Texas A&M QB Murray, Arkansas RB Collins leads All-SEC team for Week 9
It was the week of the linebacker in the SEC, as up to seven athletes at the position made a case for the top-two spots in the conference.
Here’s a look at who we chose and the rest of our All-SEC Team for Week 9.
QB Kyler Murray – One start, and one dominant performance for freshman quarterback Kyler Murray, who led Texas A&M to a 35-28 win over South Carolina in his starting debut. Murray threw for 233 yards and a touchdown, and also led the Aggies with 156 yards rushing and another score. Deposed starter Kyle Allen will have a tough time getting his job back if Murray can maintain that high level of play.
RB Alex Collins – Arkansas’ Alex Collins led the SEC in rushing in Week 9, posting 173 yards and an astounding five touchdowns against Tennessee-Martin. It’s the 13th 100-yard performance of his career (sixth this season) and the second-highest single-game rushing total of his career.
RB Kelvin Taylor – Florida’s Kelvin Taylor rushed for his second 100-yard performance of the season and first since Week 4 against Tennessee with a 121-yard effort in Florida’s decisive 27-3 win over Georgia. The junior also found the end zone twice as the Gators essentially wrapped up the SEC East with the win.
WR Ricardo Louis – A week after several dropped passes dogged him against Arkansas, Auburn wide out Ricardo Louis posted an SEC-high 137 receiving yards in Week 9. The total was the second-highest of the senior’s career, who also caught his second touchdown of the season in the Tigers’ loss to Ole Miss.
WR Antonio Calloway – Antonio Calloway stuck a dagger in the Georgia Bulldogs with a 66-yard touchdown scamper to put Florida up 13 points in the second quarter of the Gators’ Week 9 win. The freshman had 110 yards in receptions and the touchdown, earning a reputation as a player who comes up with huge plays in big games. He also burned Tennessee earlier in the year on a similar back-breaking long touchdown.
OL Arkansas – The SEC named Arkansas center Mitch Smothers as the conference’s offensive lineman of the week, thanks to a 91 grade and not missing any assignments against Tennessee-Martin. Making his 21st-straight start, Smothers helped lead a Razorback offense that had its highest rushing total of the season (291 yards) and six touchdowns. It was the first time since 2011 against New Mexico where Arkansas threw for 300 yards and rushed for 250.
DE Marquis Haynes – Ole Miss DE Marquis Haynes picked up two sacks in Week 9 against Auburn, tying him for most in SEC play (5.0) this season. The Ole Miss defensive end paced the Rebels with 6 tackles, three of them for a loss. The sophomore has 8 sacks on the year, trailing only Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett.
DL Myles Garrett/Julien Obioha – You can’t reward Myles Garrett for his performance against South Carolina and not fellow Texas A&M defensive lineman Julien Obioha. Both Garrett and Obioha finished with two tackles-for-loss, each forced a fumble and each registered a sack in the Aggies’ victory over the Gamecocks.
LB Davin Bellamy – The Georgia Bulldogs were knocked around by Florida, but you wouldn’t know that from Davin Bellamy’s play. The sophomore forced and recovered a fumble, added a sack and two quarterback hurries. He finished with a team-high seven tackles, including two tackles-for-loss for 5 yards.
ILB Zach Cunningham – Vanderbilt might have been blanked 34-0, but that didn’t stop Zach Cunningham from terrorizing the Houston offense. The sophomore from Pinson, Ala., racked up nine tackles, including 2.5 of them for loss and half a sack. The Commodores’ leader in tackles (59) and tackles-for-loss (10.5) also forced two fumbles, recovering one of them, against the Cougars.
Also considered for linebacker – Dre Greenlaw and Brooks Ellis (Arkansas); Jarrad Davis (Florida); Skai Moore (South Carolina), Shaan Washington (Texas A&M)
S Marcus McWilson – Kentucky safety Marcus McWilson tied a career-high with 10 tackles, leading the Wildcats in their loss to Tennessee. The junior from Youngstown, Ohio, also added a sack and 1.5 tackles-for-loss, to go along with a pass breakup and forced fumble.
DB Evan Berry – Evan Berry finished with four tackles in Tennessee’s drubbing of Kentucky, but his biggest impact came on returns with his third kick-return touchdown of the season. The sophomore’s 100-yard score tied him with Willie Gault for most in a single season for the Vols.