Saturday sleepers: Unexpected SEC stars of Week 2
Week 2 of the college football season saw some SEC squads square off against cupcake teams, while others started their conference schedule.
Most teams looked strong offensively, leading to plenty of points .
Quarterbacks ruled the day, with Mizzou, Florida and Mississippi State all getting incredible performances from their sophomore signal callers.
Here are nine unexpected standout performances from Week 2:
Drew Lock, QB, Mizzou: Lock threw for 450 yards and five touchdowns (which tied a school record) in Mizzou’s lopsided 61-21 victory over Eastern Michigan.
He also spread the ball around, finding 10 receivers and hitting five players on his touchdown passes.
Johnathon Johnson, WR/PR, Mizzou: Johnson returned a punt for a touchdown and also had five catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.
The freshman showed his speed and explosiveness and will likely have a bigger role in the offense going forward.
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU: With Leonard Fournette not playing against Jacksonville State, Guice stepped into the No. 1 running back spot and didn’t disappoint.
Guice had 19 carries for 155 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ 34-13 victory. He also had one catch for 18 yards.
Luke Del Rio, QB, Florida: The sophomore took control of Florida’s quarterback position Saturday afternoon against Kentucky, helping the Gators extend their winning streak over the Wildcats to 30.
Del Rio was 19-for-32 passing for 320 yards and four touchdowns and just one interception.
He also did a good job spreading the ball around — nine receivers had catches and four Gators caught touchdown passes in the 45-7 win.
Lamical Perine, RB, Florida: Perine, a freshman, ran for -1 yards on one carry last week against UMass. Against Kentucky, he exploded for 105 yards on 17 carries.
Though he didn’t find the end zone like junior backfield mate Mark Thompson, Perine showed he can be a big part of the Florida offense this season.
Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State: Fitzgerald started at quarterback for the Bulldogs and led his team to a 27-14 victory over South Carolina.
The sophomore was 19-for-29 passing for 178 yards and two touchdowns to go with one interception.
He also ran for a Bulldogs QB-record 195 yards on 17 carries to stake his claim to the starting job.
Tony Stevens, WR, Auburn: The senior had never been much of an impact player for Auburn, but that changed on Saturday.
He caught four passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns, helping QB Sean White have a strong performance, too.
Kamryn Pettway, RB, Auburn: Pettway didn’t score in Auburn’s 51-14 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday night, but he still made the most of his 15 carries.
The sophomore back piled up 152 rushing yards, an average of 10.1 yards per carry. He and Kerryon Johnson (who had 124 yards and two scores) should be a strong duo in the Tigers’ backfield.