The SEC Report Players of the Week 11/27/17: Rivalry Week

By November 27, 2017Talent Columns

Noah Gardner:

Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn, 26-14 W vs. Alabama

30 CAR 104 YDS 3.5 AVG 1 TD, 3 REC 21 YDS, 1-1 3 YDS 1 TD

When you have as special a player as Kerryon Johnson, you find different ways to get him the football. Johnson recorded production in rushing, receiving and even passing. He earned a lot of tough yards on the ground and helped Auburn move the football in crucial situations. When he went down with an injury late in the fourth quarter, the crowd chanted his name. If you were looking for a Heisman moment for Johnson, that was it.

 

Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia, 38-7 W at Georgia Tech

9 TKL, 8 SOLO, 1 SKS, 3 TFL

When playing the triple option, you better have linebackers that can step up and make difficult plays in stopping the run. Roquan Smith did just that on Saturday. As always, he was a major player in stopping the opposing team’s ground game. Considering 46 of Georgia Tech’s 55 plays were runs, Smith played a key role in spoiling Georgia Tech’s game plan.

 

Painter Sharpless:

Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn, 26-14 W vs. Alabama

21-28 237 YDS, 12 CAR 51 YDS 4.3 AVG 1 TD

Jarrett Stidham has found a new home at Auburn. In the final game of the 2017 regular season, Stidham was composed and in control. While he only scored one touchdown, it was Stidham’s leadership and poise that helped push Auburn past top-ranked Alabama. His demeanor and ability to control an offense against Nick Saban’s stout defense was no small feat. The Auburn starter completed 75 percent of his passes for 237 yards while adding a rushing touchdown that extended Auburn’s lead to two scores. Stidham has the opportunity to prove he is a championship-caliber quarterback in the coming weeks. In beating Alabama and the top ranked team twice in three weeks, he has created a soft spot in Auburn fans’ hearts for years to come.

 

Deshaun Davis, LB, Auburn, 26-14 W vs. Alabama

7 TKL, 3 SOLO, 1 SKS, 1 TFL

Deshaun Davis isn’t the most physically imposing player on Auburn’s defense, but his high energy and motor have kept Kevin Steele’s defense on track all season. Davis continued his production in Auburn’s biggest game of the year. He finished with seven tackles, three solo and four assisted while adding a sack. Like Stidham, Davis’ numbers alone won’t jump off the page this week, but his role in the win against Alabama was key for another Auburn win.