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Who were the league’s best in Week 3?

After a ho-hum Week 2, Week 3 gave SEC fans a number of exciting in-conference matchups. Alabama-Ole Miss was the headliner, but Georgia-Missouri, LSU-Mississippi State, and Texas A&M-Auburn were all intriguing matchups as well. Even South Carolina-East Carolina was interesting.

The season is still young, but Week 3 was our first opportunity to see how the SEC stacks up against one another on a large scale.

Let’s dive into which players stood out in our third lap around the track. As always, if you’re not familiar with the premise of this column, check out Week 1’s edition for the rules.

Quarterback

Name Team Comp. Att. Yds. Comp% TD INT Yds./Att. Rush Rush Yds. Yds./ Rush Rush TD Total Yds. Total TD
1st Team Stephen Johnson Kentucky 17 22 310 77.3% 3 0 14.1 10 51 5.1 0 361 3
2nd Team Jalen Hurts Alabama 19 31 158 61.3% 0 0 5.1 17 155 9.1 0 313 0

Give major credit to Johnson, who came in off the bench in relief of an injured Drew Barker, and was damn near perfect. Barker has looked both really good and really bad at times this season, and if Johnson continues to play like this in his absence, the Wildcats might have a quarterback controversy brewing.

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 Damien Harris Alabama 16 144 9.0 1 2 2 1 0 0.5 0.5 146 2 8.1
2nd Team Benjamin Snell, Jr. Kentucky 17 136 8.0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 136 4 8.0

Harris' play this season has announced him as perhaps the league's premier homerun-hitting back, while the little-known Snell enjoyed a breakout game, scoring the most touchdowns of any SEC player in a single game so far this season.

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 Isaiah McKenzie Georgia 16 10 62.5% 122 2 12.2 7.63 2 19 9.5 1 141 3 11.8
J'Mon Moore Missouri 13 8 61.5% 196 2 24.5 15.1 0 0 0 0 196

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2nd Team Josh Reynolds Texas A&M 9 7 77.8% 98 1 14.0 10.9 0 0 0 0 98 1 14.0
Josh Malone Tennessee 8 5 62.5% 69 2 13.8 8.6 0 0 0 0 69 2 13.8

For 58 minutes of Georgia-Missouri, it would've been fair to consider J'Mon Moore the player of the game. Isaiah McKenzie was no slouch himself up to that point, but it was his go-ahead touchdown from Jacob Eason on 4th down, and Moore's game-sealing fumble on the next play from scrimmage, that solidified McKenzie's place as my player of the week.

Tight End

Name Team Tgt. Catch Catch% Yds. TD Yds. / Catch Yds. / Tgt.
First Team Evan Engram Ole Miss 12 9 75.0% 138 1 15.3 11.5
Second Team C.J. Conrad Kentucky 5 5 100% 133 3 26.6 26.6

What an awesome week for these two tight ends. Conrad would've been first team in nearly any other week, but Engram's play against Alabama is just a little more impactful, even if it came in a loss.

Defensive Line

Name Team Tackles TFL Sack PD INT FF TD Havoc
First Team Charles Harris Missouri 5.5 4 3 1 0 0 0 5

Marquis Haynes Ole Miss 4 2 1 0 0 1 0 3
Arden Key LSU 3.5 2.5 2 0 0 1 0 3.5
Jeremiah Ledbetter Arkansas 3.5 1.5 1.5 2 0 0 0 3.5
Second Team Lewis Neal LSU 5 2 1.5 0 0 0 0 2
Jabari Zuniga Florida 3 2 2 0 0 1 0 3
Jonathan Allen Alabama 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 1

Terry Beckner, Jr. Missouri 5.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Welcome back, Charles Harris. The Mizzou defensive end had been largely absent in the Tigers' first two games, but he was the best player on the field Saturday night. He's the Defensive Player of the Week.

Elsewhere, guys like Marquis Haynes and Jonathan Allen made some huge plays in the most hyped matchup of the season so far, while Florida's Zuniga continues to play like the best freshman defensive lineman in the conference.

Linebacker

Name Team Tackles TFL Sack PD INT FF TD Havoc
First Team Claude George Texas A&M 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 3
Shaun Dion Hamilton Alabama 5.5 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
Dezmond Harris Mississippi State 4.5 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Second Team Zach Cunnngham Vanderbilt 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Donavin Newsom Missouri 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Kendell Beckwith LSU 4.5 1 0 1 0 0 0 2

This wasn't the greatest week for SEC linebackers as a group, but guys like George and Hamilton showed out in games their teams needed to win if they wanted to keep paced in the West.

Cornerback

Name Team Tackles TFL Sack PD INT FF TD Havoc
First Team Chris Lammons South Carolina 7 2 1 1 1 1 0 4
Juwuan Briscoe Georgia 3 0 0 2 1 1 0 3
Second Team Ryan Pulley Arkansas 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 2

Marlon Humphrey Alabama 4.5 0 0 2 0 0 0 2

East Carolina throws a ton, but they run too many plays at Chris Lammons, who stuffed the stat sheet in a number of different areas. Briscoe had a rough first half covering J'Mon Moore, but his second half interception and -- especially -- forced fumble were game-changing plays.

Safety

Name Team Tackles TFL Sack PD INT FF TD Havoc
First Team Quincy Mauger Georgia 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 2
Justin Evans Texas A&M 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Second Team Mike Edwards Kentucky 10 1 0 3 0 0 0 4

Marcus Maye Florida 4.5 1.5 1 1 1 0 0 2.5

Like Briscoe, Quincy Mauger had a gigantic second half as the Georgia secondary consistently forced Drew Lock into mistakes. His 4th quarter interception in the endzone prevented Mizzou from having a chance to go up to scores, preserving UGA's shot to win.

Kicker

Name Team Made FG Att. FG Long Made XP Att. XP Total Pts.
First Team Daniel LaCamera Texas A&M 5 5 46 2 2 17
Second Team Gary Wunderlich Ole Miss 3 3 38 4 4 13

LaCamera had arguably the best game of any special teams player so far this season.

Punter

Name Team Punt Att. Yds. Yds. / Att. Long
First Team Corey Fatony Missouri 5 252 50.4 60
Second Team Gary Wunderlich Ole Miss 3 164 54.7 68

Wunderlich deserves major kudos for pulling double duty against Alabama.

Offensive Player of the Week

Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Georgia

Defensive Player of the Week

Charles Harris, DE, Missouri