BATON ROUGE -- LSU running back Jacob Hester earned Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday for his performance in the Tigers' 28-24 win over Florida on Saturday.
In the win over the Gators, Hester rushed for a career-high 106 yards and scored the game-winning TD with just over a minute left in the contest. The 106 yards came on a career-best 23 attempts and he averaged 4.6 yards per carry against a Florida defense that entered the game allowing just 63 yards per contest.
“The different players and pieces of our team all just really participated and played key roles (in the win),” LSU coach Les Miles of the win over Florida. “It’s interesting, (Jacob) Hester ends up making a number of carries, a number of fourth down conversions, plays big in (special) teams. He may well have had one of the better overall games that I’ve been around.”
Down 24-21 late in the fourth quarter, LSU was forced to go for it on fourth down twice and they put the ball in Hester's hands both times. He converted both. In all, Hester carried the ball eight times on LSU's final possession, a drive that consumed 60 yards on 15 plays and took just over eight minutes.
In the fourth quarter alone, the Tigers held the ball for 12 minutes, outscored Florida 14-0 and outgained the Gators, 130-37. Of Hester's 106 rushing yards, 77 came in the second half with 39 of those yards coming in the fourth quarter. Hester also became the first LSU running back to go over 100 yards in an SEC game since Joseph Addai had 105 yards against Auburn on Oct. 22, 2005.
The award is the first of its kind for Hester during his career.
Other honors handed out by the league on Monday include: South Carolina’s Eric Norwood as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week; Tennessee kicker Britton Colquitt as the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week; Auburn guard Tyronne Green as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week; Alabama defensive end Wallace Gilberry as the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week; and South Carolina quarterback Chris Smelley as the SEC Freshman of the Week.