SEC Football: Ranking Top 10 Individual Performances from Week 4
The fireworks from Week 3 in the SEC didn't quite carry over into Week 4, but the nation's top conference still gave us plenty of great performances.
As the season moves on, the best players are starting to call this list a home, and as much as we love variety, great efforts are always going to be rewarded.
The theme thus far seems to be dual-threat players, from quarterbacks who can run and throw to receivers who can catch and return kicks.
This week, however, we even have a triple-threat!
Here are the top 10 performances in the SEC from Week 4 of the 2013 college football season.
10) Jamerson Love, Mississippi State
It usually takes consistent play throughout an entire game to make this list.
But returning an interception 70 yards for a touchdown is another way to do it. And if you have a sweet name like Jamerson Love, well, game over.
The junior defensive back on Mississippi State picked off a pass by Troy's Corey Robinson on the Trojans' first drive of the game and took it to the house to give the Bulldogs a quick 7-0 lead.
That kind of effort is always going to make a difference, but when it comes at the beginning of the game, it provides momentum that can carry over into a blowout victory, like it did on Saturday.
9) Jonathan Krause, Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt played poorly on Saturday in a win over Massachusetts, but if it weren't for wide receiver Jonathan Krause, the Commordores may not have won at all.
While fellow wideout Jordan Matthews usually grabs the headlines, on Saturday it was the senior from Snellville, Georgia who made the biggest difference for his team.
Krause caught six passes for 105 yards and a score, including a 42-yarder to get his team on the board in the first quarter. He also returned two punts, one of which went for 18 yards.
On a day when the Commodores looked sleepy and sluggish, Krause came up with a big-time performance to spur his team on to victory.
8) Reggie Davis, Georgia
Speaking of sluggish, the Georgia Bulldogs let North Texas hang in the game for way too long on Saturday.
Fortunately for Mark Richt's team, wide receiver Reggie Davis brought his running shoes.
The freshman caught only two passes, but one of them went for 98 yards and a touchdown with Georgia backed up deep in its own territory.
The second was a 36-yarder, lowering his average to a pedestrian 67.5 yards per catch. That's okay, I guess.
It was the first two grabs of the season for Davis, whose effort helped the Bulldogs get things going in on a day when "sharp" was not a word you'd use to describe their play.
7) Florida Defense
The title of this piece says "individual performances," so we're rewarding several individuals who played a huge role in Florida's 31-17 victory over Tennessee.
In fact, if it weren't for timely turnovers in the first half, the Volunteers may have hung around and snatched the win.
But DL Darious Cummings and the rest of the defense had other plans. Cummings was one of four players with an interception, and the defense forced a pair of fumbles as well. All in all, the Volunteers turned the ball over six different times, with many coming in the first half when the game was still close.
Florida certainly has some issues this season, but defense is not one of them.
6) Tyler Murphy, Florida
Sometimes statistics don't tell the whole story.
For instance, if you looked at the box score from the Florida-Tennessee game, you'd see that Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy completed eight of 14 passes for 134 yards and a score. You might be slightly more impressed when you saw that he also ran for 84 yards and a score.
But the best part of Tyler Murphy's effort on Saturday was that he was thrown into the fire after Jeff Driskel was injured, and he led his team to a solid victory.
Florida has a championship-level defense, but the offense has had issues throughout the season. It remains to be seen whether Tyler Murphy is the solution at quarterback, but the junior put had a gutsy performance against the Volunteers and finds himself very deserving of the No. 6 spot on this list.
5) Aaron Murray, Georgia
Saturday probably won't be a day that Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray looks back upon with fond memories.
But you know you're doing something right when a sluggish performance amounts to a stat line of 22-of-30 for 408 and three touchdowns.
The running game wasn't spectacular, and the defense wasn't always good. But the senior quarterback put up another great performance to remind everyone (as if we needed it) that he is one of the best signal-callers in the country.
The team will need to play a lot better if it hopes to beat LSU, but you can count on Murray to be ready to go once again.
4) Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Everyone's favorite player makes the list of top 10 performances from the SEC yet again, and like it or not, he continues to put on incredible shows.
Johnny Manziel and the Aggies weren't playing a defensive juggernaut in SMU, but the super sophomore still managed to throw for 244 yards and a score. He also ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries.
No matter how you feel about him, it's clear that Manziel is a truly special player. Never before have we seen a guy so elusive, running around like his hair is on fire and then making a play that has you shaking your head.
If he continues to put up big numbers, he'll continue to make this list each week.
3) James Franklin, Missouri
A tricky road game at Indiana was all that stood between Missouri and a 3-0 start to the 2013 season.
Quarterback James Franklin made sure there was nothing tricky about it.
The senior completed 32 of 47 passes on the day for 343 yards and a pair of scores. He carried the ball for an additional 61 yards and a touchdown.
Franklin may not be in the realm of Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray and AJ McCarron, but he's proven to be a big-time weapon with his arm and his legs. If he continues to show off this kind of playmaking ability against upper-tier SEC foes, the Tigers may have a shot at an upset or two.
2) Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Quarterback Dak Prescott is sure making a case to retain the starting gig when Tyler Russell returns from injury.
For the second straight week, the sophomore put on a heck of a show. He threw for 233 yards and a score without an interception and added 53 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground.
We did tease about a triple-threat, right? How about double triple-threats?
Prescott also caught a 36-yard touchdown pass in the game, giving him one passing, one rushing and one receiving. Perhaps even more incredible is that Prescott's teammate, Jameon Lewis, accomplished the exact same feat against the Trojans.
Moving forward, Bulldogs fans have to be excited about the potential of the 6'2", 230-pound quarterback from Haughton, Louisiana.
1) Jeremy Hill, LSU
Welcome back, Jeremy Hill.
After a solid outing against Kent State last Saturday, Hill displayed all the tools of an elite running back against Auburn, carrying the ball 25 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns.
What separates this performance from several others on the list is that it came against a decent opponent in Auburn.
Hill's effort certainly begs the question of where he ranks in the SEC among running backs, and how close he might be to Todd Gurley and TJ Yeldon.
While the sophomore doesn't have quite the body of work as the aforementioned duo, several more games like this one could give the SEC the three best running backs in the country.
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