Analytics website Pro Football Focus grades every player’s performance in every game on numerous statistics. The site’s staff recently voted on the 10 best 2015 individual performances from SEC players returning this season, meaning Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and other draftees or transfers were ineligible.

PFF posted the results Tuesday:

10. Georgia RB Sony Michel vs. Kentucky, Week 10 (24 carries, 165 yards, TD)
9. Auburn DE Carl Lawson vs. Memphis, Birmingham Bowl (9 quarterback pressures, sack)
8. Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd vs. Florida, Week 4 (28 carries, 102 yards, 2 TD)
7. Arkansas DE Deatrich Wise Jr. vs LSU, Week 11 (3 sacks, 3 hurries, 11 quarterback pressures)
6. Alabama WR Calvin Ridley vs. Michigan State, Cotton Bowl (8 catches, 138 yards, 2 TD)
5. Tennessee DE Derek Barnett vs. Missouri, Week 12 (7 hurries, 9 pressures)
4. Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly vs. Arkansas, Week 10 (24-of-34, 367 yards, 3 TD)
3. Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett vs. Arizona State, Week 1 (2 sacks, 5 hurries, 9 pressures)
2. Alabama edge rusher Tim Williams vs. Florida, SEC Championship Game (2 sacks, 4 hurries, 7 pressures on 10 snaps)
1. LSU RB Leonard Fournette vs. Auburn, Week 3 (19 carries, 228 yards, 3 TD)

Fournette’s monster game against Auburn will be remembered among SEC fans for a long time, and it was one of many impressive performances from 2015 by this year’s likely Heisman candidate. PFF’s posted the following with listing the LSU ball-carrier at No. 1:

You could make an argument for any number of Fournette games to make this list, including Syracuse, Florida and the bowl game versus Texas Tech, and the truth is that all four of those would have made this list were it not for our desire to include some different players and teams here. But his performance against Auburn stood out even among that outstanding group of games. He earned his highest grade of the season, rushing for 228 yards and three touchdowns on just 19 attempts (12.0 yards per carry average), with 163 of those yards coming after contact (8.6 yards after contact per rush) – a feat he was able to achieve with the help of his 11 forced missed tackles, an absurdly high number for a back in a single game. Fournette carved up the Tigers defense, with runs like this one:


What do you think? Did any returning SEC players get snubbed by PFF? Which performances are overrated or underrated?