Dunlap and the rest of the offensive line paved the way for freshman running back Ben Tate to pile up 156 yards rushing. Also, quarterback Brandon Cox was not sacked by the Green Wave as he completed 16-19 passes. Dunlap had four pancakes, four cockroach blocks and four rodeos.
Head coach Tommy Tuberville notes that Dunlap has improved significantly since early in the season, a point that offensive coordinator Al Borges has made, too.
Dunlap agrees that he is playing better. He notes that offensive line coach Hugh Nall challenged the big junior prior to the Florida game to become more physical. "Coach Nall told me to play with his persoanlity. Coach Nall is a real hard-nosed guy...I have tried to play like that and get better every week."
Dunlap says it has been even more important that he step up his level of play with the offensive line hit hard by injuries.
"I think I have been improved all-around," Dunlap says. "I think the biggest improvement is like Coach told me, just playing harder ever play trying to go all and playing hard the whole game instead of trying to conserve for late in the game."
The big left tackle is the seventh Auburn player this season to win an SEC weekly award. Kenny Irons, Ben Grubbs, Kody Bliss, Matt Clark, Tim Duckworth and Quentin Groves have also been honored by the league for their performances.
Other winners this week include receiver Dwayne Bowe of LSU (offense), linebacker Jerod Mayo of Tennessee (defense), returner Felix Jones of Arkansas (special teams), Casper Brinkley of South Carolina (defensive line) and quarterback Matthew Stafford of Georgia (freshman).
Dunlap and the Tigers will play at Ole Miss this week.