Welcome to the first edition of SEC Records Watch, in which we prime you for another weekend of Southeastern Conference milestones.
A brief synopsis of Week 4: Nick Chubb has a great chance to be the first SEC running back in eight years to crack the conference’s career top-10 rushing list. And wide receivers Calvin Ridley (Alabama) and Christian Kirk (Texas A&M) are doing damage to their respective schools’ record books.
Here’s a closer look:
- Alabama has won 15 consecutive SEC games. That’s tied for eighth-best, all-time, with Tennessee (1997-98). If the Crimson Tide defeats Vanderbilt on Saturday, it will move into a tie for seventh place with Alabama (2008-09). The all-time record is 27, held by Alabama (1976-1980). Bear Bryant (three appearances) is the only other coach besides Nick Saban (two appearances) with multiple entries in the top 10 of this category.
- Georgia running back Nick Chubb is 13th in career SEC rushing yards with 3,714. He needs 122 yards vs. Mississippi State to pass LSU’s Leonard Fournette (2014-16), Auburn’s Carnell “Cadillac” Williams (2001-04) and Kentucky’s Sonny Collins (1972-75) for 10th place. No SEC running back has cracked the top 10 since Mississippi State’s Anthony Dixon in 2009.
- Chubb needs 3 rushing touchdowns vs. Mississippi State to give him 36 in his career, which would put him in a five-way tie for 17th place with Arkansas’ Alex Collins (2013-15), Georgia’s Todd Gurley (2012-14), Florida’s Emmitt Smith (1987-89) and Georgia’s Lars Tate (1984-87).
- Vanderbilt running back Ralph Webb is 18th in career SEC rushing yards with 3,496. He needs 96 yards vs. Alabama this weekend to pass Auburn’s James Brooks (1977-1980), Alabama’s Shaun Alexander (1996-1999) and Alabama’s Derrick Henry (2013-2015) for 15th place.
- In the coming weeks, both Chubb (14th with 4,056) and Webb (15th with 3,984) have great chances to move up in career combined yards from scrimmage. Chubb is the only likely one to advance this weekend; he needs 118 combined rushing and receiving yards to pass Auburn’s Carnell “Cadillac” Williams (2001-04) for 13th place. (College Football Reference)
- Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk needs 5 receptions vs. Arkansas to give him 182 in his career, which would put him in a four-way tie for 20th place with LSU’s Michael Clayton (2001-03), Vanderbilt’s Dan Stricker (1999-2002) and Georgia’s Brice Hunter (1992-95). If Kirk catches 9 passes, he will pass four other receivers for 16th place.
- Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley is 1 reception behind Kirk. So — assuming he passes Kirk — he needs 6 receptions for a 20th-place tie, and 10 receptions for sole possession of 16th place.
- Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is tied with Auburn’s Cam Newton (2007-2010) for 44th on the career touchdowns-responsible-for list. Both players have 55. If Fitzgerald scores 4 touchdowns vs. Georgia this weekend, he can climb past eight players (including Ole Miss’ Archie Manning and Georgia’s Matthew Stafford) for sole possession of 36th place.
- Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson (377 career points) needs 9 vs. Missouri to pass Alabama’s Leigh Tiffin (2006-09) for fourth place.
- Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (4,518 career combined yards) needs 140 combined passing and rushing yards vs. Vanderbilt to pass Harry Gilmer (1944-47) for 10th on the Crimson Tide’s all-time list. If Hurts collects 268 yards, he will also pass Tyler Watts (1999-2002) and Scott Hunter (1968-1970) to slip into eighth place.
- Hurts (43 career total touchdowns) needs 1 touchdown to break a tie with Trent Richardson (2009-2011) for seventh place. If he scores 4 times, he can also pass Derrick Henry (2013-15) and Mark Ingram (2008-2010) to take sole possession of fifth place.
- Hurts also needs 2 touchdown passes to reach 29 and tie Gilmer and Walter Lewis (1980-83) for 10th on the career list.
- Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley (176 career receptions) needs 4 more catches to pass Julio Jones (2008-2010) for third place on the career list. He needs 53 more this season to become Alabama’s all-time receptions leader.
- Ridley (2,033 receiving yards) needs 38 vs. Vanderbilt to pass Ozzie Newsome (1974-77) for fourth all-time. He also needs 1 touchdown reception to break a tie with Newsome and tie DJ Hall (2004-07) for third, all-time, with 17. He needs 2 touchdown receptions to tie Dennis Homan (1965-67) for second. Amari Cooper (2012-14) holds the all-time record with 31.
- Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen (28 passing touchdowns) needs 2 vs. Texas A&M to pass Bill Montgomery (1968-1970) and Quinn Grovey (1987-1990) for sole possession of eighth place.
- Georgia running back Nick Chubb (33 rushing touchdowns) needs 1 more to break a tie with Garrison Hearst (1990-92) for fourth place. He needs 3 more to match Todd Gurley (2012-14) and Lars Tate (1984-87) for second place.
- Georgia safety Dominick Sanders (12 career interceptions) needs 1 more to tie a group of four players — including Kirby Smart (1995-98) — for fifth, all-time.
- LSU running back Derrius Guice (2,123 rushing yards) needs 95 vs. Syracuse to pass Garry James (1982-85) for 10th, although his Week 4 status has been up in the air.
- Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald (3,201 passing yards) needs 97 at Georgia to pass Chris Reif (2008-2011) for 10th. He has 31 career touchdown passes, and needs 1 more to break a tie with Don Smith (1983-86) for sixth place. If Fitzgerald throws 4 touchdown passes, he will take sole possession of fourth place.
- Missouri quarterback Drew Lock (5,776 combined passing and rushing yards) needs 190 vs. Auburn to pass Marlon Adler (1982-85) for eighth, all-time.
- Missouri receiver J’mon Moore (1,672 receiving yards) needs 89 vs. Auburn to supplant Linzy Collins (1989-1990) for 10th.
- South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore (12 interceptions) needs 1 vs. Louisiana Tech to break a tie with Dick Harris (1969-1971) and take full possession of second place. Bo Davies (1969-1971) owns the all-time record with 14.
- Texas A&M receiver Christian Kirk (3,531 all-purpose yards) needs 37 vs. Arkansas to pass Greg Hill (1991-93) for eighth place. He needs 105 to pass Rod Harris (1985-88) for seventh.
- Kirk (2,078 receiving yards) also needs 162 of those vs. Auburn to pass Uzoma Nwachukwu (2009-2012) for sixth place.
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