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Week 6: Football Players of the Week

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OFFENSE
Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State

  • Nick Fitzgerald accounted for 264 yards of total offense and two touchdowns as Mississippi State knocked off No. 8 Auburn, 23-9. Fitzgerald shattered Tim Tebow's SEC career record for rushing yards by a quarterback, rushing for 195 yards and scoring both of the Bulldogs' touchdowns.
  • He now sits at 2,999 rushing yards for his career. Fitzgerald's 195 yards on the ground were the most by an FBS quarterback vs. a Power 5 team this year.
  • Auburn came into the contest having allowed only one rushing touchdown and 92.8 yards per game on the ground all year. It was the 17th career 100-yard rushing game for Fitzgerald, who tied Anthony Dixon for the school record.
  • Fitzgerald also reached 40 rushing touchdowns for his career. He put the finishing touchdowns on the Bulldogs' most lopsided victory over a Top 10 team since 2014 on a 21-yard touchdown run with 2:02 left in the game.

DEFENSE
Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida

  • Vosean Joseph posted the first multi-sack game of his career in Florida's win over LSU and he did it in the first 20-plus minutes of the game. He entered the game with three tackles for loss this season and had three in the first 20-plus minutes of Saturday's win. He also posted career highs in tackles (14) and tackles for loss (3.5). He also led the Gators in both categories against LSU.
  • Through six games, Joseph is the Florida's leading tackler with 42, including 6.5 for losses. He has also recorded three sacks, two pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery, which he returned for 20 yards.

CO-SPECIAL TEAMS
Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M

  • Punted five times for an average of 59.6 with a long of 82 yards with two killed inside the 20-yard line.
  • Three of his punts went for 60+ yards and Mann now has 12 punts of 60 yards or longer through six games. The NCAA record for 60-yard plus punts in a season is 13 by Ryan Plackemeier of Wake Forest in 2005.
  • The 82-yard punt is the longest in FBS this season and was the third-longest in Texas A&M history. The school record was an 86-yard kick in 1944 against Texas Tech by Bobby Goff.
  • All three of his kickoffs were not returned and all three were touchbacks.

Parker White, PK, South Carolina

  • The sophomore from Mount Pleasant, S.C., tallied 13 points in the Gamecocks' 37-35 win over Missouri.
  • He hit on all three of his field goal attempts, connecting from a season-long 42 yards on two occasions, and a 33-yard game-winner with just two seconds remaining.
  • All three of his field goals came in the second half when the field conditions were soggy due to a rainstorm, and gave the Gamecocks the lead (24-23, 34-32 and 37-35).
  • It was the second game-winner in the final seconds of his young career.

FRESHMAN
Jaycee Horn, DB, South Carolina

  • The 6-1, 195-pound true freshman from Alpharetta, Ga., had an impressive outing and was a key factor in the Gamecocks holding Drew Lock to just 17-of-36 passing for 204 yards, as he was credited with four pass break ups in the contest.
  • He also logged three tackles, including a key diving trip, forcing Damari Crockett to step out of bounds on the 11-yard line instead of taking it in for a touchdown.
  • The Tigers ended up not scoring on that drive, which was a key turning point in the game.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Ross Pierschbacher, C, Alabama

  • Pierschbacher graded out at a team-high 93 percent in the 65-31 victory at Arkansas to earn Alabama Offensive Player of the Week honors
  • Accounted for four knockdown blocks as the Crimson Tide rushed for 246 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
  • Alabama rolled up season-high 639 yards of total offense, including 393 passing while not surrendering a sack.
  • Provided time for QB Tua Tagovailoa to throw for 334 yards and four touchdowns in the first half while not allowing a quarterback pressure or committing a penalty in 56 snaps.
  • Helped the Tide offensive line improve to sixth nationally, allowing just .67 sacks per game.

DEFENSIVE LINE
Montez Sweat, DL, Mississippi State

  • Sweat put on a clinic Saturday in a 23-9 win over No. 8 Auburn, posting a career-best three sacks for a loss of 27 yards, forcing one fumble and adding two quarterback hurries that forced incompletions.
  • Sweat became the first Bulldog with three or more sacks in a game since Willie Evans had three vs. Tulane on Sept. 17, 2005.
  • He was only the third Bulldog in the last 20 years to achieve the feat and the first in a conference game since Ed Smith vs. Arkansas on Nov. 21, 1998.
  • All three of Sweat's sacks came in the second half. He now has 18 sacks for his career, which is seventh in MSU career annals. For the season, Sweat leads the SEC and ranks No. 2 nationally in sacks with 7.5.