Neal, Alexander take SEC Player of the Week honors

Michael Bonnette
Lewis Neal had three sacks against the Gators. Photo by LSUsports.net.

Defensive end Lewis Neal and offensive tackle Vadal Alexander were both honored by the Southeastern Conference on Monday for their performance in LSU’s 35-28 win over eighth-ranked Florida over the weekend.

Neal, a junior from Wilson, N.C., was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after recording a career-high 10 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks against Florida. The 3.0 sacks rank as the second-highest total in a game in school history, while the 3.5 tackles for loss were the most by Tiger since Sam Montgomery’s 3.5 against Auburn in 2012.

Neal led an LSU defensive effort that limited Florida to its lowest rushing output of the season with only 55 yards and just 1.8 yards a carry.

Neal ranks second in the league in sacks with 7.0 and seventh in tackles for a loss with 7.5.

Alexander, a senior from Buford, Ga., graded out at 90 percent and posted 13 knockdowns while not allowing any sacks or pressures against Florida.

Alexander helped pave the way for another 100-yard rushing effort for Leonard Fournette, who racked up 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 31 carries. LSU rushed for 221 yards against a Florida defense that entered the game allowing just 99 yards a contest.

Alexander and the rest of the LSU offensive line held the Gators without a sack for the first time in 2015. Florida entered the contest leading the SEC with 21 sacks in its previous six games.

2015 LSU Football Honors

Mississippi State

Leonard Fournette

- SEC Offensive Player of the Week

Ethan Pocic

- SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week

Auburn

Leonard Fournette

- Walter Camp National Offensive Player of Week

- FWAA National Offensive Player of the Week

- Maxwell Award Player of the Week

- SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week

Vadal Alexander

- SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week

Syracuse

Leonard Fournette

- SEC Offensive Player of the Week

South Carolina

Ethan Pocic

- SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week

Derrius Guice

- SEC Freshman of the Week

Florida

Vadal Alexander

- SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week

Lewis Neal

- SEC Defensive Player of the Week