Prothro Wins SEC Honor

Tyrone Prothro made what was considered to be the most spectacular offensive play of the week last Saturday when he made "The Catch" against Southern Miss. But Prothro wasn't the SEC's offensive player of the week. He was, though, the special teams player of the week.

No one could blame the Southeastern Conference for picking Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler as the Offensive Player of the Week after the Commodores upset Arkansas.

Alabama's Tyrone Prothro was the Crimson Tide's Special Teams Player of the Week and Offensive Player of the Week, but in the SEC he had to settle for being just the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Here are the weekly award winners from the SEC:

SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

JAY CUTLER

Quarterback

VANDERBILT

6-4 • 228 • Senior

Santa Claus, Ind. (Heritage Hills HS)

• In his 30th career start, Cutler guided the Commodores to their second straight come-from-behind victory, a 28-24 win at Arkansas. Trailing by 11 points entering the final quarter, Cutler directed TD drives of 70 and 76 yards, the last coming with 00:26 left in the game.

• In the decisive fourth quarter, Cutler completed 14-of-21 passes for 178 yards and a pair of TDs. He finished the game completing 23-of-45 passes for 278 yards with two TDs and one INT. He also rushed for a score.

• Cutler leads the SEC in total offense and is tied for the school record with 41 career TD passes.

• The Commodores are 2-0 for the first time since 1988.

SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEE

WILL HERRING

Free Safety

AUBURN

6-3 • 220 • Junior

Opelika, Ala. (HS)

• Herring tallied five solo tackles, including one quarterback sack and returned a fumble seven yards for a touchdown in Auburn's 28-0 win over Mississippi State.

• The TD was the first of his career and gave the Tigers a 21-0 lead midway through the third quarter.

• Herring's TD was the first by an Auburn defensive player since Carlos Rogers returned an interception for a score last year against Louisiana Tech.

• Auburn's defense held the Bulldogs to just 207 total yards.

• Auburn has a league-high six shutouts since 2000.

SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

TYRONE PROTHRO

Split End

ALABAMA

5-8 • 178 • Junior

Heflin, Ala. (Cleburne County)

• Prothro tallied 279 all-purpose yards in Alabama's 30-21 victory against Southern Miss.

• He finished the game with 97 kickoff return yards, including a 66-yarder, 34 punt return yards, 14 rushing yards and caught seven passes for 134 yards.

• His 279 all-purpose yards rank sixth all-time in Crimson Tide history.

• Prothro's acrobatic catch on a 42-yard pass late in the second quarter set up a TD before the half.

• Prothro leads the SEC in all-purpose yards, averaging 195.0 yards per game.

SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

DENNIS ROLAND

Offensive Tackle

GEORGIA

6-9 • 309 • Senior

Boliver, Mo. (HS)

• Roland graded out at 95 percent and had two "dominator" blocks in Georgia's 17-15 win over South Carolina.

• Roland was part of an offensive line that enabled Georgia to rush for 238 yards as a team, including a career-best 144 yards by TB Thomas Brown.

• Though the season's first two games, Roland has helped Georgia runners average 5.1 yards per carry. In addition, the Bulldog offensive line has allowed just one sack in 50 pass attempts.

SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

CLAUDE WROTEN

Defensive Tackle

LSU

6-3 • 290 • Senior

Bastrop, La. (HS/Miss. Delta CC)

• Registered three tackles, two for losses, had a pass deflection and blocked a field goal attempt in LSU's 35-31 win at Arizona State.

• His blocked field goal was picked up by Mario Stevenson and returned 55 yards for a TD, pulling the Tigers to within three, 17-14, in the fourth quarter.

• Arizona State rushed for 99 yards on 25 carries.

SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

CARLOS THOMAS

Wide Receiver/Cornerback

SOUTH CAROLINA

6-1 • 171

College Park, Ga. (Banneker HS)

• Thomas played both sides of the ball in South Carolina's 17-15 loss at Georgia.

• He was credited with a four-yard run, a five-yard pass reception and intercepted a pass in the end zone before halftime, preserving a 9-7 Gamecock lead.

• Thomas is a true freshman who was a standout on offense and defense at Banneker HS in College Park, Ga.


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