For Williams it is his seventh time to receive the award in his career, tying him with former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel and Alabama running back Shaun Alexander for the most SEC player of the week award honors in a career.
This is also Williams' fourth SEC player of the week award this season, which makes him only the fifth player in SEC history to win it that many times in a season. Williams joins former Tigers Bo Jackson (1985) and Brent Fullwood (1986) along with Georgia's Garrison Hearst (1992) and Alabama's Shaun Alexander (1999) as the only five to have accomplished the feat.
Carnell Williams celebrates near the end of Saturday's victory over Alabama.
Williams said following Saturday's contest that having to wait until this year to really compete in the game made the outcome even better. "It's real special. "Growing up as a kid I always wanted to play in the Iron Bowl", Williams explained. "The last two years unfortunately I came up short on it but for me to go out there and do the things I did and for us to come out here and win man, I mean it feels great."
On the Tigers' opening play from scrimmage the junior from Attalla broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run, his longest of the season and the eighth-longest run in school history. The 204-yard effort by Williams marked his sixth 100-yard and fourth 150-yard rushing effort of the season.
Williams explained that on Saturday he knew that he had to get the best result he could every time he touched the ball. "Coming in I just felt like I was going to make the best out of all my carries and it just worked out that way."
For the season Williams is second in the SEC and 20th nationally in rushing, averaging 103.3 yards per game. Also he has racked up 1,239 rushing yards on 223 carries and has scored 15 touchdowns.