Alabama dominates the Week 8 All-SEC team, landing four players on the list after the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s impressive victory against then-No. 6 Texas A&M. The list also marks the triumphant return of LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who regained his old form by trampling Ole Miss with a career performance.
We break down the best of the best in the SEC during Week 8 action.
QB JALEN HURTS, ALABAMA
164 passing yards, 2 TDs, 93 rushing yards, TD
Hurts continues to play beyond his years, leading Alabama with another impressive effort in which the freshman kept the Crimson Tide undefeated using his arm and legs. It was the quarterback’s 37-yard run early in the fourth quarter that put the Tide up 33-14, crushing most of Texas A&M’s spirit.
RB LEONARD FOURNETTE, LSU
284 rushing yards, 3 TDs, 309 all-purpose yards
Fournette posted a career high for yards, gaining 17.6 YPC against then-No. 23 Ole Miss. The junior’s performance eclipsed Alley Broussard’s single-game rushing record of 250 yards set in 2004 against Ole Miss.
WR JEFF BADET, KENTUCKY
139 yards, 2 TDs
Badet’s first 100-yard effort came at an opportune time. Kentucky needed every one of its 554 yards to eke out a win against Mississippi State. The junior was one of two SEC wide receivers to haul in 100-plus yards in Week 8, the other being South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel (108 yards).
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TE O.J. HOWARD, ALABAMA
69 yards, TD
Howard makes the All-SEC team for the first time this season after leading Alabama in receiving in the Crimson Tide’s sound victory against Texas A&M. The senior’s 5-yard scoring grab at the start of the second quarter put the Tide up 13-0 and marked his first touchdown since Week 4 against Kent State.
AUBURN OFFENSIVE LINE
0 sacks, 0 TFL
You don’t hang 56 points on the nation’s former No. 17 team and not land a slew of players on the latest All-SEC squad. In Auburn’s case, its offensive line deserves recognition for opening 543 yards of running lanes. The unit kept Arkansas’ defensive stat sheet rather empty, including no sacks nor any tackles for loss in the 56-3 win. Five Tigers rushed for at least 61 yards, including Kamryn Pettway (192 yards, 2 TDs) and Stanton Truitt (78 yards, 2 TDs, 1 receiving TD).
DE JONATHAN ALLEN, ALABAMA
6 tackles, sack, FR, 4 QBH
Allen turned in a monster performance against Texas A&M. Aggies quarterback Trevor Knight likely will have nightmares about being chased by the Crimson Tide senior. Allen posted a career high for quarterback hurries, made a flying sack and scored on a 30-yard fumble recovery.
DT KINGSLEY KEKE, TEXAS A&M
3 tackles, 2 TFL, sack, BRU
Lost in Texas A&M’s defeat was the play of Keke. The sophomore earned his first sack since Week 1 against UCLA en route to the first multiple tackle-for-loss game of his career.
LB TIM WILLIAMS, ALABAMA
3 tackles, 2 sacks, QBH
Williams stated his case for dominance in the SEC — verbally and physically — against Texas A&M. The senior turned in the third multi-sack game of his career and first this season. During the contest, Williams could be heard on the sideline openly questioning the merits of Aggies defensive end Myles Garrett, who is regarded by many as the top defensive player in the conference.
CB CHRIS LAMMONS, SOUTH CAROLINA
4 tackles, TFL, FR, INT
Lammons did a little bit of everything as the Gamecocks downed Massachusetts in Columbia. The cornerback forced 2 turnovers, including his 3rd interception of the year. Lammons also returned 2 punts for 19 yards.
K AUSTIN MacGINNIS, KENTUCKY
4-5 (46, 32, 32, 51), 2 PAT
MacGinnis became a hero in Lexington, splitting the uprights from 51 yards as time expired to help lift Kentucky past Mississippi State. He finished with 14 points — and possibly saved coach Mark Stoops’ job for now — in the Wildcats’ 40-38 thriller.
UK kicker Austin MacGinnis makes a 51 yard FG to help the Cats beat Mississippi St. pic.twitter.com/CQmftWdrjP
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KR KEITH MIXON, MISSISSIPPI STATE
96 return yards, 20 receiving yards
Mixon’s debut as Mississippi State’s kick returner couldn’t have gone much better for the freshman. Mixon had 96 return yards, including a long of 45.