Tennessee senior outside linebacker Deandre Johnson has been named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week following his performance against South Carolina on Saturday night.
Johnson had a career-high 2.5 sacks, career-high 2.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a career-high six tackles in Tennessee’s 31-27 win over the Gamecocks. It was just Johnson’s third career start.
Johnson’s 2.5 sacks were the most in the SEC during the first week of the season. Two of his sacks came on third down, and one of them was in the fourth quarter while South Carolina was driving down the field looking to tie the game. It was the most sacks for a Vol since Darrell Taylor had four sacks against Kentucky in 2018.
The honor is the first SEC honor that Johnson has been named to. It’s the 12th time a Tennessee player has been named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week.
Johnson will look to replicate his success against Missouri this Saturday in Tennessee’s home-opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.