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Week 1: Football Players of the Week

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OFFENSIVE
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

  • The sophomore quarterback shined in his first career start leading Alabama to a 44-13 victory over No. 14 Miami in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic
  • Young threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start
  • Set Alabama records for yards and touchdowns by a quarterback in their first career start (passing Jalen Hurts 287 yards in 2016 & 3 TDs by Mac Jones in 2019 & Joe Namath in 1962)
  • He completed 71.1 percent of his passes (27-of-38) while recording a passer rating of 181.8
  • Averaged 9.1 yards per attempt and 12.7 yards per completion
  • Found transfer junior Jameson Williams for a 94-yard touchdown on third down early in the third quarter, tying for the second longest touchdown pass in school history
  • Young was outstanding on third down, completing 8-of-10 passes for 157 yards, seven first downs and two touchdowns


DEFENSIVE
Christopher Smith, S, Georgia

  • Smith scored the game's only touchdown on a 74-yard interception return to highlight the Bulldogs' 10-3 win No. 2 Clemson in Charlotte, N.C.
  • His first career pick broke open a 0-0 tie late in the second quarter as the Bulldog defense kept the Tigers scoreless in the first half and to only 180 total yards on the day
  • Smith finished with three stops and was part of a secondary that gave Georgia's front seven time to collect seven sacks



SPECIAL TEAMS
Will Reichard, PK, Alabama

  • Reichard turned in another perfect night kicking the football in the Tide's win
  • Connected on all three field goal attempts, hitting from 38, 51 and 40 yards
  • Accounted for 11 total points, making all five extra point attempts
  • Kicked off seven times, forcing seven touchbacks while averaging 62.9 yards per kickoff


DEFENSIVE LINE
Jordan Davis, NG, Georgia

  • Davis started his 20th game during the Bulldogs' 10-3 win over No. 2 Clemson in Charlotte, N.C., and anchored a tremendous effort on the front with three tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack
  • Led by Davis on the line, Georgia allowed just 180 total yards, including only two on the ground, as the Tigers scored their lowest point total since 2007
  • Davis' sixth career sack was one of seven by the Bulldogs during the game as they tallied their fifth win all-time versus a No. 2 opponent

Zachary Carter, DL, Florida

  • Had 4 tackles (3 solo), 3 TFL (25 yards), forced a fumble and a career high 3 sacks.
  • Tied for second most sacks (3.0) and eighth in TFL (3.0) in week 1 by a player in the FBS
  • Tied for the lead in forced fumbles (1) in the SEC.
  • Carter's first-quarter sack that resulted in a forced fumble gave him double-digit sacks for his career - 12.5 career sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss


OFFENSIVE LINE
Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A&M

  • The lone returning starter on the offensive front, the All-American offensive lineman made his first start at right tackle and helped pave the way for a net of 303 rushing yards and protected the quarterback on 33 passes.
  • The Aggies did not punt during the game and the offensive unit was successful on nine of 13 third-down conversion attempts.

Luke Fortner, C, Kentucky

  • Helped UK amass 564 yards total offense in UK's 45-10 win over ULM
  • In his first game at center after converting from guard
  • Totaled four knockdown blocks, eight blocks at the point of attack, and did not allow a sack
  • Kentucky had a 300-yard passer, two 100-yard receivers and a 100-yard rusher in a game for the first time since 2006


FRESHMAN
Debo Williams, LB, South Carolina

  • The redshirt freshman, playing in his first collegiate game, was credited with a pair of blocked punts in the Gamecocks' 46-0 win over Eastern Illinois.
  • He registered a block in both the first and second quarters, each setting up Carolina with good field position which resulted in touchdowns on both occasions.

Caden Costa, PK, Ole Miss

  • Drilled three field goals, including a 47-yarder, in his Rebel debut, helping Ole Miss past Louisville.
  • The 47-yarder marked the longest by a Rebel kicker since 2017, and the three FGs are the most since 2018.
  • Added four PATs and a special teams tackle.
  • Also averaged 62.0 yards on seven kickoffs.