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SEC Top Performers: Week 6

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Taking a look at the league’s players of the week, as well as names to watch out for.

South Carolina defensive lineman D.J. Wonnum was honored by the league office after his performance against Arkansas.
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The SEC league office named its players of the week Monday, and a Gamecock made the cut for the first time in a few weeks.

OFFENSE: RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn: Johnson racked up 204 yards with three touchdowns on 28 carries in the Tigers’ domination of Ole Miss. He leads the league with 122.7 yards per game and 11 rushing touchdowns, but has continued to be a somewhat underrated player from where I’m standing.

DEFENSE: DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama, and LB Devin White, LSU: Fitzpatrick was all over the field for the Crimson Tide in its win against Texas A&M. He notched five tackles, including two tackles for loss, forced a fumble, and came down with a big interception in what was a surprisingly narrow victory. White led the Tigers with 13 tackles, notched a sack, and broke up a pass on Florida’s final possession to seal LSU’s victory.

SPECIAL TEAMS: PK Daniel Carlson, Auburn: He was a perfect 3-for-3 on his field goal attempts and made all five of his PATs, which helped him become the SEC’s all-time leading scorer with 413 points.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: WR/KR Lynn Bowden, Kentucky: Bowden delivered on the hype, leading the Wildcats with 128 all-purpose yards and making three catches for 49 yards.

DEFENSIVE LINE: D.J. Wonnum, South Carolina: Wonnum was a one-man wrecking crew for the Gamecocks in their demolition of Arkansas. He notched four tackles, including one for loss, a quarterback hurry, and broke up two passes. He led the charge in a defensive effort that stymied the Razorbacks’ rushing attack, limiting Arkansas to 106 yards on 33 carries — about a hundred yards below their season average (205).

KEEP AN EYE ON ‘EM

RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Georgia: This is a two-fer because it’s hard to mention one without the other after what they did to Vanderbilt this week. Chubb went for 138 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns, while Michel notched 150 yards on 12 carries and a score. Chubb and Michel are well-known quantities to the Gamecocks by now, but that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with.

Nick Chubb is still a problem, who would’ve guessed it?
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QB Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt: Shurmur turned in a decent line, going 17-of-31 passing for 172 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions, but the shine is off the Commodores at this point. Of course, they’ve also been playing very good teams of late, and if there’s anything we can count on in this world, it’s South Carolina finding a way to struggle against Vanderbilt.