Blog – MSU’s Smith SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week

Mississippi State senior defensive end Preston Smith was selected as the Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week, as announced on the SEC Network Monday night.

Smith was pivotal in MSU’s 49-0 shutout of Southern Miss to open the season on Saturday.

The Stone Mountain, Ga., native blocked a field goal that led to a Jay Hughes 68-yard touchdown return, picked off a Nick Mullens pass and registered two tackles. He was also credited with a quarterback hurry.

Smith becomes the fifth Bulldog to win the honor, with the last being Fletcher Cox. He won the award four times in 2011. Cox now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill and Georgia’s Todd Gurley were selected as the Co-Offensive Players of the Week. Hill completed 44-of-60 passes for a school-record 511 yards. He also threw three touchdowns as the Aggies beat South Carolina 52-28 on the road.

Gurley rushed for 198 yards and three scores as the Bulldogs beat the Clemson Tigers 45-21. He also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.

Georgia’s Amarlo Herrera was the Defensive Player of the Week. He totaled 12 tackles – 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

Alabama’s Adam Griffith was the Special Teams Player of the Week, while Auburn’s Daniel Carlson was the Freshman of the Week and Kentucky’s Jon Toth was the Offensive Lineman of the Week.

Griffith made all four field goals he attempted as Alabama beat West Virginia 33-23 in Atlanta. He made a 47, 41, 27 and 45-yard kick.

Carlson averaged 53.3 yards on three punts, with two going inside the 20 as the Tigers beat Arkansas 45-21. Toth graded at 91 percent as the Wildcats beat UT Martin 59-14.

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