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Week 8: Football Players of the Week

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OFFENSE
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

  • Sophomore quarterback accounted for 312 yards of total offense and four touchdowns while playing just 50 plays in the game.
  • Completed 65.6 percent of his passes (19 of 29) for 306 yards and four touchdowns, including nine straight completions before he left the game.
  • Has not played a snap in the fourth quarter this season, and only played one drive into the third quarter against the Volunteers.
  • Tagovailoa led Alabama to touchdowns on 7-of-9 drives against Tennessee and 41-of-64 drives this season (64.1 percent). Posted a passer rating of 199.7 against Tennessee and leads the nation with a 238.8 passer rating for the season while also ranking first in yards per completion (19.31) and yards per attempt (13.59).
  • Twelve of his 19 completions went for at least 10 yards while 14 passes converted first downs.
  • He completed touchdown throws of 77, 41, 11 and 9 yards.
  • Averaged 16.1 yards per completion 10.6 yards per attempt.
  • Rushed once for six yards and a first down.
  • Threw a touchdown every 7.25 attempts against and has averaged a TD pass every 6.1 passes this season.

DEFENSE
Grant Delpit, S, LSU

  • Led LSU with 10 tackles to go with a sack for an 8-yard loss and a pair of interceptions in the 19-3 win over Mississippi State.
  • His sack came on fourth-and-three at the LSU 37 to end that third quarter drive, while his second interception came at LSU 5-yard line late in fourth quarter.
  • Overall, defensive leader that helped hold the Bulldogs to 260 total yards, including 59 through the air ... Mississippi State was 2-of-14 on third-down opportunities.
  • After giving up a field goal on State's second possession, the Bulldogs' final 11 possessions of the game ended with 7 punts, three interceptions and a turnover on downs.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Cole Tracy, PK, LSU

  • Kicked four field goals on four attempts in LSU's 19-3 win over No. 22 Mississippi State.
  • Ran his streak to 12 straight field goals without a miss ... Field goals came from 25, 38, 29 and 40 yards.
  • First player in LSU history to kick 9 field goals in a two-game span (tied school-record with 5 field goals last week vs. Georgia).
  • Is now 21-of-23 for the season and hasn't missed a kick inside the 50-yard line in 2018 (two misses are from 53 yards) ... Leads nation in field goals (21).

FRESHMAN
Jalen Knox, WR, Missouri

  • Caught 5 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown to help spark Mizzou to a 65-33 win over Memphis which broke a three-game losing streak for the Tigers.
  • Touchdown came on a 44-yarder in the 2nd quarter that extended Mizzou's lead from 27-17 to 34-17, and gave the Tigers some breathing room after Memphis had minutes earlier closed to 21-17.
  • This marked his second 100-yard receiving game of the season, adding to his 110-yard, one-touchdown game earlier in the year at Purdue.
  • Knox is second in the SEC, and fifth nationally among all freshmen with his 384 receiving yards through games of Oct. 20th. He has 20 receptions in all for 384 yards and 3 scores.
  • Knox is performing at a high level with added pressure on him, as he's been forced into the number-one receiver role, due to injuries to senior starters Emanuel Hall and Nate Brown which have kept them out for the past three games.

OFFENSIVE LINE
George Asafo-Adjei, OT, Kentucky

  • Graded at 89 percent in Kentucky's 14-7 win over Vanderbilt.
  • Had three knockdown blocks and 23 blocks at the point of attack.
  • Played every offensive snap without an assignment error; also did not have any penalties or allow any quarterback sacks or pressures.
  • Helped Benny Snell rush for 169 yards, including a key block on Snell's game-winning seven-yard touchdown run.

DEFENSIVE LINE
Nick Coe, DL, Auburn

  • Recorded five tackles including 3.5 quarterback sacks (minus 16 yards) and 3.5 tackles for loss (minus 16 yards).
  • Coe's 3.5 sacks were the most by an Auburn player since 2006 (Quentin Groves, 3.0 vs. Florida).
  • All of his tackles were third (4) or fourth (1) down stops.
  • Led all defensive players with 42 production points.
  • Part of an Auburn defense that held an explosive Ole Miss offense to 25 points less and 103 yards less than their season average entering the game (scored 16 points, came in averaging 41.6; 447 yards of offense, came in averaging 550.9).