Highsmith named SEC Defensive POW

LSU linebacker Ali Highsmith has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his role in the Tigers' 21-17 win over 11th-ranked Florida on Saturday.

Highsmith, a sophomore from Miami, led the Tiger defense with nine tackles, including four tackles for losses, against the Gators. Highsmith added a pair of sacks and three quarterback hurries as the Tiger defense held Florida's potent offensive attack to only 17 points and a season-low 206 yards of offense.

The Tigers limited Florida to just 11 completions and only 107 yards passing. The Tigers had five sacks in the contest as the Tiger defense held Florida to only 99 rushing yards in the victory.

For the season, Highsmith leads the Tigers in tackles (35), tackles for losses (6.5) and sacks (4). He also ranks first in the SEC in forced fumbles with three.

The honor is the first of Highsmith's career and it marks the third straight week in which an LSU player has been recognized by the league. Last week, quarterback JaMarcus Russell was the league's offensive player of the week, while Skyler Green earned SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors against Mississippi State.

Other SEC honors handed out on Monday include: Auburn running back Kenny Irons (offensive player of the week); Alabama kicker Jamie Christensen (special teams player of the week); Georgia offensive tackle Daniel Inman (offensive lineman of the week); Georgia defensive end Quentin Moses (defensive lineman of the week); and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden (freshman of the week).

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