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College Football Week 7: Eckrich SEC Team of the Week

The college football season is back in full force and with a full slate of games on Saturday, we at PFF and our team of over 500 analysts has dissected and graded every player on every snap of every game to bring you the most detailed and valid set of picks you can find anywhere.

The Week 7 Eckrich SEC Team of the Week powered by PFF saw some impressive performances and, of course, the strength of opponent also factored into the overall selections as did the PFF player grades.

Quarterback

Joe Burrow, LSU

Our highest-graded quarterback is no ordinary Joe.  Not just the SEC quarterback of the week, Burrow again found himself on our national team of the week.  In addition to his stellar passing numbers (87.5% adjusted completion rate and 157.1 passer rating), Burrow picked up 40 yards on five scrambles, with 18 of those yards coming after contact.

Second-Team QB: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

Running Back

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

With Florida’s defense so keyed on LSU’s dynamic passing game, Edwards-Helaire was able to feast on open holes all night.  He had seven first downs or touchdowns in 13 carries, including three missed tackles forced and three 10-plus yard carries.

Second-Team RB: Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt

Running Back

Larry Rountree III, Missouri

Rountree III continues to lead the Tigers’ rushing attack, picking up 126 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries against Ole Miss. For the game, he had seven first-down runs, avoided four tackles and got 81 of his 126 yards after contact.

Second-Team RB: Rakeem Boyd, Arkansas

Wide Receiver

Ja’Marr Chase, LSU

Chase caught seven of his 10 targets for 127 yards and two touchdowns. In addition to his 152.1 passer rating when targeted, he forced four missed tackles after the catch.

Second-Team WR: Elijah Moore, Ole Miss

Wide Receiver

Justin Jefferson, LSU

Just like his receiving mate above, Jefferson continued his lights-out season by catching all 10 of his targets for 123 yards and a touchdown for a 151.3 passer rating when targeted.

Second-Team WR: Van Jefferson, Florida 

Wide Receiver

Johnathon Johnson, Missouri

Johnson turned in his best game of the season, putting up an elite 90.0 overall grade and 88.0 receiving grade on 11 targets.  He caught eight of those targets for 110 yards and avoided three tackles after the catch.

Second-Team WR: Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

Tight End

Kyle Pitts, Florida

Pitts is turning into quite the weapon for coach Dan Mullen’s offense. This week was his second in a row of double-digit targets, as he caught five of his 10 targets against LSU for 108 yards and a 21.6 yards per catch average.

Second-Team TE: Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M

Offensive Tackle

Saahdiq Charles, LSU

Against one of the better pass-rushing teams in the nation, LSU’s offensive line kept Joe Burrow clean on 24 of his 29 drop-backs. Charles allowed the lone quarterback hit on 30 pass-block snaps and had the highest run-block grade (75.9) for the Tigers.

Second-Team OT: Devin Cochran, Vanderbilt

Offensive Guard

Trey Smith, Tennessee

A feel-good story of the college football season, the now healthy Smith is getting back to his dominating self, finishing the Vols' victory over Mississippi State with an elite 90.3 grade. He didn't allow a quarterback pressure in 18 pass-block snaps and led all linemen in the conference in run-block grade.

Second-Team OG: Solomon Kindley, Georgia

Center

Lloyd Cushenberry III, LSU

Cushenberry III has struggled in pass protection this season but put up his highest-graded game in the Tigers’ big win. He allowed only two quarterback hurries on 30 pass-block snaps and had a season-best 71.3 run block grade.

Second-Team C: Landon Dickerson, Alabama

Offensive Guard

Deonte Brown, Alabama

In the Tide’s victory over Texas A&M, Brown allowed only one hurry in 36 pass-block snaps and also recorded the highest run-block grade among Alabama linemen.

Second-Team OG: Adrian Magee, LSU

Offensive Tackle

Landon Young, Kentucky

Young continues to excel on the Wildcats’ line. He did not allow a quarterback pressure against the Razorbacks and, on the season, has only allowed five quarterback pressures on 215 pass-block snaps.

Second-Team OT: Alex Leatherwood

Edge Defender

Terrell Lewis, Alabama

Lewis absolutely lived in the Aggies’ backfield, collecting 11 total pressures — including two sacks — on 35 pass-rush snaps. In addition, Lewis had three stops in the run game.

Second-Team Edge: Darrell Taylor, Tennessee

Edge Defender

K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU

Chaisson had a sack and QB hurry on 36 pass-rush snaps and was all over the field in the run game, leading the team with five stops.

Second-Team Edge: Chauncey Rivers, Mississippi State

Defensive Interior

Jordan Elliott, Missouri

The second-highest graded interior defender in the nation continues to dominate week in and week out. Elliott was the Tigers’ highest-graded defender against the Rebels as he tallied three quarterback pressures and five stops in the run game.

Second-Team DI: Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M

Defensive Interior

Raekwon Davis, Alabama

While not quite as much as Terrell Lewis above, Davis also constantly pressured Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond. Davis finished the game with five pressures.

Second-Team DI: Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

Linebacker

Jamar Watson, Kentucky

Watson posted an elite grade in his 40 overall snaps. He tallied three quarterback pressures, a stop, and did not allow a reception in his lone target in coverage.

Second-Team LB: Monty Rice, Georgia

Linebacker

Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State

Thompson was the Bulldogs' highest-graded defender and put forth an outstanding effort in a loss. He finished the game with an elite run-defense grade, collecting seven stops and missing only one tackle in 13 attempts.

Second-Team LB: Cameron Wilkins, Missouri

Cornerback

Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina

What a day for Mukuama, as the Gamecocks went into Sanford Stadium and upset Georgia. Also on our national team of the week, Mukuama allowed only four receptions on seven targets for 38 yards. He also collected the first, second and third interceptions of the season for Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm for a paltry 32.7 passer rating into his coverage.

Second-Team CB: Jamari Brown, Kentucky

Cornerback

Shyheim Carter, Alabama

Carter allowed five receptions on eight targets for only 45 yards and had a pass breakup in coverage. He was elite in the run game, too, collecting four stops and a 94.7 run-defense grade.

Second-Team CB: Jarvis Ware, Missouri

Safety

Nigel Warrior, Tennessee

Warrior finished the Vols' victory with two stops and allowed only one reception on two targets for 17 yards. Additionally, he picked off his second pass of the season.

Second-Team S: J.R. Reed, Georgia

Safety

Tyree Gillespie, Missouri

Gillespie was not targeted in the passing game, but he finished with an elite tackling grade, totaling nine tackles and four stops without a miss as the Tigers held off Ole Miss.

Second-Team S: Xavier McKinney, Alabama

Flex

Kristian Fulton, LSU

Fulton was the Tigers’ highest-graded defender. He allowed five receptions on seven targets, but for only 33 yards and had one pass breakup. In addition, he did not miss a tackle in five attempts.

Second-Team Flex: Brian Cole II, Mississippi State

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