Week 12 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the SEC. With four non-conference games on tap, there were a couple of one-sided performances on Saturday. Alabama, Auburn, Florida and South Carolina delivered blowout wins in their final tune up in the regular season. The Week 12 slate featured five conference matchups, including Mississippi State's comeback win over Arkansas, and Georgia's victory over Kentucky to rebound from last Saturday's loss to Auburn. Texas A&M also picked up a road win at Ole Miss, LSU knocked off interim coach Brady Hoke's debut on Rocky Top, and Missouri won its fifth game in a row by handling Vanderbilt 45-17.
With the 12th 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 12:
SEC Week 12 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Senior Day in Athens was a special one for Chubb and the Georgia rushing attack. The Bulldogs rushed for 381 yards and five touchdowns against Kentucky’s defense, with Chubb recording 151 yards and two scores on 15 attempts.
Defensive Player of the Week: Derrick Tucker, FS, Texas A&M
Tucker was instrumental in the win over Ole Miss, as the freshman recorded 14 overall tackles (one for a loss), one interception, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups. Tucker’s interception was returned for a touchdown, which gave Texas A&M the lead for the first time on Saturday night.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Jim Chaney, Georgia
Georgia’s offense rebounded from last week’s disappointing outing against Auburn to record 504 total yards and 42 points in Saturday’s win over Kentucky. The Bulldogs averaged 8.7 yards per play, gashed the Wildcats for 381 yards on the ground and converted four of eight third-down attempts. Chaney’s offense also generated six drives of 50 yards or more.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): John Chavis, Texas A&M
What a difference a half makes in the SEC. After giving up 24 points in the first half in Saturday night’s game against Ole Miss, Texas A&M put the clamps on the Rebels over the final two quarters. Chavis’ group pitched a shutout and allowed just 66 yards in the second half, which propelled the Aggies to a 31-24 road win. This unit also added an interception return for a score from Derrick Tucker in the third quarter.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
Okwuegbunam caught five passes for 116 yards and two scores in Saturday night’s win at Vanderbilt.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Moses delivered his best performance of the season in Saturday’s easy win over Mercer. He recorded 11 tackles (four for a loss) and one interception.
Team of the Week: Georgia
The Bulldogs rebounded from last week’s loss at Auburn to deliver a convincing win over Kentucky. Georgia’s offense recorded 504 total yards against the Wildcats, with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel helping guide a rushing attack that managed 381 yards. The Bulldogs allowed only 262 yards to Kentucky’s offense and generated three sacks. Erasing last week’s loss and getting back on track was a key goal for coach Kirby Smart’s team, but most importantly, this victory keeps Georgia alive in the CFB Playoff mix.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Montez Sweat, LB, Mississippi State
Sweat recorded four tackles (2.5 for a loss) and 2.5 sacks in Saturday’s win at Arkansas.