After a wild weekend across college football, this can’t have been an easy list to make. Nonetheless, after taking in all the games, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit released his top week 11 performers this afternoon, and the list is once again littered with SEC teams and players:
My top PERFORMANCES of wk 11
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 14, 2016
Both Ole Miss and Georgia make Herbie’s list after big upset victories, and their primary reasons for doing so are reflected in the player rankings.
Ole Miss was able to defeat Texas A&M on a last-minute field goal largely due to the standout performance of true freshman quarterback Shea Patterson — Herbstreit’s no.1 individual performer. On the road at Kyle Field, Patterson threw for 332 yards and 2 touchdowns, leading the Rebels back from a 21-6 second half deficit. The SEC has seen some great games from true freshman quarterbacks this season, but Patterson’s game ranks right up there.
Georgia, and Kirby Smart’s defense, in particular, make the list after defeating Auburn 13-7 in Athens. The Bulldogs defense held the normally explosive Auburn offense — playing without star running back Kamryn Pettway — to 164 total yards, just 37 of which came through the air. The loss eliminated the Tigers from SEC West contention, thereby handing the crown to Alabama once again.
Last, but certainly not least, is Jalen Hurts, the SEC co-offensive player of the week. Hurts continues to enjoy one of the best freshman seasons of any player in recent memory, and he became the first Crimson Tide quarterback in school history to throw for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 yards in the same game on Saturday. He was the biggest reason for Alabama’s 51-3 demolition of Mississippi State.