An updated look at the races for the top individual awards in the SEC:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: Even though he had his streak of six straight 100-yard rushing games snapped, Richardson still managed more than 100 all-purpose yards last week in the 37-6 win over Tennessee. He remains the most explosive offensive threat in the league.
2. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: Held without a touchdown pass last week in the win over Ole Miss, Wilson still leads the league with 2,011 passing yards and has been able to spread the ball around and get several different people involved in the Hogs’ offense.
3. Rueben Randle, WR, LSU: A newcomer to the top three this week, Randle caught two more long touchdown passes last week in the blowout win over Auburn. He leads the SEC with seven touchdown catches and is averaging 19.3 yards per catch.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina: It’s going to be a back-and-forth race for top defensive honors, but Ingram’s prowess for making the big play has him on top this week. He’s second in the SEC with 5.5 sacks.
2. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: The “Honey Badger” slips to second this week after being suspended last week for testing positive for synthetic marijuana. He’ll have a chance to reclaim the top spot, especially with his penchant for forcing turnovers and always being around the ball.
3. Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama: The Crimson Tide are oozing with talent on defense, but Upshaw has been a consistent disrupter whether it’s rushing the passer or playing the run. He leads the SEC with 11.5 tackles for loss, including 4.5 sacks.
COACH OF THE YEAR
1. Les Miles, LSU: The Mad Hatter just keeps on navigating potential land mines, the most recent the suspension of three key players last week against Auburn. The more drama this team faces off the field, the better it seems to play on the field.
2. Gene Chizik, Auburn: The game got away from Auburn last week in Baton Rouge, but LSU has done that to a lot of teams this season. The bottom line is that Auburn has a chance to win its third game in the month of October, which is saying something when you look at the schedule.
3. James Franklin, Vanderbilt: Don’t look now, but the Commodores have four wins. They’re two away from becoming bowl eligible, and Franklin has done an excellent job of changing the climate in and around the program. He and his staff also haven’t been shy about trying new things and being creative to help jump-start an offense that appears to be improving.