Derek Barnett named SEC defensive lineman of the week

Vols defensive end Derek Barnett records his 31st career sack, pulling within one of Reggie White's school record.

Tennessee Volunteers defensive end Derek Barnett won Southeastern Conference defensive lineman of the week for his performance in Saturday’s win over Missouri.

The SEC made the announcement on Monday afternoon.

It marked the third time this season Barnett has won the conference's defensive lineman of the week award. Barnett won the award for his performance in a 49-10 loss to Alabama, and for his performance in a 38-28 win over Florida. Barnett also won SEC defensive player of the week following the Vols' 34-31 win against Georgia.

On Saturday, Barnett recorded six tackles, one sack and one quarterback hurry against Missouri. UT’s defense gave up a school-record 740 total yards against Missouri.

Barnett sacked Missouri quarterback Drew Lock in the third quarter to record his career-best 11th sack of the season. The junior defensive end is the first player in SEC history with three seasons of 10 sacks or more.

On the season, Barnett has 48 tackles (33 solo), 17.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups, one interception and a career-high nine quarterback hurries. He is an active candidate for the  Rotary Lombardi Award, Chuck Bednarik Award and Ted Hendricks Award.

Related: Barnett pulls within one sack of Reggie White’s record

Barnett has 31 career sacks and is one sack away from tying Reggie White’s Tennessee record of 32.

Tennessee Volunteers career sacks leaders:

1.       Reggie White, 1980-1983: 32 sacks

2.       Derek Barnett, 2014-present: 31 sacks

3.       Leonard Little, 1995-1997: 28 sacks

4.       Jonathan Brown, 1994-1997: 25 sacks

5.       Todd Kelly, 1989-1992: 22.5 sacks

Barnett’s 31 career sacks rank second among all active FBS players.

Barnett and redshirt junior defensive lineman Kendal Vickers are the only two Tennessee players to start in all 11 games this season.

Tennessee (8-3, 4-3 SEC) finishes the regular season on Saturday night in a road contest against Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-5 SEC). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, and the game airs on the SEC Network.

 

SEC Week 12 player of the week honors:

Offensive player: Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams III

Defensive player: Florida linebacker David Reese

Special teams: Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro

Freshman: Florida wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland

Co-offensive lineman: Vanderbilt left tackle Will Holden and Arkansas offensive lineman Dan Skipper

Defensive lineman: Barnett

(© 2016 WBIR)


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