Trey Palmer and BJ Ojulari were key factors in LSU’s 52-24 win over South Carolina, and their efforts were rewarded by the Southeastern Conference Monday afternoon.
Palmer was named the conference’s special teams player of the week, while Ojulari was the freshman defensive linemen of the week.
Palmer totaled 118 kick return yards, including a 93-yard score in the third quarter. It was the first kickoff return touchdown by an LSU player inside Tiger Stadium since Eric Martin’s return against Kentucky in 1981. For the year, Palmer has only returned three kicks but is averaging 44.7 yards per return.
Defensively, Ojulari was a force to be reckoned with Saturday. Ojulari recorded four tackles, three of which were sacks. The true freshman defensive end is currently leading the LSU defense in both sacks (4) and tackles for loss (5). Not only is Ojulari leading the Tigers in sacks, he’s tied with South Carolina’s Kingsley Enagbare for the most in the entire conference. Yes the LSU defense as a whole has struggled, but it has been able to get after the opposing quarterback and Ojulari is a big reason why.
Through four games, LSU's pass rush ranks 1st in the SEC in:— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) October 26, 2020
Pressure % (39.3)
Pass rush grade (86.8)
Pass rush productivity (29.5)
Win % (67.9)
BJ Ojulari is 1st in SEC in sacks (4.0) and PRP (12.3)
Ali Gaye 1st with 18 pressures
Funnily enough, his brother, Aziz, a defensive end at Georgia, is right behind BJ on the conference’s leaderboard with three sacks. Aziz Ojulari is tied for second in the SEC along with Texas A&M’s Michael Clemons, Kentucky’s Jamar Watson, South Carolina’s Keir Thomas, Missouri’s Trajan Jeffcoat and Ole Miss’s Sam Williams.
The rest of the conference players of the week were Alabama’s Mac Jones, Auburn’s Tank Bigsby and Seth Williams, and Missouri’s Nick Bolton and Case Cook.