SEC Football: Ranking Top 10 Performances from Week 7
Week 7 in the SEC produced its usual share of blowout victories by the big boys, close calls by the teams in the middle, one significant upset by a league newcomer and a late-night shootout that went down to the wire.
And, as usual, it produced a wealth of standout individual performances by players recruited to star in college football's top conference.
Though there were plenty of others from which to choose, here is our ranking of the top 10 performances from SEC players from this past weekend of action.
10. Jeremy Johnson, QB, Auburn
Auburn fans saw the future, and had to like what they saw.
Freshman Jeremy Johnson made his collegiate debut in place of injured quarterback Nick Marshall and made the most of his opportunity, completing 17-of-21 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers' 62-3 win over Western Carolina.
Johnson was chosen to play over Jonathan Wallace and threw TD passes to four different receivers, including a 46-yard strike to Ricardo Louis.
9. Michael Sam, DL, Missouri
In a game that didn't have a lot of defense, Michael Sam's lone contribution to Missouri's effort on that side of the ball was a big one.
The 6'2", 255-pound senior defensive lineman was in the right place at the right time after Shane Ray sacked and forced Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray to fumble. Sam scooped up the loose ball and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown that gave the Tigers a 28-10 lead late in the second quarter of their 41-26 win at Missouri.
Sam only recorded one tackle and one pass breakup in the game but still managed to leave his mark with pressure on Murray as well as the score.
8. Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
Kenyan Drake was one-half of Alabama's two-headed rushing dominance in its 48-7 win at Kentucky.
The sophomore ran for a career-high 106 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, matching his TD tally and surpassing his yardage total from 2012. Drake also added three catches for 44 yards.
7. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
T.J. Yeldon's performance in the Crimson Tide's 48-7 road thrashing of Kentucky looked almost effortless.
The sophomore hardly broke a sweat in rushing for 124 yards on 16 carries, scoring on runs of 24 and three yards while also catching two passes from A.J. McCarron for 30 yards.
It was Yeldon's third 100-yard rushing game this season and the seventh of his brief career.
6. Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina
You'd hardly know Connor Shaw suffered a shoulder injury two weeks ago, considering the way he's played since.
Shaw threw for 219 yards on 19-of-28 passing with three touchdowns and ran in a score from 10 yards out to pace the Gamecocks' 52-7 obliteration of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Shaw has run for a touchdown in each game since injuring his shoulder in South Carolina's Sept. 28 win at Central Florida.
5. Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
The 121 yards Jeremy Hill gained in LSU's 17-6 win over Florida wasn't anything out of the ordinary for the sophomore.
What was remarkable was that it took just 19 carries and came against a Gators defense that entered the game allowing only 65 rushing yards per game in its first five contests.
Hill didn't find the end zone in the low-scoring game, but his runs kept the chains moving and helped set up all three of the Tigers' scoring plays.
4. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
Dak Prescott was not asked to throw often in Mississippi State's narrow 21-20 nonconference win over Bowling Green, passing only 11 times as he split time with senior Tyler Russell under center.
The sophomore was much more involved with the Bulldogs' running game, leading the team with 139 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 75-yard TD run in the first quarter, then scored from 10 yards out late in the first half to give MSU a 21-10 lead at the time.
It was the third 100-yard rushing performance this season for Prescott.
3. Bo Wallace, QB, Mississippi
Mississippi might be riding a three-game losing streak, but it's not because of Bo Wallace.
Wallace did his best to match statistics and highlight reel plays with Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, as the junior threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns in the Rebels' back-and-forth 41-38 home loss to the Aggies.
Wallace gave Ole Miss the lead twice in the fourth quarter via TD passes, the last coming on a 50-yarder to Jaylen Walton that put the Rebels up 38-31 with six minutes left.
Had Wallace been able to contribute on defense, maybe Ole Miss would have pulled this one out.
2. L'Damian Washington, WR, Missouri
L'Damian Washington had seven catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns in Missouri's 41-26 win at Georgia, including a 40-yard scoring catch thrown by fellow wide receiver Bud Sasser on a trick play in the fourth quarter.
Washington, a senior, also caught a 16-yard pass from James Franklin in the first half. He now has seven touchdowns on the season, including four in the last two games.
1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Johnny Manziel failed to throw a touchdown pass for just the fourth time in 19 career games, but the sophomore was far from inconsequential in Texas A&M's wild 41-38 win at Mississippi.
Manziel still threw for 346 yards, completing 31-of-39 passes and he added 124 yards and two rushing TDs despite briefly leaving the game in the first quarter with a knee injury.
Manziel wasn't flawless, throwing an interception and losing a fumble in the second half, but in the game's final minutes he orchestrated two quick scoring drives to pace the Aggies to victory.
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