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Week 2: Football Players of the Week

66 days ago
SEC Staff
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OFFENSE
Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State

  • Hill led all SEC running backs in Week 2 with a career-best 211 rushing yards on 17 carries (12.4 avg), and he accounted for a career-best three touchdowns - two rushing and one receiving - in No. 18 Mississippi State's road win at Kansas State.
  • His 200-yard game on the ground was the ninth in Bulldog history and the first by an MSU running back since Anthony Dixon (252) did it against Kentucky on Oct. 31, 2009. Hill's 227 all-purpose yards were more than Kansas State's entire team, which finished with 213 yards of total offense.
  • Hill's 200-yard rushing game was the first by an opponent against Kansas State since Nov. 14, 2015. Hill recorded touchdowns of 16-, 28- and 16-, and he had a 52-yard long rush. Both of Hill's receptions this season have gone for touchdowns, and he leads the SEC with five total touchdowns so far this season.

DEFENSE
Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky

  • Totaled five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, one fumble caused, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry.
  • His QB sack on the game's final play caused a fumble that UK returned for a touchdown, clinching the win for the Wildcats.
  • Had a key pass breakup on a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.
  • Shared a tackle for loss in the first quarter that helped force a punt.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Rodrigo Blankenship, PK, Georgia

  • Blankenship was 2-for-2 on field goals, drilling a 44 and 45 yarder, and hit all five of his PATs during Georgia's 41-17 SEC opener on the road at #24 South Carolina.
  • He connected on his 44 yarder at time expired in the second quarter to push the Bulldogs' lead to 20-10 heading into the second half.
  • Also dropped all of his seven kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks, making him 14-for-14 on the year.
  • Blankenship is the top SEC kicker and No. 5 nationally for active Division I players in field goal percentage at 84 percent; his 44 career attempts are more than anyone on the nation's top-10 list.

FRESHMAN
Bryce Thompson, DB, Tennessee

  • In his first start, Thompson accounted for an interception for 21 yards, four tackles, two TFLs and one PBU.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Jervontius "Bunchy" Stallings, OG, Kentucky

  • Graded at 91 percent, with nine knockdown blocks, in Kentucky's 27-16 win at Florida.
  • Had no missed assignments or penalties and did not allow a quarterback sack or pressure.
  • Had 23 blocks at the point of attack as UK rushed for 303 yards, averaging 7.4 yards per attempt.
  • On 3rd-and-1, with approximately 2:30 remaining and UK clinging to a 21-16 lead, Stallings pulled left and delivered a crushing block that sprang Benny Snell for a 20-yard gain. That enabled UK to run another couple of minutes off the clock, forcing Florida to take over its final possession with only 29 seconds remaining.
  • UK had two players rush for 100 yards, second game in a row that has been accomplished; first time UK has done that in 39 years.

DEFENSIVE LINE
Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

  • Sweat continued his dominant play, registering three tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack in No. 18 Mississippi State's road win at Kansas State.
  • Sweat, who is tied for the SEC lead in sacks (3) and tackles for loss (5.5), moved into 10th place in MSU career history in sacks with 14.5. He's achieved that in just 15 games.
  • Bulldogs held Kansas State to 213 yards of total offense, representing the Wildcats fewest since putting up 110 against Oklahoma on Oct. 17, 2015.
  • Has collected at least one tackle for loss in 10 out of his last 11 games and he has produced at least 0.5 sacks in five straight games dating back to last season.