Two Kentucky Wildcats have been honored by the Southeastern Conference for their exceptional performances against Mississippi State. Outside linebacker Jordan Wright was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week and punter Max Duffy earned SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Wright made plays all night long for a Kentucky defense that held Mike Leach’s high-powered offense to only two points, the fewest in the head coach’s 20 seasons on the sideline. The outside linebacker had six tackles, two for loss (-9 yards), a quarterback sack, a pass breakup and a pick six in the fourth quarter that clinched a Kentucky win.
It’s the first time Wright, a redshirt junior from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., has earned player of the week honors from the league.
Even though one snap skied over Duffy’s head, the 2019 Ray Guy Award Winner brought out the big boot against the Bulldogs. On the ensuing free kick after the safety, he knocked one 75 yards that netted 64 as Miss. State started the drive on just the 16 yard-line. Duffy downed three balls inside the 11 yard-line and averaged 44.9 yards on eight punts (no, the free kick doesn’t factor into that average, unfortunately).