BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Tennessee junior defensive end Derek Barnett has been named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for Week 12, as announced by the Southeastern Conference on Monday.
Barnett earns SEC weekly accolades for the fourth time this season. This week’s honor marks the third time he has been named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week as he was previously recognized in Week 4 (co-winner) and Week 7. Barnett was SEC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 5.
Barnett recorded six tackles, one sack and one quarterback hurry in Tennessee’s 63-37 win over Missouri. He sacked Drew Lock in the third quarter to record his career-best 11th sack on the season. Barnett’s 11.0 sacks in SEC games are the most in the conference.
Barnett’s sack was also the 31st of his career. He is now one sack away from tying Reggie White’s Tennessee career record of 32.0. Barnett’s 31.0 career sacks also rank second among all active FBS players.
On the season, Barnett has 48 tackles (33 solo), a career-high 11.0 sacks, 17.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups, one interception and a career-high nine quarterback hurries.
Barnett is an active candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Award, Chuck Bednarik Award and Ted Hendricks Award.
Tennessee will close out its regular season schedule against Vanderbilt on Nov. 26. The game will feature a 7:30 p.m. ET broadcast on SEC Network.