Oct. 3, 2011
AUBURN - Sophomore punter Steven Clark has been named the Southeastern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Clark was honored for his play in Auburn's 16-13 win at No. 10 South Carolina on Saturday.
A native of Kansas City, Mo., Clark punted seven times for an average of 37.9 yards per punt, including five punts inside the 20, all of which were inside the 12-yard line. Two were even inside the 5-yard-line with the Gamecocks having to start consecutive drives from the 1 and the 4, a key role in Auburn holding South Carolina to just four snaps in Tiger territory.
After Clark's punts, South Carolina's average starting field position was the USC 16 as its possessions started at the 38, 4, 1, 11, 12 and 12 yard lines.
Clark, who leads the SEC and is second in FBS with 14 punts inside the 20, is the first Auburn punter with five punts inside-the-20 since Jaret Holmes had five at Arkansas in 1997. He is also Auburn's first Special Teams Player of the Week since Wes Byrum earned the honor on Oct. 11, 2010.
The Tigers (4-1, 2-0 SEC) return to action Saturday with their second road game in as many weeks, traveling to Arkansas (4-1, 0-1 SEC). Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT, and will be televised on ESPN.