SEC Football: The 10 Best Performances of Week 4
We are about a quarter of the way through the 2011 SEC football season, and each week we have been getting huge performances from players throughout the conference.
Week 4 was no different, as Southeastern Conference players made big plays all Saturday long.
Especially on defense, with 60 percent of my top 10 performances this week being defensive players.
Here are my rankings of the very best performances of the week.
LB Chris Marve: Vanderbilt Commodores
The talented Commodores linebacker is the leader of Vanderbilt's defense and delivered another big performance Saturday.
He wrapped up nine tackles and grabbed an interception, making his presence felt even though the Commodores lost 21-3 to No. 12 South Carolina.
FS Baccari Rambo: Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia safety Baccari Rambo missed the first game of the season but has emerged as a huge playmaker the last few weeks.
He is now tied for the most interceptions in the nation with four after grabbing two interceptions in Georgia's 27-13 win over Ole Miss Saturday.
The Bulldog defender was also able to rack up four tackles in the needed SEC victory.
LB Danny Trevathan: Kentucky Wildcats
It seems Danny Trevathan is good for a big performance every single week, and this week was no different.
The Wildcat linebacker recorded four tackles, including one and a half for a loss, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection. Unfortunately for Kentucky, they were trounced 48-10 by No. 15 Florida.
RB Isaiah Crowell: Georgia Bulldogs
Isaiah Crowell is the leading freshman rusher in the conference and has the fourth most rushing yards among all SEC backs, thanks to a big performance Saturday in the win over Ole Miss.
Crowell ran for an impressive 147 yards on 30 carries, giving him a solid 4.9 yards per carry for the game.
DB Tyrann Mathieu: LSU Tigers
In the huge 47-21 win at West Virginia Saturday, star defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was a big-time playmaker.
He created two turnovers, had six tackles, and a pass deflection in the victory. He is the emotional leader of the defense and seems to be all over the field.
RB Marcus Lattimore: South Carolina Gamecocks
Arguably the top running back in all of college football, Marcus Lattimore continues to produce big performances.
Not only did Lattimore run for 77 yards on 20 carries, he also had three receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown in South Carolina's win over Vanderbilt last week.
That is an impressive 150 yards of total offense and a score for the sophomore back, who is showing no signs of slowing down.
CB Charles Sawyer: Ole Miss Rebels
Even in a losing effort, Charles Sawyer had a monster game for Ole Miss on Saturday.
The defensive back had nine big tackles, grabbed an interception, and had two pass deflections.
To really make an impact on the game, Sawyer recovered an onside kick late in the game, but it wasn't enough for the Rebels, as they lost 27-13.
DE Melvin Ingram: South Carolina Gamecocks
Melvin Ingram is the emerging defensive star in the SEC, as he keeps making big plays each week.
Last Saturday, he recorded two sacks, recovered a fumble for a touchdown, had four tackles, including three for a loss, and broke up a pass.
His effort was a huge part of South Carolina's defense, limiting Vanderbilt to just 3 points on Saturday.
RB Jeff Demps: Florida Gators
In the past few weeks, teammate Chris Rainey was grabbing the headlines, but this week Jeff Demps is in the spotlight.
The talented back ran for 157 rushing yards and two touchdowns in their lopsided win over Kentucky.
The biggest play was an exciting 84-yard touchdown run by Demps early in the third quarter.
RB Trent Richardson: Alabama Crimson Tide
Trent Richardson is a big and elusive back and showed his talent once again this past Saturday.
The Alabama running back ran for 126 yards on just 17 carries and caught three passes for 85 yards and a score, as Alabama rolled over Arkansas by a 38-14 score.
When you rack up 211 offensive yards and a touchdown against a top 15 team, you've had a very impressive day.