Courtesy of the Southeastern Conference
SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
6-6 • 250 • Jr. • College Park, Ga.
• Newton rushed for a career-best 217 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns rushing while leading the Tigers to a 24-17 win over #6-ranked LSU.
• Also connected on 10-of-16 passes for 86 yards.
• Newton helped lead an Auburn offense that rushed for 440 yards against the SEC’s top-ranked defense, which was a school-record for rushing yards in an SEC game.
• In all, Newton accounted for 303 yards of total offense.
• He broke the SEC single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback during the game and now has 1,077 this season.
• Accounted for 16 of Auburn’s 25 first downs as 10 of his 28 rushing attempts were for first downs.
• Newton had six rushing attempts of 10 or more yards including three over 20 yards.
SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
6-3 • 260 • Jr. • Statesboro, Ga.
• Houston registered five total tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss, a pass break-up with a fumble recovery and a forced fumble during Georgia’s 44-31 win over Kentucky.
• Of his 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 were sacks for minus 22 yards.
• Houston’s fumble recovery was one of four turnovers the Bulldog defense forced against the Wildcats.
• He now has an SEC-leading 9.0 sacks this season and is second in the league with 14.5 tackles for loss
• In his first year at OLB, Houston is third on the team with 40 total tackles.
SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Wide Receiver/Return Specialist
5-11 • 190 • Jr. • Little Rock, Ark.
• Adams had three punt returns for 120 yards and had one punt return for a touchdown in Arkansas’ 38-24 win against Ole Miss.
• Adams broke Ken Hatfield’s 47-year-old school record with a 97-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter. His 97-yard punt return for a touchdown put the Razorbacks on top 21-0.
• His punt return for a touchdown was the first by a Razorback since Marvin Jackson took one back 73 yards vs. New Mexico State in 2003.
• It was also the fifth longest punt return in SEC history and the longest since 1994 (100-Eddie Kennison, LSU, vs. Miss. State).
• Adams also had two catches for 49 yards against the Rebels.
SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
6-5 • 300 • Sr. • Augusta, Ga.
• Carpenter received the top grade on the Alabama offensive line following the Tide’s 41-10 win at Tennessee.
• Against the Vols, he allowed no pressures, no sacks and had no penalties.
• Carpenter had a key block on Trent Richardson's 65-yard TD run and both of Mark Ingram's 1-yard touchdown runs.
• Alabama totaled 536 yards in the game (210 rushing, 326 passing) and averaged 7.8 yards per play with 24 first downs.
• Alabama was 7-of-13 on third downs and Greg McElroy was sacked just once on the night (not Carpenter's assignment).
SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
6-5 • 298 • Jr. • Mobile, Ala.
• Fairley had six tackles, including 3.5 for loss (-23 yards) and 2.5 quarterback sacks (-20) in Auburn’s 24-17 win over #6-ranked LSU.
• His 2.5 sacks and 3.5 TFLs were both career highs
• With game tied at 17-17 with 7:51 remaining, Fairley had 2.0 TFLs (-12) and 1.0 sacks (-9) in a three-play span to stop an LSU drive that started at their own 40 yard line. The defensive stand set up Auburn’s next possession that resulted in a go-ahead and game-winning TD.
• Fairley is second in the SEC in sacks (7.5) and first in the SEC and second nationally with 17.0 tackles for loss.
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
5-10 • 190 • Greenville, Miss.
• Perkins rushed for a career-high 131 yards on 18 carries as he stepped up to replace the injured Vick Ballard in Mississippi State's 29-24 victory over UAB.
• He scored both Bulldog touchdowns against the Blazers, one touchdown rushing and another receiving.
• He had five carries for 69 yards in the fourth quarter, including a career-long 51 yarder on State's final scoring drive of the night.
OTHER OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES FROM WEEK 8
WR JULIO JONES (Alabama) -- Caught 12 passes (one shy of school record) for a school record 221 yards against Tennessee.
RB KNILE DAVIS (Arkansas) -- Rushed for 176 yards on 22 carries and 3 TDs (all career highs) and caught two passes for 19 yards against Ole Miss.
RB WASHAUN EALEY (Georgia) -- Rushed for 157 yards on 28 carries and a school-record five touchdowns against Kentucky.
QB MIKE HARTLINE (Kentucky) -- Completed 27-of-43 for 353 yards with 4 TDs and an interception against Georgia.
P DEREK HELTON (LSU) -- Averaged 53.2 yards on five punts with four pinning Auburn inside its 20-yard line.
QB JEREMIAH MASOLI (Ole Miss) -- Completed 21-of-36 for 327 yards and 3 TDs and also rushed for 98 yards on 15 carries against Arkansas.
LB CHRIS WHITE (Mississippi State) -- Had game-high 14 total tackles with a fumble recovery and QB pressure against UAB.
QB STEPHEN GARCIA (South Carolina) -- Completed 31-of-39 passes for 355 yards with 2 TDs and an interception against Vanderbilt.
DT TRAVIAN ROBERTSON (South Carolina) -- Led Gamecocks with 7 total tackles, including a tackle for loss, against Vanderbilt.
RB TAUREN POOLE (Tennessee) -- Became first running back in 42 games to rush for more than 100 yards against Alabama with team-high 117 yards on 14 carries and a TD.
SAF SEAN RICHARDSON (Vanderbilt) -- Had game-high 11 total tackles with a sack against South Carolina.