Russell Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE -- For the second time this year, LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell has been tabbed as the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Russell, a junior from Mobile, Ala., earned the award after leading the Tigers to a 49-0 win over Kentucky on Saturday. LSU scored touchdowns on its first four offensive possessions in building a 28-0 halftime lead.
Russell opened the game by completing his first 11 passes on his way to a 15-of-18 effort for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Russell threw first half TD passes of 7 and 48 yards to Dwayne Bowe.
Russell engineered an LSU offense that racked up a season-high 546 yards as the Tigers scored at least 40 points in a game for a school-record tying fifth time this year.
With his two touchdown passes, Russell also moved into a third place tie for Matt Mauck for career TD passes with 37. Russell also became just the fifth player in school history to surpass the 5,000-yard mark for passing yards. Russell currently ranks fifth in school history with 5,196 yards passing.
Earlier this year, Russell was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in LSU’s 48-17 win over Mississippi State.
Other honors handed out by the league office on Monday include: Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves (defensive lineman of the week), Mississippi State defensive back Derek Pegues (special teams player of the week), Vanderbilt tackle Chris Williams (offensive lineman of the week), Arkansas tackle Keith Jackson (defensive lineman of the week), and Alabama linebacker Prince Hall (freshman of the week).