SEC honors Gillislee, Elam


Florida's Mike Gillislee runs through LSU defenders during the first half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday. The Gators won 14-6 over the Tigers.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Monday, October 8, 2012 at 10:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 8, 2012 at 5:23 p.m.

Florida's dominating win over LSU helped the Gators garner two SEC players of the week honors.

Senior running back Mike Gillislee was named the Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 146 yards and two touchdowns in the 14-6 win over LSU.

Junior safety Matt Elam earned Co-Defensive Player of the Week after he forced a fumble late in the fourth quarter against LSU that changed the momentum of the game and helped Florida to the win. He also tallied a team-high seven solo tackles with one for a two-yard loss. The Gator defense held LSU to 33 consecutive snaps without a first down.

Gillislee is the SEC's leading rusher and has had three 100+ yardage games this season.

In other SEC honors:

SEC Co-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

KEVIN MINTER

Linebacker

LSU

6-2 • 245 • Jr. • Suwanee, Ga.

• Minter tallied 20 total tackles including a school-record 17 solo stops in the Tigers' 14-6 loss at Florida. He had three tackles for loss (-17 yards), including two sacks (-16 yards) and a forced fumble. The 20 total tackles is an SEC-best this season.

SEC Co-SPECIAL TEAM PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

ACE SANDERS

Return Specialist / Wide Receiver

SOUTH CAROLINA

5-8 • 175 • Jr. • Bradenton, Fla.

• Sanders returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown that gave South Carolina an insurmountable 21-0 advantage en route to a 35-7 win over Georgia. It was Sanders' second career punt return for a touchdown.

RICHARD KENT

Punter

VANDERBILT

6-2 • 198 • Sr. • Marietta, Ga.

• Kent averaged 45.2 yards on six punts with two inside the Missouri-20 yard line in Vanderbilt's 19-15 win at Missouri. Facing a Tiger squad that had returned three punts for TDs already this season, Kent enjoyed a net average of 44.9 yards, allowing just one return for three yards by the Tigers.

SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

T.J. JOHNSON

Center

SOUTH CAROLINA

6-6 • 319 • Sr. • Aynor, S.C.

• Johnson graded out at 86 percent against Georgia with seven knockdowns and no quarterback pressures in South Carolina's 35-7 win against Georgia.

• The Gamecocks amassed 230 yards rushing and 162 yards passing against the Bulldogs.

• Carolina had just four loss yardage plays (-13 yards) on 61 snaps against Georgia including one sack (-9 yards).

SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

TREY FLOWERS

Defensive End

ARKANSAS

6-4 • 243 • So. • Huntsville, Ala.

• Flowers registered 3.5 tackles for loss (all sacks), two quarterback pressures and five tackles (all career highs) in Arkansas' 24-7 win at Auburn.

• His sack total is the highest single-game total in the SEC this season and tied for fourth in NCAA FBS this season.

• Arkansas finished the game with eight sacks, tied for the single-game high this season in the SEC and second highest in NCAA FBS this season.

• The Razorbacks forced five turnovers, most for the Hogs since 2007, and allowed just 40 yards rushing, lowest total allowed by an SEC defense in a conference game this season.

SEC Co-FRESHMEN OF THE WEEK

BERNARDRICK McKINNEY

Linebacker

MISSISSIPPI STATE

6-5 • 235 • Tunica, Miss.

• McKinney posted a career-best 12 total tackles with 10 solo stops in Mississippi State's 27-14 win at Kentucky. He also tallied a tackle for loss and two pass deflections. He helped a Bulldog defense that held nine of 12 Kentucky possessions to 20-yards-or-less and forced five 3-and-outs.

JOHNNY MANZIEL

Quarterback

TEXAS A&M

6-1 • 200 • Kerrville, Texas

• Manziel rushed for 129 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown while completing 17-of-26 passes for 191 yards with another score and 2 INTs in Texas A&M's 30-27 win at Ole Miss. Manziel engineered two scoring drives in final half of 4th quarter to put the Aggies in the win column.

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