Herring Named SEC Defensive Player Of The Week

Auburn, Ala.--A major reason why Auburn recorded a shutout against Mississippi State to open the conference season Saturday, junior safety Will Herring has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the league on Monday.

Playing just over three quarters against the Bulldogs, Will Herring recorded five solo tackles and one assist and also had a sack. His biggest play was a fumble recovery for a touchdown, the first of his career. It was Auburn's first defensive touchdown since Carlos Rogers returned an interception for a score against Louisiana Tech in 2004.

Giving up just 207 yards, Auburn dominated Mississippi State on Saturday to record its first shutout against a SEC foe since 2000. For the season Herring leads the Tigers in tackles with 18, placing him tied for fifth in the conference.

The award is the first conference honor for the Tigers in 2005 and the first for Herring. Herring and the Tigers are set to host Ball State Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m. CT at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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