Week 3 All-SEC Team
With Week 3 officially in the books, let’s take a look at the best performances of the weekend in this week’s All-SEC Team.
QB Chad Kelly: Greyson Lambert gave Kelly a run for his money as the top quarterback in the SEC in Week 3, but in the end, we have to go with the guy who orchestrated the upset of No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Kelly tossed for 341 yards and three touchdowns as Ole Miss knocked off the Crimson Tide, proving the Rebels are suddenly the team to beat in the SEC West. Lambert was equally as impressive in Georgia’s 52-20 drubbing of South Carolina, throwing for 330 yards and three touchdowns. The Virginia transfer set the Bulldogs’ record for consecutive passes (20) and a new NCAA mark for accuracy (24 of 25 completions).
RB Leonard Fournette: The college football world is still buzzing days after Fournette scorched No. 18 Auburn for 228 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Fournette’s 387 yards on the ground this season are the most ever through two weeks for any player in LSU history. The sophomore’s 12.0 yards per rush against Auburn eclipsed the program’s single-game record previously held by Kevin Faulk in 1996 against Houston (minimum 15 rushes).
RB Alex Collins: Arkansas might have lost another out-of-conference game, this time to Texas Tech, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort from Collins. The junior returned north of the 100-yard plateau in Week 3 after a 54-yard performance last week in the Hogs’ upset loss to Toledo. Collins rushed for 170 yards and a 1-yard score to get Arkansas on the board against the Red Raiders. It’s the second time this season Collins has crested the 100-yard rushing mark and the ninth time in his career. It’s the second-most yards for the junior in a single game since rushing for 212 yards last season, also against Texas Tech, that time in Lubbock.
WR Trent Sherfield: Thanks to Sherfield, LSU’s Leonard Fournette isn’t the SEC overall yardage champ for skill players. Sherfield and quarterback Johnny McCrary blistered Austin Peay to the tune of 240 yards in the air and a 26-yard touchdown in the Commodores’ 47-7 win. The sophomore wideout has clearly become the favorite target of first-year starting quarterback McCrary, who finished with 368 yards passing against the Governors.
WR Donald Gray: Gray found a memorable way to break into the Mississippi State offense. The sophomore’s second reception of the day wasn’t just the second of his career; it was also the catch to propel Bulldog quarterback Dak Prescott to No. 1 on the program’s all-time passing yardage leaderboard. Gray finished with 140 yards and a 49-yard touchdown (from backup QB Nick Fitzgerald) in Mississippi State’s 62-13 throttling of Northwestern State.
Mississippi State OL: Speaking of that Mississippi State offense…the Bulldogs ate up yards against the Demons — 647 of them to be exact. The Rebels pounded out 275 yards on the ground and 372 in the air behind the offensive line. Mississippi State is third in the conference in total yards with 489.0 YPG, good enough for No. 26 in the nation, ranking them ahead of No. 27 Texas A&M by a little less than two yards.
DL Myles Garrett: The Aggies’ sophomore continues to torment offenses. This week’s victim was Nevada, whom Garrett torched for 4.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and 7 tackles, as well as 2 quarterback hurries. The native of Arlington, Texas, leads the nation with six sacks on the year.
DT Jonathan Bullard: The SEC named the Florida defensive lineman its Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Kentucky. The senior recorded five tackles (four solo) and dropped Wildcat quarterback Patrick Towles twice as the Gators held on for a 14-9 win. The two sacks were a career-high for Bullard, the team’s leader for tackles for loss with 5.0.
LB Kentrell Brothers: Get used to seeing this name in this spot. Brothers led Missouri with 10 tackles in the Tigers’ 9-6 win over Connecticut. He is the NCAA’s leader for tackles this season with 42 takedowns. The senior has led the Tigers in tackles for nine consecutive games dating back to last year. Brothers also blocked his second kick of the year, this time a Huskies PAT.
LB C.J. Johnson: The senior has responded well since missing Ole Miss’ season-opener against Tennessee-Martin for internal reasons. Johnson picked off Alabama quarterback Jake Coker midway through the fourth quarter in the Rebels’ upset of the Crimson Tide. For Johnson, who also tallied five tackles, it’s his second pick in as many games since returning to the lineup.
DB Evan Berry: Eric Berry’s younger brother tied Todd Kelly Jr. for the team lead in tackles with five during Tennessee’s 55-10 pasting of Western Carolina. However, Berry’s biggest impact came on special teams where the sophomore answered the Catamounts’ first points of the game by returning the ensuing kickoff 88 yards to the house to put the Volunteers up 41-3.
FS Trae Elston: The senior’s six tackles were second only to Denzel Nkemdiche for Ole Miss as it upended No. 2 Alabama. The senior’s interception and 28-yard return ended Alabama quarterback Cooper Bateman’s night in the second quarter. Elston now has a pick in each of his first three games this season to tie South Carolina’s Skai Moore for tops in the SEC to go with 159 all-purpose yards .