Rice Named SEC Offensive Player of The Week

Sophomore wide receiver Sidney Rice was awarded with the SEC Offensive Player of the Week award for his record shattering, 5 touchdown performance against Florida Atlantic on Saturday night.

Sidney Rice, a 6'4, 210 pound Gaffney, SC native, totaled 9 receptions for 161 yards and 5 touchdowns in just over one half of play against the Owls on Saturday night. He broke three school records on the night, including touchdowns scored, receiving touchdowns, and points in a game. He also tied the SEC record for 5 receiving touchdowns in a game.

Rice's five touchdowns give him 18 career scores, which is just one shy of the school record held by both Robert Brooks and Jermale Kelly.

GamecockAnthem.com caught up with Sidney Rice after the Florida Atlantic game, and he talked about his record-setting performance:

Question: Were you surprised at how much single coverage you saw against Florida Atlantic tonight?

Answer: I was pretty surprised. I didn't expect to see a lot of one on ones, but they're mostly a cover three team.

Question: Did you have a feeling that the offense would get back on track in this game?

Answer: We practiced hard all week, and hopefully we'll continue to do the same thing.

Question: Did it feel good to get back in the end zone after not scoring in the first three games?

Answer: It feels real good.

Question: You didn't seem to celebrate after your record-setting fifth touchdown. Is there a reason why you were so low key?

Answer: No reason. I just congratulated my teammates and got off to the side.

Question: What do you take away from this game with Auburn coming up on Thursday?

Answer: I think we did a pretty good job this week, but we've still got a lot to focus on coming up this week.

Question: How many more touchdowns do you think you could have scored if you had stayed in the game?

Answer: I have no idea. Only God knows.

Question: Were you relieved to finally get in the end zone?

Answer: Kind of, but I wasn't really too upset before this, because I know we really had a lot of things to work on as a team. Coming into this week, we worked on a lot of those things, and it worked out perfect.

Question: Have you ever scored five touchdowns at any level?

Answer: No, I think three is the most last year against Vanderbilt.

Question: Can you talk about the one touchdown where it was deflected by two defenders and it seemed to bounce right to you?

Answer: Yeah, it was like God just put it right in my hands. I was just standing there waiting on it. He had grabbed it, and it just fell right in my left hand.

Question: Where does this night rank for you personally?

Answer: It's probably the best one performance-wise.

Question: Do you feel like you guys played well enough tonight to hold your own against Auburn if you have a similar performance on Thursday?

Answer: I can't really say. I think we did a really good job, but there's still many things that we've got to work on.

Question: Can you talk about the pass that Syvelle Newton threaded between two defenders?

Answer: It was a perfect pass. I turned right into the ball, and it hit me dead in the chest. I was surprised he got it around the outside backer and the safety, because he was right there, but it went straight through them.

Question: What are your thoughts on the decision to go with Syvelle Newton at quarterback?

Answer: I think he's doing a good job, but I also still have confidence in Blake (Mitchell) if he gets back in there.

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