Here’s a look at the top three individual performances by SEC players from the weekend.
3. Alabama QB Jalen Hurts
The skinny: Hurts’ steady play seemingly is a given. He had another solid performance in the Tide’s 66-3 mauling of Ole Miss. He played just one series into the third quarter; he finished 12-of-19 for 197 yards and two TDs through the air, and rushed for a team-high 101 yards and a TD on 10 carries. It was his third 100-yard game of the season and the seventh of his career. He has guided the Tide to huge victories in each of the past two games: The Tide has beaten Vandy and Ole Miss by a combined 125-3 and has scored 50 points in back-to-back SEC games for the first time since 1945. Hurts has been responsible for 46 TDs in his 20 career games; that is tied for fifth in school history. He also has 4,942 yards of total offense, which is eighth in school history.
2. Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson
The skinny: Johnson paced a powerful rushing attack as Auburn smashed Mississippi State 49-10. The Tigers rushed for 244 yards and four TDs on 39 carries (6.3 yards per carry). Johnson had a 59-yard run on the third play of the game to set the tone and finished with 116 yards and three TDs on 23 carries. Johnson scored on a 1-yard run to open the scoring, on a 2-yarder to make it 28-10, then another 1-yarder to increase the lead to 35-10 early in the fourth quarter. Johnson, who has missed two games with injuries, leads the SEC with nine rushing TDs and has eight of those TDs in the past two games. He has rushed for 300 yards in three games and is averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
1. Texas A&M LB Otaro Alaka
The skinny: The Aggies’ defense was ferocious in the second half of a 24-17 win over South Carolina, and Alaka led the way. He finished with nine tackles, two sacks and five tackles for loss; the Aggies had seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss as they rallied from a 17-7 deficit to win their fourth in a row. Both of Alaka’s sacks came in the second half, and the second ended a Gamecocks drive deep inside South Carolina territory; A&M got good field position following the punt and drove for the winning score. South Carolina finished with 23 rushing yards, thanks to A&M’s pass rush, and was just 2-of-13 on third down. South Carolina finished with 279 total yards.
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