The SEC has had plenty of enormous performances this season. But which ones are the best of the best?
Follow our list throughout the year as we document the top 20 individual efforts by SEC players:
20. DE CHARLES HARRIS, Missouri
Week 3 vs. Georgia
7.0 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, BRU, QBH
Charles Harris became one of just two SEC players to earn 3.0 sacks in a game this season, the other being South Carolina’s Darius English versus Kentucky, when he tortured the Georgia offensive line in Week 3. The SEC incumbent tackles-for-loss leader has seen his statistics drop this season, but not against the Bulldogs, who had no answers for the defensive end.
19. SS JUSTIN EVANS, Texas A&M
Week 1 vs. UCLA
8 tackles, 2 INTs, BRU
Justin Evans picked off UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen twice in Texas A&M’s season opener and finished second on the team in tackles. But he earned the title of quite possibly the baddest dude in the SEC after popping his injured leg back into place with 37 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 24. He responded by winning the game in overtime by breaking up a pass on the goal line with the Aggies up by a touchdown.
18. RBs DERRIUS GUICE and DARREL WILLIAMS, LSU
Week 5 vs. Missouri
Guice: 163 yards, 3 TDs
Williams: 130 yards, 3 TDs
LSU began the post-Les Miles era without star running back Leonard Fournette and no one seemed to notice the absence of either in Death Valley. That’s because the duo of Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams stole the show by accounting for all the scoring (save for Colby Delahoussaye’s 6 PATs) in the Tigers’ 42-7 win over Missouri in Week 5. The tandem also combined for 290 of LSU’s 418 team rushing yards to split our No. 18 spot on this list.
17. RB BENNY SNELL JR., Kentucky
Week 3 vs. New Mexico State
136 yards, 4 TDs
Benny Snell Jr. didn’t see any carries in his first two career games. When the freshman’s number was finally called in Week 3 against New Mexico State, he was more than ready. Snell became the only player in the SEC to rush for 4 touchdowns in a game this season, even if it was against New Mexico State.
16. WR J’MON MOORE, Missouri
Week 4 vs. Delaware State
114 receiving yards, 4 TDs
J’Mon Moore earned two slots on this list, thanks in part to the cartoonish afternoon the junior had against Delaware State. Moore shook off his fumble that ended the Georgia game by catching 4 touchdowns against the hapless Hornets to give him 6 scores over the course of roughly 5 quarters of play between the two games.
15. RB KAMRYN PETTWAY, Auburn
Week 6 vs. Mississippi State
169 rushing yards, 3 TDS
No Kerryon Johnson equaled no problem for Auburn as back-up running back Kamryn Pettway posted a career-day against Mississippi State. His three scores came on runs of 1, 2 and 3 yards and all occurred in the first half to put the Tigers up 28-0 over the Bulldogs.
14. QB NICK FITZGERALD, Mississippi State
Week 2 vs. South Carolina
178 passing yards passing, 2 TDs, 195 rushing yards
One of the biggest rushing performances of the 2016 season in the SEC belongs to a quarterback. The South Carolina defense had no answers when it came to slowing Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald, who channeled his inner Dak Prescott to rush for 195 yards against the Gamecocks. Strangely, though, the sophomore failed to put the ball in the end zone, despite the high yardage and 27-14 Bulldogs victory.
13. WR J’MON MOORE, Missouri
Week 3 vs. Georgia
196 receiving yards, 2 TDs
J’Mon Moore established himself as one of the SEC’s top receivers in Week 3, hauling in 8 catches for 196 yards. The career-high effort and second 100-yard game of his career was marred, however, when the junior fumbled on Missouri’s final possession to effectively seal the comeback win for Jacob Eason and Georgia.
12. DE DEREK BARNETT, Tennessee
Week 5 vs. Georgia
5.0 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, FF
Before Josh Dobbs and Jauan Jennings could rise to hero level, there was Derek Barnett and Corey Vereen who set it all up. The Tennessee defensive end came up big with a sack of Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason in the end zone to force a fumble that Vereen pounced on to give the Volunteers their first lead with 2:56 left in a wild afternoon between the Hedges.
11. RB RALPH WEBB, Vanderbilt
Week 2 vs. Middle Tennessee State
211 rushing yards, 2 TDs
Ralph Webb is one of three SEC running backs to eclipse 200 yards on the ground this season, punishing Middle Tennessee State in a 47-24 victory for the Commodores. Webb’s first career effort was so dominant that we can overlook the fact that the junior finished the game with -5 yards receiving, the only time he’s finished below zero in that category.
