LSU running back Jeremy Hill, the subject of an offseason battery arrest that led to a one-game suspension, was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his role in helping the Tigers beat Auburn on Saturday night, according to the SEC Digital Network.
The sophomore scored twice in the first five minutes of the game, housing his first two carries from 49 and 12 yards out, respectively. He finished the game with a career-high 184 rushing yards (the most for an LSU back since Alley Broussard in 2004) and three touchdowns.
It was Hill's second consecutive 100-yard game, and with his contributions now squarely back in the fold, LSU might boast the best stable of running backs in America. Hill is flanked by talented rushers like Alfred Blue, Kenny Hilliard and Terrence McGee, all of whom are capable of (and will continue) contributing to the offense all season long.
The SEC's other top performers in Week 4 include:
- Defensive POW: DE Dante Fowler, Florida
- Special Teams POW: LS Alan D’Appollonio, Arkansas
- Offensive Line POW: OG Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
- Defensive Line POW: DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
- Freshman POW: WR Reggie Davis, Georgia
Fowler anchored a (once-again) vicious Florida defense against Tennessee, forcing two fumbles and recording three tackles for a total loss of 15 yards. Fellow defensive end Ealy made a game-changing play against Indiana, picking off a pass at the line and returning it for a score that helped Missouri coast to a win in Bloomington.
Davis hauled in a 98-yard touchdown pass, the longest play in school history, from Aaron Murray against North Texas and finished with 134 receiving yards.
Jackson didn't have missed assignment and recorded five pancakes against Troy, and D’Appollonio, a long snapper, caught a 24-yard pass on a fake punt.
Congratulations to Hill and all the other winners!