McClover Honored By Southeastern Conference

Auburn, Ala.—-Coming off a dominating defensive effort in a 28-18 victory over arch-rival Alabama Saturday in Auburn, it comes as no surprise that defensive end Stanley McClover was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday morning.

Finishing the game was six tackles, with four coming for losses, and three and a half sacks, the junior dominated everyone put in front of him for Alabama for the entire four quarters. He says that he felt like coming into the game that the Tigers would have a good day against an inexperienced Alabama front.

"We knew we were going to get a lot of pressure on them, but there is no way we expected 11 sacks," McClover says. ". I am so proud of everybody. Wayne (Dickens), T.J. (Jackson) and everybody played hard. They really helped us in the middle. They got so much pressure in the middle he (Brodie Croyle) couldn't step up in the pocket too much. That freed us as ends to get on the corner and make something happen."

McClover and Antarrious Williams celebrate one of the many sacks of Croyle.

Despite being banged-up for much of the season with an injured ankle, McClover came on strong late in the season to help lead the Auburn defense to another solid year. In his last three games McClover has six and a half tackles and nine and a half tackles for a loss.

For the year McClover has made 29 tackles, seven sacks and has 12 ½ tackles for a loss. He says that for the first time this season he felt completely healthy going into a game and it showed. His play helped the Tigers defeat the Crimson Tide for the fourth consecutive season, a feat he hopes to be a part of when his career is done.

"I am so happy for our seniors getting the chance to leave here without ever losing to Alabama," McClover says. "I am hoping that I will be able to end my time here with no losses."

McClover's honor marks the 11th time an Auburn player has been recognized as an SEC Player of the Week this season. The other recipients have included: Will Herring (Defense - Sept. 10), Brad Lester (Freshman - Sept. 17 and Oct. 1), Blake Field (Freshman - Sept. 24), Travis Williams (Defense - Oct. 1), Kenny Irons (Offense - Oct. 15 and Nov. 12), Marquies Gunn (Defensive Lineman - Oct. 29), Leon Hart (Offensive Lineman - Nov. 5) and Joe Cope (Offensive Lineman - Nov. 12).

No. 9 Auburn (7-2, 5-1 SEC) finished the regular season with a 9-2 record and a No. 9 national ranking. The Tigers have clinched at least a share of the SEC Western Division title, pending the outcome of LSU's game vs. Arkansas on Friday.

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