BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference on Monday announced its Football Players of the Week, recognizing performances from the second week of the 2013 season.
OFFENSIVE: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
• Versus #6 South Carolina, Murray was 17-of-23 passing (74 percent) for 309 yards and four touchdowns for a 244.2 pass efficiency mark.
• This was the ninth time in his career that Murray has had at least four passing touchdowns in a game.
• He connected with eight different receivers, including first-time starter Justin Scott-Wesley who hauled in a career-long 85 yard touchdown to put Georgia up 41-30 in the fourth quarter.
• Murray moved to No. 2 on the school's all-time list for total offense with 10,907 yards.
DEFENSE: Brian Randolph, DB, Tennessee
• Intercepted two passes and broke up another in Tennessee’s dominant defensive showing versus Western Kentucky.
• Also finished with eight tackles.
• Randolph is currently 3rd in the NCAA in interceptions.
• Tennessee forced seven turnovers versus Western Kentucky, including a NCAA-record four on four consecutive plays in the first quarter.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Odell Beckham Jr., KR/PR/WR, LSU
• Racked up 331 all-purpose yards – the third-highest total in school history and tied for eighth in SEC history - in LSU’s win over UAB.
• Became the first player in LSU history to return a missed field goal for a TD as he returned a 59-yard UAB attempt 109 yards (statistically 100 yards) for a touchdown in the third quarter.
• It tied for the longest scoring play in LSU history … Finished contest with a total of 4 TDs (3 receiving, 1 return).
• Rushed one time for 15 yards, caught 5 passes for 136 yards, returned 3 punts for 59 yards, including a 60-yarder that setup a TD, returned one kickoff 21 yards and returned the missed field goal 100 yards for his 331 all-purpose yards.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Markus Golden, DE, Missouri
• Golden had a huge momentum play in the third quarter that helped fight off the Rockets, when he got loose in the backfield and pressured Toledo QB Terrance Owens. Owens tried to throw the ball away, but it went straight up in the air as Golden was getting to the quarterback. Golden snatched the ball out of midair as he pushed Owens to the ground, and he raced 70 yards the other way for a touchdown that gave Mizzou a 24-9 lead at the 11:40 mark of the third quarter.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Kevin Mitchell, OG, Kentucky
• Graded at 90 percent.
• Had nine knockdown blocks.
• Did not allow a sack or have a penalty.
• Helped UK amass 675 yards total offense, third-highest game in school history.
FRESHMAN: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
• Leads SEC and ranks 6th in NCAA, 1st among freshmen, in rushing (151.5).
• First freshman in school history to begin career with consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
• Rushed for career-high 172 yards and 1 touchdown on 24 carries in 31-21 win vs. Samford.
• 172 rushing yards is 9th-highest single-game total in NCAA this season, highest among freshmen, and 3rd-highest in school history for a freshman.
• 4th freshman in school history with multiple 100-yard rushing games in a season and first UA freshman to rush for 100 yards in consecutive games since Darren McFadden in 2005.
• First career touchdown came with 9:04 remaining in the game to extend Arkansas’ lead to 10 points and provide the final margin of victory.
• Had 0 negative carries in 24 rushing attempts.