Week 5 in the SEC came with its usual slew of stars and big performances.
A look at the weekend’s All-SEC team.
QB JOSH DOBBS, TENNESSEE
230 yards passing, 3 touchdowns; 26 yards rushing, 1 TD
It’s shaping up to be a special year in Rocky Top. Dobbs led the conference with 3 touchdown passes, including a 43-yard heave to Jauan Jennings that downed Georgia as time expired.
RB DERRIUS GUICE, LSU
163 yards rushing, 3 TDs
No Leonard Fournette? No problem. LSU turned to backup running back Guice, who had 163 of LSU’s 418 rushing yards. The sophomore from Baton Rouge, La., also had 3 touchdowns in the 42-7 win against Missouri. It was a career best for Guice, eclipsing his 161-yard effort last year against South Carolina.
WR CALVIN RIDLEY, ALABAMA
174 yards receiving, 2 TDs
Ridley posted career-high receiving yards in Week 5 as Alabama handled Kentucky. The sophomore’s 2 touchdowns marked the second time he’s posted multiple scores in a contest. The other time was in the 2015 College Football Playoff against Michigan State.
TE ISAAC NAUTA, GEORGIA
83 yards receiving, 1 TD
Nauta led all SEC tight ends in receiving yardage in Week 5. The freshman entered with 32 yards, but he came up big against Tennessee. Nauta had a 50-yard score in the third quarter of the Bulldogs’ stunning loss.
OL ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS
It came against Alcorn State, but Arkansas was the lone SEC team to not allow a sack in Week 5. The Razorbacks offensive line limited the Braves to 1 tackle for loss (1 yard). Arkansas rushed for 353 yards in its 52-10 victory.
DE DEREK BARNETT, TENNESSEE
5 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Barnett had 2 sacks against Georgia. The second one dropped Bulldogs quarterback Jacob Eason in the end zone, resulting in a fumble and subsequent Vols touchdown. The pair of sacks doubled his total for the season and cemented him as one of the premier defensive ends in the SEC.
DT ADAM BUTLER, VANDERBILT
5 tackles, 2 sacks
The Florida offensive line had no answer for Butler. The Commodores defensive tackle registered his first sacks of the season. The senior also made his most tackles in a game since his sophomore season.
LB TIM WILLIAMS, ALABAMA
4 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF, 2 quarterback hurries
Williams made life miserable for Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson. His 3 tackles for loss set a career high for the senior outside linebacker.
DB ZEDRICK WOODS, OLE MISS
8 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 2 interceptions, 2 pass breakups, 31-yard INT TD
In a week of big plays for SEC defensive backs, no one was better than Woods. The sophomore gave the Rebels a 14-0 lead against Memphis, courtesy of a 31-yard pick-6 touchdown in the first quarter. Ole Miss went on to a 48-28 victory. His 8 tackles were the second most in a game in his career and led Ole Miss defenders.
K GARY WUNDERLICH, OLE MISS
2-2 (32, 23), 6 PATs
Wunderlich connected on both of his field-goal attempts and all 6 of his point-after-touchdowns to account for 12 of Ole Miss’ points against Memphis. The junior is No. 2 in the SEC in PATs (25, behind Alabama’s Adam Griffith) and field-goal percentage (87.5, behind Auburn’s Daniel Carlson).
KR JUSTIN EVANS, TEXAS A&M
3 for 79 yards
It wasn’t a big week for kick and punt returners in the SEC. Evans topped all return men in the conference with a career-high 79 yards on 3 opportunities in Texas A&M’s 24-13 road win against South Carolina. His long of 36 yards against the Gamecocks was the longest scamper last weekend in the SEC.