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Week 9: Football Players of the Week

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SEC Staff
Photo: Tennessee Athletics

OFFENSE
Jauan Jennings, WR, Tennessee

  • Led Tennessee with seven receptions for a career-high 172 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-21 victory over South Carolina
  • Jennings started the game at quarterback in a "Wildcat" formation and took the Vols' first offensive snap 11 yards. He finished with 18 rushing yards and 192 all-purpose yards.
  • His seven receptions and two receiving touchdowns tied his career-bests.
  • He became the first Tennessee receiver with 150 yards and two touchdowns in over 15 years (since Donte Stallworth, 2001).
  • Jennings' broke four tackles on a 48-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the second quarter and his 19-yard touchdown in the third quarter gave Tennessee the lead for good.

Lynn Bowden, AP, Kentucky

  • Accounted for 258 yards total offense and two touchdowns in Kentucky's 29-7 win over Missouri.
  • Rushed 21 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Playing in a downpour for most of the night, completed 3 of 7 passes for 54 yards, including a career-long 44-yard bomb that set up UK's first touchdown.
  • 204 rushing yards is most by an SEC player this season.
  • Became the seventh player in UK history to rush for 200 yards in a game.
  • Leading the SEC in all-purpose yardage and kickoff return average.

DEFENSE
Jacoby Stevens, S, LSU

  • Led LSU with 10 tackles as the Tigers won their third game against a Top 10 opponent, beating Auburn 23-20 in Tiger Stadium.
  • Paced an LSU defense that held Auburn to 287 total yards (130 rushing, 157 passing) ... Auburn went into the game leading the SEC in rushing offense at 240 yards per game.
  • In second half and after Auburn took a 13-10 lead, LSU's defense forced Auburn to punt on six consecutive possessions as LSU regained the lead, extending its advantage to 23-13 during that span.
  • LSU held Auburn to 5-of-18 on third-down opportunities and forced Auburn to punt 10 times.

Daniel Bituli, LB, Tennessee

  • Led Tennessee with 15 tackles, 1.0 TFL and blocked a punt he returned for touchdown in a 41-21 win over South Carolina as the Vols' defense shutout the Gamecocks in the second half.
  • Bituli's 15 tackles and 11 solo tackles are the third-most by an SEC player in 2019.
  • He added a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Max Duffy, P, Kentucky

  • Had a magnificent night of punting and also ran a fake punt that set up a touchdown in Kentucky's 29-7 win over Missouri.
  • Punted five times for a 52.4-yard average, with no return yards and three punts inside the 20-yard line.
  • Early in the fourth quarter, on 4th-and-6, he spied an opening and ran 26 yards for a first down; the impromptu dash helped set up a Wildcat touchdown.
  • Had a crucial punt in the third quarter; with UK backed up on its own 9-yard line, he flipped the field with a career-long 70-yard boot.
  • Missouri's average field position after Duffy's punts was its own 14-yard line.
  • With Duffy's distance and placement, Kentucky leads the nation in net punting with a 46.2-yard net average.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Brandon Kennedy, OL, Tennessee

  • Captured the highest grade (80) on a Tennessee offensive line that did not allow a sack and led an offense that tallied a season-high 485 yards of total offense and a season-high 351 yards passing against a South Carolina defense that boasted one of the nation's top defensive lines.
  • Kennedy led a blocking effort that stifled a Gamecocks' defense that entered the game with 17 sacks and three defensive linemen ranking in the SEC's Top 10 in sacks. USC finished without a sack for the first time all season.
  • Kennedy was the Vols' steadying force, snapping to three different players lining up at quarterback and leading the way for two different quarterbacks to throw for over 100 yards and at least one touchdown. UT did not turn the ball over.
  • Tennessee's 41 points were the most against an SEC opponent since 2016.

DEFENSIVE LINE
Calvin Taylor, DT, Kentucky

  • Totaled three tackles, including a career-high two quarterback sacks, in Kentucky's 29-7 win over Missouri.
  • In the second quarter, his third-down sack also caused a fumble; although Missouri recovered the fumble, it forced a punt and UK drove for a touchdown.
  • Later in the second quarter, his five-yard sack preceded a Missouri turnover that the Wildcats converted to another touchdown.
  • Part of a UK defense that held Missouri to season lows of seven points and 289 yards total offense.
  • Has five sacks for the season, good for third in the SEC.

FRESHMAN
D.J. Williams, RB, Auburn

  • True freshman rushed for 131 yards on 13 carries (10.0 avg) and had two receptions for 21 yards against No. 2 LSU on the road.
  • Led Auburn with 151 all-purpose yards.
  • His 10.0 yards per carry is the highest average by an Auburn freshman in a SEC game (min 100 yards) ever.
  • Only the third 130+ yard rushing performance against an SEC opponent by an Auburn freshman in the last 10 years.