SEC Players of the Week: Week 12 Winners Revealed
Florida made a convincing statement against LSU, and Vanderbilt and Arkansas had nice wins in SEC action, as there were a number of standout performances from around the league in Week 12.
As it does each week, the conference honored those players Monday by naming its SEC players of the week in six categories.
Offensive: Rawleigh Williams III, RB, Arkansas
- Williams became the first non-quarterback in college football this season to rush for four touchdowns and pass for a touchdown in a game this season as Arkansas topped Mississippi State 58-42. The running back became the fourth player in Arkansas history to run for more than 200 yards in an SEC game.
@SEC: Reclaimed SEC rushing lead. 4th player in Arkansas history to run for 200+ yds in an SEC game@RazorbackFB’s Williams lll is the OPOTW.
Defensive: David Reese, LB, Florida
- Reese, filling in at linebacker for injured senior Jarrad Davis, led No. 23 Florida in tackles for the second consecutive week in a 16-10 win over No. 16 LSU. With his 12 tackles, Reese also surpassed his career-high of 11 that he had set in the previous week’s game against South Carolina.
@SEC: Led team in tackles for 2nd consecutive week. With his 12 tackles, surpassed his career-high of 11@GatorsFB’s Reese is the DPOTW.
Special teams: Eddy Pineiro, K, Florida
- Pineiro accounted for 10 of Florida’s 16 points in the LSU win, connecting on field goals of 36, 26 and 34 yards and also adding a PAT. His five kickoffs averaged 63.2 yards per kick, and four went for touchbacks, limiting LSU’s kickoff return game (LSU’s only kickoff return resulted in a fumble, which was recovered by Florida at LSU’s 21-yard line).
@SEC: Accounted for 10 of Florida’s points in their 16-10 win@GatorsFB’s Pineiro is the STPOTW.
Freshman: Tyrie Cleveland, WR, Florida
- Cleveland made a big statement at LSU, opening Florida’s second-half scoring with a 98-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Austin Appleby. Cleveland’s touchdown stands as the second-longest touchdown passing play overall, the longest touchdown passing play against an SEC opponent and the longest play by a true freshman in program history. In total, Cleveland accounted for all but 20 of Florida’s receiving yards.
@SEC: Scored on a 98-yd TD reception to open 2nd half. Accounted for all but 20 of Florida’s receiving yds@GatorsFB’s Cleveland is the FOTW
Offensive line: Will Holden, LT, Vanderbilt and Dan Skipper, OL, Arkansas
- Holden earned superb 93 percent blocking grade, topped by three “domination” blocks, while playing all 76 offensive snaps in Vanderbilt’s 38-17 victory over Ole Miss. Holden contributed key blocks on two of Ralph Webb’s three rushing touchdowns, which came during a 31-0 run after the Commodores fell behind 10-0 early in the first quarter. He also limited Ole Miss standout defensive end Marquis Haynes to three assisted tackles, and did not allow a single pressure while protecting the quarterback’s blind side.
- Skipper helped Arkansas run and pass for a combined 661 yards of offense on the road at Mississippi State, good for the fourth-most in program history and the most ever in an SEC game. Skipper graded out at a career-best 97 percent over 69 plays at left tackle. Arkansas averaged 9.9 yards per play – good for fourth-most in program history.
@SEC: Earned 93% blocking grade, topped by three blocks, while playing all 76 offensive snaps @VandyFootball’s Holden is the OLOTW.
@SEC: Graded out a career-best 97%. Helped Arkansas to a combined 661 yds offense, most ever in SEC game@RazorbackFB’s Skipper is the OLOTW.
Defensive line: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
- Barnett recorded six tackles, one sack and one quarterback hurry in UT’s 63-37 win over Missouri. Barnett sacked Drew Lock in the third quarter to record his career-best 11th sack on the season. Barnett’s 11.0 sacks in SEC games are the most in the conference. The sack was also the 31st of his career. Barnette is one sack away from tying Reggie White’s Tennessee career record of 32.0. Barnett’s 31.0 career sacks also rank second among all active FBS players.
@SEC: 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 QB hurry. Now has 11 sacks this season (most in the SEC) @Vol_Football‘s Barnett is the DLOTW.
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