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Southeastern Conference Digest: November 16, 2016 (via Crimson Magazine)

THIS WEEK'S SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE:

Texas-San Antonio (5-5) at Texas A&M (7-3, 4-3 SEC), Series: First Meeting, 11 a.m. CT • ESPNU, College Station, Texas • Kyle Field (102,512)

Louisiana-Lafayette (4-5) at Georgia (6-4, 4-4 SEC), Series: UGA leads, 1-0, 11 a.m. CT • SEC Network Alternate Channel,  Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)

Florida (7-2, 5-2 SEC) at LSU (6-3, 4-2 SEC), Series: UF leads, 31-28-3, Noon CT • SEC Network, Last: LSU, 35-28 (2015 at Baton Rouge), Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium (102,321)

Missouri (3-7, 1-5 SEC) at Tennessee (7-3, 3-3 SEC),  Series: MIZ leads, 3-1, 2:30 p.m. CT • CBS,  Last: UT, 19-8 (2015 at Columbia),   Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium (102,455)  

Western Carolina (2-8) at South Carolina (5-5, 3-5 SEC), Series: SC leads, 4-0, 3 p.m. CT • SEC Network Alternate Channel, Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)

Austin Peay (0-10) at Kentucky (5-5, 4-4 SEC), Series: First Meeting, 3:30 p.m. CT • SEC Network, Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium (61,000)   

UT-Chattanooga (8-2) at Alabama (10-0, 7-0 SEC),  Series: UA leads, 12-0, 6 p.m. CT • ESPN2, Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821)

Arkansas (6-4, 2-4 SEC) at Mississippi State (4-6, 2-4 SEC), Series: ARK leads, 15-10-1, 6 p.m. CT • ESPNU, Last: MSU, 51-50 (2015 at Fayetteville),  Starkville, Miss. • Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (61,337)

Alabama A&M (4-6) at Auburn (7-3, 5-2 SEC),   Series: AU leads, 1-0, 6:30 p.m. CT • SEC Network Alternate Channel,  Auburn, Ala. • Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)

Ole Miss (5-5, 2-4 SEC) at Vanderbilt (4-6, 1-5 SEC),  Series: UM leads, 50-39-2, 7 p.m. CT • SEC Network,   Last: UM, 27-16 (2015 at Oxford. Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (40,350)

SEC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:

OFFENSE:
JALEN HURTS, QB, ALABAMA:
• Became the first quarterback in Alabama history to throw for 300 yards (347) and rush for 100 yards (100) in the same game.
• Accounted for 447 yards of total offense, which ranks as the third-best total in school history.


• Hurts completed 28-of-37 passes (75.7 percent) for 347 yards passing and five touchdowns, which is the second most passing scores in a game in school history.

DERRIUS GUICE, RB, LSU
• Rushed for a career-best 252 yards and 2 TDs in 38-10 win over Arkansas.
• Broke the LSU record for longest rushing TD with a 96-yard run in the fourth quarter.
• It was also the longest scoring play from scrimmage in LSU history.
• Averaged 12.0 yards per carry as the Tigers racked up 390 rushing and five rushing TDs in the win over the Razorbacks.

