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By Anthony Richards
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We are proud to release our players of the week in the ACC, SEC and SoCon.

SEC Offensive Player of the Week: Jordan Matthews, WR Vanderbilt

Matthews caught 10 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown Thursday night against Ole Miss.  Despite a losing effort and a ball that went through his hands on the last play, Matthews was the Commodores' go-to guy for the entire game.

SEC Defensive Player of the Week: Robenson Therezie, DB Auburn

Therezie had two interceptions, including one in the end zone late in the game, to help preserve Auburn’s 31-24 victory over visiting Washington State.  Therezie has already equaled the amount of picks that Auburn had all of last year.

SEC Special Teams Player of the Week: Christion Jones, WR Alabama

Jones returned a 72-yard punt and a 94-yard kickoff for touchdowns in No. 1 Alabama’s 35-10 victory over Virginia Tech.  Jones’ special teams scores helped make up for the lack of production by the Crimson Tide offense.      

SEC Coach of the Week: Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss

Freeze backed up his highly-ranked recruiting class with a 39-35 season-opening win against conference foe Vanderbilt.  Freeze showed that he looks to be a force to reckon with not only in recruiting but also on the field.  

SEC X-factor of the Week: Laquon Treadwell, WR Ole Miss

Treadwell was rated by many recruiting sites as the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation coming out of high school and was a member of the Rebels highly-touted 2013 recruiting class.  By the end of the first game he was the focal point of the Ole Miss offense and finished with nine receptions for 82 yards.

ACC Offensive Player of the Week: Tajh Boyd, QB Clemson

Boyd showed his dual-threat abilities by gaining over 300 yards of total offense and scoring five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing).  He out-dueled Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and led No. 8 Clemson to a major 38-35 victory.

ACC Defensive Player of the Week: Vic Beasley, DE Clemson

Beasley helped provide pressure on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and was a presence in the opposing backfield all game long.  He finished the night with two sacks and two tackles for a loss.

ACC Special Teams Player of the Week: Ian Frye, K Virginia

Frye nailed a 53-yard field goal with 10 seconds left before halftime, putting the Cavaliers on the board and cutting the BYU lead to four.  His field goal would turn out to be the difference in the game, as Virginia won 19-16. 

ACC Coach of the Week: Dabo Swinney, Clemson

Swinney has turned the Clemson program into a viable national title contender with the 38-35 victory over No. 5 Georgia.  He has surrounded himself with some of the top coordinators in college football in Chad Morris and Brent Venables, and has proven that Clemson can compete with the likes of the SEC.   

ACC X-factor of the Week: Clemson Crowd

The crowd at Clemson Memorial Stadium Saturday night against No. 5 Georgia was raucous and made it difficult for the Georgia offense to communicate.  The noise made it hard to change plays at the line of scrimmage and forced Aaron Murray to lose track of the play clock on more than one occasion.  

SoCon Offensive Player of the Week: Jacob Huesman, QB Chattanooga

Huesman was the Mocs' leading rusher and passer against UT-Martin with 316 yards of total offense.  He also showed good decision-making by accounting for three touchdowns through the air and only one interception.

SoCon Defensive Player of the Week: Bobby Wilson, LB Samford

Wilson helped lead Samford’s defensive effort in its 31-21 victory on the road against Georgia State.  He exhibited his range from the linebacker position, finishing the game with 10 total tackles as well as an interception and a forced fumble.

SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week:  Fabian Truss, RB Samford

Truss took the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to start the Bulldogs 2013 season with a bang.  He continued to find creases in the return game and finished with 53 yards on two punt returns and 149 yards on three kickoff returns.

SoCon Coach of the Week: Jeff Monken, Georgia Southern

Monken guided the Eagles to a dominant 77-9 victory over Savannah State.  He showed that Georgia Southern’s triple-option attack remains as deadly as always and that the SoCon better be ready for the Eagles' final season in the conference.

SoCon X-factor of the Week: Appalachian State Suspension and Injury

Wide receiver Sean Price’s suspension and Jamal Londry-Jackson’s plaguing injuries limited the Mountaineers' offense.  The missing players turned what looked to be a good game into a 30-6 rout on the road at No. 20 Montana.  These issues caused the offense to go the entire game without finding the end zone.

Anthony Richards - Anthony was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla. and currently attends the University of North Florida. He is a sports journalist, with a particular passion for college football in the south and the atmosphere that surrounds it. He enjoys the classic southern combination of Bar-B-Q and a large glass of sweet tea. You can reach Anthony at antnyrich@comcast.net.