SEC Studs and Duds: Week 4
All across the SEC, we saw unbelievable performances and inexplicable ones.
Who made our list of studs and duds in Week 4? Let’s find out.
Blake Sims, QB, Alabama: Sims had himself a day against the Gators on Saturday. He completed 23-of-33 passes for 445 yards and four scores. That mark ranks second on the all-time list for passing yards in a single game at Alabama. The Florida secondary had no answer for Sims who hit receivers with ease for the Tide. Sims completed 8-of-10 passes in the first quarter highlighted by touchdown passes of 87 and 79 yards to Kenyon Drake and Amari Cooper, respectively. Sims was also 7-of-9 on third downs.
Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State: Robinson faced no scrub LSU defense in Death Valley at night. All he did was rush for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. That’s more than 12 yards per carry. Did we mention the LSU defense is pretty good? Robinson is just 15 yards shy of the 500 yard mark through four games and is on pace for greater than 1,400 yards. Folks in the SEC need to start learning his name.
Kris Frost, LB, Auburn: Honestly, it was tough leaving Georgia running back Sony Michel off this list, but Frost had arguably the best game of his career in the Tigers win on Thursday night at Kansas State. He recorded six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble for a defense that had its best performance yet under second-year coordinator Ellis Johnson. Frost is still making the transition to weak side linebacker has provided a stability to an Auburn defense that still boasts some youth.
Jeff Driskel, QB, Florida: You almost cringed at times watching Driskel on Saturday at Alabama. He completed just 9-of-28 passes for 93 yards against the Tide. That’s a very anemic 32.1 completion percentage. He didn’t look comfortable against an aggressive defense, physical defense and Driskel plagues the Florida defense with bad decisions and an inability to throw the football. He’s clearly not the answer right now for the Gators.
Anthony Jennings, QB, LSU: LSU and Florida are what you get when you have talented teams with no quarterback. Jennings completed 13 of 26 passes for 157 yards, but don’t let the numbers fool you, it was a very pedestrian performance. Jennings doesn’t look confident leading the Tiger offense and holds on to the ball too long looking to make the perfect pass. Freshman Brandon Harris clearly looked like the better option when he came in late in the fourth quarter and let it rip, leading LSU to a couple scores.
South Carolina kick coverage: Before they had even stepped off the bus, South Carolina found itself down 7-0 to Vanderbilt thanks to a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Darrius Sims. Not only did the Gamecocks kick to Sims again, but he took another kickoff 100 yards to the house cutting the Carolina lead to seven early in the second half. It was then that the squib kicks came.