Zach Mettenberger and Loucheiz Purifoy Headline Week 6's SEC Players of the Week

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2013

Oct 5, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) prepares for a handoff during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
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Zach Mettenberger continued his renaissance under offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, leading LSU to 59 points in a win at Mississippi State, and according to the SEC Digital Network, he has been rewarded with Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Though LSU struggled to pull away for most of the game, Mettenberger had, perhaps, the most efficient night of his career. He finished 25-of-29 passing with 340 yards and two touchdowns, an impressive 86-percent completion rate that reflects his improved accuracy and decision-making.

Per the official release, Mettenberger has helped lead LSU's offense to a number of school records this season. After Saturday's win, the Tigers have now scored 30-plus points and totaled 400-plus yards in all of their first six games—a first in program history.

If Mettenberger can stay hot and its defense can slowly improve, LSU will give Alabama all it can handle in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 9.

Other conference players of the week include:

  • Defensive POW: DB Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida
  • Special Teams POW: K Marshall Morgan, Georgia
  • Freshman POW: DE Carl Lawson, Auburn
  • Offensive Line POW: OG Chris Burnette, Georgia
  • Defensive Line POW: DE Michael Sam, Missouri

Purifoy, the leader of Florida's vaunted secondary, did a little bit of everything against Arkansas, returning an interception for a touchdown, recording an eight-yard sack, breaking up three passes and forcing a fumble on one of his four tackles.

Kicker Marshall Morgan was a key piece in Georgia's close road win at Tennessee, knocking in a career-long 56-yarder in the first half and the game-winning 42-yarder in overtime. It was his second straight week being named the SEC's top performer. 

Oct 5, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy (15) reacts during the first half of the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Burnette, meanwhile, his UGA teammate, graded out at 82 percent with six "dominator" blocks in the game, according to the SEC's release.

Lawson and Sam, two defensive ends, were both dominant in statement wins for Auburn and Missouri. Lawson had 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks against Ole Miss, while Sam had three sacks (including two on fourth down) at Vanderbilt.

It was Sam's second consecutive three-sack performance, ramping up his sleeper bid, when the time comes, for a spot on the All-SEC first-team defense.

Congratulations to all who were recognized.