The SEC announced its Week 3 Players of the Week on Monday.
Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is this week’s Offensive Player of the Week. The Mississippi State Bulldogs QB had an incredible day in State’s 30-point win over the LSU Tigers. He went 15-23 through the air with two passing touchdowns while rushing for 88 yards and two scores on the ground.
Meanwhile, Derrick Baity was outstanding for the Kentucky Wildcats. In the Cats’ win over the South Carolina Gamecocks, Baity amassed three takeaways including an INT. He racked up two TFL on 4th downs that helped to flip the field as well. The cornerback also racked up eight total tackles in UK’s victory over South Carolina.
LaDarius Wiley was brilliant enough for the Vanderbilt Commodores that the SEC decided to give out co-DPOWs this week. Wiley picked a pass off, batted down two others and picked up 11 tackles in the win over the Kansas State Wildcats. The 11 tackles were a career high for the Commodore safety in a huge win.
The Special Teams player of the Week to someone other than South Carolina Gamecocks offensive weapon Deebo Samuel. This time, Kentucky placekicker Austin MacGinnis took home SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. MacGinnis made all three of his FG attempts and the two extra points he was tasked with hitting as well.
This week’s Freshman of the Week was Florida Gators DB C.J. Henderson. Henderson picked up a pick six in the Gators’ dramatic win over the Tennessee Volunteers. Henderson has pick sixes in both of Florida’s games this year, and according to SECSports.com, he is the first Gator to pick up pick sixes in back-to-back outings since the 1980 season.
Linemen Darryl Williams and Jeffery Simmons of Mississippi State were named the Offensive and Defensive Linemen of the week. It’s Simmons’ second week in a row taking home the honor, while Williams picks up his first of the season.