Mayo, Berry earn SEC honors

Tennessee defensive stalwarts Jerod Mayo and Eric Berry have been named SEC players of the week for their combined efforts in Saturday's division-clinching win at Kentucky.

Jerod Mayo earned defensive player honors after recording a career-high 19 total tackles (11 solo), with 1.5 for losses and a pass deflection in Tennessee's 52-50, four-overtime triumph. The Hampton, Va., junior recorded his second straight double-figure tackle game and sixth of the season. His pass deflection resulted in a Vols interception, one of three Wildcat turnovers.

For the season, Mayo has moved into a tie for fourth among SEC tackle leaders with 112.

Eric Berry notched his second freshman of the week award from the conference office in the last three weeks after eclipsing his career high for tackles with 14. The Fairburn, Ga., sensation had seven solo hits with a pass deflection in Tennessee's four-overtime victory.

Berry leads all SEC freshmen with 76 total tackles.

Other recipients for the week were Darren McFadden of Arkansas (offense), Derek Pegues of Mississippi State (special teams), Drew Miller of Florida (offensive line) and Josh Thompson of Auburn (defensive line).


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