Ranking the top 10 SEC running backs in Week 11
The SEC is full of great running backs, and that fact has become more evident with each passing week.
Each Saturday, it seems a different back has an incredible performance, so it’ll be exciting to see who steps up in a big Week 11 slate of games.
In Week 10, Kentucky’s Benny Snell Jr. stepped up big, scoring three touchdowns in a loss to Ole Miss. Meanwhile Tennessee’s John Kelly and Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson also had big games, leading their teams to victories.
Here’s how the SEC running back rankings shape up headed into Week 11 of the 2017 season:
10. Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M (Last week: Not ranked)
Williams didn’t find the end zone in the Aggies’ home loss to Auburn, but he broke off some long runs to earn his way back on this list.
With a game against New Mexico coming this weekend, Williams could be primed for a huge day.
This week: 15 carries, 105 yards; 2 catches, 41 yards
Season: 116 carries, 575 yards, 5 touchdowns; 16 catches, 157 yards
9. Jordan Wilkins, Ole Miss (LW: 9)
Though the Rebels had an impressive come-from-behind win over Kentucky on Saturday, Wilkins wasn’t a huge part of it.
Still, he had an impact out of the backfield and in the passing game, maintaining his spot in the top 10 for another week.
This week: 8 carries, 44 yards; 3 catches, 27 yards
Season: 108 carries, 630 yards, 5 touchdowns; 23 catches, 221 yards, 1 touchdown
8. Aeris Williams, Mississippi State (LW: 8)
Another week, another game without a touchdown for Williams, who only has two scores all year. Meanwhile, Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald scored twice on the ground.
If Williams can’t even get a score against UMass, he probably won’t against Alabama this weekend. That means it’ll likely be another week where Williams has plenty of yards, but not enough scoring prowess to move any higher in these rankings.
This week: 24 carries, 114 yards; 1 catch, 9 yards
Season: 163 carries, 776 yards, 2 touchdowns; 12 catches, 86 yards
7. John Kelly, Tennessee (LW: 7)
Coming off a suspension, Kelly had a good game against Southern Miss, finding the end zone a couple of times to boost the Vols’ offense.
If he can continue playing like this, the Vols could upset a suddenly hot Missouri Tigers team on Saturday.
This week: 20 carries, 79 yards, 2 touchdowns; 1 catch, minus-5 yards
Season: 145 carries, 694 yards, 8 touchdowns; 27 catches, 250 yards
6. Sony Michel, Georgia (LW: 6)
It’s almost unfair that the Bulldogs have both Michel and Nick Chubb (see below). The two seniors have been running wild this year and have shown no signs of slowing.
Michel especially has found his groove lately, torching Florida and having a strong outing against South Carolina the past two Saturdays.
This week: 16 carries, 81 yards, 1 touchdown; 1 catch, 16 yards
Season: 90 carries, 710 yards, 9 touchdowns; 3 catches, 17 yards
5. Derrius Guice, LSU (LW: 5)
Guice didn’t have a great day against the tough Alabama defense, but he did put up 100 total yards — 71 on the ground and 29 receiving.
That’s not a bad performance, but it’s not the 277-yard day he had on Oct. 21 against Ole Miss. However, the Tigers take on a porous Arkansas defense this weekend, so Guice could be poised for another incredible performance.
This week: 19 carries, 71 yards; 5 catches, 29 yards
Season: 143 carries, 782 yards, 6 touchdowns; 11 catches, 71 yards
4. Damien Harris, Alabama (LW: 4)
Harris usually does a lot more with his 9-12 carries, but the LSU defense held him in check on Saturday night.
Still, Harris’s overall numbers are impressive, and his 10 rushing touchdowns are third in the SEC. Another big game at Mississippi State is on the schedule for this weekend, so it’ll be interesting to see how Harris bounces back from a lackluster effort.
This week: 9 carries, 33 yards
Season: 90 carries, 730 yards, 10 touchdowns; 6 catches, 46 yards
3. Nick Chubb, Georgia (LW: 1)
As mentioned, Chubb and Michel are dominating opposing defenses this year and doing so unselfishly.
Chubb surpassed 100 yards again on Saturday against South Carolina. If he can stay healthy and explosive, the Bulldogs’ offense should continue to chug along even as the games get tougher down the stretch.
This week: 20 carries, 102 yards; 1 catch, 9 yards
Season: 140 carries, 867 yards, 9 touchdowns; 2 catches, 20 yards
2. Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky (LW: 3)
The Wildcats couldn’t hold on for a win against Ole Miss on Saturday, but it wasn’t because of a lack of effort from Snell, who had another huge performance.
Snell has scored three touchdowns in each of his past two games, and he must continue carrying the Kentucky offense on his shoulders if the Wildcats are to avoid a late-season collapse.
This week: 28 carries, 176 yards, 3 touchdowns
Season: 188 carries, 897 yards, 12 touchdowns; 9 catches, 52 yards
1. Kerryon Johnson, Auburn (LW: 2)
With Kamryn Pettway out with a broken shoulder blade, Johnson got 34 touches against Texas A&M and made the most of them, scoring one touchdown rushing and one receiving.
Johnson has 15 total touchdowns, three more than Snell, and that’s the biggest reason he’s No. 1 on this list.
A tough challenge looms this weekend when the Tigers host No. 1 Georgia, but Johnson is running well so the Bulldogs’ defense will have its hands full.
This week: 29 carries, 145 yards, 1 touchdown; 5 carries, 29 yards, 1 touchdown
Season: 166 carries, 868 yards, 15 touchdowns; 13 catches, 86 yards, 1 touchdown