It was an unorthodox week in the SEC, with five games on the weekend slate, one of which was played on Sunday. Quarterbacks took center stage, but it was an off week for the conference’s pass catchers — who were led by a running back.
Defensively, the Yellowhammer State made the most noise. Alabama and Auburn cruised to victories on the backs of their defenses.
Here are the top players from around the conference in Week 6:
QB TREVOR KNIGHT, TEXAS A&M
239 passing yards, 2 touchdowns; 110 rushing yards, 3 TDs
Knight unseated Josh Dobbs as the SEC’s top quarterback of Week 6, outplaying the Tennessee signal caller who’d headlined the all-conference team three weeks in a row. Knight accounted for 5 touchdowns as Texas A&M eked out a win against the Volunteers. He scored the game-winner on a 1-yard run in the second overtime as the Aggies improved to 6-0.
RB ALVIN KAMARA, TENNESSEE
127 rushing yards, 2 TDs; 161 receiving yards, TD
The SEC’s leading running back in Week 6 was also its best receiver. Kamara led the conference with 161 receiving yards, more than any SEC pass catcher. The redshirt junior amassed 312 all-purpose yards while filling in for the injured Jalen Hurd. The only blemish on Kamara’s afternoon were 2 fumbles, one of which he lost.
WR KEON HATCHER, ARKANSAS
39 yards, 2 TDs
It was a down week for wide receivers in the SEC. Hatcher was the lone player with multiple touchdowns. The redshirt senior connected with quarterback Austin Allen for scoring grabs of 16 and 10 yards. Other receivers meriting a mention were Alabama’s ArDarius Stewart (120 yards), Texas A&M’s Josh Reynolds (89 yards, TD) and Arkansas’ Jared Cornelius (146 yards).
TE JEREMY SPRINKLE, ARKANSAS
37 yards, TD
Sprinkle took advantage of the absence of Ole Miss’ Evan Engram (bye week) as the only SEC tight end to catch a touchdown in Week 6. South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst led the conference with 86 receiving yards, but the Razorbacks and Gamecocks dropped their respective contests.
GEORGIA OFFENSIVE LINE
Sack, 326 rushing yards
Georgia’s offensive line allowed 1 sack and no tackles-for-loss to effectively keep South Carolina out of the Bulldogs backfield on Sunday. That allowed Nick Chubb (121 yards, 2 TDs) and Sony Michel (133 yards) to each rush for more than 100 yards in the 28-14 win against the Gamecocks.
DE CARL LAWSON, AUBURN
3 tackles, 2 sacks, forced fumble, quarterback hurry
The Tigers junior continues to terrorize opposing quarterbacks. In Week 6, it was Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald. It was the second multiple-sack game for Lawson in the last three weeks, giving him 6 this season.
DT MONTRAVIUS ADAMS, AUBURN
2 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 QBH
Adams took a page out of Lawson’s book with a big game against Mississippi State. The senior punctuated his afternoon with a 13-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the 38-14 victory.
LB TIM WILLIAMS, ALABAMA
Tackle, TFL, sack, FR, TD, pass breakup, 2 QBH
Williams harassed Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen all evening. The senior’s 23-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown put Alabama up 21-7 early in the second quarter and swung the momentum in the Crimson Tide’s favor.
DB MINKAH FITZPATRICK, ALABAMA
3 INT, 2 BRU, 5 tackles (4 solo), TD
Alabama scored 49 points against Arkansas, but Fitzpatrick and the Crimson Tide defense ruled the day. The sophomore’s 3 interceptions give him 5 in his career. The other 2 also came in the same game (against Texas A&M in 2015). None of those picks were as impressive as Fitzpatrick’s 100-yard return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Razorbacks. Of his 5 career interceptions, Fitzpatrick has returned 3 for a score.
K AUSTIN MacGINNIS, KENTUCKY
2-2, 2 PATs
Not to take anything away from MacGinnis’ effort, but he made the list almost by default. The junior was one of two kickers to hit multiple field goals in the five SEC games. The other was Tommy Openshaw of Vanderbilt (2 of 3, 48 and 26 yards, PAT). MacGinnis connected from 46 and 28 yards, accounting for 8 points in the Wildcats’ 20-13 win against the Commodores. The junior is the only kicker in the SEC without multiple missed kicks this season (5 of 6, 83.3 percent).
KR TERRY GODWIN, GEORGIA
43 yards, TD
It didn’t happen until Week 6, but Godwin became the first player in the SEC to return a kickoff for a touchdown this season. The sophomore scampered 43 yards on a failed onside kick with 1:33 remaining to finish off any South Carolina comeback in the Bulldogs’ 28-14 road victory. Darius Sims of Vanderbilt posted 109 return yards against Kentucky, but the nod goes to Godwin.
Onside kick? NOPE
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 9, 2016