Three Rebels earn SEC football awards

Published 6:14 pm Monday, September 3, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — On a weekend where the Southeastern Conference dominated its competition, the Ole Miss Rebels were at the front of the pack.

Three Rebels collected weekly honors from the SEC after a 47-27 season-opening win over Texas Tech, the league office announced Monday.

Running back Scottie Phillips was named the league’s Offensive Player of the week, senior tackle Greg Little was the Offensive Lineman of the Week, and kicker Luke Logan was the Co-Special Teams Player of the Week.

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Phillips’ 204 rushing yards were the second-most during college football’s opening weekend and are the most by an Ole Miss running back making his debut. Phillips, a transfer from Jones County Junior College, became just the eighth Ole Miss running back to run for more than 200 yards in a game.

Little helped pave the way for Phillips, and for the Rebels to pile up 546 yards of offense. Ole Miss converted three touchdown drives that took less than 50 seconds.

Logan went 4-for-4 on field goal attempts of 24, 29, 39 and 23 yards. He also was 5-for-5 on PAT attempts, and had four touchbacks on 10 kickoffs.

Logan shared the special teams award with LSU kicker Cole Tracy. Tracy went 4-for-4 on field goals in the Tigers’ 33-17 win over Miami on Sunday night, including a 54-yarder in the third quarter that tied a school record.

The SEC went 13-1 on opening weekend, with Tennessee’s 40-14 loss to West Virginia the only blemish on the record. Among the 13 wins were four against Power 5 conference teams, and two against teams ranked in the Top 10 of the Associated Press poll.

Auburn linebacker Darrell Williams and LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips shared the Defensive Player of the Week award.

Williams led his team in tackles with a career-high eight in Auburn’s 21-16 win over No. 6 Washington, and also had a fumble recovery.

In his first career start, Phillips recorded seven tackles and an interception in LSU’s win over No. 8 Miami. He returned the interception 45 yards for a touchdown.