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Week 9 Players of the Week

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OFFENSE
Ole Miss Rebels Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss

• Topped 400 yards of total offense and tossed two big second-half touchdowns to lead Ole Miss to a 27-19 road win at Auburn.
• Completed 33 of 51 passes for 381 yards with two TDs and rushed eight times for 21 yards.
• Broke a tied game with a 45-yard TD toss in the third quarter and threw a 21-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter with the Rebels clinging to a one-point lead.
• Extended his single-season school record with his sixth 300-yard passing game and moved into third on the career chart behind Bo Wallace (11) and Eli Manning (10).
• Leads the SEC in total offense (335.3 ypg) and passing average (317.3 ypg).

DEFENSE
Florida Gators Antonio Morrison, LB, Florida

• Anchored the Gator defense which limited Georgia to 223 yards of total offense.
• Morrison led the way for the Gators with six tackles, four of those being unassisted.
• UF held Georgia to only three points in the contest, the fewest since 1984.
• Morrison and the Gator defense only allowed Georgia to convert two third-downs in the game. SPECIAL TEAMS Evan Berry, RS, Tennessee
• The sophomore returned his third kickoff of the season for a touchdown on a 100-yard return at Kentucky.
• Berry tied the Tennessee record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season, set by Willie Gault in 1980 with three. Berry's 100-yard return also tied the Tennessee record for longest kickoff return, last accomplished by Leonard Scott vs. Georgia in 1999. FRESHMAN Kyler Murray, QB, Texas A&M
• Murray made his first career start at quarterback for Texas A&M and responded with a 20-for-28 outing through the air for 223 yards and one touchdown.
• He rushed 20 times for a team-leading 156 net yards and one touchdown. More importantly, no offensive turnovers.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Tennessee Volunteers Evan Berry, RS, Tennessee

• The sophomore returned his third kickoff of the season for a touchdown on a 100-yard return at Kentucky.
• Berry tied the Tennessee record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season, set by Willie Gault in 1980 with three. Berry's 100-yard return also tied the Tennessee record for longest kickoff return, last accomplished by Leonard Scott vs. Georgia in 1999.

FRESHMAN
Texas A&M Aggies Kyler Murray, QB, Texas A&M

• Murray made his first career start at quarterback for Texas A&M and responded with a 20-for-28 outing through the air for 223 yards and one touchdown.
• He rushed 20 times for a team-leading 156 net yards and one touchdown. More importantly, no offensive turnovers.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Arkansas Razorbacks Mitch Smothers, C, Arkansas

• Made his 21st straight start at center.
• Earned the highest grade on the line at 91 percent without a missed assignment.
• Paved the way for season-bests of 291 yards and six touchdowns on the ground in the win over UT Martin.
• First time since Sept. 10, 2011, against New Mexico that Arkansas has passed for over 300 and run for over 250 yards in a single game.
• Arkansas passed for over 200 yards and ran for over 200 yards for the fourth time in the last five games compared to twice all of last year.
• Running back Alex Collins broke the 100-yard mark on the ground for the sixth time this season with a season-high 173 yards on 16 carries - all 16 carries went for positive yards.

DEFENSIVE LINE
Ole Miss RebelsMarquis Haynes, DE, Ole Miss

• Posted 3.0 TFLs and 2.0 sacks in leading Ole Miss to a 27-19 road win at Auburn.
• Led the team with six solo stops and added a QB pressure.
• Moved into a tie for sixth on the Ole Miss career sacks list with 15.0 in just under two seasons.
• His 5.0 sacks in SEC play equals the most in the league.