Week 4 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the SEC. The weekend slate featured Texas A&M's overtime win over Arkansas, Georgia's dominant victory over Mississippi State, South Carolina's last-second field goal to knock off Louisiana Tech, while Alabama and Auburn earned easy victories in conference play.
With the fourth 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 4:
SEC Week 4 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
Kirk was instrumental in leading Texas A&M to its sixth consecutive victory over Arkansas. He caught five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns, including an 81-yard catch and run that opened the scoring for the Aggies. He also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score late in the fourth quarter and caught a 10-yard pass from quarterback Kellen Mond in overtime, which ended up being the game-winning score.
Defensive Player of the Week: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Smith led the way for Georgia’s standout effort on defense in a 31-3 victory over Mississippi State. In addition to helping to contain Mississippi State’s offense to just 280 total yards, Smith finished second on the team with eight stops. The junior leads all Georgia defenders with 27 tackles through four games.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Brian Daboll, Alabama
Vanderbilt’s defense entered Saturday’s game ranked first in the SEC in scoring defense and limited its first three opponents to just 3.4 yards per play. However, the Commodores didn’t have any answers for Alabama’s offense on Saturday afternoon. The Crimson Tide recorded 677 overall yards, including 496 on the ground. Daboll’s offense averaged 7.3 yards per play, dominated the time of possession (42:55 to 17:05) and scored on nine of 12 drives.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Mel Tucker, Georgia
Tucker and head coach Kirby Smart designed a gameplan that completely contained Mississippi State’s high-powered offense on Saturday night. The Bulldogs gashed LSU for 285 rushing yards last week but was limited to just 177 on the ground against Georgia. Additionally, quarterback Nick Fitzgerald was held to 83 passing yards on 14 completions. Georgia’s defense also created two turnovers and forced Mississippi State to punt on each of its first five drives.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Fromm continued his impressive stint under center for the injured Jacob Eason in Saturday’s win over Mississippi State. Fromm attempted only 12 passes but connected on nine throws for 201 yards and two touchdowns. The true freshman’s first pass went for a 59-yard touchdown strike to Terry Godwin and later connected on a 41-yard pass to tight end Isaac Nauta for a score in the third quarter. Additionally, Fromm did not toss an interception against a standout Mississippi State defense.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Andraez Williams, DB, LSU
Williams takes home this honor for the second time this season. In the win over Syracuse on Saturday night, Williams recorded seven tackles, one pass breakup and one interception.
Team of the Week: Georgia
Kirby Smart’s team delivered a notice to rest of the SEC on Saturday night, as Georgia pounded Mississippi State 31-3. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to the steady play of quarterback Jake Fromm, running back Nick Chubb and a defense that limited Mississippi State to just 4.0 yards per play. After a 14-3 lead at halftime, Smart’s team scored 17 points in the third quarter to put the game away for good. Georgia is 4-0, undefeated in SEC play, is the team to beat in the East Division and is plenty capable of finishing in the top 10 this year.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Luke Del Rio, QB, Florida
Florida’s 30-game winning streak over Kentucky appeared to be over deep in the second half of Saturday night’s contest in Lexington. In an effort to spark the offense in the third quarter, coach Jim McElwain inserted Del Rio into the game over redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks. Del Rio tossed an interception but ended the game by completing 9 of 14 passes for 74 yards and a five-yard touchdown pass with less than a minute remaining that gave Florida the 28-27 victory.