AINGE IS SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF WEEK
Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge added to his list of recent accomplishments Monday when the Southeastern Conference selected him Offensive Player of the Week. The junior completed 25-of-38 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in Tennessee's 51-33 win at Georgia.
Sunday, Ainge was named Walter Camp Football Foundation's Div. I-A National Offensive Player of the Week and also has a chance to be voted by fans as the Cingular All-America Player of the Week.
Ainge helped rally Tennessee from a 17-point deficit against the Bulldogs, completing a personal two-game career sweep at Sanford Stadium as a starting quarterback. The Vols? 51 points were the second-highest total by a Georgia opponent in Athens.
Trailing 24-14 at halftime, Ainge scored on a 1-yard TD run on UT's first drive of the second half. On Tennessee's first drive of the fourth quarter, Ainge connected with Robert Meachem on a 15-yard TD pass to put the Vols ahead for good, 31-27. Ainge hit Bret Smith with a 16-yard TD pass for UT's first score in the contest.
The Hillsboro, Ore., product leads the SEC in all three major passing categories -- pass efficiency rating (171.6), passing yards per game (276.2) and total offense per game (269.0).