Johnson and Sanders Honored by SEC

South Carolina’s Ace Sanders races toward the endzone on a 70-yard punt return for touchdown Saturday night against 5th-ranked Georgia at Williams-Brice Stadium.

A pair South Carolina football players were honored for their performances in Saturday’s 35-7 win over fifth-ranked Georgia.  Senior center T.J. Johnson was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Johnson, a 6-6, 319-pounder from Aynor, S.C., graded out at 86 percent against the Bulldogs with seven knockdowns and no quarterback pressures in the win. He helped Carolina amass 230 yards rushing and an additional 162 yards through the air. Carolina had just four loss yardage plays on 61 snaps against the Bulldogs.  Junior punt returner Ace Sanders was named the SEC co-Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season. Sanders, a 5-8, 175-pounder from Bradenton, Fla., returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown that game Carolina an insurmountable 21-0 first quarter advantage en route to the 35-7 win. It was Sanders’ second career punt return for a touchdown. Sanders also was named the co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts earlier this season against Missouri.