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All-SEC: Week 7

Who stood out as we hit the season’s halfway point?

Believe it or not, the regular season is already halfway over. Though Alabama has continued to dominate, as usual, and Texas A&M has emerged as a contender (at least until this weekend) the SEC as a league has been a roller coaster ride. Between coach firings (LSU), generally disappointing seasons (Georgia) and the existence of the Tennessee football program, there have been plenty of ups and downs in college football's most popular league.

Week 7 was again a small slate of games --just six of them--but once again, we are not lacking for candidates for our weekly All-SEC team. As always, read through the premise of this column here if you're unfamiliar.

Now, let's get to it. Here's our All-SEC team for the final week of the first half, followed up an updated year-to-date All-SEC team:

Quarterback

Name Team Comp. Att. Yds. Comp% TD INT Yds./Att. Rush Rush Yds. Yds./ Rush Rush TD Total Yds. Total TD
1st Team Jalen Hurts Alabama 16 26 143 61.5% 0 1 5.5 10 151 15.1 3 294 3
2nd Team Jacob Eason Georgia 27 40 346 67.5% 1 0 8.6 2 17 8.5 0 363 1

I almost said "the future of the position in the SEC" in this paragraph, but that phrase really only applies to Eason. Hurts is the best quarterback in the league at the moment, but SEC teams are going to struggle to deal with both of these guys for the next 2.5+ seasons.

Running Back

Name Team Att. Yds. Yds. / Att. TD Tgt. Catch Rec. Yds. Rec. TD Yds./ Catch Yds./ Tgt. Total Yds. Total TD Yds./ Touch
1st Team Rawleigh Williams III Arkansas 27 180 6.7 0 3 2 18 1 9.0 6.0 198 1 6.8
2nd Team Derrius Guice LSU 16 162 10.1 2 3 1 7 0 7.0 2.3 169 2 9.9

Williams has come very close to making this list on a number of occasions, and he finally broke through with a big game against Ole Miss. Guice, meanwhile, continues to be perhaps the best back in the conference, even if he won't be the best one on his team when number 7 comes back.

Wide Receiver

Name Team Tgt. Catch Catch% Yds. TD Yds./ Catch Yds./ Tgt. Rush Att. Rush Yds. Yds./ Att. Rush TD Yds./ Scrim. TD/ Scrim. Yds./ Touch
1st Team Malachi Dupre LSU 3 3 100% 100 2 33.3 33.3 0 0 0 0 100 2 33.3
D.J. Chark LSU 4 3 75.0% 91 1 30.3 22.8 1 19 19.0 1 110

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2nd Team ArDarius Stewart Alabama 9 8 88.9% 54 0 6.8 6.0 1 29 29.0 1 83 1 9.2
Tyrie Cleveland Florida 7 3 42.9% 79 1 26.3 11.3 0 0 0 0 79 1 26.3

This is the best of a bad group for this week. There have been some weeks where I'm not sure a single one of these guys would've made this list.

Tight End

Name Team Tgt. Catch Catch% Yds. TD Yds. / Catch Yds. / Tgt.
First Team Evan Engram Ole Miss 11 7 63.6% 111 1 15.9 10.1
Second Team Isaac Nauta Georgia 7 5 71.4% 74 1 14.8 10.6

After a bye last week, Engram slides right back into his rightful place on the first team. Nauta, meanwhile, is making a strong case that he should be next year's preseason all-league selection at this position.

Defensive Line

Name Team Tackles TFL Sack PD INT FF TD Havoc
First Team Derek Barnett Tennessee 3 2 1 1 1 1 0 4

Marquis Haynes Ole Miss 4 1 1 1 1 0 0 2
Jonathan Allen Alabama 3.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 2.5
Deatrich Wise, Jr. Arkansas 2 0.5 0 2 0 0 0 2.5
Second Team Lewis Neal LSU 3.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
A.J. Jefferson Mississippi State 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 2
Jeremiah Ledbetter Arkansas 3 1.5 1 0 0 0 0 1.5

Arden Key LSU 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

This was not the best week for defensive lineman, but Derek Barnett leads the way with another monster game. That makes it four straight weeks he's made first team All-SEC, something nobody else--not even Evan Engram at a weaker position--has done this season.

