Week 7 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the SEC. The weekend slate featured LSU's second-half rally to upset Auburn, South Carolina's goal-line stand to beat Tennessee in Knoxville, and Alabama's easy victory over Arkansas. Texas A&M scored a key road win at Florida (19-17), while Georgia and Ole Miss picked up conference victories at home. Mississippi State was the only team playing a non-conference matchup in the SEC for Week 7, and the Bulldogs easily handled BYU 35-10.
With the seventh 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 7:
SEC Week 7 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Shea Patterson, QB, Ole Miss
Thanks to a big performance from Patterson, Ole Miss scored its first SEC win of the year on Saturday. The sophomore gashed Vanderbilt for 351 passing yards and four touchdowns on 22 completions. He also recorded one rushing touchdown and eight yards on seven carries.
Defensive Player of the Week: Devin White, LB, LSU
White was all over the field in Saturday’s win over Auburn. The sophomore collected 15 tackles (six solo and two for a loss), one sack and one quarterback hurry. White’s presence was instrumental in containing Auburn’s rushing attack after a fast start and delivering two defensive stands late in the fourth quarter.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Jim Chaney, Georgia
Chaney’s offense continued its development with another strong effort on Saturday night. True freshman quarterback Jake Fromm threw for 326 yards, and the ground attack posted 370 yards and four scores on 51 attempts. Georgia recorded 696 total yards and scored 53 points, which was the third consecutive game this unit has reached at least 40 points. In the win over Missouri, the Bulldogs averaged nine yards per play and punted only once.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Dave Aranda, LSU
After giving up 23 points through Auburn’s first five drives, LSU’s defense completely put the clamps on the Tigers for the rest of the game. Aranda’s group did not allow a drive to extend longer than 27 yards over Auburn’s final nine drives and limited Gus Malzahn’s offense to nine yards on nine plays on the final two possessions to seal the victory. LSU also generated seven tackles for a loss, three sacks and 11 pass breakups.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
The rushing attack has been the focal point for Georgia’s offense this season, but Fromm continues to get better with each snap and showcased his development in Saturday’s win over Missouri. The true freshman completed 18 of 26 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns and also added a rushing score.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Anthony Hines, LB, Texas A&M
Hines recorded four tackles (two for a loss) and one sack in Texas A&M’s victory against Florida in Gainesville on Saturday night.
Team of the Week: LSU
The momentum from LSU’s victory at Florida from Week 6 seemed to evaporate in the first half versus Auburn. The Tigers fell behind 20-0 and trailed 23-7 late in the second quarter. However, thanks to adjustments by coordinators Dave Aranda (defense) and Matt Canada (offense), LSU rallied for a 27-23 victory. Aranda’s defense did not allow a point in the second half and limited Auburn to just 46 yards over its final six drives. Canada’s offense scored on three of its final four possessions before the kneel down to win and averaged a healthy 5.7 yards per play against a tough Auburn defense.
Unsung Hero of the Week (Offense): D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
Chark was a key cog in LSU’s 27-23 comeback victory over Auburn. The senior grabbed five receptions for 150 yards and also returned a punt for a 75-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Unsung Hero of the Week (Defense): D.J. Wonnum, DE, South Carolina
Wonnum led a strong effort from South Carolina’s defensive line in the 15-9 victory over Tennessee. The sophomore generated six tackles (two for a loss) and two sacks against the Volunteers.
Unsung Hero of the Week (Special Teams): Daniel LaCamera, K, Texas A&M
LaCamera was a perfect four-for-four on field goal attempts in Saturday night’s win over Florida. The junior connected on a 46-yarder in the first quarter and his 32-yard connection with 58 seconds left gave the Aggies the victory.