Pair Of Vols Earn SEC Weekly Honors

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    (Photo courtesy of Tennessee Athletics Communications)

    For the first time this season a Tennessee football player earned SEC weekly honors with a pair of Vols earning honors in the blowout win over Missouri.

    Tennessee right tackle Cade Mays is the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week and Tennessee running back Len’Neth Whitehead is the co-SEC Freshman of the Week.

    Mays and the rest of the Vols’ offensive line was critical to the offense’s success in the 62-24 blowout win. Tennessee’s offense ran for 452 yards on 58 caries for a staggering 7.8 yards per carry.

    Mays earned an 83.7 grade for his performance according to Pro Football Focus. The grade was good for the third best among Tennessee offensive players that played 23 or more snaps.

    With Jabari Small exiting the game with an injury in the first half, Tennessee redshirt freshman Len’Neth Whitehead earned the most snaps of his young career. Whitehead, an Athens, Georgia native, recorded 76 rushing yards on just nine carries. Entering the game, Whitehead had just five carries for 23 yards in his career.

    Whitehead earned a 72.4 PFF grade in 18 snaps in Saturday’s blowout win.

    Auburn quarterback Bo Nix beat out Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker for SEC Quarterback of the Week while Alabama’s Brian Robinson beat out Tiyon Evans for SEC Running Back of the Week.

    Tennessee will try to earn another win and more SEC weekly honors as favorites against South Carolina Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.