Here’s a look at the top three individual performances by SEC players from the weekend.
3. Alabama LB Rashaan Evans
The skinny: Evans missed two games in September with a groin injury, but after his performance Saturday in the Tide’s rout of Arkansas, he appears to be all the way back. Evans was second on the team with six tackles, and he had 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries in three quarters of action. Alabama’s pass rush hasn’t been near as dominant as in recent seasons, but Evans’ return to full health can help change that.
2. Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown
The skinny: He gets overlooked within the SEC – heck, within his own division – but he is having a huge season. And he had a huge game Saturday as Ole Miss rolled over Vanderbilt. Brown had eight receptions for 174 yards and two TDs. He caught a 58-yard pass from Shea Patterson for the Rebels’ first touchdown in the first quarter, then caught a 39-yarder from Patterson early in the third quarter to push the lead to 44-21. It was his fourth 100-yard game of the season; he was less than 100 percent in the two games he didn’t reach the 100-yard plateau. For the season, he has 35 catches for 678 yards (19.4 per catch) and six TDs.
1. LSU LB Devin White
The skinny: White had a monster game for the second week in a row; he also was our SEC player of the week last week for his performance against Florida. It took a while for White and the LSU defense to find their footing Saturday against Auburn – Auburn jetted out to a 20-0 first-quarter lead, and CBS cameras showed fans leaving Tiger Stadium – but once they did, they clamped down. Auburn had 188 yards of total offense in the first quarter but just 166 the rest of the way. LSU’s offense certainly wasn’t a thing of beauty, but White and the defense kept LSU in the game and the special teams and offense pitched in in the fourth quarter. White, a sophomore, made a career-high 15 tackles, with two tackles for loss, a sack and a quarterback hurry. He made five tackles in the fourth quarter — when Auburn had just 36 yards on 18 plays — and his quarterback hurry came on Auburn’s penultimate drive.
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