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Week 1: Football Players of the Week

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Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

  • Accounted for 274 yards of total offense, 17/24, 168 yards passing - 11 carries, 106 rushing yards (9.6 avg), career-high 3 rushing touchdowns (2-yard, 45-yard, 2-yard game winner)
  • Richardson is the first FBS QB to rush for three touchdowns in a game this season.
  • Set a new career high in single-game passing yards with 168, topping his previous best of 167 at LSU on Oct. 16, 2021.
  • Richardson is one of three UF QBs since 1996 to rush for three touchdowns and pass for 150-plus yards in the same game, joining Jesse Palmer and Tim Tebow (twice).
  • He is one of five UF QBs to rush for three touchdowns in a game since 1996.

Christopher Smith, S, Georgia
  • Smith was one of only three starters remaining from Georgia's 2021 national championship defense and demonstrated his leadership with six tackles, including a tackle for loss, and an interception during the 49-3 rout of the Ducks.
  • This marked Smith's second straight season opener with a pick as his interception on Saturday led to Georgia's third score of the game.
  • Anchored by Smith in the back, the Bulldogs held Oregon without a touchdown for the first time in a game since 2017.

Bumper Pool, LB, Arkansas
  • Started his 27th career game, anchoring the defense with a team-high 13 tackles, including four solo stops, and a tackle for a loss of two yards, to highlight Arkansas' 31-24 victory over No. 23 Cincinnati.
  • Logged 18th career double-digit tackle game with 13 against the Bearcats.
  • Tallied one tackle for a loss of two yards in the first quarter.
  • Was part of a defense that held Cincinnati scoreless in the first half on 179 yards of total offense.
  • Filed seven of his 13 tackles in the first quarter.

Barion Brown, KOR, Kentucky
  • Playing in his first collegiate game, the true freshman's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the key play of UK's 37-13 win over Miami (Ohio).
  • Coming out of halftime leading 13-10, Brown took the second-half kickoff, zipped up the middle, then veered to the left sideline and exploded past the competition for the TD.
  • First UK player to score on a kickoff return in 13 years.
  • Had a 21-yard kickoff return in the first quarter that opened a touchdown drive.
  • Also caught three passes for 45 yards at wide receiver.

Jayden McGowan, WR, Vanderbilt
  • Hauled in four passes for a season-high 116 yards, while picking up his first career score with a 75-yard touchdown grab
  • Became the first Vanderbilt receiver to surpass the 100-yard mark this season
  • Totaled 85 yards after catch
  • His 75-yard touchdown grab marked the longest completion for the Commodores since 2019
  • Became just the third Vandy freshman since 2005 to record a 100-yard receiving game

Darrian Dalcourt, C, Alabama
  • Senior center anchored the Crimson Tide offensive line in a 55-0 win vs. Utah State.
  • Alabama's offensive front controlled the line of scrimmage as the Tide accounted for 559 yards of total offense, including 278 yards ground and 281 through the air.
  • Dalcourt did not allow a sack as QB Bryce completed 18-of-28 passes for 281 yards and five touchdowns.
  • Cleared a path for Young to rush for 100 yards and a touchdown while RB Jahmyr Gibbs added 93 more rushing yards as the Tide averaged 8.7 yards per rush.

LaQuinston Sharp, OL, Mississippi State
  • Started and played 85 snaps, the most of any SEC center.
  • Was strong in aiding State's ground game as 54 of MSU's 97 rushing yards came up the middle.
  • Didn't allow a single sack or hit on QB Will Rogers.
  • Was penalized just once as he helped lay a foundation for Rogers' 450-yard passing night.

Brenton Cox Jr., DL, Florida
  • Cox Jr. recorded a career-best 10 tackles versus No. 7 Utah.
  • Posted his seventh-straight game with a QB hurry and his sixth-straight game with a TFL.

Jordan Domineck, DL, Arkansas
  • Finished with two tackles, one sack for a loss of 10 yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery to anchor Arkansas' defensive front and secure a 31-24 win over No. 23 Cincinnati Saturday.
  • Hit the trifecta with a sack, forced fumble and two-yard fumble recovery at the ARK37. Arkansas then pieced together a two-play, 0:39 second drive that resulted in a touchdown to extends its lead to 31-17.
  • Tied for the SEC lead in forced fumbles (1.0) and fumble recoveries (1.0).
  • Ranks second in the league in sack yards (10) through week one.