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Week 6: Football Players of the Week

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Zach Calzada, QB, Texas A&M

  • The sophomore from Sugar Hill, Georgia, started his fourth game of his Aggie career and completed his first 10 passes against top-ranked Alabama.
  • On the day, Calzada was 21-of-31 for 285 yards with one interception and three touchdown passes.
  • In the fourth quarter, Calzada missed on his first five pass attempts, but then completed four of his next five passes to tie the game with a 25-yard touchdown strike to Ainias Smith with three minutes remaining in the game.
  • After an Aggie defensive three and out series, Calzada led the offense 54 yards on eight plays with a game-winning 28-yard field goal.
  • Calzada also scrambled for a first down moving the ball into Alabama territory.

Brandon Turnage, DB, Tennessee

  • Turnage, making his first career start in place of Tennessee's leading tackler an injured Theo Jackson, finished with a game-high and career-best 14 tackles and two tackles for loss in Tennessee's 45-20 win over South Carolina.
  • Turnage led a Vol defensive effort that limited the Gamecocks to 13 offensive points while starting at the STAR position.

Devon Achane, KR, Texas A&M

  • After Alabama had blocked a punt and recovered for a touchdown to cut the score to Texas A&M 24, Alabama 17, sophomore kick returner Devon Achane took the ensuing kickoff at the four-yard line and raced 96 yards to extend the Aggies' lead to 31-17 with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.
  • The Missouri City, Texas, native qualified in the 100 meter and 200 meters at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Oregon.

Tyree Johnson, DL, Texas A&M

  • The senior defensive end from Washington, DC, was credited with four stops on the day and recorded two quarterback sacks for losses of nine yards as the Aggie defense compiled four quarterback sacks against Alabama.

Octavious Oxendine, DT, Kentucky

  • Made three tackles, including the first two quarterback sacks of his career (-16 yards), in Kentucky's 42-21 win over LSU
  • His seven-yard sack in the second quarter helped force a punt
  • Credited with a nine-yard sack when he forced the LSU quarterback into an intentional grounding call, helping force another punt

Nick Broeker, OL, Ole Miss

  • Paved the way for 611 offensive yards, including 324 on the ground, in leading Ole Miss to a dramatic win over Arkansas.
  • Graded out at 90% against the heralded Razorback front.
  • Helped Matt Corral become only the second QB to throw for 200 yards against the Arkansas passing defense, which came into the game ranked No. 2 in FBS.
  • Cleared paths for a pair of 100-yard rushers for the first time since the 2020 Alabama game, while Corral was just six yards shy of being a third.

Eli Cox, OG, Kentucky

  • Played every offensive snap and graded at 91 percent in Kentucky's 42-21 win over LSU
  • Helped UK to 330 rushing yards, averaging 7.3 per attempt (7.7 per attempt if you don't include two kneel-downs at the end of the game)
  • Led the offensive line with seven knockdown blocks and had 15 blocks at the point of attack, including Will Levis' quarterback sneak for a touchdown
  • Did not have any missed assignments and did not allow any quarterback sacks or pressures
  • Helped UK to 42 points, most ever for the Wildcats against LSU in a regulation-length game

Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

  • McConkey posted career-highs of five catches for 135 yards and a touchdown to pace the Bulldogs' offense during their sixth win of the year
  • His performance included a career-long 60-yard touchdown in the third quarter that put the game out of reach for the Tigers at 24-3