Week 3 of SEC Football is among us, so it is time for me to give my top players to watch in the SEC.
I will be picking one offensive, one defensive, and one wildcard player (can be offense, defense, or special teams), as well as some honorable mentions, who I think, will either stand out or be someone worth keeping an eye on for the upcoming week.
Offensive Player to Watch
- Stetson Bennett – Georgia
- The unkown QB3, Junior, former walk-on, has truly taken, at least the SEC by storm. Coming into the first game he was a solidified backup, but turned into a star. He is completing almost 65% of his passes for over 450 yards and 3 TDs with no interceptions. He hasn’t had to make any flashy plays or anything along those lines, but has played consistently well. Tennessee will be a tough task, so if Bennett really wants to prove himself as an SEC starter, this is his game to do so.
Defensive Player to Watch
- Henry To’o To’o – Tennessee
- To’o To’o is playing really well for this Volunteer defense and will need a big game this weekend to take down the Bulldogs. If Tennessee wants to really gain some respect, they need to do so now. To’o To’o is leading the defense in tackles, interceptions, and touchdowns. Look for him to come up big vs. a better than expected Stetson Bennett and Bulldog offense.
Wildcard Player to Watch
- Matt Corral – Ole Miss
- We know Kentucky’s defense isn’t the best right now, an dis actually statistically the worst, but Corral still went out last week and put on a show. In a high tempo offense he managed to not only beat the Wildcats through the air, but on the ground as well. Kentucky is one team, but he also played extremely well vs. Florida the week before. If Ole Miss has any sort of upset ideas, Corral is going to have to play the best game he has all season.
- Mac Jones – Alabama
- At the beginning of the season many, including myself, though Jones was a short-term problem rather than a long-term solution. He has completely silenced the critics, this year, and has even gotten some of them to start thinking of him as a Heisman candidate. I believe he should be in the conversation, so look for him to light up the scoreboard against a bad Ole Miss defense.
- Kentucky Defense
- This one might be cheating a little bit, but Kentucky has statistically the worst pass defense in the entire country. This week they’re going up against an air raid attack that could light them up on the scoreboard. Arkansas, of all teams, found a way to contain the attack, and I know Kentucky’s defense is better than what they have produced. I think this is finally the week that they put it together and halt a high powered offense. Or, Costello throws for 1k yards. Either way should be interesting to see.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.