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Week 4: Football Players of the Week

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SEC Staff
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OFFENSE
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

  • Sophomore quarterback accounted for 397 yards of total offense and five touchdowns.
  • Completed 73.3 percent of his passes (22 of 28) for a career-best 387 yards, tied for fifth most in school history.
  • He threw for four touchdowns and added one on the ground, tying the school record for single-game touchdown responsibility.
  • Set career highs for completions (22), attempts (30), yards (387) and total touchdowns (5) while equaling highs for passing touchdowns (4).
  • Posted a passer rating of 225.7 against the Aggies and leads the nation with a 230.5 passer rating for the season while ranking second in yards per completion (17.81).
  • 12 of his 22 completions were for 15 or more yards, including TD strikes of 30, 23, and 57 yards with five completions of 25 yards or more
  • Averaged 17.6 yards per completion 12.9 yards per attempt.
  • Rushed for 10 yards on four carries.
  • Went 4 for 6 on third down for 74 yards and three first downs and converted 15 first downs through the air.

DEFENSE
Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky

  • Totaled six tackles, two tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry in UK's 28-7 win over Mississippi State.
  • In the fourth quarter, with MSU moving to the UK 25-yard line and threatening to tie the game, he dominated the next series: first down, Allen four-yard tackle for loss; 2nd-and-14, Allen draws holding penalty on pass rush; 3rd-and-34, false start penalty in front of Allen before play begins.
  • On MSU's next possession, again with a chance to tie in the fourth quarter, he notched a six-yard quarterback sack, forcing a pass on the next play that UK intercepted.
  • Had a QB hurry on third down in the first quarter, forcing a punt. In the third quarter, on third-and-two, he helped stop the ballcarrier for a one-yard gain, forcing a punt.
  • UK limited MSU to 201 yards total offense, with MSU entering the game averaging 587 yards per game.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Noah Igbinoghene, KR, Auburn

  • Had a 96-yard kickoff return for touchdown in the third quarter against Arkansas, his first of his career.
  • It was the first kickoff return for touchdown by an Auburn player since 2013.
  • Also recorded two tackles and forced a fumble on defense.

FRESHMAN
Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida

  • True freshman Dameon Pierce scored for the second straight game. His 47-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the Gators against Tennessee. Pierce rushed for 63 yards on seven carries.
  • Through four games, Pierce is the Gators' leading rusher with 228 yards on 21 attempts and averages 10.7 yards per run.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Jervontius "Bunchy" Stallings, OG, Kentucky

  • Graded at 93 percent in Kentucky's 28-7 win over Mississippi State.
  • Had four knockdown blocks and 21 blocks at the point of attack.
  • Had no penalties or missed assignments and did not allow a quarterback sack.
  • Helped Benny Snell rush for 165 yards and a school record-tying four touchdown runs.
  • Contributed an effective block on all four of Snell's touchdown runs.

CO-DEFENSIVE LINE
Isaiah Buggs, DE, Alabama

  • Buggs recorded a career defensive effort with seven tackles and 3.5 sacks
  • The 3.5 sacks (-14 yards) is the fourth most in a single game in school history.
  • Added two quarterback hurries as the Tide registered seven sacks as a team and 12 quarterback hurries.
  • Named a Defensive Player of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff and led the Crimson Tide in defensive production points.

Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

  • Kinlaw had a huge effort in the 37-14 win at Vanderbilt. The junior defensive tackle was a presence in the backfield all day against the Commodores, logging five tackles including 3.0 tackles for loss accounting for 21 yards, a pair of sacks for 18 yards, two forced fumbles, one of which directly led to a touchdown, a pass break up and a pair of quarterback hurries, before missing the final quarter with a toe injury.
  • He earned a spot on the PFF National Team of the Week after receiving a 97.1 grade.