Here’s a look at the top three individual performances by SEC players from the weekend.
3. Georgia CB DeAndre Baker.
The skinny: Georgia’s defense shut down what had been a potent Mississippi State attack, and all three levels of the defense played well. We’re going with Baker as the guy to spotlight, though. He had Georgia’s first interception of the season and added two pass breakups and seven tackles. He did an impressive job in coverage and provided solid run support as MSU struggled to move the ball and finished with just 280 total yards.
2. Alabama RB Damien Harris
The skinny: Vanderbilt went into Saturday’s game with the top-ranked defense in the nation. Now? The Commodores are 31st. Harris, a junior, led a fearsome ground attack with 151 yards and three TDs on just 12 carries – 12.6 yards per attempt. The Tide rushed for 496 yards and six TDs as a team and rolled up 677 total yards. Harris scored on runs of 61 and 2 yards in the first quarter, then on another 2-yarder in the third period. The 61-yarder was his longest run of the season, and the three TDs were a single-game high and matched his total coming into the game.
1. Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk
The skinny: Kirk, a junior, had two touchdowns in A&M’s first three games; he had three Saturday in the Aggies’ overtime win over Arkansas, and all three were dramatic. He had eight touches and scored on three of them. In the first quarter, Kirk had an 81-yard catch-and-run touchdown; it was the longest catch of his career. He then had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to give the Aggies a 40-36 lead with 5:10 left in the game; it was the first kickoff-return TD of his career. Finally, he scored the game-winning TD in overtime on a 10-yard catch. Kirk finished with 246 all-purpose yards and the three touchdowns.
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