Pro Football Focus announced its Week 5 Team of the Week Tuesday night, and the SEC dominated on defense.
Ole Miss’ Marquis Haynes, Florida’s Jarrad Davis, Alabama’s Reuben Foster, LSU’s Tre’Davious White, Georgia’s Aaron Davis and Kentucky’s Mike Edwards all made the defensive list.
Pro Football Focus commended Haynes for his Haynes had his eight hurries on Saturday, saying he had his “best pass rushing day of the season, finishing with a strip sack, two QB hits, and eight hurries on his 36 rushes while adding five more stops in the run game.”
Davis and Foster claimed two of the three linebacker spots, with the site saying, “Davis filled up the stat sheet with three passes defensed, six stops, a QB hit, and two hurries, including the pass defensed that led to the game-ending interception. Foster is currently the nation’s top-graded linebacker at 91.2 and he did his usual fine work taking on blockers to finish with four stops and three QB hits.”
Pro Football Focus also honed in on White’s key matchup against Missouri, and said “White was highlighted as a matchup to watch coming into the week and he stood out with an interception, pass defensed and only 39 yards allowed on his 10 targets.”
Davis and Edwards also claimed the two safety spots for the SEC. Pro Football Focus said, “It was a nice all-around game for Davis who led the nation with an 88.0 grade against the run this week, finishing a number plays around the line of scrimmage. He also broke up a pass and recovered a fumble. Edwards had a strong game against Alabama, providing tight coverage against both wide receivers and tight ends while attacking the screen game.”
Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley and LSU guard Josh Boutte were the only two SEC players to make the offensive team.
The site said, “Ridley made the most of his 17 targets, catching 11 for 174 yards and two touchdowns. He made plays in the short, intermediate, and deep game as the focal point of the Alabama passing game.”