Auburn QB Nick Marshall Headlines Week 8's SEC Football Players of the Week

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2013

Oct 19, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) throws the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies during the first half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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Auburn's Nick Marshall led his Tigers onto Kyle Field Saturday and handed Johnny Manziel the first upset loss of his legendary career.

But the game wasn't the only thing he won. According to the SEC Digital Network, Marshall was also named the conference's Offensive Player of the Week.

The JUCO-transfer quarterback, who started his career as a defensive back at Georgia, has steadily improved all season, and Saturday's game was his undeniable apex. He finished with 336 yards of total offense (100 on the ground) and four touchdowns in the four-point win.

According to the official release, Marshall is the only Auburn quarterback besides Cam Newton to ever run and pass for two or more scores in the same game, and the 615 yards his offense accounted for were the third-most in program history against SEC competition.

War. Damn. Eagle.

Here are the other SEC players who were recognized in Week 8:

  • Defensive POW: DE Michael Sam, Missouri
  • Special Teams POW: P/K Michael Palardy, Tennessee
  • Freshman POW: QB Maty Mauk, Missouri
  • Offensive Line POW: OT Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt
  • Defensive Line POW: DE Cameron Whigham, Ole Miss

Sam continued his tour de force for the Tigers this season, recording 3.0 sacks in the home blowout of Florida. His 9.0 sacks on the season are tied with Clemson's Vic Beasley for the FBS lead, and his 13.0 tackles for loss stand alone as the most in college football.

Sam's teammate, Mauk, filled in admirably for injured starter James Franklin, finishing with 310 total yards and leading the offense to 36 points against the vaunted Florida defense. It would be hard to ask for a more impressive debut.

Johnson contributed 12 knockdown blocks in Vanderbilt's upset of Georgia, per the official release, and he also had four blocks lead directly to first downs or touchdowns.

In another upset, Tennessee over South Carolina, Palardy had a 40.4-yard punting average and hit three of his four field goals, including the game-winner as time expired.

Whigham was part of an Ole Miss defense that stifled Zach Mettenberger, recording a sack, a hurry and a pass breakup in the upset of LSU. The Rebels have a group of higher-pedigree freshman around him, but Whigham did well to let his name be known.

Congrats to all who were recognized!