Columbia — Due to his game-saving performance in Missouri's 24-20 win over Arizona State on Saturday, senior safety Kenronte Walker has been chosen as the Southeastern Conference's defensive player of the week.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
The conference - which announced its weekly awards Monday morning - recognized the contributions of Walker, who deflected a Sun Devil pass on fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line to stop a potential ASU scoring drive with 3:36 left in the fourth quarter and also intercepted a third-and-9 pass with less than two minutes left to clinch the victory. He also finished the game two tackles.
Junior defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who racked up a career-high 9 tackles, 1 1/2 for loss and a half-sack against Arizona State, was also one of 15 players recognized by the conference for an "outstanding" performance.
A few other things of note: South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who had seven tackles and two sacks against UAB last Saturday, was named SEC defensive lineman of the week.
South Carolina free safety D.J. Swearinger, who finished the UAB game with three tackles, a pass deflection and returned a fumble 65 yards for a touchdown, was also recognized for an "outstanding" performance. But later in the day he was suspended one game by the conference for an illegal hit during the same game. According to the Associated Press, Swearinger was called for a personal foul on the play, in which the side of his helmet hit the facemask of UAB's Patrick Hearn.
The seventh-ranked Gamecocks, 3-0, will play host to Missouri at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be nationally televised on CBS.
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