Tennessee kicker Michael Palardy (1) kicks off in the second quarter against South Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 19 in Knoxville. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Tennessee kicker Michael Palardy, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam were named the Southeastern Conference’s players of the week on Monday.
Palardy, the special teams player of the week, kicked a game-winning, 19-yard field goal in Tennessee’s 23-21 win over then-No. 11 South Carolina on Saturday. He also averaged 40.4 yards on eight punts. He leads the conference with 16 punts downed inside the 20 this season (next closest is 12). He was was 3-of-4 in field goal attempts (good from 37, 33, 19) and made both PAT attempts.
Marshall won the offensive award after passing for 236 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for a career-high 100 yards and two TDs to lead No. 11 Auburn to an upset of then-No. 7 Texas A&M.
Sam had three sacks in No. 5 Missouri’s win over Florida to earn defensive player of the week. He leads the SEC in sacks and tackles for loss.
Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk was named freshman of the week. The league gave lineman honors to Vanderbilt tackle Wesley Johnson and Mississippi defensive end Cameron Whigham.