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Week 12: Football Players of the Week

23 days ago
SEC Staff
Photo: UGA Athletics

OFFENSE
Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

  • After being announced for Senior Day, Chubb posted a season-best performance of 151 yards rushing on 15 carries (10.1 average) and scored two touchdowns, including a season-long 55-yard run.
  • With the victory, Georgia went undefeated against its SEC East opponents for the first time since the divisional split in 1992 and undefeated at home for the first time since 2012.
  • He became the only Georgia player other than Herschel Walker in history to rush for 1,000 yards or more in three different seasons after hitting the 1,045 mark last Saturday.
  • Chubb currently ranks fourth on the all-time SEC list with 4,469 yards and is one of only five SEC players in history who have had three different 1,000-yard seasons.

DEFENSE

Derrick Tucker, S, Texas A&M

  • True freshman safety Derrick Tucker led the Aggies with 14 tackles on the day with one coming behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of two yards.
  • He caused a fumble, broke up two passes and picked off one pass and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown as the Aggies beat Ole Miss, 31-24.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Zach Von Rosenberg, P, LSU

  • The left-footer had best game of his career, punting five times for a career-best 49.2 average.

  • Two of his booming punts resulted in fumbles by Tennessee - one resulting in an LSU field goal and a 3-0 lead in the first quarter and the other led to a TD and a 10-3 advantage in the second quarter.

  • His fourth punt of the game carried 60 yards (career long) and pinned the Vols on their own 5-yard line. That punt flipped the field and after a three-and-out by the Vols, LSU scored four plays later for a 17-3 lead.

  • For game, three of his five punts were downed inside the 20-yard line and two resulted in fumbles.

FRESHMAN
Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri

  • Continued his freshman All-American season by adding 2 more receiving touchdowns in Mizzou's bowl-clinching 48-17 win Saturday at Vanderbilt. Now has 9 TDs on the season, which is tied for the most in the nation among all tight ends (Sr. Jake Roh, Boise State).
  • Ended the night with career highs in receptions (5) and yardage (116), breaking the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career.
  • First TD was a diving 7-yard grab in the end zone to cap the opening drive of the game from QB Drew Lock to put the Tigers up quickly, 7-0.
  • His second was a catch-and-run on the left seam that went for 57 yards as he outraced the Vandy secondary for the score.
  • Of his 5 receptions Saturday, 4 came on third downs and all went for first downs, with 3 of those coming on 3rd-and-long situations, including a 3rd-and-8 (57 yard TD), a 3rd-and-11 (20-yard catch) and a 3rd-and-7 (7-yard TD).
  • Is tied for 2nd in the SEC this season among all receivers with his 9 touchdowns, and he's got 5 more than next-most on the list (Jr. C.J. Conrad of Kentucky with 4).

OFFENSIVE LINE
JC Hassenauer, OL, Alabama

  • JC Hassenauer made his first career start, earning Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Alabama coaching staff for his play at left guard and a few snaps at center.
  • He graded out at 91 percent in 45 snaps before giving way to his backup.
  • Hassenauer did not allow a sack or a pressure and did not commit a penalty or have a bad snap.
  • He opened holes for 265 rushing yards and 265 passing yards as Alabama threw for six touchdowns - the second most in a game in school history - and ran for two more scores.

DEFENSIVE LINE
Montez Sweat, DL, Mississippi State

  • Sweat had another dominating game, collecting a career-high 2.5 sacks in a 28-21 win at Arkansas. He finished with four overall tackles.
  • Sweat's 2.5 sacks were the most by an SEC player this week and the most by a Bulldog since Chris White had 2.5 vs. Florida on Oct. 16, 2010.
  • It upped his season total to 9.0, which is tied for ninth in MSU single-season history and tied for the most by a Bulldog in the last 12 years (Preston Smith of the Washington Redskins had 9.0 in 2014).
  • State limited Arkansas to 221 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by MSU vs. an SEC foe this season. Arkansas managed only 86 rushing yards against Sweat's unit.