The SEC Report Players of the Week 10/2/17: Week 5

Another week of college football is in the books, so let’s take a look at The SEC Report’s Players of the Week.

Noah Gardner:

Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama, 66-3 W vs. Ole Miss

12-19 197 YDS 2 TD, 10 CAR 101 YDS 10.1 YPC 1 TD

After his performance Saturday night, Jalen Hurts has people mentioning him in the Heisman race once again. With three total touchdowns and 298 all-purpose yards, Hurts showed why he is the most dynamic QB in the league.


Otaro Alaka, LB, Texas A&M, 24-17 W vs. South Carolina

9 TKL, 7 SOLO, 2.0 SKS, 5 TFL

Otaro Alaka roamed the field with a purpose against South Carolina. The statistic that stands out to me is the five tackles for loss that contributed to the Aggies’ defense holding the Gamecocks to only 17 points. His ability to create negative plays transformed this Texas A&M defense from one that struggled against Arkansas to one that was the difference in a tight game against South Carolina.



JJ Jackson:

Lamical Perine, RB, Florida, 38-24 W vs. Vanderbilt

15 CAR 58 YDS 3.9 AVG 3 TD, 1 REC 17 YDS

Lamical Perine carried the ball 15 times and picked up 58 yards on the ground. While those numbers might not be that significant, Perine scored three touchdowns. Florida’s running game hasn’t been that great so far this season, but Perine changes that Saturday in the Gators 38-24 win over Vanderbilt.


J.R. Reed, LB, Georgia, 41-0 W at Tennessee

3 TKL, 2 SOLO, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FR

J.R. Reed had three tackles, including one for loss in the Bulldogs 41-0 win over Tennessee. Reed also contributed to the dismantling of the Volunteers by recording an interception and recovering a fumble.



Painter Sharpless:

Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia, 41-0 W at Tennessee

7-15 84 YDS 1 TD 1 INT, 7 CAR 20 YDS 2.9 YPC 2 TD

Jake Fromm’s passing statistics don’t jump off the page, but he led the Bulldogs to a 41-0 rout over Tennessee. With one passing touchdown and two on the ground, Fromm has aided Georgia in a surprising albeit successful transition as Jacob Eason’s backup to now front man of a surging Georgia squad.


Tray Matthews, DB, Auburn, 49-10 W vs. Mississippi State

3 TKL, 1 SOLO, 1 INT

Tray Matthews recorded an interception and three tackles in Auburn’s dominant performance against Mississippi State. His experience and vocal presence has helped lead Auburn’s defense this season as one of three teams to allow 14 points or less per game.