Who made our list of SEC studs and duds following Saturday’s SEC championship game? Let’s find out.


1. Derrick Henry: Alabama’s sophomore tailback posted his first 100-yard game since mid-September in the Tide’s 29-point win over Missouri. His 141 yards exceeded his previous season-high by 28 yards, and his 7.1 yards per carry average against the Tigers was a full 1.5 yards per carry better than his regular season average. He scored a pair of late touchdowns to help Alabama ice the game, and he was as physically imposing as any player on the Crimson Tide offense. Mizzou never had an answer for Henry, and it crumbled late as a result.

2. Jimmie Hunt: Missouri’s senior wideout was one of few bright spots for the Tigers in Saturday’s loss, catching six passes for 169 yards against the Crimson Tide secondary. Most of his catches and yards came on broken plays in which he was able to slip behind the Alabama defense, but he also made a handful of tremendous catches to give some life to the Tigers offense when it needed it most. Hunt never found the end zone and Missouri was held to just 13 points, but the offense would have suffered much more without the senior stretching the field on Saturday.

3. A’Shawn Robinson: Alabama’s star defensive lineman was a force to be reckoned with in Saturday’s title game. He posted a team-high nine tackles, including three tackles for loss, and added a quarterback hurry to a dominant day in the trenches. Robinson played a major role in limiting Missouri to just 41 yards rushing as a team, and he helped collapse the Missouri pocket time and time again as quarterback Maty Mauk ran for his life against the vaunted Tide defense. The entire Alabama front seven appeared dominant on Saturday, but Robinson was the best of the bunch by game’s end.

4. Blake Sims: Alabama’s senior signal caller capped a magical regular season with one of his best performances to date, a 23-27 day through the air resulting in 262 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Sims never committed a turnover in Saturday’s win, and he hardly seemed bothered by a supremely talented Missouri defense. The Crimson Tide picked Alabama apart with a short passing game predicated on quick throws, and Sims was excellent in getting the ball out of hands both quickly and accurately. The first-year starter looked like a seasoned veteran in Saturday’s win, and he’s as big a reason for Alabama’s conference title as any single member of the team.


1. Markus Golden: Missouri’s star defensive end hardly looked like a star in Saturday’s showdown, recording just six tackles without a sack, a tackle for loss or even a quarterback hurry. Golden entered the game having recorded multiple tackles for loss in three straight contests, but he was neutralized all game by a dominant Alabama offensive line, especially after teammate Shane Ray was ejected for targeting in the first half. Golden wasn’t completely absent from the action, but he was nowhere near as impactful as he was down the stretch for the Tigers. Golden and Mizzou lost the battle in the trenches and it ultimately cost them a shot at a conference title.

2. Marcus Murphy/Russell Hansbrough: The Tigers electrifying tailback tandem did close to nothing against the Alabama defense on Saturday, carrying the ball a combined 20 times for just 41 yards in a losing effort. Missouri had run for at least 150 yards in five straight games prior to Saturday’s beatdown, but Murphy and Hansbrough barely averaged two yards per carry against the Crimson Tide. The lack of a rushing attack forced Missouri to become one-dimensional on offense, making it easy for Alabama to stifle the Tigers for most of the game. The offensive line deserves plenty of blame, but Mizzou needed Hansbrough and Murphy to make plays on Saturday and they never could, resulting in a 13-point performance and a 29-point loss.

3. Maty Mauk: Like Missouri’s tailbacks, Mauk fought an uphill battle all game thanks to an obvious lack of protection from his offensive line. Nevertheless, Mauk actually threw better running away from pressure than he did sitting comfortably in the pocket, resulting in a completion percentage of below 50 percent by game’s end. He never threw an interception, but he short-armed a few throws and threw behind his intended target on a few others. His lack of consistency hurt Missouri just as much as its lack of protection, and without consistency at quarterback there was no way the Tigers could keep up with Alabama’s dynamic offense.