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Week 4: Football Players of the Week

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OFFENSIVE

 Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

  • Hooker played perhaps the best game of his career, accounting for 461 yards of total offense and three touchdowns as No. 11 Tennessee beat No. 20 Florida, 38-33.
  • It was the Vols' first win over the Gators since 2016. With his top wide receiver out, Hooker carried the load, completing 22-of-28 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He also rushed for 112 yards on 13 carries with one score.
  • It was his highest rushing yard total at Tennessee. It also represented the most passing yards by a UT QB vs. Florida since Peyton Manning threw for 353 yards on Sept. 20, 1997.
  • Hooker became the second QB in UT history and the first since Joshua Dobbs vs. Georgia on Oct. 10, 2015, to register a 300-yard passing and 100-yard rushing game.
  • In the victory, Hooker extended his school-record streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 212, which is the ninth-longest streak in SEC history. He surpassed Alabama's Jalen Hurts and Florida's Time Tebow to enter the top 10 on Saturday.
  • With the Vols trailing, Hooker led Tennessee on an epic, 12-play, 99-yard drive in the final minutes of the second quarter. He fired a touchdown pass with seven seconds left that put the Vols ahead for good. Hooker eclipsed 300 yards passing for the fourth time in a Tennessee uniform. He averaged a stellar 11.24 yards per play on Saturday.

DEFENSIVE

Antonio Johnson, DB, Texas A&M

  • Antonio Johnson tallied 13 stops on the day against Arkansas to lead the Texas A&M defense.
  • Played nickel, safety, cornerback as well as even some linebacker plays.
  • Johnson was all over the field and made the stop in the second quarter right before the Arkansas fumble was returned for an Aggie touchdown.

 Will Anderson Jr., LB, Alabama

  • Anderson was his vintage self in a 55-3 victory over Vanderbilt in the SEC opener.
  • Recorded 3.0 tackles for loss (-17 yard) and 2.5 sacks (-16 yards).
  • Credited with five tackles, including three solo stops in just 24 snaps of defense.
  • Helped limit Vanderbilt to just three points, 14 yards rushing and just 129 yards of total offense.

SPECIAL TEAMS

 Jack Podlesny, PK, Georgia

  • Drilled all three of his field goals and four PATs during Georgia's 39-22 win.
  • Helped distance the Dogs from the Golden Flashes to go up by nine points in the first quarter and then lock down the victory in the third quarter .

FRESHMAN

 Barion Brown, WR, Kentucky

  • True freshman caught four passes for a career-high 102 yards and two touchdowns in UK's 31-23 win over Northern Illinois.
  • On the first possession of the second half, he caught a crossing pattern at midfield and outran the defense for a 70-yard TD, UK's longest offensive play of the season.
  • In the first quarter, he caught a screen pass and weaved his way through the defense for a 15-yard touchdown.
  • His other two catches, for 11 and 6 yards, came on touchdown drives.
  • This is the second game this season he has made a game-changing play on the first possession of the third quarter - in the season opener, leading 13-10, his 100-yard kickoff return gave UK a 20-10 cushion.

 Quinshon Judkins, RB, Ole Miss

  • Ran for a career-high 140 yards on a career-high 27 carries with two TDs.
  • Recorded second straight game with two rushing TDs.
  • Notched 100-plus all-purpose yards for third time in four career games.
  • Moved into SEC lead with five rushing TDs on the season.
  • Led Ole Miss to 300-plus yards rushing for second consecutive game.

OFFENSIVE LINE

 Javontez Spraggins, OG, Tennessee

  • Spraggins paved the way for a Tennessee offense that accumulated 576 total offensive yards as the No. 11 Vols topped No. 20 Florida, 38-33, for their first win in the series since 2016.
  • In his 17th career start, Spraggins played all 70 plays and did not allow a sack, a hit, or a pressure.
  • The right guard blocked for a Vol offense that rushed for 227 yards, passed for 349 yards and averaged 8.2 yards per play, marking the fourth-highest average in the Josh Heupel era.
  • The 576 yards of total offense for the Vols was their highest output vs. Florida in the series history. For the season, Spraggins has not allowed a sack or QB hit in 264 offensive snaps.

DEFENSIVE LINE

 Derick Hall, DE, Auburn

  • Tallied a season- and team-high 3.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks, marking his third career game with 2.0+ sacks.
  • Eclipsed the 20.0 TFL mark and 15.0 sack mark for his career.
  • Recorded his first career INT in the first quarter and returned it 19 yards to the Missouri 24-yard line, setting up Auburn's second TD to go up 14-0.
  • Was second on the team with six tackles, including five solo.