Mississippi State

Prescott named SEC Player of the Week; Elston, Haynes honored

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott (15) sprints for a touchdown ahead of Kentucky defensive end Denzil Ware (35) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott (15) sprints for a touchdown ahead of Kentucky defensive end Denzil Ware (35) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle) AP

After becoming the first Southeastern Conference player in nearly five years to account for six-plus touchdowns in a conference game, Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. The accolade is the fourth time Prescott has been named SEC Offensive Player of the Week, a new school record.

The Haughton, La., native had the best game of his career in the 42-16 home win against Kentucky this past Saturday, finishing 25-of-35 through the air for 348 yards and three touchdowns. The team captain also rushed for a season-high 117 yards and three touchdowns. By tying Jackie Parker's school record of six touchdowns responsible set in November 1952, Prescott became the first SEC player since Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton in the 2010 SEC Championship Game to account for six-plus scores in a league game.

Ole Miss had two players honored this week. Senior safety Trae Elston was named the SEC's Defensive Player of the Week, with defensive end Marquis Haynes earning SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week.

In Ole Miss' 23-3 win against Texas A&M, Elston and Haynes played crucial roles in holding the Aggies to just 192 yards of offense.

Elston recorded a career-high five pass breakups along with three tackles and a tackle for loss. Haynes recorded three tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

Alabama's JK Scott, Arkansas's Dre Greenlaw and Vanderbilt's Spencer Pulley were respectively named the conference's special teams, freshman and offensive lineman.

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