We’re now through six weeks of the SEC season, so I figured it was time to give a shout out to some of the more low-key stars in the SEC this season. I’m obviously not going to discuss big-name guys like Jalen Hurts and Nick Chubb who you hear about on a weekly basis. No, these are guys who play for some of the less-hyped SEC teams that put up big numbers. Without further ado, here are this year’s midseason unsung heroes:
Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky: While he’s 95 yards back of Nick Chubb, Snell is currently second in the SEC in rushing yards with 523 yards. The 5’11,” 223-lb running back has also found the end zone 6 times so far on the young season and has been one of the biggest reasons Kentucky has gotten off to such a good start. Whether or not he has any draft potential is for the scouts to decide, but there’s no doubt he’s one of the more low-key college stars early in the year.
A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss: Brown has been Shea Patterson’s favorite target thus far on the year and a major beneficiary of his 156.2 passer rating. The 6’1,” 225-lb wideout currently leads the SEC with 504 receiving yards, which is 106 more than the next closest wide receiver (J’Mon Moore, Missouri). While he doesn’t possess elite size, Brown is obviously a very reliable receiver who quickly developed a rapport with his QB and is thriving because of it.
Tyrel Dodson, LB, Texas A&M: The 6’2,” 242-lb linebacker is having a really solid year for the Aggies defense so far. Through 6 games, he has 45 total tackles to go along with 4 sacks and 2 interceptions; against Alabama, he managed 16 total tackles and one of those picks. Only a sophomore, Dodson will be an underclassman to watch in the next couple of years, and could be an under-the-radar linebacker prospect for the 2018 or 2019 class.
All stats and info courtesy ESPN.
Cover photo courtesy saturdaydownsouth.com.