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Week 5: Football Players of the Week

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OFFENSIVE

 Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

  • The junior running back turned in a breakout performance in a 49-26 victory at No. 19 Arkansas.
  • Rushed for a career-high 206 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
  • Caught two passes for 20 more yards for 226 all-purpose yards.
  • Scored on fourth quarter touchdown runs of 72 and 76 yards to put the game out of reach as Alabama outscored the Razorbacks 21-3 in the fourth quarter.
  • Averaged 11.4 yards per rush.

DEFENSIVE

 Emmanuel Forbes, DB, Mississippi State

  • Had two interceptions, including one that was returned 33 yards for a touchdown, in State's win over No. 17-ranked Texas A&M.
  • Broke the school record with his fourth career interception returned for a touchdown.
  • Is now tied as the FBS' active career leader in interceptions returned for touchdowns.
  • Leads the FBS since 2020 with 11 interceptions and is the SEC's active career leader in interceptions.
  • It marked his second career multiple interception game Blocked a field goal attempt that was returned for a touchdown.

SPECIAL TEAMS

 Jack Podlesny, PK, Georgia

  • Podlesny drilled all four of his field goal attempts and connected on both PATs during Georgia's 26-22 road win at Missouri.
  • After trailing 13-0 in the second quarter, Podlesny cut the deficit to 10 with a 40-yard FG at the 6:36 mark in the second period and then to 10 again with a 34-yard FG headed into the half.
  • He added another pair of field goals in the second half and the extra points on a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to cap the Bulldogs' comeback win.
  • Podlesny leads the league in Scoring (11.6 points/game) and ranks fourth nationally as the top PK in the country.

 Harrison Mevis, PK, Missouri

  • In front of Missouri's largest crowd since 2019, Harrison Mevis displayed an exceptional comeback, hitting 5-of-5 field goals, including two from 40+ and two from 50+.
  • His final make of the game was a 56-yarder - the new national leader - that matched his career long from the 2021 Boston College game.
  • Mevis' 16 points scored on Saturday is the highest output by a player in the SEC this year.
  • He is the only NCAA FBS kicker with three connections at 50+ yards this season (52, 52, 56).
  • Nationally, he ranks tied for first in attempts per game (2.6) and tied for third in makes per game (2.0).
  • He is the first Mizzou kicker to make four 40+-yard attempts in a single game.
  • Mevis' five field goals made ties a career high (Arkansas 2020). He's the only Tiger to accomplish that feat twice, and one of four to do it at all.

FRESHMAN

 Quinshon Judkins, RB, Ole Miss

  • Piled up a team-high 106 rushing yards and a score in leading Ole Miss past No. 7 Kentucky.
  • His 48-yard TD run in the first quarter was the longest rush of the year for the Rebels.
  • Has rushed for 535 yards this season, the most by an Ole Miss freshman in his first five games since at least 1976.
  • Scored a TD in four of his first five collegiate games and boasts six rushing touchdowns on the season.

  Barion Brown, WR/KOR, Kentucky

  • Totaled 245 all-purpose yards on only five touches in UK's game at No. 14/11 Ole Miss.
  • Returned three kickoffs for 164 yards, averaging 54.7 per return. Had an 85-yarder that set up Kentucky's first touchdown.
  • Also had two pass receptions for 81 yards.
  • Averaged 49 yards on his five total touches.
  • Leads the nation in kickoff returns at 47.7 yards per runback.

OFFENSIVE LINE

 Micah Pettus, OL, Ole Miss

  • Thrust into the starting lineup against No. 7 Kentucky and responded by helping lead Ole Miss to victory.
  • Graded out at 94 percent in his first career start.
  • Keyed a line that did not surrender a sack.
  • Recorded 10 knockdowns with no pressures or missed assignments.

DEFENSIVE LINE

 BJ Ojulari, DE, LSU

  • Had 4 tackles, including a pair of sacks, and a forced fumble in LSU's 21-17 comeback win over Auburn.
  • His second quarter strip sack sparked LSU's comeback as the fumble was picked up by Jay Ward and returned 23 yards for a touchdown, cutting the Auburn lead to 17-7.
  • The defensive TD started a run of 21 unanswered points for LSU as the Tigers recorded their biggest conference comeback since 1979 at Ole Miss.
  • Other sack came in first quarter on third down and forced an Auburn punt.
  • In second half, LSU's defense limited Auburn to 145 total yards, forced two turnovers, two punts and a turnover on downs.