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Week 8 Players of the Week

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OFFENSE

Mississippi State Bulldogs Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

• Prescott had the best game of his career, tying the school single-game record for touchdowns responsible (6) and becoming the first player in school history to throw for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 yards in the same game.

• He finished with 465 yards of total offense, which was third in MSU single-game annals. Prescott was 25-of-35 for 348 yards and three touchdowns through the air in a 42-16 win over Kentucky. He also rushed for a season-high 117 yards and three touchdowns.

• The six TDs responsible were the most by an SEC player this season and tied the MSU mark of Jackie Parker set against Auburn on Nov. 8, 1952. The six TDs were also the most by an SEC player in a league game since Auburn's Cam Newton had six in the 2010 SEC Championship Game.

• In the win, Prescott shattered the MSU career record for rushing yards by a QB and tied the school record for career 100-yard rushing games (9). Prescott joined Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Clemson's Tajh Boyd as the only FBS quarterbacks in the last 15 years with 348-plus passing yards, 100-plus rushing yards, three passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns in a single game.

DEFENSE

Ole Miss Rebels Trae Elston, DB, Ole Miss

• Totaled a career-high five pass break-ups and led a lockdown Ole Miss defense in the 23-3 win over Texas A&M.

• Also notched three tackles with a TFL.

• Helped limit the Aggies to no touchdowns and just 192 total yards, fewest by a Rebel opponent this year and the Aggies' lowest yardage total of the season.

• The Rebel defense had three takeaways in the game and now has 16 on the year.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Alabama Crimson Tide JK Scott, P, Alabama

• JK Scott flipped the field for the Crimson Tide throughout the game as the Tide pulled out a 19-14 win over Tennessee to improve to 7-1 on the season.

• He punted four times for 199 yards for a 49.8 yards per punt average.

• Pinned two kicks inside the Volunteers 20 yards line.

• Had two punts of 56 yards.

FRESHMAN

Arkansas Razorbacks Dre Greenlaw, LB, Arkansas

• Career-high 16 tackles in the win over Auburn, including 12 in the second half and overtimes.

• His 16 tackles are tied for the most nationally by a freshman this season (T.J. Edwards of Wisconsin vs. Purdue and Azeez Al-Shaair of FAU vs. Rice) and are the most by a Razorback since Alan Turner had 16 against Mississippi State on Nov. 23, 2013.

• His 16 tackles are tied for the second-most by an SEC player in a league contest this season.

• Greenlaw leads all SEC freshmen and ranks second on the team with 58 tackles.

• Third time in the last five games that he has led the team in tackles.

• Greenlaw has 34 tackles in his last three games.

• Sixth among freshmen nationally with 53 tackles.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Vanderbilt Commodores Spencer Pulley, C, Vanderbilt

• Pulley earned a winning blocking grade of 99 percent, anchoring a Commodore offensive line that produced 168 rushing yards in a victory over Missouri. It was the most rushing yards allowed this season by the Tigers, one of the SEC's top defensive units.

• Pulley also registered four pancake blocks in the performance against Missouri, including one on the game-deciding touchdown carry by Ralph Webb's game-deciding touchdown carry.

• Pulley's efforts helped the Commodores own a 38:25-21:36 advantage in time of possession in the victory, Vanderbilt's first SEC win over Head Coach Derek Mason.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Ole Miss Rebels Marquis Haynes, DE, Ole Miss

• Posted 3.0 TFLs and 2.0 sacks and led a lockdown Ole Miss defense in the 23-3 win over Texas A&M.

• Also forced a fumble and notched a pass break-up.

• Helped limit the Aggies to no touchdowns and just 192 total yards, fewest by a Rebel opponent this year and the Aggies' lowest yardage total of the season.

• The Rebel defense had three takeaways in the game and now has 16 on the year.