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Week 1: Football Players of the Week

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SEC Staff
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Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

  • Tied a school-record with 5 TD passes - all in the first half - of LSU's season-opening 55-3 win over Georgia Southern. He's first player in LSU history to throw 5 TD passes in a half
  • Completed 23-of-27 passes for 278 yards as the Tigers scored the most points in a season-opening contest since 2000
  • Burrow has now set or tied school-records in three straight games dating back to last season (6 TDs accounted for vs. Texas A&M in week 12; 4 passing TDs in Fiesta Bowl vs. UCF; 5 passing TDs in week 1 vs. Georgia Southern).
  • Led LSU to TD drives on its first five possessions of contest as the Tigers led 42-3 at halftime.
  • His 85.2 completion percentage (23-of-27) ranks No. 5 in school history in a same game (20 or more attempts).

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

  • The junior quarterback accounted for 351 total yards (336 passing/15 rushing) Completed 83.9 percent of his passes (26 of 31) for 336 yards and four scores
  • Turned in a 217.5 quarterback efficiency rating Averaged 12.9 yards per completion 10.8 yards per attempt
  • Completed both of his third down passes to convert third downs
  • Completed 12 straight passes in the second and third quarters
  • Completed passes to nine different receivers, including five wideouts, two tight ends and two running backs

Jeremiah Dinson, DB, Auburn

  • Registered a team-high 13 tackles with 2.0 tackles for loss (minus 7 yards) and 1.0 sacks (minus 6 yards) in the Tigers' win over No. 11 Oregon.
  • Led an Auburn defense that kept Oregon off the scoreboard in 11 of its final 12 drives and just 156 yards in the final three quarters.

Rodrigo Blankenship, PK, Georgia

  • Was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals as well as on extra points during his team's 30-6 victory at Vanderbilt.
  • His field goals included a 50 yarder making him 4-for-5 from 50 or more yards in his career.
  • His school record 157th consecutive PAT also moved him to No. 3 on the SEC's all-time list and striking distance to the No. 2 spot with Murray State arriving on Saturday.

Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

  • Graded out at 92 percent and had five knockdowns during the Bulldogs' 30-6 win at Vanderbilt from his left tackle spot.
  • In addition to allowing no sacks of Jake Fromm, Thomas and his unit helped pile up 481 total yards, including 325 on the ground and 149 from D'Andre Swift.
  • Fromm had time to complete passes to eight different targets.

Jonathan Greenard, DL, Florida

  • Greenard recorded 1.5 sacks and six tackles, including two for a loss of five yards, in his Gators debut.
  • Was one of four Gators to finish with at least 1.5 sacks on Saturday night.
  • Greenard also played a key role in a Gators defense that held Miami to 2 of 13 (15.4%) on third downs.
  • The only opponent Florida held under 16 percent on third down last season was Florida State (1 of 14).

DJ Dale, NT, Alabama

  • In the true freshman's first career game earned Alabama defensive player of the week accolades for his play in the trenches
  • Accounted for three with a half of a tackle for loss, which came on the first play of his career
  • Anchored a defensive line that allowed just 107 rushing yards on 32 carries while consistently pushing the pocket in the passing game
  • The Crimson Tide defense surrendered just 11 first downs and three points

Bo Nix, QB, Auburn

  • The first Auburn true freshman quarterback to start in a season opener since Travis Tidwell in 1946, led Auburn to a come-from-behind win against No. 11 Oregon
  • Connected with Seth Williams on a 26-yard TD pass with :09 left in the fourth quarter to account for the winning score. 4-of-6 passing on the game-winning drive and converted a 4th-and-3 rushing on the drive.
  • Helped lead Auburn to its biggest come-from-behind victory (15-point deficit) since the 2010 Alabama game (24-point deficit)
  • Passed for 177 yards and two touchdowns.