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Johnny Manziel Headlines Week 7's SEC Football Players of the Week

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 12:  Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies attempts to maneuver by defensive back Mike Hilton #28 of the Ole Miss Rebels on October 12, 2013 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. At halftime Texas A&M leads Ole Miss 14-10.  (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2013

Johnny Manziel survived a scary shot to his knee on Saturday night in Oxford, but he got up and led Texas A&M to a marathon 41-38 victory over Ole Miss.

Now, according to the SEC Digital Network, he has been rewarded for that breathtaking performance by being named the conference's Offensive Player of the Week.

Johnny Football went 31-of-39 for 346 yards, and he also rushed for 113 net yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. One of those touchdowns was the game-tying score late in the fourth quarter and came on a classic cross-field Manziel scramble.

Per the official release, this was Manziel's fourth career game with more than 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards, the most of any player in FBS history. He also eclipsed the 7,000-total-yard mark in his 19th career game, faster than any FBS player before him.

Each time Manziel steps on the field, he seems to break some sort of new record. Love him or hate him, you cannot deny how fun he is to watch.

The other SEC Players of the Week included:

  • Defensive POW: LB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri
  • Special Teams POW: P Sam Irwin-Hill, Arkansas
  • Freshman POW: QB Jeremy Johnson, Auburn
  • Offensive Line POW: Anthony Steen, Alabama
  • Defensive Line POW: Danielle Hunter, LSU

Brothers made the game-sealing interception in Missouri's upset win at Georgia, and he also finished the game with a career-high 10 tackles. The other defensive player recognized, Hunter, filled up the stat sheet for LSU with seven tackles, two batted-down passes and one tackle for loss against Florida.

Freshman QB Jeremy Johnson started in place of Nick Marshall against Western Carolina, and despite the poor competition, he made a very big impression, finishing 17-of-21 for 201 yards and four touchdowns. 

Oct 12, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) and running back Tre Mason (21) celebrate a touchdown in the first half against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY
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He competed for the starting job throughout camp and should eventually become the starting quarterback in Gus Malzahn's offense.

Elsewhere among teams from Alabama, Steen had the highest grade on the Crimson Tide's offensive line, missing no assignments and allowing no sacks, pressures or penalties against Kentucky. Alabama's slightly maligned unit up front played a near-perfect game, averaging 8.4 yards per play and not allowing a single sack.

Arkansas punter Sam Irwin-Hill stood out as a lone bright spot in the blowout loss to South Carolina, averaging 53.5 yards on four punts, including one 79-yarder.

Congrats to all who were recognized!

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