The Southeastern Conference announced its Football Players of the Week, from the eighth week of the 2013 season and Michael Sam is back on the list as well as Maty Mauk, who made his first start.
DEFENSIVE: Michael Sam, DE, Missouri
Sam had three sacks on the day (22 yards in loss), and added four tackles in all, to go with one other QB hurry, to help key Mizzou’s 36-17 win over #22 Florida. Sam now leads the SEC in both QB sacks (9.0 total / 1.3 avg.) and tackles for loss (13.0 total / 1.9 avg.), and he ranks 2nd in the nation and 4th in the nation in those categories, respectively.
Missouri held Florida to just 61 yards in the first half, the fewest yards gained by a Tiger opponent in a half since MU allowed just 16 yards in the second half vs. Kentucky last season.
FRESHMAN: Maty Mauk, QB, Missouri
Mauk made his first-ever collegiate start subbing for injured senior captain James Franklin. Mauk threw for 295 yards and a touchdown (with one interception), while also adding a rushing touchdown to seal the game in the fourth quarter. Mauk led the Tiger offense to a 500-yard and 36-point day against the vaunted Florida defense, which came into Saturday’s game ranked 3rd in the NCAA in total defense (allowing 235.3 yards per game coming in) and 4th in the NCAA in scoring defense (allowing just 13.0 points per game coming in). Those 295 yards vs. Florida, are the most the Gators have allowed in a game all season.