With the second weekend of the 2018 season in the books for the SEC, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances. Each week, Athlon Sports will highlight some of the top performers in college football with its weekly awards section. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the SEC's offensive, defensive, coordinator, team and freshman from Week 2.
SEC Week 2 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
Mond was impressive in a losing effort for Texas A&M. The sophomore completed 23 of 40 passes for 430 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 33 yards on 10 carries.
Defensive Player of the Week: Deandre Baker, DB, Georgia
Baker led the way for Georgia’s defense in Saturday’s win against South Carolina. The senior recorded six tackles, one pass breakup and an interception.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Eddie Gran, Kentucky
The Wildcats recorded 454 yards (8.0 per play) and went 9 of 13 on third-down attempts in Saturday night’s win over Florida. Running back Benny Snell led the way with 175 rushing yards, and quarterback Terry Wilson was efficient through the air (11 of 16) while also contributing 105 yards on the ground.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Bob Shoop, Mississippi State
Mississippi State’s defense held Kansas State to just 213 yards (3.8 per play) in Saturday’s 31-10 victory. The Bulldogs also recorded four sacks, eight tackles for a loss and allowed only one drive longer than 50 yards.
Team of the Week: Kentucky
Wildcats ended a 31-game losing streak to Florida by winning 27-16 in Gainesville on Saturday night.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn
Schwartz caught three passes for 67 yards and a touchdown and added 50 rushing yards and a score in Auburn’s win over Alabama State.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Bryce Thompson, CB, Tennessee
Tennessee got the first victory of Jeremy Pruitt’s tenure on Saturday, defeating East Tennessee State 59-3. Thompson stuffed the stat sheet for Pruitt’s defense, recording four tackles (two for a loss), one interception and one pass breakup.