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:
|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.
|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.
|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|
|2nd Team||ArDarius Stewart||Alabama||9||8||88.9%||54||0||6.8||6.0||1||29||29.0||1||83||1||9.2|
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.
|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.
|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|
|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|
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.
|First Team||Zach Cunningham||Vanderbilt||12.5||2.5||0||1||0||1||0||3.5|
|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|
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.
|First Team||Teez Tabor||Florida||2||0||0||1||1||0||1||1|
|Second Team||Taurean Ferguson||Vanderbilt||3||1||0||1||0||0||0||2|
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.
|First Team||Ronnie Harrison||Alabama||6.5||0||0||3||1||0||1||3|
|Second Team||Jamal Adams||LSU||7.5||1.5||0||2||0||1||0||2.5|
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.
|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.
|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:
|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|
|Second Team||WR||Josh Reynolds||Texas A&M|
|First Team||TE||Evan Engram||Ole Miss|
|Second Team||TE||Hayden Hurst||South Carolina|
|First Team||DL||Derek Barnett||Tennessee|
|DL||Marquis Haynes||Ole Miss|
|Second Team||DL||AJ Jefferson||Mississippi State|
|First Team||LB||Zach Cunningham||Vanderbilt|
|LB||Shaun Dion Hamilton||Alabama|
|Second Team||LB||Richie Brown||Mississippi State|
|LB||Shaan Washington||Texas A&M|
|First Team||CB||Minkah Fitzpatrick||Alabama|
|Second Team||CB||Chris Lammons||South Carolina|
|First Team||S||Justin Evans||Texas A&M|
|S||Armani Watts||Texas A&M|
|Second Team||S||Todd Kelly, Jr.||Tennessee|
|First Team||K||Daniel Carlson||Auburn|
|Second Team||K||Eddy Pineiro||Florida|
|First Team||P||Trevor Daniel||Tennessee|
|Second Team||P||Johnny Townsend||Florida|