Saturday was another wild day in the SEC, full of impressive individual performances. Honestly, there weren’t enough helmet stickers to go around. But we chose six SEC players we felt were the most deserving in Week 5.
Peyton Barber, RB, Auburn: The competition wasn’t stiff, but any time you score five touchdowns in a game, you’re going to get a helmet sticker. Barber has been one of the few bright spots offensively for Auburn this season, and he kept it up Saturday with 28 carries for 147 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-21 win over San Jose State. He basically was the offense for a team that has struggled to move the ball and score points.
Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas: This is beginning to look like the team we saw at the end of last season, and Collins is a big reason for that. The junior rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Razorbacks to a 24-20 win at Tennessee. With Jonathan Williams out for the season, Collins has now rushed for more than 150 yards in three straight games.
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: Is Fournette ever not going to get a helmet sticker? Better yet, is he ever not going to rush for more than 200 yards in a game? Fournette did nothing to hurt his Heisman chances Saturday with 233 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries, as LSU pulled away from Eastern Michigan 44-22. The sophomore has reached 200 rushing yards the past three weeks and is now averaging 216 yards per game on the season.
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: Finally, a non-running back. And it’s a defensive player at that. Garrett was tremendous again Saturday, doing his best to slow down Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott. Though Prescott still had a big day, Garrett finished with seven tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass break-up. More important, he helped the Aggies stay undefeated with a 30-17 win.
Will Grier, QB, Florida: Grier was among a large group of Florida players who missed practice last week while battling the flu. There was talk he might not even start Saturday. Not only did he start, he threw four touchdowns in the first half to lead the Gators past Ole Miss, 38-10. Grier finished 24 of 29 for 271 yards in what was his best game yet as a Florida Gator. The flu couldn’t stop him, and neither could the Rebels.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: This could have easily gone to Alabama’s quarterback, Jake Coker, who played his best game of the season in a 38-10 win over Georgia. But with five catches for 120 yards and a touchdown, we’re giving it to Ridley. The freshman accounted for 63 percent of the team’s passing yards, and it was easy to see why he’s quickly becoming Coker’s favorite target. On his touchdown, a 45-yard reception, Ridley blew right past the defense.