Picking an offensive MVP for each team in the SEC
As usual, the guys who handle the football outnumber the guys who don’t on a list such as this.
Five of the selections are running backs. Three are quarterbacks. Two are wide receivers. One is a tight end. Three are offensive linemen.
Here are our picks for the most valuable offensive players on the 14 SEC teams:
Alabama: T Jonah Williams
This could have easily been QB Jalen Hurts or WR Calvin Ridley, but Williams anchored a powerful line that made it easier for Hurts to run and throw and find Ridley as often as he did.
Arkansas: RB David Williams
It wasn’t a great year for the Razorbacks offense or the team as a whole, but this transfer from South Carolina led the team in yards and touchdowns on the ground.
Auburn: RB Kerryon Johnson
Jarrett Stidham gave the Tigers balance on offense, but Johnson was the biggest home run hitter for the West Division champions.
Florida: OL Martez Ivey
It was a rough season for the Gators, especially on offense, but Ivey helped keep things from being worse.
Georgia: RB Nick Chubb
The top weapon on the East Division and conference champion Bulldogs joined Auburn’s Johnson in the All-SEC backfield.
Kentucky: RB Benny Snell Jr.
He had seven 100-yard games, including four in the last five, and ran for a season-high 211 yards in the finale against Louisville.
LSU: C Will Clapp
The Tigers line had to overcome injury and inexperience, and this junior provided leadership and stability as the unit grew over the course of the season.
Mississippi State: QB Nick Fitzgerald
His ability to run and throw had the Bulldogs in the Top 25 for most of the season until he got hurt at the outset of the Egg Bowl loss to Ole Miss.
Missouri: QB Drew Lock
He’s the primary reason that the Tigers won their last six games, and his performance helped offensive coordinator Josh Heupel gain the head coach job at UCF.
Ole Miss: WR A.J. Brown
The Rebels lost QB Shea Patterson in the middle of the season, but Brown helped keep the offense rolling.
South Carolina: TE Hayden Hurst
The Gamecocks weren’t explosive, but the most productive tight end in school history helped the offense be efficient.
Tennessee: RB John Kelly
It was a terrible season for the Volunteers in a lot of ways, but Kelly was a bright spot.
Texas A&M: WR Christian Kirk
The Aggies’ leading receiver also returned a punt for a touchdown and a kickoff for another score.
Vanderbilt: QB Kyle Shurmur
The Commodores season didn’t end nearly as promisingly as it started, but Shurmur was solid all the way.