With the fourth 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 4.
SEC Week 4 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Benny Snell, RB, Kentucky
Snell rushed for 165 yards and four touchdowns on 25 attempts in Kentucky’s 28-7 victory over Mississippi State.
Defensive Player of the Week: D’Andre Walker, LB, Georgia
Walker recorded four tackles (two for a loss), two sacks, one pass breakup and two forced fumbles in Saturday’s win over Missouri.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Mike Locksley, Alabama
Alabama’s offense recorded 524 total yards and averaged 8.6 yards a play in Saturday’s 45-23 victory over Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide torched the Aggies for 415 yards through the air, went three-for-three on trips to the red zone and scored on five of their first seven drives.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Todd Grantham, Florida
Florida’s defense held Tennessee to just 21 points and 4.6 yards a play in Saturday’s win. Grantham’s group recorded nine tackles for a loss and forced six turnovers versus the Volunteers.
Team of the Week: Kentucky
The Wildcats pulled off their second upset in SEC play this year, knocking off Mississippi State 28-7 on Saturday night. Running back Benny Snell carried the offense with 165 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while the defense limited the Bulldogs to just 201 yards. Kentucky is now 2-0 in the SEC for the first time since 1977 and should be ranked in the top 25 going into Week 5.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): JaTarvious Whitlow, RB, Auburn
Whitlow led the way for Auburn’s ground game in Saturday night’s win against Arkansas. He collected 49 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Eric Stokes, DB, Georgia
Stokes came up big on special teams in Georgia’s win over Missouri. He blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown. Additionally, he recorded four tackles and three pass breakups on defense.