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Week 9: Football Players of the Week

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SEC Staff
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OFFENSE
DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

  • The senior wide receiver etched his name atop the SEC record books for career touchdown receptions.
  • Smith scored two touchdowns to give him a league-high 10 on the season and 33 for his career, passing Alabama's Amari Cooper and Florida Chris Doering.
  • Finished with nine catches for 144 yards.
  • His fourth 100-yard receiving game in his past five outings.
  • Alabama had a passer rating of 197.7 on his 13 targets.
  • Averaged 16.0 yards per catch with touchdowns of 10 and 18 yards.
  • Registered five explosive plays of 18 yards or more, including a long of 35.
  • Eight of his nine receptions converted Alabama first downs.
  • Ranks second nationally in receiving touchdowns (10), fifth in yards per game (129.0) and third in receptions per game (9.3)

JT Daniels, QB, Georgia

  • Daniels made his Bulldog debut and shredded Mississippi State for 401 yards and four touchdowns (both career highs) during the SEC East Bulldogs' 31-24 win.
  • Daniels was 10-for-11 for 144 yards, three touchdowns and only one sack on third downs and posted the top efficiency rating of his career (197.1).
  • He became the first Bulldog since Aaron Murray in 2013 to throw for more than 400 yards in a game.

DEFENSE
Smoke Monday, DB, Auburn

  • 100-yard interception return with 2:21 left in the third quarter gave Auburn a 20-10 lead en route to a 30-17 victory.
  • Monday also registered four tackles, a PBU and a QB hurry.
  • The 100-yard interception return for touchdown was the third in school history.
  • Was third interception of Monday's career.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Grant McKinniss, P, Missouri

  • Punted seven times for 305 yards, averaging 43.6 yards per kick with a long of 51, pinning South Carolina inside its own 20 five times, twice at the 1-yard-line including SC's final drive as it attempted to tie the game with 2:37 remaining.
  • South Carolina's average starting LoS was the 14.5-yard line and on drives that started following a Mizzou punt, the average LoS start was the 12 ... SC had just one punt-return yard as McKinniss' net average was 43.4 for the game.
  • For perspective, that 43.4 net average would be ninth nationally spread out over this season ... In a game that was decided largely on field position, McKinniss was one of the heroes of the game of Mizzou.

FRESHMAN
Jermaine Burton, WR, Georgia

  • Burton hauled in eight catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns (all career highs) from JT Daniels during the Bulldogs' fifth win of the year.
  • He had catches for 49, 48 and 46 yards and finished with the fourth-best outing by a receiver in school history (best since Tavarres King went for a record 205 against Michigan State in the 2012 Outback Bowl).
  • Burton's first touchdown tied the game at 17-all right before halftime and his second gave Georgia a 24-17 edge in the third period.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Nick Brahms, OL, Auburn

  • Graded out at 85 percent with a team season-best nine extra effort plays.
  • Anchored and led an offensive line that lost two starters during the game.
  • Part of Auburn offense that gained 385 yards and had three sustained scoring drives of 12 or more plays (and all 5 or more minutes in duration).

DEFENSIVE LINE
Andre Anthony, DE, LSU

  • Had 4 tackles, including 2 sacks, in LSU's win over Arkansas.
  • LSU held Arkansas to 0-of-10 on third-down opportunities and forced seven Razorback punts.
  • His second quarter sack came on third down and forced a punt and other sack came in the fourth quarter.
  • Two sacks totaled 12 yards in losses.

Kyree Campbell, DE, Florida

  • Kyree Campbell led Florida's defense in tackles with nine on Saturday in the Gators' 38-17 win at Vanderbilt.
  • Campbell had a career-high with his nine tackles (previous high was seven at Tennessee in 2018).
  • Campbell helped lead a defense that is ranked No. 1 in sacks per game (3.0) and No. 2 in tackles for loss per game (6.43) in the Southeastern Conference.