Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State, 45-7 W vs. Kentucky
18-26 155 YDS 1 TD, 12 CAR 115 YDS 9.6 AVG 2 TD
In terms of determining the SEC hierarchy, this game was as important as it gets. Nick Fitzgerald stepped up to the task at hand and performed impressively against Kentucky. With 270 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns, Fitzgerald led Mississippi State to their most impressive offensive performance in SEC play where they scored 45 points.
Jeff Holland, BUCK, Auburn, 52-20 W at Arkansas
3 TKL, 2 SOLO, 1 SKS, 1 TFL, 2 FF, 1 FR
Jeff Holland harassed redshirt freshman quarterback Cole Kelley the entire game. With a sack and two forced fumbles, Holland was able to wreck the Arkansas offense and make his presence known. He made impact plays throughout the entire game, and he ruined any hopes that Arkansas had for getting into a rhythm offensively.
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU, 40-24 W at Ole Miss
22 CAR 276 YDS 12.5 AVG 1 TD, 1 REC 9 YDS
Guice rushed for 276 yards on 22 carries with a TD and helped LSU pick up a big win over Ole Miss Saturday. Guice had a lot of Heisman hype entering this year for LSU. However, injuries have slowed Guice and Saturday’s performance is exactly why his name should be in the conversation. Derris Guice is now the only player in SEC history with three 250-yard rushing games in a career.
Montez Sweat, LB, Mississippi State, 45-7 W vs. Kentucky
7 TKL, 3 SOLO, 1.5 SACKS, 2.5 TFL
Sweat had 7 tackles and 1.5 sacks during MSU’s 45-7 win over Kentucky. Watching the game, it felt like Sweat was in on every single play and his presence was certainly felt in another great performance for Mississippi State’s defense.
Kamryn Pettway, RB, Auburn, 52-20 W at Arkansas
11 CAR 90 YDS 8.2 AVG 3 TD
Auburn’s leading returning rusher has struggled to see the field because of injuries and a short suspension this season. When he found the field, Auburn’s primary running back from 2016 looked sluggish. Against what appeared to be an overwhelmed Arkansas defense Pettway rediscovered his powerful burst and knack for contact by busting open for three touchdowns and 90 yards on 11 carries.
Daniel Bituli, LB, Tennessee, 45-7 L at Alabama
9 TKL, 3 SOLO, 1 INT (97 YDS), 1 TD
The Antioch, Tennessee native had nine tackles and added a pick six that were the Volunteer’s only points. Bituli’s interception return broke a fourteen-quarter touchdown drought. There was little Tennessee fans could smile about Saturday. Bituli’s teammate Rashaan Gaulden let Alabama fans have a piece of his mind immediately after the defense’s touchdown. Meanwhile, Butch Jones’ squad was outmatched, but his defense held tight during most of the first half. Bituli’s efforts were a small bright spot for the careening Vols football program.