"It just means a lot," Groves says of being a big part of Auburn's fifth straight victory over the Crimson Tide. "They talked about fearing the thumb, doing this and that, but we just came out and played ball."
In the second quarter Groves changed the complexion of the game with two forced fumbles on quarterback John Parker Wilson that the Auburn offense turned into a quick 14 points.
"To set up those two scores for our team feels great," Groves says. "It's real big to do what we did an play how we played."
Groves put the hurt on Wilson in the second quarter.
For the game Groves had two forced fumbles, two sacks, six solo tackles and one assist. He won the award earlier in the season with a three-sack performance in the Tigers' 27-17 win over Florida. He has 9.5 sacks this season, 11 tackles for a loss and 35 total tackles.
Previous recognized Auburn players by the league include Kenny Irons (Offense, Sept. 4), Ben Grubbs (Offensive Lineman, Sept. 11 and Nov. 6), Kody Bliss (Special Teams, Sept. 18), Matt Clark (Special Teams, Sept. 25), Tim Duckworth (Offensive Lineman, Oct. 2), King Dunlap (Offensive Lineman, Oct. 23) and Aairon Savage (Freshman, Oct. 30).
Other award winners around the league were South Carolina quarterback Blake Mitchell, Arkansas cornerback Chris Houston, Tennessee kicker James Wilhoit, Kentucky center Matt McCutchan and Florida receiver Riley Cooper.