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Week 9: Football Players of the Week

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 Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

  • Bowers hauled in five passes for a career-high 154 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown, during Georgia's 42-20 rout of Florida.
  • His first catch was a 24-yard reception on 1st-and-10 in the opening frame and he followed that up on the next down with a 9-yard catch; those helped the Bulldogs get on track for their initial touchdown.
  • Bowers' third catch was a 19 yarder on a 2nd-and-5 situation that put the Bulldogs in position for their second score.
  • In the second quarter, he grabbed a tipped ball and took it 73 yards for a touchdown to put Georgia up 21-0.
  • Bowers completed his day by collecting a clutch 29-yard pass on 4th-and-7 in the fourth quarter deep in Tennessee territory to help set up Georgia's sixth and final touchdown.

 Raheim Sanders, RB, Arkansas

  • Raheim "Rocket" Sanders carded his sixth of the season and second consecutive 100-yard rushing effort to guide Arkansas to a 41-27 road win at Auburn, finishing with 16 carries for 171 yards (10.7 average).Sanders also hauled in one reception for six yards.
  • Matched Madre Hill's school record for quickest to 1,000 yards rushing in a season in just eight games.
  • Paces SEC in rushing yards (1041) and ranks second in yards per run (6.67). Sanders ranks sixth nationally in rushing yards and ninth in yards per carry.
  • Recorded a career long 76-yard run in the third quarter, positioning the Razorbacks at the Auburn18. Sanders' 76-yard run is tied for the third-longest by a league player this season.
  • Notched five 10+ yard runs and one 20+ yard rush.
  • Sanders is one of only three FBS players (Illinois RB Chase Brown & Pitt RB Israel Abanikanda) with 1,000+ rushing yards and 100+ receiving yards this season.
  • Sanders is the only FBS player with 1,000+ rushing yards and 150+ receiving yards this season.


 Chris Smith, S, Georgia

  • Smith had seven tackles, including a sack, to anchor Georgia's defense during its 42-10 beatdown of the Gators.
  • With the Bulldogs up 14-0 in the second quarter, Smith broke through and helped force Anthony Richardson to intentionally ground a pass that stalled a drive and forced Florida to punt.
  • Smith was pivotal for the Bulldog defense as the unit kept the Gators scoreless in the first and last quarters and held them to only 2.9 yards per carry after they came in averaging 6.4 ypc.


 Reid Bauer, P, Arkansas

  • Booted a career-long 78-yard punt in the second quarter, pinning Auburn at its own 7-yard line. Bauer's punt is the second-longest by an SEC punter this season.
  • Became the first Arkansas punter to record a 70+ yard punt since Sam Irwin-Hill's 79-yard punt versus South Carolina in 2013. Bauer's punt ties for the 10th longest in school history.
  • Averaged 43.0 yards per punt
  • Punted three times for 129 yards.
  • Pinned Auburn inside its own 7-yard line.
  • Limited Auburn to zero punt return yards.


 Quinshon Judkins, RB, Ole Miss

  • Posted his first career 200-yard rushing game and a touchdown in leading Ole Miss at Texas A&M.
  • Carried 34 times, which are the most by a Rebel since Deuce McAllister ran 36 times against Mississippi State in 1999.
  • Finished with 205 yards, which ranks ninth on the Ole Miss single-game list, and are the most since John Rhys Plumlee ran for 212 vs. LSU in 2019.
  • Tied the school record for fastest to 1,000 yards in a season, previously set by Kayo Dottely in 1949 (1,113 yards through nine games and ended with the Ole Miss single-season record 1,355).
  • Ranks fifth on the Ole Miss single-season yardage list and is the most by a Rebel since Dexter McCluster's 1,169 yards in 2009.
  • Owns the freshman records for single-season rushing yards and rushing touchdowns (13) set by Plumlee in 2019 (1,026 yards, 12 TD).


 Nick Broeker, OL, Ole Miss

  • Paved the way for a dominant Ole Miss rushing attack at Texas A&M.
  • The 390 Rebel rushing yards are the most allowed by the Aggies since giving up a school-record 393 to Texas in 2003.
  • Cleared paths for RB Quinshon Judkins to post the Rebels' first 200-yard rushing game since 2019.
  • Graded out at 94 percent with no pressures or sacks.
  • Ole Miss' 530 yards of total offense are the most given up by Texas A&M since yielding 544 to Alabama in 2020.

 Darnell Wright, OL, Tennessee

  • Wright blocked and paved the way for a Tennessee offense that put 422 yards - 127 more than Kentucky's defensive average allowed - as the No. 3 Vols beat the No. 19 Wildcats, 44-6, in Neyland Stadium.
  • Making his 36th career start, saw 68 offensive snaps and did not allow a sack, a pressure or a penalty. He was the highest graded offensive player in the game (91.2) according to Pro Football Focus.
  • The Vols rushed for 177 yards and threw for 245 yards as Kentucky saw a streak of 11 consecutive games allowing 24 or fewer points come to an end.
  • Wright has not allowed a sack in 540 offensive snaps this season, a streak that extends 14 consecutive games dating back to last year.


 Isaiah McGuire, DL, Missouri

  • Tied his career-highs in both tackles for loss and sacks, with three and two, respectively.
  • As a team, Mizzou had 11 TFLs and four sacks.
  • Mizzou's defense held the Gamecocks to 104 yards in the first half, the third time this season an opponent has been held under 120 yards going to the break.