Week 8 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the SEC. The weekend slate featured Missouri's easy win over Idaho, as quarterback Drew Lock torched the Vandal defense for 467 passing yards and six touchdowns. Additionally, Alabama dominated Tennessee, Auburn handled Arkansas in Fayetteville, and LSU continued to improve with a 40-24 victory against Ole Miss. Mississippi State also defeated Kentucky 45-7 to close out the weekend action from the SEC.
With the eighth 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 8:
SEC Week 8 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Guice recorded 276 rushing yards and one touchdown on 22 attempts in Saturday night’s 40-24 victory over Ole Miss. The 276 yards by Guice set a SEC record, as he became the first player in conference history to record three games with 250 rushing yards in a career.
Defensive Player of the Week: Levi Wallace, CB, Alabama
Wallace is having an All-America caliber season and continued his standout play with a huge performance against Tennessee. The senior recorded six tackles (four solo and three for a loss), two sacks and one quarterback hurry versus the Volunteers.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Josh Heupel, Missouri
Missouri’s offense had no trouble rolling up the points and yards in Saturday’s easy win over Idaho. The Tigers averaged 10.3 yards per play, recorded 28 first downs, scored all 10 times in the red zone and converted four of eight third-down attempts. Heupel’s offense only had two three-and-outs and posted a string of nine consecutive scoring drives in Saturday’s win.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Jeremy Pruitt, Alabama
Alabama’s defense suffocated Tennessee’s offense in Saturday’s 45-7 victory. The Crimson Tide held the Volunteers to just 108 yards (2.3 per play) and zero offensive touchdowns. Additionally, Tennessee converted just one of 12 third-down attempts, and Pruitt’s defense recorded nine tackles for a loss and four sacks. The Volunteers had only one drive that went longer than 25 yards against the Crimson Tide.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
Okwuegbunam looks like an emerging option for quarterback Drew Lock. He caught four passes (with three going for a touchdown) for 57 yards in Saturday’s win over Idaho.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Delpit led LSU’s defense with nine tackles (eight solo and one for a loss), recorded an interception and broke up another pass during the 40-24 victory over Ole Miss.
Team of the Week: Alabama
Alabama continued its dominance over Tennessee with an easy 45-7 victory on Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide limited the Volunteers to 108 total yards and didn’t allow an offensive touchdown. Alabama recorded 604 yards (seven per play) against Tennessee’s defense and converted seven of 13 third-down attempts. The Crimson Tide pounded the Volunteers for 272 yards on the ground, with Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa combining for 332 yards through the air. Alabama has won seven out of the last eight meetings in this series by more than 14 points.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Jeff Holland, LB, Auburn
Holland was a key cog in Saturday night’s dominant effort on defense for Auburn. The edge rusher recorded three tackles (1.5 for a loss), 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.