SEC honors Vanderbilt's Bennett for record opener

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Vanderbilt receiver Earl Bennett, Mississippi defensive back Dustin Mouzon and Arkansas return man Felix Jones won the Southeastern Conference's Player of the Week honors on Monday.

Bennett caught 13 passes for a school-record 223 yards and three touchdowns in Vanderbilt's 41-17 win over Richmond to claim offensive honors. It was the most catches by an SEC player in an opening game.

Mouzon had two interceptions, recovered a fumble and made nine tackles in the Rebels' 23-21 win at Memphis.

Jones won special teams honors after returning a kick 90 yards for a touchdown in Arkansas' 46-26 win against Troy.

Georgia center Fernando Velasco was named SEC offensive lineman of the week and Auburn end Quentin Groves earned defensive line honors.

Alabama tailback Terry Grant was the SEC freshman of the week.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: Coach Sylvester Croom said he won't be hesitant to make a switch at quarterback if starter Michael Henig struggles again.

Henig threw six interceptions in a 45-0 loss to No. 2 LSU last week.

Croom said backup Josh Riddell, who was suspended one game after being arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, might even share playing time with Henig on Saturday at Tulane.

"If Josh practices the way I think he will, I may play both quarterbacks anyway," Croom said.

N.C. STATE: Nebraska transfer Harrison Beck will start at quarterback this week against Boston College, getting the nod from coach Tom O'Brien for leading a second-half rally against Central Florida last week.


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