SEC Honors DT, Gator Game Moved For TV

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn sophomore linebacker Dontarrious Thomas has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Vanderbilt.

Also on Monday, Auburn and SEC officials announced that the Florida at Auburn football game on Saturday, Oct. 13th will be moved to a 6:45 p.m. start for ESPN television coverage.

Thomas is the first Auburn linebacker to receive SEC Player of the Week honors since Takeo Spikesin 1997. Spikes plays for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.

Thomas, Auburn's leading tackler for the season, was credited with seven solo tackles and eight assists in a 24-21 victory over the Commmodores in Nashville on Saturday night. He made a big play at the end of the game when he stopped Vandy's fake field goal attempt with a tackle on Commodores' Justin Perkey with 42 seconds to play.

Thomas helped the Tigers hold Vanderbilt to less than 10 yards in seven of the Commodores' 14 drives. The redshirt sophomore leads Auburn with 54 tackles, including 46 in his last three games. Thomas recorded 12 tackles in the Tigers' SEC opener against Ole Miss and had a career-best 19 stops at Syracuse on September 22. With three consecutive double-digit tackle games, Thomas is the first Tiger to accomplish the feat since Leonardo Carson in 1998.

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