Alabama linebacker DeMeco Ryans was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week and placekicker Jamie Christensen, who kicked the winning points for the second week in a row, was the Special Teams Player of the Week following the Crimson Tide's 6-3 win over Tennessee.
The victory lifted Alabama's record to 7-0, including 5-0 in SEC play. This week is homecoming at Alabama with the fifth-ranked Tide set to host Utah State at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Ryans, a 6-2, 232-pound senior from Bessemer, led the Crimson Tide defensive unit with 11 total tackles, including one-and-a-half for losses. He also had a fumble recovery that led to Bama's first points and a pass interception to end the game.
Alabama's defense allowed Tennessee just 253 yards, only 109 on the ground. • Alabama's defense has allowed just one TD in its last three games.
Christensen, a 6-0, 178-pound sophomore from Norcross, Georgia, was good on a 34-yard field goal with 13 seconds remaining to give Bama the 6-3 advantage. Earlier in the game he had connected on a 33-yard field goal to give Alabama a 3-0 lead.
It was the second week in a row that a Christensen field goal won a game for Alabama. Against Ole Miss, he hit a 31-yard field goal as time expired to give the Crimson Tide a 13-10 win.
It was also the second consecutive week for Christensen to be the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Others honored as SEC Players of the Week are:
Syvelle Newton, wide receiver/running back/quarterback from South Carolina, for offense; Max Jean-Gilles, Georgia guard, offensive lineman; Claude Wroten, LSU tackle, defensive lineman; and Darren McFadden, Arkansas tailback, SEC Freshman of the Week.