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

By October 30, 2017Talent Columns

Noah Gardner:

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.

 

 

JJ Jackson:

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.

 

 

Painter Sharpless:

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.