Originally created 11/25/03

Auburn's Williams receives SEC award



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Auburn tailback Carnell Williams was named the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week for the fourth time this season Monday.

Williams rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yarder on the game's first play and the decisive 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter of a 28-23 win over Alabama.

It was his fourth 150-plus yard effort this year. Williams, who also returned two punts for 30 yards, ranks second in the SEC and 20th nationally in rushing.

He has 1,239 yards and 15 touchdowns.

LSU defensive tackle Chad Lavalais received the defensive honors while Tennessee's Mark Jones was the top special teams player for the week.

Lavalais had two tackles for loss, a pass deflection and two quarterback pressures in LSU's 17-14 win over Mississippi.

Lavalais and LSU held the league's top offense to 227 total yards and only allowed one offensive touchdown.

Jones had 216 all-purpose yards, including a 58-yard punt return for a TD, in Tennessee's 48-0 win against Vanderbilt. He returned five punts for 120 yards, had three receptions for 45 yards and returned an interception 51 yards to set up another touchdown.