SEC Bloggers Week Four Review
Week Four 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
BG: Mark Ingram; RB, Alabama – Made big plays when needed and picked up tough yards, again, when they were needed.
BH: Cameron Newton; QB, Auburn – Cam ran all over the SC defense; responsible for all 5 Auburn TDs.
GH: Cameron Newton; QB, Auburn – 176 yards rushing and 3 TDs, not to mention 158 yards passing with 2 more TDs.
RM: Cameron Newton; QB, Auburn – What's not in the numbers: Confidence. In this league, with all things being equal, confidence will take you far. Confidence will help you win tight 4Q games. And Cam is building his team's confidence.
BS: Trey Burton; QB/WR/RB, Florida – Anytime you can replace Tim Tebow in the Florida record book, you're doing something right.
2. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Dre Kirkpatrick; CB, Alabama – Aside from an all-time gift of an INT, Kirkpatrick led the Tide defense with 7 tackles and also had a tackle for loss.
BH: Robert Lester; CB, Alabama – 7 tackles and 2 picks offs of Ryan Mallett deserve some attention this week.
GH: Robert Lester; CB, Alabama – 2 picks, including one that set up the game-winning TD.
RM: Charles Mitchell; S, Miss State – Led his team with 10 tackles, one for a loss, and a pass deflection; he was calm, cool and in the right place(s) at the right time(s).
BS: Robert Lester; DB, Alabama – 2 huge INTs, including one leading to the game-winning touchdown for the Tide.
3. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Patrick Peterson; CB/PR, LSU
BG: Patrick Peterson; CB/PR, LSU – Made the most of limited return opportunities with a 60-yard TD. And a sweet Heisman pose.
BH: Patrick Peterson; CB/PR, LSU – What is the definition of insanity again? Oh yeah, "KICKING THE BALL TO PETERSON".
GH: Patrick Peterson; CB/PR, LSU – He continues to do it all. Huge punt return for TD and a blocked field goal in a 6 point victory.
RM: Patrick Peterson; CB/PR, LSU – Why anyone would still kick to this guy is the real question. But what's up with all the cramping?
BS: Patrick Peterson; CB/PR, LSU – Freak. Of. Nature.
4. COACH OF THE WEEK
BG: Dan Mullen – He pulled his team off the mat after 2 tough losses, and dished one huge one to Georgia.
BH: Dan Mullen – After the Auburn game you just knew they were going to get someone; really should have been AU. But MSU takes out the other SEC Bulldogs.
GH: Nick Saban – Biggest Arkansas game in decades; Bama took the Hogs' best shot and prevailed.
RM: Dan Mullen – In Starkville, MSU should have at least tied AU in regulation, and they executed a great game plan against UGA. Mullen's rebuilding strategy is right on schedule. (Nod to Saban – great 2H adjustments.)
BS: Nick Saban – Led his team into a hostile environment and didn't stray from the game plan – even when it appeared it wasn't working.
5. BEST GAME OF THE WEEK
BG: Auburn vs. South Carolina – Big performances from both QBs; AU came through with a pair of big fourth quarter scores.
BH: Alabama at Arkansas – The stakes weren't higher in any other SEC game this past weekend. This game had a comeback, a goat and the best team in the country. What more do you want?
GH: Auburn vs. South Carolina – Exciting and well-played game capped off by another Auburn comeback.
RM: Auburn vs. South Carolina – Another AU 4Q comeback; this team's beginning to get that LSU circa 2007 feeling... Though we would have appreciated seeing Garcia late.
BS: South Carolina at Auburn – If you have Auburn season tickets, you've got your money's worth for the entire season – and it's not even October yet.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
BG: Ole Miss – The Rebs finally played tough against a non-conference opponent in what was really a must-win game.
BH: Connor Shaw – 6 minutes left, down by 8, on the road, and in comes a true freshmen at QB… Who proceeded to throw two INTs. Not sure pulling Garcia was the right thing to do, OBC.
GH: Trey Burton – Became only the 4th player in SEC history to score 6 TDs in a game, and the first since Cadillac Williams in 2003. Also broke Tim Tebow's school record. Not a bad afternoon.
RM: Trey Burton – Well, hello there Mr. Burton! I guess everyone should switch their number to 8; he nearly had that many TDs. Next Saturday in Tuscaloosa just got even more interesting.
BS: Trey Burton – Where did that come from?
7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK
BG: Gary Crowton – Against Miss State, LSU's offense found a rhythm running the ball and a limited passing attack. Against West Virginia, that rhythm became two left feet.
BH: Steve Spurrier – Garcia may have been groggy (I don't buy it), but he was not hurt – He was benched. Spurrier quit on the team, the fans and the game when put in Shaw; he let his ego get the better of him.
GH: Georgia – I'm afraid it's going to get worse before it gets better.
RM: Steve Spurrier – I'm not buying the "Groggy Garcia" argument; Spurrier was aggravated about the fumbles. Connor Shaw might one day be All World Everything, but off the bench cold in that situation was tough. And in one of the season's most important games! The definition of hubris, coach. (Side note – that anyone can be surprised by LSU and UGA's woeful offenses at this point in the season… Unless they do well, that is.)
BS: Georgia's offense – No matter what people tell you, Mark Richt is not on the hot seat. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, on the other hand…
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