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Week 2 SEC Players of the Week

822 days ago
SEC staff
Photo: B.C. Romano

OFFENSE

LSU Tigers Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
• Rushed for 159 yards and 3 TDs on a career-high 28 carries in leading LSU to a 21-19 win over 25th-ranked Mississippi State in what was the first game of the year for the Tigers.
• Averaged 5.7 yards a carry ... His 28 carries were the most by a LSU player in a season-opener since 1985 when Dalton Hilliard had 31 carries for 148 yards in win over North Carolina ... 99 of his 159 yards came in second half.
• Scored on runs of 1, 26 and 18 yards to account of all of LSU's offensive points ... It was his 6th 100-yard rushing game of his 14-game career and the third straight dating back to last year ... LSU is 5-1 when Fournette rushes for 100 or more yards.

DEFENSE

Missouri Tigers Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri
• Brothers once again led the way for another sterling defensive performance by Mizzou, in the Tigers' 27-20 win at Arkansas State Saturday evening. Brothers tied a career-high with 16 tackles for the second straight week to go along with a career-best two interceptions. His tackle total ties for the fourth-best performance during the Gary Pinkel era.
• Both of Brothers' interceptions came in the 4th quarter as Mizzou held on for the win. The first came on a play over the middle where he simply wrestled the ball away from an ASU receiver who appeared to be in the process of securing the reception, only to have Brothers snatch it away.
• Mizzou's defense was instrumental in the win at ASU, as the Tigers allowed just 217 yards of offense overall, a week after ASU gained over 400 yards at Southern Cal. The Tigers allowed a miniscule 39 yards of total offense on 29 plays in the second half, which allowed the MU offense to find its footing and overcome a 17-10 halftime deficit.
• Brothers leads the nation thru 2 games with his 16.0 tackles per game. He has 62 tackles over his last five games (12.4 avg.).

SPECIAL TEAMS

Georgia Bulldogs Isaiah McKenzie, PR, Georgia
• McKenzie returned his third career punt for a touchdown (first this year) and his fourth career kick return for a score in the opening quarter to put Georgia up 7-0 at Vanderbilt.
• His return was for a career-long 77 yards, and he is the SEC's active leader with three punt returns for touchdowns.
• McKenzie's punt return touchdown was the longest for the Bulldogs since Brandon Boykin went 92 yards for a score in the 2012 Outback Bowl versus Michigan State.
• McKenzie also tallied another pair of first downs for the Bulldogs on Saturday with a 24-yard rush and a 15-yard catch.

FRESHMAN

Kentucky Wildcats Chris Westry, DB, Kentucky
• Numerous big plays in Kentucky's win at South Carolina.
• With UK nursing a 26-22 lead with less than five minutes remaining, Westry had a game-saving interception in UK territory on what proved to be SC's final possession.
• Had a quarterback sack in the second quarter, helping force a punt.
• His QB hurry in the third quarter helped stall a drive and force a field goal.
• Had a pass breakup in the end zone in the third quarter, helping stall a drive and forcing a field goal.

OFFENSIVE LINE

LSU Tigers Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
• Played all but one offensive snap (60 of 61) in LSU's 21-19 and graded out the best among all Tiger offensive linemen at 92%.
• Had career-high 16 knockdown blocks and didn't allow a sack or a pressure ... Helped pave the way for LSU offense that racked up 266 rushing yards and 3 rushing TDs ... LSU averaged 5.7 yards per rush.
• Led offensive line that also blocked for Leonard Fournette, who went over the 100-yard mark for sixth time in career ... Pocic has started 14 games during his career and LSU has had a 100-yard rusher in 9 of those games.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Georgia Bulldogs Jordan Jenkins, DL, Georgia
• Lining up with his hand on the ground, Jenkins recorded a career-high and game-high 11 tackles, including two sacks (minus-15 yards) and 5.5 tackles for loss (minus-22 yards).
• He is the SEC active leader with 18 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss in his career.
• Jenkins also moved to No. 5 on Georgia's all-time list for TFLs.
• Four of his stops came on third down situations and the Hamilton, Ga., native forced fourth downs on all of them.
• Jenkins was the anchor of a Bulldog defense that held the Commodores to just a single touchdown.