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The SEC Report Players of the Week 11/20/17: Week 12

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Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri, 45-17 W at Vanderbilt

5 REC 116 YDS 23.2 AVG 2 TD

Tight ends don’t typically win player of the week honors, but I can’t pass up Albert Okwuegbunam’s impact on Missouri’s 45-17 win against Vanderbilt. He started the scoring for Missouri, and then put the punctuation mark on a blowout win that made Missouri bowl eligible for the first time since 2014. His two touchdowns and 116 yards is one of the best receiving performances of the week.


Javaris Davis, DB, Auburn, 42-14 W vs. UL Monroe

2 TKL, 1 SOLO, 1 INT, 1 FF

Despite the level of competition, Javaris Davis had a memorable performance against Louisiana-Monroe. He forced two second half turnovers that helped Auburn capture all the momentum in a game that was close until late in the third quarter. In addition to forcing turnovers, he shut down Louisiana-Monroe wide receivers in coverage. Due to the opponent, he had an under the radar performance, but it was still a great day for Davis.


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Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia, 42-13 W vs. Kentucky

15 CAR 151 YDS 10.1 AVG 2 TD

Nick Chubb followed through with a big performance against the Kentucky Wildcats. The verdict was out on how the Bulldogs might respond after being thrashed against a surging Auburn team that overtook Georgia in the playoff rankings. Chubb had 151 yards on 15 carries, and he broke the 1,000-yard barrier while adding two scores that helped Georgia pick up momentum moving into rivalry week.


McTelvin Agim, DL, Arkansas, 28-21 L vs. Mississippi State

9 TKL, 4 SOLO, 1 SKS, 2.5 TFL, 2 FF

While the Arkansas Razorbacks have had little to cheer for this season, a close loss against Mississippi State provided a small bright spot for the Hogs. With what appears to be an eminent coaching change on the horizon, Arkansas played admirably. The Razorbacks most productive lineman of the day, McTelvin Agim, had nine tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and two forced fumbles. Things may be unstable in Fayetteville, but Arkansas found a rock on defense on Saturday.

SEC Report Podcast 11/17/17: College Football Week 12

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Noah and Painter talk about all of the latest coaching rumors inside the conference, provide their What 2 Watch 4s, discuss the possibility of the two SEC teams in the College Football Playoff, preview some of the upcoming games for this weekend, make game picks and break down Kentucky basketball’s struggles on this edition of The SEC Report!

The SEC Report Players of the Week 11/13/17: Week 11

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Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn, 40-17 W vs. Georgia

16-23 214 YDS 3 TD, 1 RUSH TD

The Auburn offense had been lacking explosive plays in big games this year, and they needed a breakthrough against the number one team in the country. Jarrett Stidham delivered impact play after impact play in this edition of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. He was decisive, accurate and the unquestioned leader of Auburn’s upset of the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs.


Jeff Holland, BUCK, Auburn, 40-17 W vs. Georgia

5 TKL, 1 SOLO, 1 SKS, 1 TFL, 3 QBH

Entering Saturday, Georgia had only allowed nine sacks. Auburn was able to add four more sacks to that tally as their defensive line pressured Jake Fromm all afternoon. Jeff Holland wreaked havoc in the Georgia backfield as he claimed one sack and three quarterback hurries. With many NFL scouts watching, Holland performed at a high-caliber on a major stage.



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Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama, 31-24 W at Mississippi State

5 REC 171 YDS 34.2 AVG

Calvin Ridley came up big again for the Crimson Tide during Alabama’s tightly contested win in Starkville. Ridley and Alabama were taken down to the wire by a Mississippi State team some felt did not have the talent or depth to compete for four quarters. A good sign for Ridley and his teammates is that they worked together to finish and win a high-pressure competitive game. Although the junior wide receiver did not find the end zone against the Bulldogs, his five catches proved to be a decisive factor in the Tide’s rally. It will be critical for Alabama’s offense to ensure Ridley has the ball in his hands often and that he keeps in sync with Jalen Hurts as Alabama faces a potent and extremely confident Auburn defense in two weeks.


Jamyest Williams, DB, South Carolina, 28-20 W vs. Florida

5 TKL, 5 SOLO, 1 INT

Jamyest Williams, a freshman defensive back from Dacula, Georgia; helped bolster Will Muschamp’s defense against the Florida Gators. Williams had five solo tackles and a crucial interception that helped seal the Gamecocks win. Freshmen who can contribute, gain experience and become play makers early in their collegiate careers, like Williams, show promise for a solid foundation being laid by Muschamp and his staff in Columbia. South Carolina hosts Wofford before they prepare for a home game against the defending national champions, Clemson.

The SEC Report Players of the Week 11/6/17: Week 10

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Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Ole Miss, 37-34 W at Kentucky

31-40 382 YDS 4 TD

Jordan Ta’amu put in a spectacular performance on Saturday to help push Ole Miss to victory against Kentucky. The junior has stepped in for the injured Shea Patterson and their offense hasn’t missed a beat. Ta’amu threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns, but the most important part of his performance isn’t the stat line. With about two minutes remaining, Ta’amu engineered a game winning 71-yard drive that illustrated his poise and ability to lead Ole Miss. With five seconds remaining, Ta’amu connected with D.K. Metcalf for the game winning touchdown pass. With performances like Saturday’s, Ole Miss could finish the season strong if Ta’amu can keep it up.


Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia, 24-10 W vs. South Carolina

9 TKL, 7 SOLO, 1.5 SKS, 1.5 TFL

Roquan Smith is the leader of this Georgia defense and it showed as he roamed the field with a purpose on Saturday. He had nine total tackles and he added 1.5 sacks to his stat line. Smith’s performance was a big part of the reason that South Carolina was able to muster only 43 rushing yards and a 2.5 yards per carry average. With games against Auburn, Kentucky and Georgia Tech left remaining on the schedule, Smith will be a factor in stopping those run heavy offenses.



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Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn, 42-27 W at Texas A&M

20-27 268 YDS 3 TD, 7 CAR 27 YDS 3.9 AVG

Jarrett Stidham helped the Tigers take over in College Station. The sophomore made his return home to Texas and did not disappoint. The Auburn signal caller completed 20 of 27 passes for 268 yards while adding three touchdowns through the air. Stidham’s longest pass of the day went for 53 yards as he guided the Auburn offense past an aggressive Texas A&M defense. While Auburn’s offense was far from perfect, with Stidham at the helm, the Tigers carried momentum from two late first half scores into the second half and never looked back.


Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama, 24-10 W vs. LSU

10 TKL, 4 SOLO, 1 SKS, 1 TFL

Alabama did not cruise past LSU, but its defense never allowed Danny Etling or the Bayou Bengal offense to find a rhythm. Rashaan Evans’ efforts again contributed to the Crimson Tide’s stifling defense. Alabama’s talented linebacker finished the game with 10 tackles. Four of the tackles were solo and he added a sack. Now, the home stretch of the season looms. While multiple Alabama starters are injured, it is paramount for Evans to continue with strong performances as the Crimson Tide take aim at returning to Atlanta for the SEC Championship.

The SEC Report Players of the Week 10/30/17: Week 9

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Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky, 29-26 W vs. Tennessee

27 CAR 180 YDS 6.7 AVG 3 TD

Just when everyone thought that the worthwhile football had already been played on Saturday in the afternoon timeslot, Benny Snell Jr. ran wild against Tennessee in an under the radar SEC rivalry game. With Stephen Johnson and the Wildcat passing game struggling, Snell put Kentucky’s offense on his back and carried it to three touchdowns and a 6.7 yard per carry average. Did I forget to mention he is only a sophomore?


Jordan Jones, LB, Kentucky, 29-26 W vs. Tennessee

13 TKL, 7 SOLO, 1 SKS, 2 TFL

Why not choose two players from Kentucky? Jordan Jones had a fantastic evening roaming the field and making plays against Tennessee. The junior linebacker was a key factor in Kentucky being able to hold Tennessee’s rushing attack to 3.7 yards per carry. He has a nose for the football, and his 13 tackles spelled bad luck for Butch Jones and Tennessee. Kentucky is now bowl eligible with four games remaining in the regular season.



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Sony Michel, RB, Georgia, 42-7 W vs. Florida

6 CAR 137 YDS 22.8 AVG 2 TD

Sony Michel ran for 137 yards on six carries and scored two touchdowns. Michel averaged over 20 yards per carry in Georgia’s 42-7 demolishing of Florida. Michel scored on touchdown runs of 45 and 74 yards. With the win on Saturday, Georgia is now 8-0 on the season and climbs to second in the latest Associated Press Top 25.


Santos Ramirez, DB, Arkansas, 38-37 W at Ole Miss

10 TKL, 4 SOLO, 1 PD, 1 FR

Ramirez had 10 tackles, had one pass breakup and recovered a fumble Saturday. Ramirez had a great game resulting in the Razorbacks first conference win of the season. Ramirez is now up to 48 tackles on the season to go along with an interception he had earlier in the year.



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Jake Bentley, QB, South Carolina, 34-27 W vs. Vanderbilt

19-29 174 YDS 1 TD, 6 CAR 47 YDS 7.8 AVG 2 TD

Jake Bentley led the Gamecocks to bowl eligibility for the second straight season. His 65 percent completion percentage helped the Gamecocks outrun Vanderbilt 34-27. Bentley tossed 19 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown. He added two touchdowns on the ground while rushing for 47 yards. South Carolina will need Bentley’s best as they move forward with games against Georgia and Clemson in November.


Marquis Haynes, DE, Ole Miss, 38-37 L vs. Arkansas

4 TKL, 4 SOLO, 1 SKS, 1 TFL, 1 FF

Marquis Haynes had four tackles, had a sack and forced one fumble during a tough loss to Arkansas. The Rebels have come up short throughout the 2017 season, particularly on defense, but Haynes has provided the reeling Ole Miss defense some stability. His presence was again felt Saturday versus the Razorbacks.