10. QB JACOB EASON, Georgia
Week 3 vs. Missouri
308 passing yards, 3 TDs
Jacob Eason endeared himself to the Georgia faithful early in his career, pulling out a late 28-27 win in Columbia over Missouri, courtesy of a 20-yard touchdown strike to WR Isaiah McKenzie with 1:29 to play. The true freshman would strike again two weeks later against Tennessee to give the Bulldogs a lead with 10 seconds remaining, only to see his heroics negated by a Volunteer miracle finish.
9. MINKAH FITZPATRICK, Alabama
Week 6 vs. Arkansas
5 tackles, 3 INTs, 2 BRU
Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen will surely see Minkah Fitzpatrick in his nightmares after the sophomore intercepted the Razorbacks quarterback three times in Week 6. Fitzpatrick’s 100-yard pick six was the longest in Crimson Tide history and earned him the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honor.
8. RB ALVIN KAMARA, Tennessee
Week 6 vs. Texas A&M
127 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 161 receiving yards, TD
There’s a reason why players from Tennessee and Texas A&M dominate the top of this list. It’s also the reason why the Volunteers and Aggies each jumped out to unblemished 5-0 records. Texas A&M doled Tennessee its first loss in Week 6, but that can’t be pinned on Vols running back Alvin Kamara, who led the SEC with 161 yards receiving during the Week 6 contest in College Station while spelling the injured Jalen Hurd.
7. QB TREVOR KNIGHT, Texas A&M
Week 4 vs. Arkansas
225 passing yards, 2 TDs, 157 rushing yards, 2 TDs
Trevor Knight has established a clutch presence since transferring to Texas A&M from Oklahoma in the offseason. That steeled reserve was on display against Arkansas, using both is arm and legs to account for 4 touchdowns in the Aggies’ 45-24 drubbing of No. 17 Arkansas.
6. QB CHAD KELLY, Ole Miss
Week 3 vs. Alabama
421 passing yards, 3 TDs, 43 rushing yards
Ole Miss might not have claimed its third win in a row over Alabama, but you can’t argue against Chad Kelly’s effort. The Rebels quarterback threw for a career-high 421 yards. Unfortunately for Kelly, it was his two interceptions returned for touchdowns that ultimately doomed Ole Miss, 48-43. Afterward, the senior took the high road and accepted the blame for the loss. Don’t expect too many quarterbacks to throw for 421 yards this year against the Alabama secondary.
5. RB TRAYVEON WILLIAMS, Texas A&M
Week 6 vs. Tennessee
217 rushing yards, TD
Aside from a late — and borderline embarrassing — fumble that would have clinched the win for Texas A&M, Trayveon Williams put himself on everyone’s radar with a monster Week 6 to help the Aggies stave off No. 9 Tennessee. The performance gave Williams the SEC rushing lead with 704 yards (117.3 YPG), as well as making him the top freshman rusher in the nation through the 2016 season’s first six games.
4. QB JOSH DOBBS, Tennessee
Week 5 vs. Georgia
230 passing yards, 3 TDs, 26 rushing yards, TD
Josh Dobbs has developed a flair for the dramatic during his senior year. None of his highlight-reel moments, however, were bigger than the 47-yard Hail Mary he tossed to WR Jauan Jennings as time expired to stun Georgia in Week 5 in Athens. His 230 yards weren’t his highest total of the year, but the touchdown will forever go down in Tennessee lore.
3. RB NICK CHUBB, Georgia
Week 1 vs. North Carolina
222 rushing yards, 2 TDs
Nick Chubb silenced all doubters in his 2016 debut, returning from a debilitating knee injury sustained midway through last season to post 222 yards on the ground. The junior’s 2 touchdowns were instrumental as the Bulldogs downed North Carolina 33-24 in the Georgia Dome. An ankle injury eventually slowed the Chubb train, but not before his third career 200-yard effort.
2. QB TREVOR KNIGHT, Texas A&M
Week 6 vs. Tennessee
239 passing yards, 2 TDs, 110 rushing yards, 3 TDs
Not to be outdone by his freshman running back Trayveon Williams, veteran senior Trevor Knight accounted for 5 touchdowns in Texas A&M’s overtime triumph over Tennessee. His 110 yards rushing also gave the Aggies signal-caller 349 all-purpose yards — including a 62-yard scoring run and a 1-yard winning score — as No. 8 Texas A&M improved to 6-0.
1. QB JOSH DOBBS, Tennessee
Week 4 vs. Florida
319 passing yards, 4 TDs, 80 rushing yards, TD
Josh Dobbs shrugged off a slow first half by eviscerating the Florida defense as Tennessee ended its 11-game losing streak to the Gators in epic fashion. The quarterback led the Vols to 38 unanswered points, 35 of them coming in the second half courtesy of a career-high 4 touchdown passes.