KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Southeastern Conference honored two Vol athletes this week. Tyler Bray picked up Freshman of the Week honors for football, while Scotty Hopson nabbed Player of the Week honors for basketball. Below are the releases sent out by Tennessee sports information.
BRAY EARNS THIRD SEC WEEKLY HONOR
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray earned the SEC Freshman of the Week award for the third time in the last four weeks, sharing the honor with Mississippi State tailback LaDarius Perkins, as announced by the league office Monday.
Bray is one of just seven players to garner three or more SEC Player of the Week honors in 2010, and Bray’s have all come since taking over the starting role at the beginning of November against Memphis, Nov. 6.
The Kingsburg, Calif., native completed 20-of-38 pass attempts for 354 yards -- all career highs -- to lead UT to a 24-14 win over Kentucky on Saturday. Bray threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes to help the Vols to their 26th consecutive win over the Wildcats, extending the longest active streak in major college football.
His 354 passing yards against the Wildcats are the eighth-most by an SEC quarterback this season and made him one of just three quarterbacks in the conference to claim three 300-yard passing performances, all of which ranked in the top 14 game totals this year. Bray also became the first UT quarterback to throw multiple TDs in five consecutive games since Erik Ainge accomplished the feat in the final five contests of 2007 (Arkansas-Wisconsin).
Bray’s 1,537 passing yards are a UT freshman record and the first-year signal-caller won his fourth consecutive start to help Tennessee become bowl eligible.
HOPSON NAMBED SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tennessee’s Scotty Hopson was named SEC Player of the Week after he averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists while leading the Vols to the NIT Season Tip-Off championship.
Hopson was named Most Outstanding Player honors of the prestigious tournament after powering the Volunteers to victories over VCU and seventh-ranked Villanova.
Hopson scored a team-high 18 points in each game, and his 11-rebound effort against VCU gave him his first career double-double. He shot .462 from the field and .400 from 3-point range while helping Tennessee become just the second SEC team ever to win the NIT Season Tip-Off championship.