The Southeastern Conference on Monday announced its Football Players of the Week, recognizing performances from the fourth week of the 2013 season.
OFFENSE: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
• Rushed for career-highs of 184 yards and 3 TDs on 25 carries in 35-21 win over Auburn … Scored TDs the first two times he touched the ball – going 49 yards on the first TD and then followed that with a 12-yard scamper on his next carry – both coming in the first five minutes of the game.
• Scored his third TD on a 6-yard run in the third quarter to stretch the LSU lead to 28-7 … Added a 54-yard run down to the Auburn 1-yard line early in the second quarter that led to another LSU score and a 21-0 advantage.
• Averaged 7.4 yards per carry … Overall, LSU racked up 457 total yards (228 rushing, 229 passing) in the contest … Hill’s 184 rushing yards were the most by an LSU Tiger since Alley Broussard set the school record with 250 yards against Ole Miss in 2004.
DEFENSE: Dante Fowler, DL, Florida
• Had two forced fumbles against Tennessee and recovered one.
• Recorded three tackles (for a total loss of 15 yards) and was the only Gator to claim a sack on the day.
• Helped lead the Gator defense as they held Tennessee to just 66 rushing yards.
• Helped force the Vols to two consecutive three-and-outs in the first half.
• Four of Tennessee's first five drives resulted in negative yardage and 7 of 13 resulted in two yards or less.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Alan D’Appollonio, LS, Arkansas
• Made first career reception on fake punt in 1st quarter at Rutgers.
• Catch was for 24 yards on 4th and 6 from Arkansas 49-yard line, extending drive that ended with Arkansas field goal.
• Has been perfect on PAT, field goal and punt snaps in 2013.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
• Jackson was instrumental in the Bulldogs amassing 551 yards, 235 on the ground.
• The senior guard didn't have a missed assignment and was credited with 5 pancake blocks.
• The 551 yards was the 14th most in school history while the 45 first-half points were the most in the modern era.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
• Ealy had perhaps the single biggest individual play of Saturday’s game at Indiana, when, with the Hoosiers driving for a potential tying score right before half, he jumped to knock down a pass on a 3rd-and-3 at the MU 46-yardline with two minutes left. Instead of just knocking the ball down, however, Ealy got the ball to stick in his mitts, and he raced the other way for a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown. That staked the Tigers out to a 28-14 lead, and they never looked back the rest of the night, as the Tigers pulled away for the big road win.
• The pickoff was the first of Ealy’s career, and he ended the night with 2 total pass break ups overall, while adding one solo tackle as the Tigers held the vaunted Hoosier offense to well below their season averages coming in.
• Through three games, Ealy leads the Tiger defense with 4 pass break ups. According to www.cfbstats.com, Ealy’s 5 passes defended (PBU’s plus INTs) ranks him 26th among all defenders nationally, and tied for first among all defensive linemen.
FRESHMAN: Reggie Davis, WR, Georgia
• Davis caught the first two passes of his career and finished with 134 yards receiving and a touchdown in the 45-21 win over North Texas.
• His first reception was a 98-yard touchdown catch from Aaron Murray (his career long); this was the longest offensive play in school history, it is tied for the third-longest receiving touchdown in SEC history and it is also the longest receiving touchdown in the FBS this year.
• Davis helped the Bulldogs generate 641 total yards on offense against the Mean Green and more than 35 points for the third consecutive game of the season.