Linebacker

Name Team Tackles TFL Sack PD INT FF TD Havoc
First Team Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt 12.5 2.5 0 1 0 1 0 3.5
Kendell Beckwith LSU 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.5
Richie Brown Mississippi State 8.5 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Second Team Elliott Berry Tennessee 7.5 2 0 0 0 1 0 2
Shaun Dion Hamilton Alabama 5.5 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Lorenzo Carter Georgia 2.5 2 2 0 0 0 0 2

Zach Cunningham is so, so good. The game-sealing fourth down stop against Georgia might be the highlight of his career. Not enough people have watched him play.

Cornerback

Name Team Tackles TFL Sack PD INT FF TD Havoc
First Team Teez Tabor Florida 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
John Gibson Missouri 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 3
Second Team Taurean Ferguson Vanderbilt 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 2

Emmanuel Moseley Tennessee 7.5 3 0 0 0 0 0 3

The Florida-Missouri game was filled with great cornerback play, as both starting corners for each team came down with at least one interception. But none of those was bigger than Tabor's pick-six of Drew Lock in the second quarter, which really kicked off the Gator rout.

Safety

Name Team Tackles TFL Sack PD INT FF TD Havoc
First Team Ronnie Harrison Alabama 6.5 0 0 3 1 0 1 3
Ryan White Vanderbilt 9 1.5 0 1 0 0 0 2.5
Second Team Jamal Adams LSU 7.5 1.5 0 2 0 1 0 2.5

Rashaan Gaulden Tennessee 6 2 1 1 1 0 0 2

Another week means some more non-offensive touchdowns for Alabama, whose defense and special teams has now hit pay dirt more times than the entire South Carolina offense.

Kicker

Name Team Made FG Att. FG Long Made XP Att. XP Total Pts.
First Team Adam McFain Arkansas 2 2 43 4 4 10
Second Team Rodrigo Blankenship Georgia 3 3 45 1 1 10

These are some kickers.

Punter

Name Team Punt Att. Yds. Yds. / Att. Long
First Team Sam Loy Vanderbilt 8 378 47.3 67
Second Team Trevor Daniel Tennessee 10 483 48.3 60

These are some punters.

Offensive Player of the Week

Jalen Hurts, quarterback, Alabama

Defensive Player of the Week

Zach Cunningham, linebacker, Vanderbilt

And here is your All-SEC team through seven weeks:


Position Name Team
First Team QB Jalen Hurts Alabama
Second Team QB Trevor Knight Texas A&M
First Team RB Derrius Guice LSU
Second Team RB Trayveon Williams Texas A&M
First Team WR ArDarius Stewart Alabama
WR Isaiah McKenzie Georgia
Second Team WR Josh Reynolds Texas A&M
WR Jared Cornelius Arkansas
First Team TE Evan Engram Ole Miss
Second Team TE Hayden Hurst South Carolina
First Team DL Derek Barnett Tennessee
DL Arden Key LSU
DL Jonathan Allen Alabama
DL Marquis Haynes Ole Miss
Second Team DL AJ Jefferson Mississippi State
DL Carl Lawson Auburn
DL Jeremiah Ledbetter Arkansas
DL Lewis Neal LSU
First Team LB Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt
LB Jordan Jones Kentucky
LB Shaun Dion Hamilton Alabama
Second Team LB Richie Brown Mississippi State
LB Shaan Washington Texas A&M
LB Colton Jumper Tennessee
First Team CB Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama
CB Tre'Davious White LSU
Second Team CB Chris Lammons South Carolina
CB Teez Tabor Florida
First Team S Justin Evans Texas A&M
S Armani Watts Texas A&M
Second Team S Todd Kelly, Jr. Tennessee

S Ryan White Vanderbilt
First Team K Daniel Carlson Auburn
Second Team K Eddy Pineiro Florida
First Team P Trevor Daniel Tennessee
Second Team P Johnny Townsend Florida