The SEC Players of the Week were announced on Monday, and for the first time in three weeks LSU’s Leonard Fournette was not included.
Shocking, I know. But his performance was outdone by Alabama’s Derrick Henry on Saturday, as the Crimson Tide running back rushed for a career-high 148 yards and a touchdown. Henry accumulated a career-high 26 carries, had four rushes for 10 yards or more and accounted for five first downs en route to being named SEC Offensive Player of the Week.
Here are the rest of the Week 5 SEC Players of the Week:
Defense: Antonio Morrison (LB, Florida)
Morrison played a big role in No. 11 Florida’s upset win over No. 14 Ole Miss last Saturday. The senior linebacker racked up 16 tackles against the Rebels, five of which were unassisted. He also collected 3.5 tackles for loss and half a sack.
Freshman: Calvin Ridley (WR, Alabama)
The Crimson Tide freshman has a breakout game against UGA, catching five passes for a career-high 120 yards and a touchdown. Two of Ridley’s catches went for 45 yards or more, including a 45-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. To put his performance in context, Ridley entered Saturday’s game with a combined 125 receiving yards on the year. He has now caught 19 passes for 223 yards in Alabama’s last four games.
Offensive line: Sebastian Tretola (OL, Arkansas)
The senior offensive lineman paved the way for Arkansas’ third straight game with over 225 rushing yards. Tretola played all 73 offensive plays, did not allow a sack and collected four knockdown blocks. The Razorbacks picked up 275 rushing yards in the team’s win over Tennessee on Saturday.
Defensive line: Myles Garrett (DE, Texas A&M)
Garrett is becoming a household name in the SEC this season and already has 7.5 sacks on the season. He collected seven tackles (five unassisted), one sack and two tackles for loss of eight yards in Saturday’s win over Mississippi State. He also broke up a pass and forced a fumble.
Special teams: Johnathan Ford (KR, Auburn)
Ford returned two kickoffs for a combined 81 yards, including a career-long 58 yarder. Both returns set up Auburn touchdowns.