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Max Johnson, Cade York Named SEC Players of the Week

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Fresh off their heroics in LSU’s 37-34 win in The Swamp, freshman quarterback Max Johnson and sophomore kicker Cade York were named the SEC’s offensive and special teams player of the week.

Johnson made the first start of his LSU career and excelled, completing 21 of 36 passes for 239 yards and threw three touchdowns. He is the first LSU quarterback to ever throw three touchdowns in Gainesville. Johnson is also the first true freshman quarterback in school history to win SEC player of the week.

York was a perfect 3-3 on field goals Saturday night, including his game-winning 57-yard kick with 23 seconds to play. That 57-yarder set a record for longest kick in LSU history, eclipsing Cole Tracy’s 55-yard field goal against Miami in 2018.

It’s the second time in York’s career that he was named the conference’s special teams player of the week. As a freshman against Texas, York won the honor after kicking three field goals against the Longhorns.

York was recently named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, which is given to the nation’s best place kicker. For the year York is 14-17 on field goal attempts and a perfect 31-31 on extra points. His 57-yard kick is tied for the second longest field goal of the season.