Even with Alabama, Arkansas and LSU on bye weeks, the SEC West dominated the All-SEC selections this week.
We take a look at the best at each position from Week 9.
QB CHAD KELLY, OLE MISS
465 passing yards, 3 TDs, 40 rushing yards
Nick Fitzgerald of Mississippi State deserves mention. He had 417 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. Fitzgerald also had 119 rushing yards and 2 TDs. Fitzgerald gets marked down, however, because his effort came against FCS school Samford. Kelly, a senior, set a personal best for passing yards against then-No. 15 Auburn, the second 400-plus-yard game of his career.
RB KAMRYN PETTWAY, AUBURN
236 rushing yards, TD
Kentucky’s Benny Snell Jr. and Stanley “Boom” Williams combined for 374 yards (192 and 182 yards, respectively) and 3 touchdowns. Pettway, a sophomore, used a career day to wrest control of the SEC rushing lead. He has 933 yards and 7 TDs this season.
WR DONALD GRAY, MISSISSIPPI STATE
207 yards, 3 TDs
We dinged Fitzgerald because Mississippi State feasted on Samford, but Gray’s performance was impressive, regardless of the opponent. Only two other SEC receivers earned 100-yard games. Gray, a junior, entered with 272 yards — including minus-3 yards last week. Gray doubled his career touchdown haul in the win.
TE EVAN ENGRAM, OLE MISS
95 yards, TD
Engram remained the nation’s No. 1 tight end, boosting his season total to 700 yards and 6 touchdowns. The senior has led the Rebels in receiving in 5 of 8 games this season.
AUBURN OFFENSIVE LINE
The unit held Marquis Haynes and DeMarquis Gates in check, allowing Ole Miss 1 sack and 4 tackles for loss in Auburn’s 40-29 victory. The line paved the way for 307 rushing yards and allowed 1 quarterback hurry. The Rebels average 6 tackles for loss per game.
DE DEREK BARNETT, TENNESSEE
4 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 QBH
Barnett likely will occupy this space every week until someone can unseat the Tennessee lineman. The junior — who has tallied 10 sacks in each of his first two years — appears on his way to setting a career best. He leads the SEC with 9 sacks this season.
DT KINGSLEY KEKE, TEXAS A&M
3 tackles, 2 TFL, sack, QBH
Keke earned the honor for the second consecutive week, courtesy of a nearly identical performance. The only different stat this week was a quarterback hurry, instead of a pass breakup, in Texas A&M’s victory against New Mexico State.
LB CLAUDE GEORGE, TEXAS A&M
5 tackles, 2 TFL, sack, FF, QBH
George followed up his first career interception in Week 8 with a forced fumble against New Mexico State. The senior has 58 tackles in 19 games since transferring from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College at the start of the 2015 campaign.
DB JAMARCUS KING, SOUTH CAROLINA
5 tackles, 2 INT, 2 BRU
King played a big role in South Carolina’s upset against then-No. 18 Tennessee. The junior’s second interception of Josh Dobbs late in the fourth quarter helped ensure his team’s biggest victory under first-year head coach Will Muschamp. Muschamp lured King to Columbia from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.
K DANIEL CARLSON, AUBURN
4-4, 4 PATs
Carlson continues to lead the SEC in field-goal kicking percentage, connecting on all 4 of his attempts against Ole Miss. The junior accounted for 16 of Auburn’s 40 points in the win, connecting from 45, 32, 30 and 47 yards. Carlson has a 94.4 percentage this season, missing 1 of 18 attempts.
KR CHRISTIAN KIRK, TEXAS A&M
143 punt-return yards, 2 TDs
The Vols’ Evan Berry, who scorched South Carolina for a 100-yard kickoff return in Tennessee’s 24-21 loss, deserves mention. New Mexico State’s special teams had no answer for stopping Kirk, though. The sophomore blistered New Mexico State for 2 punt-return touchdowns of 73 and 70 yards. Kirk also added 36 yards and a 3-yard score on offense in Texas A&M’s 52-10 win.