Birmingham, Ala.--Wes Byrum came into the season as a hot kicker. He suffered his first miss of the year in Auburn’s victory at Tennessee, but that didn’t prevent him from becoming the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Also on Monday, the Lou Groza Award Committee named Byrum its National Kicker of the Week for his play vs. the Volunteers.
Also honored on Monday by the conference was running back Onterio McCalebb, who accounted for 204 all-purpose yards as the Tigers improved to 5-0 with a 26-22 victory over Tennessee.
Byrum made four of five field goals and has made 10-11 this season. He is leading the conference in scoring with an average of 11 points per game.
In preseason drills the junior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had shown he was going to break out of his sophomore slump after having a strong freshman campaign. “Wes has been kicking the ball really well,” notes Jay Boulware, Auburn’s special teams coach.
The kicker also received SEC Player of the Week honor in 2007 after he kicked the game-winning field goal at Florida twice. On the first one, Florida coach Urban Meyer called a timeout just before the ball was snapped so Byrum had a do-over and he made it, too.
Video Interview With Wes Byrum
McCalebb is also a two-time winner of his honor. He was named SEC Freshman of the Week in Auburn’s opening night victory over Louisiana Tech.
Onterio McCalebb is shown on the longest kickoff return of the season, a 61-yarder in the fourth quarter vs. the Vols.
Byrum and McCalebb have the day off from practice on Monday and will return to work on Tuesday preparing for the team’s second road trip of the season. The 17th-ranked Tigers will face the Arkansas Razorbacks at 11 a.m. in Fayetteville.
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