Russell named SEC Offensive POW

LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell has been named the Southeastern Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Tigers' 34-6 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday in Nashville, the league office announced on Monday.

Russell, a sophomore from Mobile, Ala., tied a career-high by completing 21 of 32 passes for a career-best 285 yards and two touchdowns in the LSU victory. Russell engineered an LSU offense that produced a season-high 479 yards, 194 on the ground and 285 through the air.

In four games this year, Russell has completed 72 of 113 passes for 881 yards, five touchdowns and only two interceptions for the eighth-ranked Tigers.

Russell and the Tigers never trailed in the contest as LSU took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards on six plays to take a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter on a 30-yard TD pass from Russell to Dwayne Bowe.

The Tigers broke open a tight game with 22 fourth quarter points, which included Russell hitting Early Doucet with an 8-yard scoring pass with 7:42 left in the contest.

The honor is the first of Russell's career and it also marks the third time this season an LSU player has been recognized as part of the league's weekly awards. Last week, Skyler Green was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, while defensive tackle Claude Wroten earned league defensive lineman of the week following the Arizona State game.

Other SEC honors handed out on Monday included South Carolina rover Ko Simpson (defensive player of the week); Georgia return specialist Thomas Flowers (special teams player of the week); Georgia offensive guard Max Jean-Gilles (offensive lineman of the week), Florida defensive end Jeremy Mincey (defensive lineman of the week) and South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice (freshman of the week).

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