Players shined for both teams, so let’s take a look at who received GABA’s weekly game balls.
Arkansas game ball: Jonathan Nance
Jonathan Nance was one of the only bright spots after a forgettable game by the Razorbacks. He looked like the best player on the Arkansas roster, consistently making big grabs in the receiving game. Nance finished with eight receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown, including a long reception of 34 yards. Nance built on an already impressive 2017 season, in which he has already amassed 20 receptions and five touchdowns. Nance is the real deal, and one of the top targets in the SEC. He is a reliable receiver with sure hands, as this was displayed against the Gamecocks.
South Carolina game ball: Gamecock defense
This one was tough to hand out to only one defensive player, therefore the game ball goes to the entire Gamecock defense, which had a stellar performance on Saturday.
The defense scored three touchdowns; Interception returns by Skai Moore and Keisean Nixon, and a fumble return by T.J.Brunson. Brunson also recovered a second fumble earlier in the game. Skai Moore’s defensive touchdown was the first of the Will Muschamp era.
Chris Lammons and D.J Wonnum also played well for the Gamecock defense. Lammons had four total tackles, including a tackle-for-loss and also had a pass deflection. Wonnum also had a tackle-for-less and two passes defended.
This was a statement win for the Gamecock defense that keeps getting better every week. They came out with anger after the loss to Texas A&M, and put on one its best performances in recent memory.
The Razorbacks travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the number one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.
The Gamecocks are on the road and take on the Tennessee Volunteers.