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Kentucky Wildcats' Adrian Middleton, Benny Snell honored by SEC

Kentucky's Adrian Middleton and Benny Snell were honored Monday for their play in the Wildcats' 35-21 win over Missouri.

Middleton, a sophomore defensive tackle, was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after recording four tackles and a tackle for loss in the UK road victory. The Bowling Green, Ky., native was part of a defensive effort that helped force Missouri punts on six straight possessions to open the game. The Cats held the Tigers to 119 yards under the SEC-leading total offense average.

It was the first time that Middleton has been honored by the league in his UK career. He has recorded 19 tackles and two tackles for loss through eight games this season.

Meanwhile, Snell was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive week. He had career-highs of 38 carries and 192 yards against the Tigers, setting a new UK single-game rushing record for a freshman. The Westerville, Ohio, native had 128 rushing yards the previous week in a win over Mississippi State.

Snell has rushed for 661 yards and eight touchdowns this season. The eight touchdowns broke the school's freshman rushing touchdown record of seven previously held by Randall Cobb. 

It marked the second consecutive week that UK has had two players honored for the same game, and just the third time in school history. Last week, Snell was joined by Austin MacGinnis as Special Teams Player of the Week. In 2007, linebacker Wesley Woodyard was SEC Defensive Player of the Week, while Jason Leger was SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week.


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