DEFENSE:
MAURICE SMITH, DB, GEORGIA:
• Smith had a third quarter interception and returned it 34 yards for the Bulldogs’ only touchdown during the 13-7 win over #8 Auburn.
• This was Smith’s second pick this year and the first he returned for a score since his high school playing career.
• Smith also had three tackles during a Georgia defensive effort that held Auburn to just 7 points which matches a career low under coach Gus Malzahn with the Tigers.
• The Tigers had been averaging 494.1 yards per game this season and 43.0 points per game over the last five contests coming into Saturday.  Auburn finished the game with only 164 total yards and was just 2-for-12-on third downs. Under Malzahn, the Tigers were averaging 32.4 points in road games coming in to the contest.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
GARY WUNDERLICH, PK, OLE MISS:
• Nailed three field goals including the game-winning 39-yarder with 37 seconds left to lift Ole Miss at eighth-ranked Texas A&M.
• Also connected on FGs of 25 and 24 yards while making two PATs.
• Punted four times for a 40.5-yard average, including a 47-yarder.
• Moved into third place in school history in career points scored (252) and third on the career FGs made list (44)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN:
MARTEZ IVEY, OL, FLORIDA:
•  Ivey,  the  SEC  Offensive  Lineman  of  the  Week  in  Week  9,  and the rest of the Gator offensive line did well in protecting Florida in both rushing and passing.
•  Florida  gave  up  just  one  sack  and  allowed  no  QB  hurries, which  aided  quarterback  Austin  Appleby  in  throwing  for  201 yards  and  two  touchdowns,  and  it  also  helped  running  back Jordan  Scarlett  to  a  career-high  134  yards  on  the  ground  and his second game of 100+ yards this year.
ETHAN POCIC, C, LSU:
• Played every snap (67) in LSU's 38-10 win over Arkansas.
• Led LSU with 11 knockdown blocks as the Tigers racked up 547 total yards, including 390 on the ground, in the victory.
• LSU averaged 7.6 yards on 51 rushing attempts ... Helped pave the way for Derrius Guice's 252 rushing yards, the second-highest total in LSU history.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN:
CHARLES HARRIS, DE, MISSOURI:
• Had a very impactful and disruptive day as he helped lead Mizzou to a much-needed 26-17 win at home over Vanderbilt, breaking Mizzou’s 5-game losing streak (and 11-game conference losing streak).  Ended the game with 9 tackles, including 2.5 QB sacks, and 3.5 tackles for loss in all.
• Also forced a fumble on one of his sacks, while getting loose for a pair of QB pressures.
• Vanderbilt had allowed only 15 sacks on the season in 9 previous games coming into Saturday, but Harris and his line mates were very effective, as they combined for 6.0 sacks total, for 41 yards in losses.
• Harris ranks 4th in the SEC through 10 games with 8.0 QB sacks, and is also 7th in the league in tackles for loss (11.0)

FRESHMAN:
SHEA PATTERSON, QB, OLE MISS:
• Shattered records and led a fourth-quarter comeback win in his debut for Ole Miss at eighth-ranked Texas A&M.
• Trailing by 15 in the 4th quarter, Patterson tossed a pair of touchdowns and set up the game-winning field goal with 37 seconds left.
• Set Rebel records for passing yards (338) and total yards (402) in a single game by a freshman.
• Completed 25 of 42 passes and rushed for 64 yards on 15 attempts.

SEC MEN'S BASKETBALL NOTES:

•  SEC  PLAYER OF THE WEEK–  LSU’s  Duop  Reath,  a  6-foot-10,  235-pound  junior  forward  from Perth, Australia, had 23 points, 14 rebounds, three  blocks  and  three  steals  in  a  win  over  Wofford. The junior college transfer shot 69.2 percent (9 of 13) from the field in his debut for the Tigers.
Reath became the sixth player in the Johnny Jones era  at  LSU  dating  back  to  the  start  of  the  2012-13 season to have at least one career 20 pts-10 rebound game.
•  SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK–  Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, a 6-foot-3, 187-pound guard from Houston, Texas, averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 assists and four rebounds in wins over Stephen F. Austin and Canisius. He had his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 assists in UK’s season opener. It was the most assists for a UK player in their debut since assists began being kept in 1971-72. Fox finished the week with a perfect shooting percentage at the free-throw line (15 of 15).
•  Kentucky  is  ranked  No.  2  by  the  Associated  Press and USA Today. Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi State and Texas A&M are listed among the teams receiving votes in one of the polls.
•   Georgia’s   Hugh   Durham   and   Dominique Wilkins  will  be  inducted  into  the  National  Collegiate  Basketball  Hall  of  Fame  Friday  night  in Kansas City.
•  Alabama  (3),  Kentucky  (6),  Auburn  (7),  Arkansas (14), Florida (21), Texas A&M (29), Mississippi  State  (34),  LSU  (37)  have  each  signed Top 40 recruiting classes for 2017 according to ESPN.com.

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