Auburn, Ala.--Senior middle linebacker Josh Bynes has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week for his performance in Auburn’s 27-24 victory over Clemson.
Bynes led all tacklers with 11 stops, including seven solo tackles and two behind the line of scrimmage for six yards in losses.
Auburn rallied from a 17-0 deficit to defeat Clemson and AU was behind 17-0 at intermission. Commenting on that game, Bynes said, “We came in at halftime and the first thing that came out of my mouth was ‘0-0. We came out in the second half with smiles on our face just like we started the game over.
“We have been in these situations before,” Bynes pointed out. “We were going to overcome adversity. Our team is very competitive and mature, we were not going to bow our heads.”
By the end of the third quarter Auburn led 24-17 before pulling out the victory in overtime to beat Clemson for the 14th consecutive time.
For the season Bynes leads the Tigers in tackles and is ninth in the SEC with 23 and he also has four quarterback pressures plus two pass deflections.
Bynes, who led the Tigers in tackles last season, now has five games with 10 or more tackles in his collegiate career.
The senior is the third Tiger honored by the SEC this season. Quarterback Cameron Newton was named the league’s top offensive player for his performance vs. Arkansas State and tackle Nick Fairley was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after the Mississippi State game.
Auburn will return to action on Saturday with a 6:45 p.m. CDT home game vs. South Carolina in a matchup of nationally ranked teams. Like the Tigers the Gamecocks will bring a 3-0 overall record and a 1-0 SEC mark into the contest.