South Carolina defensive end Devin Taylor was named Defensive Lineman of the Week by the Southeastern Conference on Monday.
Taylor, a Beaufort High School graduate, had the biggest statistical game of his collegiate career in Saturday's 38-24 win over Tennessee. The 6-foot-8, 244-pound sophomore had two fumble recoveries that led to USC touchdowns. He also intercepted a Tyler Bray pass with a one-handed grab and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.
"I could sense it pretty much," Taylor told the (Charleston) Post & Courier after the game. "You even had the crowd and everything going with it, so it was good."
Taylor has a team-high 6 1/2 sacks this season and 10 of his 29 tackles are for loss.
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It's the second time Taylor has earned the award. He also won it last year after his season-opening game against N.C. State. In that game, he blocked a punt, forced a fumble and recorded three sacks.
USC (6-2, 4-2 SEC) will host the Arkansas (6-2, 3-2) Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. Game time is set for 7 p.m., and the contest will be televised nationally on ESPN with Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge in the booth and Holly Rowe on the sidelines, according to a USC news release Monday.