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Week 8: Football Players of the Week

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SEC Staff
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OFFENSE
D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

  • Swift carried the ball 21 times for 179 yards (8.5 avg.) and scored twice during Georgia's 21-0 shutout of Kentucky
  • His seventh career 100-yard rushing game was highlighted by a 39-yard scoring run in the third quarter that broke a 0-0 tie
  • Swift muscled his way into the end zone from three yards out late in the fourth quarter to clinch the 21-0 victory
  • He leads the SEC through seven games for the Bulldogs with 107.7 yards/game avg.

DEFENSE
Buddy Johnson, LB, Texas A&M

  • Linebacker made 10 stops on the night with five solo and five assists.
  • Included in that total was one tackle for loss of one yard and he scooped an Ole Miss fumble and rumbled 62 yards for a touchdown to assist the Aggies with the 24-17 victory in Oxford.

Jacoby Stevens, S, LSU

  • Had 8 tackles, a sack for a 1-yard loss and a spectacular one-handed interception in leading LSU to a 36-13 win over Mississippi State.
  • Interception came just before halftime and led to an LSU touchdown and a 22-7 lead just five plays later.
  • Sack came on a 3-and-4 situation in the third quarter and forced Mississippi State to punt.
  • Overall, LSU forced three turnovers and held Mississippi State to 340 total yards and just 3-of-12 on third-down opportunities.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Harrison Smith, P, Vanderbilt

  • Smith enjoyed a net punting average of 42.2 yards, helping Vanderbilt to its first SEC victory of the season, a 21-14 win over No. 22 Missouri.
  • Averaged 43.1 yards on eight punts, with six efforts of 44 yards and longer. Three of Smith's punts were downed inside the Missouri 20-yard line, including a 49-yarder that forced the Tigers to start a critical drive at their own 12-yard line early in the fourth quarter.
  • In his first year as a starter, Smith is averaging 44.3 yards per punt.
  • The victory marked Vanderbilt's first win over a nationally-ranked opponent since the Commodores defeated No. 18 Kansas State 14-7 on Sept. 16. 2017. It was Vanderbilt's first win over a nationally-ranked SEC foe since beating No. 24 Tennessee 45-34 on Nov. 26, 2016.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Alex Leatherwood, OL, Alabama

  • The junior turned in a dominant performance from his left tackle spot.
  • Provided time for the Crimson Tide offense to average 6.4 yards per play while accounting for 140 rushing yards.
  • Opened holes for the running backs to average 5.2 yards on 28 carries (145 rushing yards) and three touchdowns.
  • Played 62 snaps while not allowing a sack, hurry or pressure 
  • Missed only a single assignment and helped the Crimson Tide.

DEFENSIVE LINE
Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn

  • Led the Auburn defensive with five tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss (minus 15), 2.0 sacks (minus 10), with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
  • First Auburn player since Nick Fairley at Alabama in 2010 to record multiple sacks, TFLs and force/recover a fumble in the same game.
  • Part of an Auburn defense that held Arkansas to 234 yards of total offense and just 52 yards rushing (1.9 yards per rush).
  • Second in SEC in sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (8.5)

FRESHMAN
Jacob Copeland, WR, Florida

  • Redshirt freshman Jacob Copeland emerged as the Gators' top receiver in total receiving yards in Saturday's win over South Carolina, as Copeland had three receptions for a game-high 89 yards and one touchdown - which was a career-long 37-yard reception.
  • Copeland becomes the fifth Gator to record multiple touchdown receptions this season.