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Week 12: Football Players of the Week

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OFFENSE
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

  • Was brilliant once again in leading Mizzou to a resounding 50-17 road win at Tennessee, as he completed 21-of-30 passes for 257 yards and 2 TDs, with no interceptions.
  • QB rating for the day was 163.96 - his second-best this year in SEC games, and it would have been much higher were it not for two dropped passes by his receivers which would have went for touchdowns of 54 and 40 yards.
  • Guided the Tigers to a 484-yard total offense output against a UT defense which had allowed an average of just 294.0 yards per game in their previous three outings.
  • The 33-point victory was the largest by Mizzou ever in an SEC road game, and was the largest in any conference road game for the Tigers since 2008 (52-17 at Nebraska).
  • Moved into #2 on the SEC career passing yardage list, with 11,599 yards, and is also now #3 on the SEC career passing touchdowns list, with 94.
  • His 71 percent completion rate over the last three games is his best three-game span in SEC play over his four-year career. Lock's QB rating over those three games is 157.8, his best three-game span by QBR in league play since the final three regular season games a year ago.
  • Mizzou is converting third downs at a 57.5 percent clip in that span thanks to Lock's decision making.
  • Over his last three games, Lock has completed 67-of-95 passes (71 percent) for 760 yards (11.3 per completion, 8.0 per attempt) and seven touchdowns and only two interceptions. His two INTs in that span came vs. Vandy, one when the receiver ran the wrong route, and another on a tipped pass.

DEFENSE
Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

  • Abram produced one of the best games ever by a Bulldog defensive back in State's 52-6 win over Arkansas. On his Senior Day, he recorded a career-best 12 tackles (seven solo), 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, two quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery.
  • He became the first MSU player to record 10+ tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss in a game since All-American linebacker Benardrick McKinney had a game-high 12 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss against UAB on Sept. 6, 2014.
  • According to Pro Football Focus, Abram's five QB pressures vs. Arkansas were three more than any other SEC secondary player had in week 12. Abram and the Bulldog defense once again did not allow a touchdown at home and they remain the SEC's top scoring defense (12.8 ppg, No. 2 in FBS).
  • Abram continues to lead all SEC defensive backs in tackles this season with now 89.

Josh Paschal, LB, Kentucky

  • In an extremely emotional moment for everyone associated with Kentucky football, sophomore linebacker Josh Paschal returned to action in Kentucky's 34-23 win over Middle Tennessee.
  • In July, Paschal was diagnosed with malignant melanoma on the bottom of his right foot. He underwent three surgeries, followed by ongoing monthly immunotherapy treatments.
  • Paschal recovered sufficiently to play against Middle Tennessee. He started the game and saw occasional action throughout.
  • In the second quarter, he made a tackle on a third down play that forced a punt. When his name was called as the tackler, the Kroger Field crowd gave him a rousing ovation while his teammates swarmed him with congratulations.
  • After the game, middle linebacker Kash Daniel said, "That was the highlight of my year, seeing JP out there doing his thing. That's unbelievable. He's been through so much. You guys know the big picture but you don't know the little things, the mental part he had to deal with. He's always so positive about coming back, there was never a negative day he had. He always had a great attitude. Josh is an unbelievable guy, I'm honored to be his teammate."

SPECIAL TEAMS
Luke Logan, PK, Ole Miss

  • Connected on a career-best 5-for-5 on field goals in the Rebels' overtime battle at Vanderbilt.
  • The 32-yarder in the third quarter marked his 21st field goal of the season, third all-time at Ole Miss for a single season.
  • Made a field goal for the fifth straight game and has converted 13 field goals over that stretch.

FRESHMAN
Justin Fields, QB, Georgia

  • Justin Fields came off the bench to go 5-for-8 for a career-high 121 yards and two touchdowns and added a career-high 100 yards and a score on seven carries during Georgia's 66-27 win over Massachusetts.
  • His 100 yards marked the first time a quarterback had led the Bulldogs in rushing since 2005 and made him the first Georgia signal caller with 100 yards rushing since Quincy Carter in 1998.
  • Along with Jake Fromm, Fields directed an offense that tallied 701 total yards on offense, which ranks No. 2 in school history behind the 713 tallied versus FAU in 2012.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Deion Calhoun, OG, Mississippi State

  • Calhoun, playing in his final home game, had one of the best games of his career in MSU's largest victory ever over Arkansas (52-6).
  • Calhoun was MSU's highest grader at 86 percent, and he registered two knockdowns.
  • He helped pave the way for a Bulldog offense that rushed for 287 yards and did not allow a sack.
  • According to Pro Football Focus, MSU gained 102 of its 285 (36 percent) rushing yards to either side of Calhoun on Saturday.

DEFENSIVE LINE
Dayo Odeyingbo, DL, Vanderbilt

  • Odeyingbo had a sensational game on the Vanderbilt defensive front, contributing four solo tackles and two quarterback sacks, helping the Commodores to the 36-29 overtime victory over Ole Miss Saturday night in Nashville.
  • Starts on the Commodore defensive line opposite older brother Dare Odeyingbo, also contributed two quarterback hurries and knocked down a Jordan Ta'amu pass attempt to spark the Vanderbilt win.
  • Odeyingbo's first quarterback sack forced Ole Miss into a punting situation on its last possession of the first half. Odeyingbo's second sack came inside the VU 10-yard line and forced Ole Miss, trailing by six points at the time, into a field goal attempt.