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Big Ten and SEC Announced Weekly Player Honors

The Big Ten and SEC conferences have announced their respective players of the week, following the College Football games that took place in Week 10 on Nov. 7.

From The Big Ten Office

Offensive Player of the Week
Tommy Armstrong Jr., Nebraska
Jr., QB, Cibolo, Texas/Steele

  • Accounted for four touchdowns, including three in the fourth quarter, to guide Nebraska to a victory over Michigan State
  • Completed 19 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns
  • Rushed for a pair of touchdowns, with both coming in the fourth quarter
  • Claims his second career weekly award
  • Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Tommy Armstrong Jr. (Sept. 28, 2015)

Defensive Player of the Week
Vonn Bell, Ohio State
Jr., S, Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland

  • Opened the scoring with a 16-yard interception return for a touchdown as Ohio State won its 29th consecutive Big Ten regular season contest
  • Tied for the game high with seven solo tackles and 10 total defensive stops
  • Recorded his second defensive touchdown of the season, following a fumble return against Hawaii
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Joey Bosa (Oct. 27, 2014)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Janarion Grant, Rutgers
Jr., WR, Trilby, Fla./Pasco

  • Totaled 263 all-purpose yards against Michigan, including 170 yards on five kickoff returns and a 67-yard punt return
  • Returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, marking his fourth career kickoff return touchdown and sixth career special teams touchdown
  • Added a 67-yard punt return late in the second quarter to set up a field goal on the final play of the first half
  • Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Rutgers Special Teams Player of the Week: Janarion Grant (Sept. 14, 2015)

Freshman of the Week
Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Illinois
RB, Antioch, Tenn./Pearl-Cohn

  • Recorded 203 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in a victory over Purdue
  • Carried the ball 16 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns, including a 78-yard scoring run in the third quarter
  • Averaged 11.3 yards per carry and added one catch for 23 yards
  • Wins his first career weekly award
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Mike Dudek (Sept. 8, 2014)

The SEC Announced On Monday

OFFENSE
Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas 
• Six touchdown passes were a program single-game record and tied for the second-most by an SEC player in a league contest.
• Allen’s 442 yards passing are the second-most in program single-season history and the most by an SEC quarterback this season.
• Threw his third overtime touchdown of the season – most in FBS – and then ran in the game-winning two-point conversion.
• Tossed a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, including the game-tying score to Dominique Reed with 53 seconds left that led to Arkansas’ third overtime game in SEC play this season.
• Also established a new program single-season record with 33 completions, highlighted by starting 9-for-9 along with streaks of seven and six consecutive completions during the game.
• Set career-highs for completions (33), yards (442) and touchdowns (6).

DEFENSE
Alex McCalister, Rush End, Florida
• Part of a defensive unit that only allowed Vanderbilt to gain 30 yards of offense through the air in UF’s 9-7 win on Saturday afternoon.
• Amassed 3.5 tackles for a loss that pushed Vanderbilt’s offense back 18 yards.
• Added 2.5 sacks to a defensive unit that sacked Vanderbilt’s Johnny McCrary five times in the contest.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Adam Griffith, PK, Alabama
• Adam Griffith produced one of the best games of his career, connecting on all six of his kicks.
• Connected on all three field goal and extra point attempts.
• Nailed a career-long 55-yard field goal late in the second quarter – tied for the second-longest field goal in school history and tied for the longest without a kicking tee.
• Hit all three extra points for a total of 12 points scored.
• Averaged 64.0 yards on seven kickoffs (448/7) with three touchbacks.

FRESHMAN
Darrin Kirkland, LB, Tennessee
• Kirkland made a career-high nine tackles and had a quarterback hurry for the Vols.
• UT defense held off late rally by South Carolina as Volunteers improved to 3-3 in SEC play and one win from bowl eligibility.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Ryan Kelly, OL, Alabama
• Ryan Kelly led an Alabama offensive line that opened holes for 210 yards rushing for Derrick Henry and 250 yards as a team.
• Graded out at a team and season high 92 percent for the Tide front while not allowing a sack or a pressure.
• Provided time for 434 yards of total offense as Jake Coker completed 75 percent of his passes (18 of 24) for 184 yards.
• Recorded two knockdown blocks.

DEFENSIVE LINE
Chris Jones, DE, Mississippi State
• Anchored a defense that held Missouri scoreless in second half, while remaining the only SEC team that has not allowed a 4th quarter touchdown this season.
• Jones tied a career high with two tackles for loss – his most since the 2013 Egg Bowl – and a sack.
• Also added a quarterback hurry in the 31-13 win over Missouri.
• Mississippi State has allowed an SEC-fewest 12 points in fourth quarter.

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