SEC Player of the Week honors were handed out on Monday, and here’s how things shook out.
LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow was named co-offensive player of the week. Burrow, sharing the honors with Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver-turned-quarterback Lynn Bowden, was dominant yet again, this time in LSU’s win over the Florida Gators. Burrow went 21-for-24 on his pass attempts, collecting 293 passing yards and three touchdowns. His successes have been the story for LSU this season, and will continue to be as long as they keep winning.
Bowden, meanwhile, had an eventful night in his first ever start a QB. He went 7-for-11 on his passes for 78 yards, threw a touchdown, gained 196 yards on the ground with two rushing touchdowns, which is the most rushing yards for any individual UK player in 14 years. Certainly, Kentucky fans have a reason to be enamored with Lynn after his play on Saturday, as they were able to grab a victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the process.
Defensive Player of the Week honors were picked off by Israel Mukaumu of the South Carolina Gamecocks. See, the joke is that Mukaumu’s three interceptions against the Georgia Bulldogs were pivotal in the Gamecocks’ victory on Saturday. One of those three INTs was a pick six, which came towards the end of the first half. He’s the first South Carolina player to have three interceptions in a single game since 1988.
Freshman of the Week honors went to another defensive back. Derek Stingley Jr. of the LSU Tigers had an interception as well as six tackles and a pass defended. Stingley is already proving to be a menace even as a youngster, and is likely to only get better with age.
Other players who received honors this week were Jaylen Waddle of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Special Teams POTW), Yasir Durant of the Missouri Tigers and Trey Smith of the Tennessee Volunteers (OL Player of the Week) and Javon Kinlaw of South Carolina (DL Player of the Week).