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Midseason SEC Football Awards: A Comprehensive Look from LSU’s Jayden Daniels to Mizzou’s Eli Drinkwitz

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Midseason SEC Football Awards: A Comprehensive Look from LSU’s Jayden Daniels to Mizzou’s Eli Drinkwitz

Because the SEC’s season hits its midpoint, let’s take stock of where things stand.

Who’re the conference’s top offensive and defensive players? Whose coaching performance deserves acclaim, and who’s already in wait-til-next-year mode?

On this edition of “SEC Football Unfiltered,” a podcast from the USA TODAY Network, hosts Blake Toppmeyer and John Adams bust out some hardware.

Some award categories feature multiple good candidates, while others are a little bit of a struggle to search out a deserving recipient in what’s been a down yr for the conference.

Here’s the midseason honor roll:

Midseason SEC offensive player of the yr

Jayden Daniels, LSU quarterback: Daniels was just OK in LSU’s season-opening loss to Florida State. Since then, he’s been unbelievable, gouging defenses through the air and together with his legs. He’s doing all he can to cover up for a defense that is failing LSU.

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Honorable mention to Brock Bowers, Georgia tight end: Bowers placed on his superhero cape to assist Georgia fend off an upset bid from Auburn. He’s topped 120 yards receiving in three straight games.

Midseason SEC defensive player of the yr

Dallas Turner, Alabama linebacker: Turner is piling up sacks and tackles for loss, however the stats don’t tell the complete story. He’s disrupting plays, too.

Midseason SEC coach of the yr

Eliah Drinkwitz, Missouri: The Tigers are 5-1 and ranked No. 25 entering a key game against Kentucky. Greater than the record, they’ve found offensive life after a number of stagnant years. Credit Drinkwitz for hiring offensive coordinator Kirby Moore. Quarterback Brady Cook has taken off this season.

Midseason survivalist

Spencer Rattler, South Carolina quarterback: What could Rattler do within the SEC with supporting solid? We can’t know. He’s a one-man band for the Gamecocks, playing behind a shoddy offensive line.

Wait ’til next yr

Texas A&M: We do not actually need to elucidate this one, will we? We’ll inevitably fan the flames of the hype machine for the Aggies next June and shut it down come mid-October.

Biggest disappointment

LSU’s defense: The Tigers already are out of the playoff hunt and playing catchup within the SEC West race, despite being armed with the SEC’s top quarterback and two elite wide receivers. This defense offers little resistance.

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