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Week 7 Football Players of the Week

1152 days ago
SEC staff
Photo: B.C. Romano

OFFENSE

Alabama Crimson Tide Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

• Junior running back Derrick Henry rushed for a career-high 236 yards on a career-best 32 carries in the Crimson Tide's 41-23 win at No. 9 Texas A&M.
• It marked the fifth highest single-game rushing total in school history
• He scored two rushing touchdowns and added one reception for 18 yards while averaging 7.7 yards per touch and 7.4 yards per rush attempt.
• He extended his school record for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown to 12 games. He now has 12 rushing touchdowns this season to rank fourth nationally.
• Henry accounted for 64.1 percent (254 yards) of the Crimson Tide's offensive yards (396) against the Aggies.

DEFENSE

LSU Tigers Lewis Neal, DE, LSU

• Shattered his career highs with 10 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and 3.0 sacks against Florida.
• His 3.0 sacks rank as the second-most in a game in LSU history.
• His 3.5 TFLs were the most in a game by a Tiger since defensive end Sam Montgomery had 3.5 at Auburn on Sept. 22, 2012.
• Led an LSU defensive effort that limited Florida to 55 net rushing yards on 31 carries, an average 1.8 yards per rush, that also ranked as the Gators' lowest rushing output of the season.
• Neal now ranks second in the league in sacks and seventh in tackles for a loss.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Georgia BulldogsMarshall Morgan, PK, Georgia

• Morgan connected on three field goals and for the first time since 1995, Georgia won without scoring a touchdown, posting a 9-6 victory over Missouri.
• He made a game-winning 34-yarder for a 9-6 edge with 1:44 left and it was Morgan's second career game-winner to go with a 42-yarder to beat Tennessee in overtime in 2013 in Knoxville.
• Morgan is tied for fourth on the SEC all-time list with 371 career points (Tennessee's Jeff Hall).

FRESHMAN

Alabama Crimson Tide Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

• Freshman cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick returned two interceptions for touchdowns against Texas A&M, going 33 and 55 yards for scores.
• He is the only player in Alabama history (via records verified back to 1948) to return two interceptions for scores in the same game.
• Fitzpatrick added two solo tackles as the Crimson Tide limited the Aggies to just one offensive touchdown and 316 yards of total offense, 164 yards below their season average.
• His 88 interception return yards was tied for the seventh most in a single game in school history.
• Helped limit Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen to a 102.89 passing efficiency rating, also 67 points below his season efficiency average.

OFFENSIVE LINE

LSU TigersVadal Alexander, OT, LSU

• Graded out at 90 percent and posted 13 knockdowns while not allowing any sacks or pressures against Florida.
• Led a Tiger offensive line unit that gave up no sacks to a Gator defense that entered the game leading the SEC in sacks.
• Also led the way for the Tigers to rack up 221 rushing yards against the league's second-stingiest rush defense entering the game at 99.2 yards per contest.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Texas A&M AggiesMyles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

• In addition to one sack for six yards, another tackle for loss of three yards, one pass broken up and one quarterback hurry, Garrett also blocked a punt to give the Aggies excellent field position in the third quarter on special teams.
• He ended his night with 5 total tackles, four unassisted. He now has 8.5 sacks on the season.