LSU running back Brandon Magee is technically a backup, but he could start for almost any other team in America. He proved as much with a dominant performance Saturday against Texas A&M, earning the title of SEC Offensive Player of the Week, according to the conference's official website.
Magee led the charge for LSU's ground game, racking up a career-high 149 yards and a touchdown in the 34-10 win. He helped the Tigers control the clock and keep Johnny Manziel out of a rhythm all afternoon.
The biggest highlight came early, when Magee set up a one-yard touchdown score with a 65-yard run. All together, LSU finished with 324 rushing yards, its most in an SEC game since punishing Ole Miss in 2011.
Here are the other honorees from Week 13:
- Defensive POW: LB Chase Garnham, Vanderbilt
- Special Teams POW: DT Harrold Brantley, Missouri
- Co-Freshman POW: DB Rashard Robinson, LSU
- Co-Freshman POW: DB Paris Head, Vanderbilt
- Offensive Line POW: OG Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
- Defensive Line POW: DE Garrison Smith, Georgia
Chase Garnham led the Vanderbilt defense with 10 total tackles and one tackle for loss at Tennessee. He was flanked by freshman defensive back Paris Head, who had two interceptions after being forced into action by injury.
Together, that duo helped lead a Commodores defense that allowed just 237 yards and 10 points in Neyland Stadium. Vandy scored just 14 points in the win, so Graham and Head's contribution was imperative.
Rashard Robinson shared co-freshman POW honors with Head after his incredible performance against Mike Evans and Texas A&M. In his first career start, the freshman helped shut down an All-American-caliber target and stymied the Aggies passing game.
Harrold Brantley made a massive impact on special teams in Missouri's road win at Ole Miss, blocking a short field goal in the first quarter and taking a fake punt for a first down in the third. Both plays squashed Ole Miss' momentum and helped Mizzou come out on top.
In the trenches, Gabe Jackson was credited with three pancake blocks for a Mississippi State offense that rushed for 209 yards, while Garrison Smith had two sacks and three tackles for loss in Georgia's easy win over Kentucky.
Congratulations to all who were honored!
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