- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Now that the games are over and the performances have been processed, it's time to take a look at the weekend's best from the SEC:
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee: Sure, the Vols were playing Georgia State, but that doesn't mean you can overlook the day Hunter had inside of Neyland Stadium during a 51-13 victory. A year removed from his devastating ACL injury, Hunter caught eight passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns. This was Hunter's fifth 100-yard game of his Tennessee career and his first three-touchdown performance. It appears that his knee is just fine.
Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia: He showed once again why he's one of the nation's best players. In Georgia's 41-20 win over Missouri, Jones registered eight tackles, one sack, forced a fumble and grabbed an interception. Jones' interception in the third quarter basically put the game away when he snatched James Franklin's pass and returned the ball 21 yards to the 1-yard line, setting up a Todd Gurley rushing touchdown that made it 34-20 Georgia. His sack of Franklin in the fourth jarred the ball out of Franklin's hand. Jordan Jenkins recovered the fumble at Mizzou's 5, setting up Georgia's final score.
Tyler Russell, QB, Mississippi State: Russell probably hasn't looked as poised in the pocket, as he completed 20 of 29 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 28-10 win over Auburn. When the Tigers brought the heat, Russell calmly adjusted and delivered pinpoint passes as the game progressed. He also found ways to make plays with his feet, helping him buy more time in the pocket.
Maxwell Smith, QB, Kentucky: The Wildcats absolutely had to have a win over Kent State Saturday, and they got it, 47-14, thanks to Smith and his arm. The sophomore connected on 30 of 39 passes for 354 yards and four touchdowns. All were career highs, as Smith became the first Kentucky quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards in a game since Mike Hartline did it against Georgia on Oct. 23, 2010. That was also the last time a Kentucky QB threw four touchdown passes.
Dylan Thompson, QB, South Carolina: He did a tremendous job filling in for the injured Connor Shaw in a 48-10 win over East Carolina. Thompson hasn't had much work on the field during his career, but he looked like a seasoned vet, throwing for 330 yards and three touchdowns on 21-of-37 passing. He also had a 17-yard run. Thompson produced from the start,throwing all three of this touchdowns in the first half. It must have brought quite the smile to Steve Spurrier's face when he saw such a vertical passing game from one of his guys.