SEC Bloggers Week Two Review
Week Two under the gun
Each Monday, CFN's SEC Bloggers put the previous weekend under the microscope, looking for the Lucky 7
BG is Billy Gomila, BH is Brian Harbach, GH is Gabe Harris , RM is Russ Mitchell, and BS is Barrett Sallee.
1. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marcus Lattimore; RB, South Carolina
BG: Marcus Lattimore; RB, South Carolina – Simply put, he carried his team to a major victory this weekend. If South Carolina is going to continue to move forward, the legs of Lattimore are going to carry them.
BH: Marcus Lattimore; RB, South Carolina – His leverage against the UGA defenders was impressive; the way he drove his legs after contact looked nothing like a true freshmen.
GH: Marcus Lattimore; RB, South Carolina – 37 clock-killing carries, 182 leg-churning yards, 2 TDs, countless # of defenders trampled. True freshman living up to the hype; dominated this big SEC game.
RM: Marcus Lattimore; RB, South Carolina – McFadden. Jackson. Walker. To this list of RB's that we have found truly breathtaking at the start of their freshman years, I am already prepared to add Mr. Lattimore. This young man has greatness stamped all over him. (Nod to Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas; 12/146, 2 TDs.)
BS: Marcus Lattimore; RB, South Carolina – For every reason my colleagues mentioned above. Simply a dominating performance by the true freshman running back.
2. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
BG: Drake Nevis; DT, LSU – Nevis made Vandy's C Joey Bailey miserable, dominating the point of attack and disrupting the ‘Dore rushing attack and pass protection. Picked up 2.5 sacks.
BH: Nick Fairley; DT, Auburn – Against a very experienced MSU offensive line, relative unknown Fairley consistently blew up plays and made an impact.
GH: Nick Fairley; DL, Auburn – Led a defensive contest, as Auburn's unit began to show signs of life again. "Hit for the cycle": 2.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and 1 INT. (RM note: Though if Leon Berry could catch a simple, wide-open pass before running with it, AU's counting on Fairley in (best case) OT.)
RM: Justin Houston; LB, Georgia – 10 tackles, 3 sacks and a big forced fumble. That was about it for UGA's defense. (Nod to LSU's Ryan Baker; led a dominate Tiger D with 6 solos, 3 TOLs and 1 sack, 27 days after shattering his jaw. Welcome to the first string, Mr. Baker.)
BS: Nick Fairley; DL, Auburn – Gabe mentioned his stats, but the more important factor was that Auburn won because, not in spite of, its defense. Yeah, it was Miss State, and the Bulldogs might not be as potent on offense as initially thought. But Auburn's D needed a confidence boost, and Fairley provided it.
3. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Richard Kent; P, Vanderbilt – The Commodore punter kept the ball away from LSU's best athlete, Patrick Peterson, all night, and kept the Tiger offense in bad field position with 4 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
BH: Randall Cobb; KR, Kentucky – Cobb is such a joy to watch in the open field.
GH: Jeff Demps; KR, Florida – Not a lot to choose from this week; Demps gave the Gators a short field on his 2 returns, which were much needed for a struggling Florida offense.
RM: Dylan Breeding; P, Arkansas – Real slim pickings; 3 punts for 46 yards per.
BS: Randall Cobb; KR, Kentucky – 50 yard punt return for a TD.
4. COACH OF THE WEEK
BG: Joker Phillips – Kentucky's new HC seems to have gotten at least 1 thing right – get the ball to Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke. And then again. The duo had 33 touches for 4 TDs in the Wildcats' 63-28 W.
BH: Steve Spurrier – We know Spurrier loves beating UGA, but to run the ball the way he did shows the HBC may have learned there's a different way to win in the SEC now.
GH: Ted Roof – If you read Auburn scored 0 points in the 2nd half, would you have thought they won? I don't think so. Time will tell if the Tiger's D has turned a corner.
RM: Urban Meyer – Some people were even calling for a USF upset of the Gators, in the Swamp no less. But Meyer got everyone focused, and talent took over.
BS: Steve Spurrier – It has never been his style to play old-fashioned, smash mouth football, but he found something that worked and never let up.
5. BEST GAME OF THE WEEK
BG: UGA v. SC – Georgia did just enough to keep the score close, but not enough to feel like they had a chance to win. Witness the birth of a new conference superstar: Marcus Lattimore.
BH: Auburn v. Miss. State – It wasn't the offensive explosion we expected, but it could have gone either way for the entire 2H, and it was fun to see an excited MSU crowd fired up. More cowbell.
GH: Auburn v. Miss State – Not the most well-played game, but the drama on the final drive more than made up for it. The SC-UGA wasn't as close as the score indicated, which is why it didn't get my vote.
RM: UGA v. SC – Not as close as the 17-6 score makes it appear; convincing win for the home team Gamecocks, and the real introduction of one M. Lattimore.
BS: UGA v. SC – Big time game with big time SEC division ramifications. Old school SEC football; still undecided into the 4Q and both teams had a lot on the line.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
BG: Auburn v. Miss State – On the list of ways I saw this game playing out, a tight defensive struggle was not high up on the list.
BH: Georgia with zero TDs – I was certain a game with that score would have gone UGA's way… No offensive TDs shocking. (RM note: I'm preaching to the deaf here.)
GH: Tennessee's collapse – The quickness by which they sank is an absolute embarrassment. Not that I expected them to win, but that performance does not bode well for their bowl chances this year.
RM: Dan Mullen's depth chart – Thought we'd see a lot more of Tyler Russell on Thursday; not enough snaps for a passing QB to get into rhythm.
BS: Auburn's defense – The Tigers had allowed 26 or more points in 5 consecutive games heading into MSU. They only allowed the Bulldogs 14, and 7 of those came after giving up the ball on their own 20-yard line.
7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK
BG: Jordan Jefferson – There are struggles and then there's what Jefferson went through Sat. It takes a special level of failure to make one wish for Jarrett Lee.
BH: Jordan Jefferson – All you need to know about Jefferson's play is that Jarrett Lee might be called on to replace him.
GH: Florida's Offense – While the Gators fixed the snap problems from last week (minus the first series), if not for a short field courtesy of its defense, and Jeff Demps, the game might have been closer.
RM: Jordan Jefferson – Sloppy.
BS: Jordan Jefferson – At some point, a change needs to be made. But if the only possible option is Mr. "Pick Six" himself, Jarrett Lee, what else can Les do?
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