Auburn's Chris Davis Headlines Week 14's SEC Football Players of the Week

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Auburn's Chris Davis Headlines Week 14's SEC Football Players of the Week
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Auburn defensive back Chris Davis fielded the kick in the back of the end zone, darted to the left side of the field against a woefully disorganized Alabama field-goal team, then ran 109 yards down the sideline, straight into indelible college football lore.

The SEC named Davis its Co-Special Teams Player of the Week on Saturday, according to an official release, and even that honor does little justice to his performance. He is one of, if not the sole biggest reason Auburn dethroned No. 1 Alabama in Saturday's Iron Bowl.

Besides his game-winning "Kick Six," which you'll see replayed for decades to come, Davis recorded 10 tackles from the cornerback position, tying a game-high. He is officially a legend in Auburn, Ala., even if he never suits up for the Tigers again.

Here are the other Week 14 honorees:

  • Offensive POW: QB Nick Marshall, Auburn
  • Co-Defensive POW: CB E.J. Gaines, Missouri
  • Co-Defensive POW: S Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State
  • Co-Special Teams POW: K Casey Spear, Vanderbilt
  • Co-Freshman POW: DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State
  • Co-Freshman POW: QB Anthony Jennings, LSU
  • Offensive Line POW: OT Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee
  • Co-Defensive Line POW: DT Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina
  • Co-Defensive Line POW: DL Corey Miller, Tennessee

Nick Marshall rushed for 99 yards and threw for just 97 in the upset win over Alabama, but he orchestrated the game-tying drive at the end of the fourth quarter, capping it off with a clever 39-yard touchdown pass to Sammie Coates with 32 seconds on the clock. It was his fourth game-winning or game-tying drive in the fourth quarter this season.

E.J. Gaines shadowed Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans for most of the game on Saturday, holding the potential All-American to season lows with four receptions and eight yards. Nickoe Whitley, meanwhile, forced the decisive overtime fumble in Mississippi State's Egg Bowl win over Ole Miss, and he also recorded an interception in the game.

Vanderbilt kicker Casey Spear did the unthinkable, forcing the SEC to name Davis just the Co-Special Teams Player of the Week after his game-winning touchdown against Alabama. He was 3-of-3 on field goals and hit the game-winner with 39 seconds left in the Commodores' win over Wake Forest.

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Anthony Jennings came in to relieve injured starter Zach Mettenberger against Arkansas, leading LSU 99 yards in just over three minutes for the game-winning touchdown, which came on a 49-yard pass to Travin Dural. Chris Jones continued his fine freshman season for the Bulldogs, finishing with five tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in his first-ever Egg Bowl.

Ja'Wuan James ended his fantastic Tennessee career with a fine game against Kentucky, setting a school record with his 49th start on the offensive line—all of which were consecutive, spanning every game since the tackle stepped on campus as a true freshman. He helped the Vols run for 200-plus yards in his final game.

Teammate Corey Miller also ended his Tennessee career in style on Saturday, breaking Reggie White's 30-year-old sack record with 4.5 sacks against the Wildcats. Fellow lineman Kelcy Quarles played what might have been his final home game with South Carolina, leading the Gamecocks to a win over No. 6 Clemson with 2.5 sacks.

It was truly a week to remember in the Southeastern Conference—and that might be putting it lightly. Congrats to all who were recognized!

 

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