SEC Football: Ranking Top 10 Performances from Week 11
It was another banner weekend of college football in the SEC, as the state of Alabama proved it has two of the best teams in the country.
Aside from the stellar efforts of the Crimson Tide and Tigers, Missouri continued to assert itself in the SEC East and Vanderbilt made an impressive statement.
The conference of quarterbacks also saw another impressive weekend from the signal-callers, and several have become wily old veterans of this weekly list.
Let's take a look at the top 10 performances from Week 11.
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10. QB Bo Wallace
Life in the SEC hasn't been easy for Ole Miss as of late, and after starting the season 3-0, the Rebels dropped three straight.
Since then, however, quarterback Bo Wallace and company have won three in a row, which includes an impressive victory over LSU.
On Saturday, it was Wallace who once again stole the show in the Rebels' 34-24 victory over Arkansas, as the junior went 26-of-33 for 407 yards and three scores.
9. QB Aaron Murray
Quarterback Aaron Murray put in another solid day at the office against Appalachian State, completing 19 of 26 passes for 281 yards and two scores in the Bulldogs' 45-6 victory.
While the numbers won't grab your attention and hold it, part of Murray's placement this week can be chalked up as a "career award," as the senior quarterback also passed Danny Wuerffel's record for touchdown passes in the SEC.
Murray has had his ups and downs, and the 2013 season hasn't always been smooth, but he has put together one of the best careers in conference history, and Saturday was yet another cool performance from the talented quarterback.
8. WR Donte Moncrief
We've already highlighted the performance by Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace, but he wouldn't have had the same success without the efforts of wide receiver Donte Moncrief.
The junior has established himself this season as one of the best pass-catchers in the conference, and against Arkansas, he tallied seven grabs for 149 yards and a score.
Moncrief's touchdown came on a 52-yard pass from Wallace to make the margin 17 and put the game out of reach. It was his third 100-yard game of the season.
7. QB AJ McCarron
Quarterback AJ McCarron put on a classic performance Saturday evening against LSU, completing 14 of 20 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns in the Crimson Tide's 38-17 victory over the Tigers.
Like many of McCarron's games, he didn't light up the box score, and you probably won't see his throws on a highlight reel. But he made good decisions with the ball and managed his team to a 21-point victory.
The word "manage" can sound like a backhanded compliment, but McCarron is accurate, shows leadership and seems to always make the right play. Against an athletic LSU defense filled with NFL talent, the senior played a terrific game.
6. QB Dak Prescott
Dak Prescott still has some work to do as a passer. As a runner, however, he's as dangerous as they come, and even in a loss to Texas A&M on Saturday, Mississippi State's quarterback put on quite a show.
He completed 14 of 26 passes through the air for 149 yards and two scores, but he also ran the ball 16 times for 154 yards.
The result was 41 points and a gritty effort to keep up with the Aggies, who ultimately could not be stopped. If Prescott can find some consistency in the passing game and become a dual threat in every sense, he'll be somebody that no team wants to face next season.
5. LB C.J. Mosley
While the offenses have been in the spotlight for much of 2013, the SEC still seems to churn out great defensive players better than any other conference.
C.J. Mosley of Alabama is one such player, and his effort against LSU earns him the No. 5 spot on the list of the most impressive performances of Week 11.
Against the Tigers, Mosley helped account for 12 tackles, which included 1.5 for loss. He also had two pass breakups. His only mistake was a dropped interception that ended up being caught by LSU, but the star linebacker more than made up for it by flying around the field and solidifying the Tide's reputation on defense.
4. QB Nick Marshall
Remember five years ago when there were maybe four or five true dual-threat quarterbacks in the college game?
Now they're everywhere, but perhaps none of them can run the ball better than Auburn's Nick Marshall, who once again terrorized an opponent on the ground.
Despite completing just three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown, Marshall rushed the ball 14 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns for an average of more than 15 yards per carry in the Tigers' victory at Tennessee. His speed and elusiveness in the open field makes it difficult for opponents to keep up, although we'll find out just how far this offense has come when it faces Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
3. QB Johnny Manziel
Another Saturday, another touchdown-filled performance by Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
In the Aggies' 51-41 victory over Mississippi State, Manziel completed 30 of 39 passes for 446 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing for 47 yards. It was just another game in which he nearly reached 500 yards of total offense.
The sophomore quarterback did throw three picks, which is why the gaudy stats don't have him higher on the list. But he made play after play for his team like we've become accustomed to seeing, and it'll be interesting to see if he can continue to do so against LSU and Missouri.
2. QB Maty Mauk
Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk makes the list yet again for his dazzling performance in the Tigers' 48-17 win over the Kentucky Wildcats.
Mauk completed 17 of 28 passes for 203 yards and five touchdowns without an interception. That last bit is the key difference between he and Manziel, and it vaults Mauk into the No. 2 spot despite the yardage difference.
The win by Missouri moves the Tigers one step closer to capturing an SEC East title, and if Mauk can continue to perform at a high level, he'll have this team competing for championships in the years to come.
1. RB T.J. Yeldon
Looking like a younger version of Adrian Peterson, Alabama's T.J. Yeldon had himself a heck of a game against LSU Saturday night.
In the Tide's 38-17 win, Yeldon carried the ball 25 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. But it wasn't just the numbers that put him in the top spot here, it was the way he imposed his will down the stretch.
Yeldon had several runs where he seemed to simply punish defenders and carry them for several yards. He wasn't able to break a big one, but it was those backbreaking carries of five and six yards back-to-back-to-back against a stout LSU defense that really made the difference in the game.
The scary part is that he'll be back again next year.