Manziel Earns SEC Weekly Honors
Manziel, from Kerrville, Texas, gashed the vaunted Crimson Tide defense both on the ground and through the air as he generated 345 total yards against previously unbeaten and defending national champion Alabama. The Aggies' 29-24 win snapped the nation's longest winning streak at 13, and vaulted A&M to No. 8 in the Bowl Championship Series standings that were released Sunday night.
Manziel was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time and Freshman of the Week for the seventh time this season. Manziel completed 24-of-31 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 92 yards on 18 rushes. With the win, Texas A&M improved to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the SEC West.
In the NCAA statistics, Manziel ranks in the top 100 in nine categories, and is the nation's freshman leader in passing yards per game (278.0), total passing yards (2,780 yards), completions per game (22.7), total offense (379.4) and points responsibility (19.8).
With the big game, Manziel became the second freshman in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards in a single season. The only previous 1,000/2,000 freshman in FBS history was former Missouri QB Brad Smith, who rushed for 1,029 yards and passed for 2,333 yards in 2002.
With his 2,780 passing yards this season, Manziel is now just 220 passing yards from becoming the fifth player and first freshman in FBS history to reach 1,000 rushing yards and 3,000 passing yards. The previous four 3,000/1,000 players are Vince Young of Texas (2005), Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan (2007), Colin Kaepernick of Nevada (2010) and Chandler Harnish of Northern Illinois (2011).
SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (Games of Nov. 10, 2012)
SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER AND FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
6-1 • 200 • Fr. • Kerrville, Texas
• Manziel generated 345 total yards to lead Texas A&M to a 29-24 win over top-ranked Alabama. He completed 24-of-31 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 92 rushing yards on 18 carries.
• With the game, Manziel became the second freshman in NCAA FBS history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards in a single-season (Brad Smith, Missouri, 2002).
• Manziel did not have a turnover against an Alabama team that was fourth in the nation in turnover margin.
• The Aggies were 11-of-18 on third down conversions against Alabama.
SEC Co-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
6-0 • 210 • Sr. • Greenwood, S.C.
• Swearinger totaled a career-best 13 tackles (10 solos), including one for a loss, and added an interception and quarterback pressure in South Carolina's 38-20 win over Arkansas.
• He returned the interception 69 yards for a touchdown to put Carolina ahead, 31-10.
6-2 • 205 • Jr. • Aldine, Texas
• Loston had six total tackles and returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in LSU's 37-17 win over Mississippi State.
• Loston's interception return, which tied an LSU, SEC and NCAA record for longest, gave Tigers the final margin.
SEC Co-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
6-2 • 215 • Sr. • Lee's Summit, Mo.
• Baggett's 35 yard field goal in the fourth overtime gave Missouri a 51-48 win over Tennessee.
• It was Baggett's first ever attempt at a game-winning field goal in his career. He also hit 6-of-6 PAT tries against the Vols.
6-1 • 189 • So. • Pensacola, Fla.
• Purifoy blocked a punt with two seconds left against Louisiana-Lafayette that led to a touchdown and a 27-20 Florida victory. Purifoy's block was returned by Jelani Jenkins 36 yards for the game-winning score.
• He had five tackles and a pass deflection against ULL. The blocked punt was the second of the year for Purifoy.
SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
6-2 • 295 • So. • Johns Creek, Ga.
• Andrews graded out at 88 percent after registering six "dominator" blocks and three knockdowns during Georgia's 38-0 win at Auburn.
• He anchored an offensive linethat allowed QB Aaron Murray to be sacked only once as the Bulldogs racked up 497 total yards on offense, including a pair of 100-yard rushers.
• Andrews has taken the starting role this season after Ben Jones was Georgia's starting center the last four years.
SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
6-5 • 250 • Jr. • Birmingham, Ala.
• May set career highs with six solo tackles, with three for losses, in Vanderbilt's 27-26 comeback win at Ole Miss.
• May also had a 14-yard quarterback sack and a quarterback pressure against the Rebels.
• The Commodores amassed 14 tackles for loss and three sacks in the win.
OTHER OUTSTANDING PERFORMERS FROM WEEK 11
LB C.J. MOSLEY (Alabama) -- Had game-high 14 tackles (9 solos) and a quarterback sack against Texas A&M.
QB TYLER WILSON (Arkansas) -- Completed 26-of-41 passes for 277 yards with two touchdowns against South Carolina.
WR EMORY BLAKE (Auburn) -- Caught game-high six passes for 104 yards against Georgia.
LB JELANI JENKINS (Florida) -- Returned blocked punt 36 yards for game-winning touchdown and had seven stops against Louisiana-Lafayette.
QB AARON MURRAY (Georgia) -- Completed 18-of-24 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns against Auburn.
TB TODD GURLEY (Georgia) -- Rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown and had a 10-yard reception against Auburn.
QB ZACH METTENBERGER (LSU) -- Completed 19-of-30 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns against Mississippi State.
QB BO WALLACE (Ole Miss) -- Completed 31-of-49 passes for 403 yards with a touchdown against Vanderbilt.
QB TYLER RUSSELL (Mississippi State) -- Completed 26-of-38 passes for 295 yards with a touchdown against LSU.
QB JAMES FRANKLIN (Missouri) -- Completed 19-of-32 passes for 226 yards and a career-high four touchdowns against Tennessee.
QB CONNOR SHAW (South Carolina) -- Completed 14-of-22 passes for 272 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for another score against Arkansas.
QB TYLER BRAY (Tennessee) -- Completed 37-of-54 passes for 404 yards and four touchdowns against Missouri.
LB SEAN PORTER (Texas A&M) -- Had seven tackles and an interception against Alabama.
QB JORDAN RODGERS (Vanderbilt) -Led Commodores to 21 second-half points, going 21-of-36 for 279 yards and two touchdowns.
WR JORDAN MATTHEWS (Vanderbilt) -- Had nine catches for 153 yards and a touchdown against Ole Miss.