Week 1 in the SEC wasn’t without its share of stars and top performances.
A look at the opening weekend’s All-SEC team.
QB DREW BARKER, KENTUCKY
323 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 222.22 rating
Chad Kelly of Ole Miss and Barker of Kentucky were the only SEC quarterbacks to throw for more than 300 yards in Week 1. Both blew leads in excess of 20 points. Both quarterbacks threw 4 touchdowns, but Kelly’s 3 interceptions and fumble give the edge to Barker.
RB NICK CHUBB, GEORGIA
222 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 32 attempts, 6.94 yards per carry
Chubb triumphantly returned from a brutal knee injury that cost him the second half of the 2015 season. He led the Bulldogs with 222 yards on the ground and the decisive touchdown in a season-opening win against North Carolina.
WR GARRETT JOHNSON, KENTUCKY
143 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 6 receptions, 23.83 yards per catch
Johnson benefited the most from QB Barker’s big game (and vice versa), hauling in an SEC-high 143 yards and 2 touchdowns in Kentucky’s 44-35 loss to Southern Mississippi.
WR ARDARIUS STEWART, ALABAMA
113 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 4 receptions, 28.25 YPC
Stewart joined Kentucky’s Johnson as the only SEC wide receivers to snag multiple touchdown passes during Week 1. The Crimson Tide pass-catcher added 113 yards as the defending national champs rolled to a 52-6 win against then-No. 20 Southern California.
TE EVAN ENGRAM, OLE MISS
121 yards, TD, 9 receptions
Engram made a case as his team’s top weapon after the tight end had 9 catches for 121 yards and 1 touchdown in the Rebels’ opening loss to Florida State.
OL TEXAS A&M AGGIES
Zero sacks allowed, 2 tackles for loss allowed
After finishing penultimate in the SEC in sacks allowed in 2015 and middle of the road in tackles for loss allowed, the Aggies offensive line did not allow a sack in a 31-24 win against UCLA. Texas A&M’s 2 TFL were the fewest yielded in the conference. Auburn, by comparison, allowed 14.0 TFL against Clemson.
DE A.J. JEFFERSON, MISSISSIPPI STATE
4 TFL, 2 sacks, 7 tackles, 5 solo
Jefferson was one of five SEC players to record multiple sacks in Week 1. The defensive end also topped the conference with 4 TFL en route to a 7-tackle performance.
LB JORDAN JONES, KENTUCKY
19 tackles, 13 solo tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack
Kentucky landed several players on this list despite blowing a 25-point lead to Southern Mississippi. Jones was among those who impressed, tallying 19 tackles (13 solo). That was 7 more than the closest SEC player, Zach Cunningham of Vanderbilt.
CB J.D. HARMON, KENTUCKY
SS JUSTIN EVANS, TEXAS A&M
2 interceptions, 8 tackles, 3 passes defended, 1 pass broken up
Harmon and Evans share top honors in Week 1 courtesy of identical stat lines, including 2 interceptions apiece. Evans also returned 3 kickoffs for 63 yards.
KR ANTONIO CALLAWAY, FLORIDA
4 punt returns, 33 yards, 8.25 yards per return
Callaway didn’t miss a beat after sitting out most of the offseason because of a suspension. He led the Gators with 4 punt returns for 33 yards and an 8.25 average return per kick. That was more than double that of South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel, the next-closest player.
K ELLIOTT FRY, SOUTH CAROLINA
2-2 field goals, 55-yard FG, game-winner, PAT
Fry connected on a career-high 55-yard field goal with 35 seconds remaining to give South Carolina a come-from-behind win against Vanderbilt.
P TREVOR DANIEL, TENNESSEE
6 punts, 295 yards, 49.17 average
Daniel owns the best leg in the SEC after one week, thanks to an average of 49.17 yards per kick in Tennessee’s victory against Appalachian State.