Week 10 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the SEC. The weekend slate featured Alabama turning in another dominant performance, defeating LSU 24-10 in Tuscaloosa. Georgia remained unbeaten with a 24-10 victory over South Carolina, while Auburn knocked off Texas A&M 42-27 in College Station. Ole Miss upset Kentucky with a late touchdown, Tennessee beat Southern Miss, and Missouri picked up a key SEC win with a 45-16 blowout over Florida. Additionally, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Arkansas won non-conference games.
With the 10th weekend of the 2017 season in the books, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances from the SEC. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team, freshman and unsung hero from Week 10:
SEC Week 10 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
Stidham and running back Kerryon Johnson led the way for Auburn’s offense in Saturday’s 42-27 win over Texas A&M. The sophomore quarterback connected on 20 of 27 throws for 268 yards and three scores and added 27 yards on the ground. Stidham connected on three passes of 30 yards or more, including a 53-yard strike to Darius Slayton in the first half.
Defensive Player of the Week: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
A couple of Alabama defenders deserve consideration for this award, but this honor goes to Evans after recording 10 tackles (one for a loss) and one sack in Saturday’s 24-10 victory against LSU.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Josh Heupel, Missouri
Missouri’s offense torched Florida for 455 yards and 45 points in a key win for coach Barry Odom’s program. Heupel’s offense had plenty of balance in the victory, generating 228 yards through the air and 227 on the ground. The Tigers averaged 6.8 yards per play, converted 7 of 11 third-down attempts and scored on seven out of their last nine drives.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Jeremy Pruitt, Alabama
Pruitt’s defense held LSU to just 306 yards (4.2 per play) and 10 points in Saturday night’s win in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide limited the Tigers to 151 on the ground, forced six sacks and generated nine tackles for a loss. Additionally, only two LSU drives extended longer than 40 yards.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Fromm continued his steady play by completing 16 of 22 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s 24-10 victory over South Carolina.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
Williams recorded five tackles (two for a loss) and one sack in Saturday night’s win over LSU.
Team of the Week: Alabama
The Crimson Tide ranked No. 2 in the first CFB Playoff rankings, which provided plenty of motivation for Nick Saban in preparation for Saturday night’s game against LSU. Alabama controlled the matchup from the opening snap, as the Tigers never threatened to close the gap or take the lead. The Crimson Tide’s offense generated just enough production on offense (299 yards), and the defense limited the Tigers to 4.2 yards per play.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Ole Miss
In his second career start, Ta’amu torched Kentucky’s secondary for 382 passing yards and four scores on 31 completions. He also led the Rebels into position for the game-winning touchdown with a 14-play drive that resulted in a Ta’amu pass to receiver D.K. Metcalf with five seconds left.