the 34th game of his career and finished with a career-high 11 tackles, including a sack, forced two fumbles.
• Also had his second interception in as many games during Georgia's 45-32 win at Arkansas.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Marcus Murphy, KR/PR, Missouri
• Flashed his All-American game-changing abilities to jump start Mizzou's 42-13 win at Florida, as he scored touchdowns via kickoff return (96 yards), punt return (82 yards) and rushing (5 yards), ending the night with a career-high 224 all-purpose yards. He became the first Tiger in history with a kickoff return and punt return score in the same game.
• Couldn't have given Mizzou a bigger lift, especially coming off of a 34-0 shutout loss to Georgia the week before, when he took the opening kickoff at Florida, and burst through a seam for a 96-yard TD and a 7-0 lead just :11 seconds into the game. It marked only the third game-opening kickoff return for a TD in Tiger history (2010 and 1967 were the others).
• Perhaps even more spectacular was his punt return in the 3rd quarter, for the fact that the Tigers didn't even have their punt return unit on the field. With a 4th-and-2 for Florida at the Gator 41-yardline, Mizzou kept its defense on the field to guard against a fake punt. Despite that, Murphy took the punt at his own 18-yardline, made the first man miss, juked a couple more, and sped through a small seam and broke two tackles to get to the sideline for a back-breaking score which made it 26-0 at the time at the 13:01 mark of the 3rd quarter.
• Murphy now has 2 kickoff return TDs on the season, to go with his punt return score, and his career totals of 7 combined kick scores, including 4 kickoff returns and 3 punt returns, are all Mizzou records. Murphy is one of only two players this season in the FBS to have a kickoff return TD and a punt return TD (Kaelin Clay of Utah is the other - 3 punt return TDs/1 kickoff return TD).
• Murphy currently leads the SEC in all-purpose yards per game (149.14 avg. - ranks 15th in NCAA), in combined kick returns (4th in NCAA), kickoff returns (34.3 avg. - ranks 4th in NCAA) and ranks 3rd in punt returns (15.6 avg. - ranks 10th in NCAA).

FRESHMAN
Marquis Haynes, DE, Ole Miss
• Totaled a team-high 2.5 sacks in helping lead Ole Miss past Tennessee.
• Also posted five tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a QB pressure.
• Boasts 4.5 sacks over the last two games.
• Leads the SEC in forced fumbles (3) and ranks third in sacks (6.5).

OFFENSIVE LINE
Arie Kouandjio, OL, Alabama
• Top grade on the offensive line with no penalties, no sacks and no pressures
• Helped Tide convert on 9-of-15 on third down conversions.
• 35 points in second quarter were a new school record
• Offense topped 500 yards (602) for fifth time in seven games this season.

DEFENSIVE LINE
Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
• Continued his brilliant breakout season as he contributed with 2 more sacks, to go with a forced fumble (which led to a scoop and score by teammate Markus Golden), six tackles, and a QB pressure in Mizzou's 41-13 road win at Florida.
• Signature play of the night came on a strip/sack in the 3rd quarter as he burst around the edge, with teammate Markus Golden picking the ball up on the Gator 21-yardline, and running untouched - escorted by Ray all the way - for the kill shot that made it 35-0 Tigers with 7:25 left in the 3rd quarter.
• Ray now leads the SEC and ranks 3rd nationally in both QB sacks and tackles for loss on the season. He has season totals of 10.0 sacks and 14.0 tackles for loss, with 2 forced fumbles.
• This marked the fourth 2-sack game of Ray's season, and he is already within striking distance of Mizzou's single-season sacks record. With five games remaining in the regular season, Ray stand just 1.5 sacks shy of the record of 11.5, established in 2009 by Aldon Smith, and later tied in 2013 by Michael Sam.
• With Ray's 2.0 sacks leading the way, Mizzou tallied 6.0 sacks in all on the night against a Florida offense which had surrendered only 5.0 sacks the entire season coming into the game.