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Week 12 Players of the Week

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Mississippi State Bulldogs OFFENSE
Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

• Prescott had the best game by a quarterback in MSU history and one of the best in SEC history on Saturday against Arkansas. He became the first player in SEC history to account for over 550 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns in the same game.
• He was also the only player in the NCAA FBS to achieve the feat this year and first by a Power 5 player since 2013. Prescott led the Bulldogs to their largest fourth-quarterback comeback (trailed 11) since the 2007 Egg Bowl. He became the eighth player in SEC history to throw for over 500 yards in a game as he finished 38-of-50 for 508 yards and five touchdowns.
• The seven TDs responsible tied an SEC record, while Prescott joined Johnny Manziel as the only SEC players to ever record over 550 yards of total offense in a single game. Dak broke his own single-game school records in passing yards and completions. • He also rushed for 46 yards and two scores. In the process, he became just the fourth player in NCAA FBS history and second in the SEC to throw for 60 touchdowns and rush for 40 touchdowns in a career.

Ole Miss Rebels DEFENSE
DeMarquis Gates, LB, Ole Miss

• Posted a team-high 14 tackles in leading Ole Miss to a 38-17 win over LSU.
• Also notched a pass break-up and a QB hurry in just his second career start.
• Led a defense that collected seven TFLs, 10 pass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Alabama Crimson Tide CO-SPECIAL TEAMS
Cyrus Jones, PR, Alabama

• Cyrus Jones returned two punts for touchdowns (43 and 72 yards) in a 56-6 win over Charleston Southern.
• Is the first Alabama player to return two punts for touchdowns in the same game.
• It was his third punt return for a touchdown in the past two games, also a first in school history.
• Totaled 115 punt return yards (57.5 ypr), which ranked as the fifth-most in a single game at Alabama .
• He now ranks seventh nationally and fourth in the SEC with an 14.4 yards per punt return average.
• Leads the nation with three punt returns for touchdowns this season.
• Has returned 28 punts for 403 yards in 2015, which is fifth in the single-season annals.

Taylor Bertolet, PK, Texas A&M

• Bertolet tied a school and SEC record with six field goals against Vanderbilt. Bertolet, a senior, connected on 31 and 25 yard field goals. Missed one from 35.
• Then connected on his last four attempts-from 46, 46, 41 and 23. He also kicked off seven times for 396 yards.

Kentucky WildcatsFRESHMAN
Mike Edwards, S, Kentucky

• Intercepted a pass and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown.
• Had three tackles, including a one-yard tackle for loss.
• His tackle for loss came on Charlotte's first offensive play of the game, helping force a punt that set up UK's first scoring drive.
• Part of a UK defense that limited Charlotte to 10 points and 233 total yards.

Tennessee VolunteersOFFENSIVE LINE
Coleman Thomas, OL, Tennessee

• Sophomore center helped lead a Vol offensive line as Tennessee piled up 248 rushing yards against Missouri, which was allowing just 113 rushing yards per game.
• Tennessee did not allow a sack. The Vols had their seventh game this season with 200-plus rushing yards and have their most rushing yards in a season (2,351) since the 2004 season (2,418).

Marquis Haynes, DE, Ole Miss

• Led an impressive Ole Miss defense in the 38-17 win over LSU.
• Filled the stat line with four tackles, 1.0 TFL, a fumble recovery and a QB pressure.
• Led a defense that collected seven TFLs, 10 pass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
• Tied for third in the SEC in TFLs in league play (1.36 per game).