Following a 48-45 Iron Bowl victory, there was no shortage of awards for Auburn players.
After having a breakout game against Samford, sophomore Zakoby McClain continued to play a big role against Alabama. McClain had a career and game-high 11 tackles, including one tackle for loss and a 100-yard pick-six. McClain takes home not only SEC Defensive Player of the Week, but also the Athlon Sports National Defensive Player of the Week award.
McClain marks the first time an Auburn player has won the award since Week 1 against Oregon when Jeremiah Dinson took it home.
McClain was joined by kicker Anders Carlson, who won SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. Carlson came into the game struggling, going 1-of-2 against Samford, 0-of-1 against Georgia and 2-of-5 against Ole Miss, but was automatic against Alabama.
Carlson connected on field goals from 43, 43, 44 and 52 yards out. Carlson also hit from 54 but an Alabama offsides negated the kick.
Carlson’s 52-yard field goal tied for the longest field goal made in the Iron Bowl, previously held by his brother Daniel Carlson (2016) and Al Del Greco (1980). This was also his longest of the season and the third longest of his career.
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Derrick Brown had seven tackles including 3.5 for loss, that was not enough to earn his fourth SEC Defensive Linemen of the Week of 2019.
That officially brings an end to the ongoing competition between Brown and Marlon Davidson. Davidson ends the season with four D-lineman of the week awards while Brown takes home three.
Auburn now will get ready to play in a bowl game that will be announced next Sunday, Dec. 8.
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