The coaching staff poured on accolades for freshman wideout Amari Cooper, who earned Player of the Week honors in addition to SEC Freshman of the Week. Here’s the complete list from the coaching staff.
Offense: AJ McCarron, Amari Cooper and Michael Williams. McCarron torched the Volunteer defense for 306 yards and four touchdowns on 17-22 passing. After the performance, McCarron is the most statistically efficient quarterback in the nation. Cooper caught two of McCarron’s touchdown passes in his seven catch, 162-yard performance. Williams added two catches for six yards and one touchdown.
Defense: Deion Belue, Dee Milliner and Vinnie Sunseri. Belue contributed a tackle and a pass break-up to go along with Milliner’s five tackles and one pass break-up. Sunseri, playing against his father Sal, had six tackles, one for a loss. The secondary held one of the SEC’s most prolific passing attacks to 282 total yards of offense.
Special Teams: Nico Johnson, Cyrus Jones and T.J. Yeldon. Jones returned punts and kicks for 86 yards against the Volunteers as he took the reigns from Christion Jones. Yeldon plays on the kick return and punt return team in addition to rushing for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson contributed to the punt and punt return teams and finished the game with four total tackles.