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Week 9 college football standouts

SEC skill players dominate.

Mississippi v Vanderbilt Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

We have a great idea of the college football landscape at this point, save for the Pac-12 still not starting yet. So, Week 9’s top performers should hardly be a surprise to those who have paid attention.

Elijah Moore has been a pass-catching machine all year and Friday was no different. With 14 receptions, 238 yards and three touchdowns, Moore absolutely eviscerated Vanderbilt’s defense. Moore’s dominant performance was fifth game in the last six weeks with double digit catches and his second 200+ yard game of the season.

Moore is a monster after the catch with his great vision, agility and speed. Despite being a smaller receiver at 5’9” and under 190 pounds, Ole Miss is intent on using him as the focal point of their passing offense. Expect him to continue eating up receptions and putting up highlights for the rest of the year.

Defensively, it’s hard to be more impressed with anyone than what Patrick Surtain did to Mississippi State on Saturday. The 6’2” cornerback was lockdown in the pass game, picking off one of the few passes thrown his way and returning it for a touchdown. He was also active against the run for all four quarters.

Surtain has proved week in and out his ability to play the pass and run at a high level. His display against a pass happy Bulldogs offense was indicative of what he’s been doing all season.