Week 6 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the SEC. The weekend slate featured Auburn's easy win over Ole Miss, LSU's one-point victory against Florida in the Swamp, and Alabama's 27-19 win against Texas A&M. Additionally, Kentucky improved to 5-1 after beating Missouri, Georgia continued its dominant play with a 45-14 victory over Vanderbilt, and South Carolina handled Arkansas 48-22.
With the sixth 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 6:
SEC Week 6 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
With Kamryn Pettway sidelined due to injury, Auburn’s rushing attack hasn’t missed a beat over the last two weeks with Johnson as the team’s lead back. In Saturday’s easy win over Ole Miss, Johnson rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries, averaging a healthy 7.3 yards per rush.
Defensive Player of the Week: Devin White, LSU, LSU
White has been a standout performer for LSU’s defense this season and continued his strong play on Saturday against Florida. The sophomore led the Tigers with 13 tackles (one for a loss) and recorded one sack and one pass breakup.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Matt Canada, LSU
After last week’s sluggish performance against Troy, there was plenty of soul searching and meetings between Canada and coach Ed Orgeron about the direction of the offense. Following a week of uncertainty, it seems Canada has the offense pointed in the right direction after a win in Gainesville. LSU’s attack was efficient (341 yards and 5.3 ypp average) and had the edge in time of possession (33:50 to 26:10). The Tigers also did not have a turnover and converted six of their 14 third-down attempts. This was a performance Canada can build on for next week.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Travaris Robinson, South Carolina
South Carolina’s defense made life miserable for Arkansas on Saturday afternoon. The Gamecocks held the Razorbacks to 330 yards (4.8 per play), limited Bret Bielema’s rushing attack to just 106 rush yards, recorded two sacks and also chipped in seven tackles for a loss. Additionally, South Carolina forced four turnovers, converting three of those into scores. The three touchdowns scored by Robinson’s defense tied the amount of touchdowns scored by Arkansas’ offense on Saturday.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
The Aggies hung tough against Alabama, and Mond’s performance against the SEC’s best defense provided optimism for this team in 2017 and beyond. The true freshman completed 19 of 29 throws for 237 yards and a touchdown and added one rushing score and 14 yards on 14 carries.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): LaBryan Ray, DL, Alabama
Ray contributed to Alabama’s defensive line rotation, recording two tackles (one for a loss) and one sack in Saturday night’s win over Texas A&M.
Team of the Week: LSU
LSU picked up a much-needed victory on Saturday in a 17-16 win over Florida in Gainesville. The Tigers entered the Swamp a little desperate after losing to Troy last week, and there was plenty of angst in the fanbase on the coaching staff after the slow start in 2017. However, LSU’s offense showed flashes of promise using the shifts and motions coordinator Matt Canada promised to bring this season, and the defense limited the Gators to just 302 total yards.
Unsung Hero of the Week (Offense): Georgia’s Offensive Line
The skill players usually get most of the credit in the award department, but let’s give a tip of the cap to Georgia’s offensive line. The Bulldogs gashed Vanderbilt for 423 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday’s 45-14 rout. Nick Chubb rushed for 138 yards on 16 attempts, with Sony Michel chipping in 150 on 12 carries. On 54 overall attempts, Georgia averaged a whopping 7.8 yards per carry.
Unsung Hero of the Week (Defense): Isaiah Buggs, DL, Alabama
With Da’Shawn Hand sidelined indefinitely due to a knee injury, coach Nick Saban and coordinator Jeremy Pruitt need some of the other linemen to step up over the next couple of weeks. So far, so good. Buggs was active around the line of scrimmage in Saturday night’s win over Texas A&M, as he recorded 10 tackles (the most of any Alabama defender).