Barnett and Lovingood named SEC Players of the Week

Tennessee long snapper Riley Lovingood downed a punt at the 6-yard line in the fourth quarter to setup a go-ahead defensive touchdown.

Big plays from Tennessee's Derek Barnett and Riley Lovingood against Georgia on Saturday earned them SEC Players of the Week honors.

SEC Sports said that a key moment for Barnett came in the third quarter when the defensive end stopped Georgia's opening drive at midfield with a nine-yard sack. 

Barnett made his second sack of the game with 2:56 remaining in the fourth quarter when he stripped the ball from Jacob Eason. Corey Vereen's immediate recovery in the UGA end zone gave the Vols a 28-24 lead after the extra point.

UT's second SEC Player of the Week, long snapper Riley Lovingood, helped make that play possible.

With 3:43 left in the game, Lovingood snapped the ball to punter Trevor Daniel before running to the UGA 6 to catch and down the ball. Barnett's sack came two plays later.

Barnett's performance contributed to a total of 24 career sacks, placing him ahead of Todd Kelly Sr. for fifth-most in UT history and ranking him No. 2 among all active FBS players.

He also moved to third-place on UT's all-time list of career tackles for a loss.  






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