Week 4 in the SEC came with its usual slew of stars and big performances.
A look at the weekend’s All-SEC team.
QB JOSH DOBBS, TENNESSEE
319 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 80 rushing yards, 1 TD
On Saturday morning, Kirk Herbstreit opined that Dobbs would have the biggest day of his career against Florida, leading Tennessee to a victory and ending the infamous 11-game losing streak. The ESPN College GameDay analyst was spot-on. Dobbs set career highs in passing yards and TD passes. Not to be outdone by his arm, the quarterback also scampered for 80 yards and 1 score in an electric atmosphere on Rocky Top.
RB RALPH WEBB, VANDERBILT
95 rushing yards, 3 TDs
Webb came up big against Western Kentucky, punching in his third touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run with a minute left to send the Commodores’ Week 4 road contest against Western Kentucky to overtime. Vanderbilt went on to win 31-30. The SEC’s leading rusher (472 on the year) finished with 95.
WR JAUAN JENNINGS, TENNESSEE
111 receiving yards, 1 TD
Missouri’s J’Mon Moore (114 yards, 4 TDs) and Mississippi State’s Fred Ross (126 yards, 2 TDs) posted better numbers in Week 4, but they did so against arguably inferior defenses in Delaware State and Massachusetts, respectively. Jennings gets the nod as the top wide receiver in the SEC, thanks to his performance against Florida’s vaunted secondary. The sophomore’s 67-yard scoring grab at the 12:45 mark in the fourth quarter capped a stretch of 24 unanswered points to give the Volunteers their first lead, which they wouldn’t surrender.
TE EVAN ENGRAM, OLE MISS
95 receiving yards, 1 TD
Engram continues to be the gold standard for tight ends in the SEC. The senior led Ole Miss in receiving. He also had an acrobatic touchdown as the Rebels easily dropped then-No. 12 Georgia. It’s the third time in four weeks that Engram has appeared on this list as the conference’s best tight end.
1 TFL allowed, 268 yards rushing
You don’t rack up 79 points without a strong offensive line opening gaps and paving running lanes. Yes, it was against Delaware State, but the Missouri offensive line deserves its share of credit. The Tigers offense posted big numbers against the Hornets, including 268 yards rushing from the recently maligned Mizzou backfield. The unit also allowed 1 tackle for loss and no quarterback hurries.
DE DARIUS ENGLISH, SOUTH CAROLINA
8 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble
English led the SEC in sacks in Week 4, dropping Kentucky quarterbacks 3 times. The senior also finished with 8 tackles and forced a fumble. Unfortunately, South Carolina lost 17-10. English quietly is putting together a big year, sitting at No. 2 in the SEC with 4 sacks, tied with Florida’s Jabari Zuniga.
DT MONTRAVIUS ADAMS, AUBURN
6 tackles, 2 TFL, 0.5 sack, 1 QB hurry
Adams was a major cog for Auburn’s defense, which had 4 sacks and 8 tackles for loss in the team’s stunning win against LSU. The game forever will be known as the one that got Les Miles fired.
LB ARDEN KEY, LSU
7 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF, 3 QBH
Key added to his SEC-leading sack tally against Auburn, upping his season total to 6.5. The sophomore also forced a pair of fumbles for the first time in his career. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to save LSU from being upset in a wild contest at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
DB ARMANI WATTS, TEXAS A&M
9 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 BRU, 1 QBH
Watts had 9 tackles in Week 4 against Arkansas, none bigger than the 2 touchdown-saving stops that halted WR Keon Hatcher and RB Rawleigh Williams III short of the end zone with Texas A&M tied with the Razorbacks. The Aggies went on to win 45-24, thanks in large part to the momentum-stopping prowess of the junior free safety.
K DANIEL CARLSON, AUBURN
6-6 (51, 29, 29, 31, 37, 29)
You know you had a good night when your coach, in this case Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, acknowledges you in his postgame interview on the field. Auburn’s defense came up big against LSU, but Carlson accounted for all of the team’s offense. His longest FG was 51 yards.
KR BRANDON HOLLOWAY, MISSISSIPPI STATE
5 returns, 126 yards
Holloway isn’t just Mississippi State’s leading running back — notice we said running back and not rusher because that distinction belongs to Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. Holloway not only rushed for 80 yards at New England’s Gillette Stadium but the senior also topped all kick-return men in the SEC in Week 4.