Week 12 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the SEC. Saturday's slate featured a handful of non-conference games, but LSU-Florida, Arkansas-Mississippi State, Tennessee-Missouri and Ole Miss-Vanderbilt provided intrigue from conference play. Florida upset LSU in Baton Rouge to clinch the SEC East title, while Vanderbilt moved a step closer to a bowl game thanks to a victory over Ole Miss. Tennessee's offense shined in a win over Missouri, and Arkansas used a strong performance from running back Rawleigh Williams to knock off Mississippi State in Starkville.
With the third weekend of November games 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 12:
SEC Week 12 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
Dobbs was flawless in his final game in Neyland Stadium. The senior guided Tennessee to a 63-37 win over Missouri and led the offense to an average of 9.1 yards per play. Dobbs completed 15 of 23 passes for 223 yards and three scores and rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.
Defensive Player of the Week: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Garrett has been dealing with an ankle injury for most of the season, but the junior seemed to be at full strength in Saturday’s win over UTSA. Garrett wreaked havoc in the Roadrunners’ backfield throughout the afternoon, recording eight tackles (4.5 for a loss), 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Dan Enos, Arkansas
Mississippi State’s defense had no answer for Arkansas’ balanced attack on Saturday night. Enos dialed up all of the right calls against the Bulldogs, as the Razorbacks recorded set a school record for most yards in a SEC game (661). Additionally, Arkansas converted 7 of 11 third-down attempts and went six-for-six in red zone scoring opportunities. The Razorbacks averaged 9.9 yards per play, never punted and recorded 27 first downs.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Geoff Collins, Florida
Florida surrendered 423 total yards to LSU, but Geoff Collins’ group made stops when it mattered. The Gators forced two fumbles – including one with the Tigers in scoring position in the second quarter – and stopped the Tigers from scoring after a bad snap resulted in a pass on a field goal attempt. However, the play of the game for Collins’ group took place on the final snap. Florida’s defense stopped running back Derrius Guice from the one-yard line to secure the victory and a trip to Atlanta for the SEC title.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Damarea Crockett, RB, Missouri
Crockett posted a strong performance in Missouri’s 63-37 loss at Tennessee. The freshman repeatedly gashed the Volunteers, ending the game with 225 yards and one touchdown on 24 attempts. Crockett averaged a healthy 9.4 yards per attempt on Saturday, and his 225 yards pushed his season total to 1,062 – a new Missouri single-season mark for a freshman.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): David Reese, LB, Florida
Reese earns this award for the second week in a row. The freshman linebacker was terrific in Florida’s 16-10 road win at LSU, leading the team with 12 tackles and helping to limit Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice to just 123 yards on 31 carries.
Team of the Week: Florida
Thanks to Saturday’s 16-10 victory, the Gators clinched the SEC East title for the second consecutive year under coach Jim McElwain. Florida entered Baton Rouge as nearly a two-touchdown underdog, yet found a way to win behind a few timely plays on offense and a critical goal-line stand on defense. Quarterback Austin Appleby connected with receiver Tyrie Cleveland for a 98-yard strike for the Gators’ only touchdown, while the defense stuffed LSU running back Derrius Guice on fourth-and-goal at the one as time expired to secure the victory.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Kyle Shurmur, QB, Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt moved one step closer to bowl eligibility with a 30-17 win over Ole Miss on Saturday night. Shurmur’s steady play was a big reason why the Commodores knocked off the Rebels, as the sophomore completed 17 of 30 throws for 273 yards and two scores. After only surpassing 200 passing yards once in his first eight games, Shurmur has eclipsed that mark in three consecutive matchups.