COLUMBIA (WACH) - A pair of USC football players were honored by the SEC for their outstanding performances in Saturdayâ??s 35-7 win over Georgia.
Senior center T.J. Johnson was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Johnson, a 6-6, 319-pounder from Aynor, S.C., graded out at 86 percent against the Bulldogs with seven knockdowns and no quarterback pressures in the win. He helped Carolina amass 230 yards rushing and an additional 162 yards through the air.
Junior punt returner Ace Sanders was named the SEC co-Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season. Sanders, a 5-8, 175-pounder from Bradenton, Fla., returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown that game Carolina a 21-0 first quarter advantage. It was Sandersâ?? second career punt return for a touchdown. Sanders also was named the co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts earlier this season against Missouri.
Johnson, Sanders and the rest of the third-ranked Gamecocks (6-0, 4-0 SEC) will begin preparations Monday night for Saturdayâ??s SEC showdown with ninth-ranked LSU (5-1, 1-1 SEC). Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Baton Rouge (8 p.m. eastern time). ESPN will have the national telecast with Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit in the booth and Heather Cox working the sidelines.