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



For the second week in a row, Mississippi State’s Preston Smith won the Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week.

The senior becomes just the third Bulldog to win the honor twice, both Pernell McPhee and Fletcher Cox won it at least twice, and just the second to win the award in consecutive weeks. Cox won the award on Oct. 10 and 17 in 2011.

Smith returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown, as the Bulldogs beat UAB 47-34 last Saturday. It was his second interception of the season.

The Stone Mountain, Ga. native also had five tackles, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry.

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk won Offensive Player of the Week after tossing five touchdowns, a career-best 325 yards and rushed for a score as the Tigers beat Toledo 49-24 on the road.

Ole Miss’ Cliff Coleman was the Defensive Player of the Week. He returned a touchdown 39 yards for a touchdown as the Rebels rolled Vanderbilt 41-3 to open league play 1-0.

Elliott Fry of South Carolina was the Special Teams Player of the Week, as he made all four field goals in a  33-23 win over East Carolina. He made a 39, 42, 26 and 20-yard field goal. He also made all three extra point attempts.

Tennessee’s Jalen Hurd was the Freshman of the Week as he rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown in a 34-19 win over Arkansas State.

Max Garcia of Florida was the Offensive Lineman of the Week. He helped the Gator offense to 655 yards of total offense in a 65-0 win over Eastern Michigan.


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