Birmingham, Ala.--A pair of Auburn Tigers have been honored with SEC Football Player of the Week awards following their team’s 40-29 victory at Ole Miss.
Redshirt sophomore running back Kamryn Pettway, who rushed for 236 yards on 30 carries, is the SEC’s offensive player of the week.
Redshirt junior kicker Daniel Carlson, who made all four of his field goal attempts vs. the Rebels, is the league’s choice for special teams player of the week.
Pettway leads the SEC in rushing with an average of 133.3 yards per contest. He has seven rushing scores and is 67 yards shy of reach the 1,000-yard mark after playing in seven games this season.
He was moved to running back in spring training after attrition at the position. In 2015 he was a fullback/H-back and did not carry the football that year.
Asked if he expected Pettway to have such a major impact this season, Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee said, “Probably not. I think Tim (running backs coach Tim Horton) told me after or maybe midway through or after the spring, he said, ‘He is going to be just fine. He is going to be really good.’
“Well, Tim knows what he is talking about, but he really hadn’t done a lot,” Lashlee said. “I don’t think Tim or any of us knew he would get on this tear, but he just done a good job of going downhill
“He would be the first to tell you it’s because the guys upfront are blocking good for him,” Lashlee said. “Him and Kerryon (Johnson) have done a good job of brother-and-lawing it.
“Right now, he has got the hot hand, but I thought both guys ran really hard (vs. Ole Miss) and we are very fortunate he's running the ball like he is.”
Carlson leads the SEC in scoring at 11.2 points per contest. He also leads the league in field goal percentage (17-18 for 94.4 percent) and is perfect on his PAT kicks.
The kicker is fifth nationally in scoring and leads the nation in touchback percentage at 89.9. After Saturday’s win at Ole Miss, Coach Gus Malzahn called Carlson the nation’s best kicker.
Daniel Carlson is a candidate to win the Lou Groza Award that goes to college football's top kicker.
Carlson said he really enjoyed his team’s latest victory, which improved AU’s record to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the SEC. “In a game like that one you know each point is big so there is a lot more excitement,” he told Inside the Auburn Tigers.
“It was a lot of fun to be able to execute like we did and hopefully we can be able to keep building,” added Carlson, who made field goals of 45, 32, 30 and 47 yards vs. Ole Miss.
Pettway agreed with Carlson that the Saturday night victory at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium was enjoyable. “It is wonderful,”?he said. “A road win in the SEC, it doesn’t get better than that...It gives us a lot of momentum going into this week.”
Pettway, Carlson and the Tigers will return to action with an 11 a.m. CDT home game on Saturday vs. Vanderbilt.