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Week 5: Football Players of the Week

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OFFENSIVE
Brian Robinson, RB, Alabama

  • The senior running back set the tone in a 42-21 victory over No. 12 Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa
  • Robinson ran for a career high 171 yards and four touchdowns
  • Named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week
  • Carried the ball a career-high 36 times, averaging 4.8 yards per carry
  • He is one of just nine players in school history to rush for at least four touchdowns in a game
  • Converted eight first downs to go with his four touchdowns

Will Rogers, QB, Mississippi State

  • Led Mississippi State to a 26-22 win at No. 15 Texas A&M behind 408 yards passing and a career-high tying three touchdowns passing
  • Finished with 400+ yards passing and three touchdowns passing for the second time this season and is the only player in the SEC to accomplish that feat • Completed 78 percent of his passes (46 of 59)
  • Connected with nine different receivers on the night
  • Top target was Makai Polk who caught 13 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns
  • Completed five passes of 20-plus-yards to five different receivers
  • His 46 completions were the third most in MSU single-game history
  • Completed 13 of his first 14 passes in the game
  • Was a perfect 7-of-7 passing on State' first touchdown drive in the first quarter
  • In his last three games, has gone 143-of-188 (.761) while averaging 381.3 yards with three touchdown passes in each contest

Bo Nix, QB, Auburn

  • Threw for 255 yards and one touchdown while rushing for a game-high 74 yards and one touchdown while leading Auburn to its first win at LSU since 1999
  • Led Auburn to a 13-point come-from-behind SEC road win for the first time since Tigers beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2010 (down 24)
  • Down nine, directed Auburn to fourth quarter TD drives of 75 and 92 yards for the win
  • His 74 yards rushing were a season-high and second most of his career.


DEFENSIVE
Jacquez Jones, LB, Kentucky

  • Had nine tackles, including one for loss, a quarterback hurry and a game-saving pass breakup in Kentucky's 20-13 win over No. 10/9-ranked Florida
  • His fourth-down pass breakup in the end zone with 18 seconds left preserved the victory
  • Had two shared tackles for loss, one on a three-yard loss that helped force a punt and also on a one-yard loss leading up to UK's decisive game-changing blocked punt
  • The UK defense limited Florida to 171 rushing yards and 382 yards total offense, well below their season averages of 322.5 rushing yards (third nationally) and 540.8 yards total offense (ninth nationally)
  • The UK defense ended the Florida streak of 14 consecutive games of 400+ yards total offense, the nation's longest active streak

Will Anderson, LB, Alabama

  • Anderson spent a significant amount of time in the backfield of the nation's top-ranked offense on Saturday
  • He added another 2.5 tackles for loss to give him a nation's best 11 TFL on the year
  • Recorded his third sack of the season
  • Finished with nine total tackles, including four solo stops
  • Added two additional quarterback hurries
  • Helped hold Ole Miss to a staggering 31.7 points below their season average and 344 yards below their total offense average entering the game


SPECIAL TEAMS
Joe Bulovas, PK, Vanderbilt

  • Made a 31-yard field goal with three seconds left to help Vanderbilt to a 30-28 victory over UConn
  • The 31-yard field goal marked his second game-winning field goal of the season
  • Went a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts in the contest, while nailing all three extra-point attempts
  • His kick gave Vanderbilt its first home win since the 2019 season


Josh Paschal, DE, Kentucky

  • Made the game-changing play - a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown - in Kentucky's 20-13 win over No. 10/9-ranked Florida
  • With UK trailing 10-7 in the third quarter, Paschal swatted a 48-yard attempt that was caught by Trevin Wallace and returned 76 yards for the TD, giving the Wildcats a lead that they did not relinquish
  • Also made seven tackles, including 2.5 for loss, from his defensive end position
  • Helped limit Florida to 171 rushing yards and 382 yards total offense, well below their season averages of 322.5 rushing yards (third nationally) and 540.8 total offensive yards (ninth nationally)


DEFENSIVE LINE
Devonte Wyatt, DL, Georgia

  • Wyatt posted a team-high six stops, including 1.5 sacks, and forced a fumble during Georgia's 37-0 rout of No. 8 Arkansas
  • His forced fumble came on an Arkansas drive that finished with a missed field goal.
  • Wyatt was the centerpiece of a defensive front that allowed only 162 total yards and nine first downs as the Bulldogs continued their 5-0 start.


OFFENSIVE LINE
Cade Mays, OT, Tennessee

  • Mays, making the start at right tackle, paved the way for a 683-yard output as Tennessee topped Missouri for a 62-24 road win. Mays did not allow a pressure or a penalty.
  • With the help of Mays, Tennessee finished with 458 yards on the ground, representing the most rushing yards in a road game in school history and the most overall since rushing for 513 yards against Washington & Lee on Nov. 10, 1951.
  • The Vols' 683 yards of total offense were their most since racking up 684 yards at Texas A&M on Oct. 8, 2016.
  • Mays was dominant in a first quarter that saw UT rack up 28 points, the most in the first quarter for the Vols since scoring 35 vs. Arkansas on Nov. 11, 2000.


FRESHMAN
Len'Neth Whitehead, RB, Tennessee

  • Whitehead, a redshirt freshman in just his second career SEC game, rushed for 76 yards on nine carries as Tennessee beat Missouri 62-24 on the road.
  • Whitehead averaged 8.4 yards per carry and added a 10-yard reception to finish with 86 all-purpose yards.
  • Whitehead helped lead a Vol rushing attack that finished with 458 yards on the ground, representing the most rushing yards in a road game in school history and the most overall since rushing for 513 yards against Washington & Lee on Nov. 10, 1951.

Jarquez Hunter, RB, Auburn

  • Rushed for 65 yards on six carries and one touchdown in Auburn's come-from-behind win at LSU, its first in Tiger Stadium since 1999
  • 53 of his 65 yards came on Auburn's game winning touchdown drive that included a 44-yard run and was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:11 remaining.
  • Averaging 10.6 yards per carry, tops in FBS this season