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.
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.