As we all continue to revel in Texas A&M’s 41-38 upset of No. 1 Alabama, the SEC had a bit of reveling to do themselves. The conference’s weekly Players of the Week honors were revealed on Monday, and it it chock full of Aggies. Three to be exact: QB Zach Calzada, DE Tyree Johnson and RB/KR Devon Achane.
QB Zach Calzada
Offensive Player of the Week
The embattled Texas A&M signal caller rose to the occasion in the biggest of ways, outdueling Heisman favorite Bryce Young to the tune of a 67% completion percentage, 285 yards and three touchdown passes. Most notably, Calzada led the Aggies on a touchdown drive to tie the game late in the fourth, which saw him writhing in pain after being rolled into by a defender on the game-tying throw. After a brief trip to the injury tent during Alabama’s ensuing three-and-out, Calzada returned to the game and drove the Aggies on a 54-yard, eight-play drive to get into field goal range for the game-wining kick.
RB/KR Devon Achane
Special Teams Player of the Week
After Alabama had blocked a punt and recovered for a touchdown to cut the score to Texas A&M 24, Alabama 17, Achane made what very well may have been the play of the game, taking the ensuing kickoff at the four-yard line and raced 96 yards to extend the Aggies’ lead to 31-17 with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Achane also added 79 yards of total offense on just 10 touches.
DE Tyree Johnson
Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week
The senior defensive end was credited with four stops on the day and recorded two quarterback sacks for losses of nine yards as the Aggie defense compiled four quarterback sacks against Alabama.