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SEC Bloggers Week Six Review
Week Six 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: Cameron Newton; QB, Auburn
BG: Cameron Newton; QB, Auburn – There’s no doubt who the MVP of this team is. Auburn would be in trouble without him.
BH: Cameron Newton; QB, Auburn – 4 1H rushing TDs for Newton helped Auburn get out to a big early lead, but his legs also saved the contest on the game winning drive.
GH: Cameron Newton; QB, Auburn – Erupted for 4 1H rushing TDs, and then took the team down the field during the final 19 play drive that ended with a winning kick. 2 rushing yards away from a 200/200 day.
RM: Cameron Newton; QB, Auburn – We’d like 4 full quarters, but once again Superman the Sequel lights it up, particularly in that final clutch drive. You think Meyer’s watching this thinking, “Damn.” (Nod to receivers A. Jeffery and T. Toliver.)
BS: Cameron Newton; QB, Auburn – Put a team on his back and led them on a game-winning drive for the ages.
2. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: No consensus
BG: Drake Nevis; DT, LSU – The Cookie Monster found a cookie. 7 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble; plus the manhood of the Florida O interior.
BH: Justin Houston; LB, Georgia – 2 sacks of Vols QB Chris Simms; dominated the Tennessee offense all afternoon.
GH: Tramain Thomas; S, Arkansas – 7 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries and the INT on the Texas A&M hail mary to seal the deal.
RM: Danny Trevathan; LB, Kentucky – I’d like to give this to every young man playing defense for SC and LSU, but as it’s a singular honor we’ll go Trevathan. In the loss to Auburn, 17 tackles (10 solo), plus a pass breakup and forced fumble. (Nod to LSU’s DT Drake Nevis – I can’t do any better than Billy’s note above.).
BS: Stephon Gilmore; CB, SC – 9 tackles and 2 sacks in upset over Alabama.
3. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Josh Jasper; K, LSU – Kept his wits about him as the lateral hit the ground and even managed to slip out of a tackle on LSU’s fake FG.
BH: Wes Byrum; K, Auburn – 3/3 on FGs, including the game winner with 2 seconds left.
GH: Wes Byrum; K, Auburn – 4/4 on XPs, 3/3 on FGs including another game winner to keep Auburn undefeated.
RM: Andre Debose; WR/KR, Florida – There’s been a Debose sighting in Gainesville! In the first KR for a TD against the Tigers in years, Debose kept the lights on in the Swamp when it appeared the Gator’s goose was cooked. Swung the momentum back to Florida.
BS: Wes Byrum; K, Auburn – Just another game-winner on his All-SEC caliber resume. After the amazing drive that Auburn put together to get him in that position, he had to feel just a bit extra pressure.
4. COACH OF THE WEEK
BG: Les Miles – Kicked the dirt off his shoulders and got his team to rally and outplay the Gators in the Swamp. IN THE SWAMP. And when the time came to make the right call, he made it.
BH: Steve Spurrier – Has the OBC learned to have some faith in his QBs instead of fear them? Spurrier met with Garcia an hour before the game telling him he was the guy today; that vote of confidence is what Garcia needed, and he delivered.
GH: Steve Spurrier – Give the OBC two weeks to prepare, especially with the best SC team of his tenure, and you will get results.
RM: Les Miles – LSU’s O & D game plans for the Swamp were excellent; minus some conservative play calling in the 3Q, the Tigers outplayed the Gators in nearly every respect. Without a fake FG, LSU doesn’t win in regulation and maybe doesn’t even get OT. The balls to make that call after last week’s firestorm… Since joining UF, Meyer has lost only five night games, and three of those have been to the Mad Hatter.
BS: South Carolina QB coach G.A. Mangus – It’s still hard to believe that Stephen Garcia played as well as he did vs. Alabama, one game after getting pulled late in the game vs. Auburn. Tons of credit to Mangus and Gamecocks’ head coach Steve Spurrier.
5. BEST GAME OF THE WEEK
BG: LSU v. Florida – You’re kidding right? A last-second nail-biter that defied the chalk talk to be high-scoring, and featured a last-second drive and 2 replay confirmations??? Obvious.
BH: LSU v. Florida – Les Miles in a close game with special teams trickeration… Sign me up every time.
GH: LSU v. Florida – Hardest weekend to choose so far this season, with SC v. Bama and UK v. AU. But the last second drama at the end of a nail-biter gives this game the nod.
RM: LSU v. Florida – You can’t go wrong picking SC v. Alabama given that game’s importance and pageantry. Plus it was closer than the final score hints. But for importance, story lines and sheer drama, it’s the Gators and Tigers. Sixth consecutive year these two teams have met with both ranked in the Top 15. The record? 3-3.
BS: Auburn v. Kentucky – Cameron Newton + Randall Cobb = Must watch TV.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
BG: Stephen Garcia – Before the game he was the reason I didn’t give SC much of a chance. But he was smart (minus his FG attempt), efficient and let his playmakers do their jobs. Experience counts.
BH: South Carolina – Even with the bye week, I expected the same old Gamecocks to show up. They didn’t. Unlike Russ, we aren’t ready to anoint them Eastern Division champs yet… To prove there’s been a true change of the guard, they need to avoid a letdown and beat Kentucky.
GH: Jarrett Lee – Left for dead 2 years ago, Lee has engineered 2 back-to-back game-winning drives. Talk about clutch. Completed 9/11 for 124 yards and 2 TDs, including the winner to Terrance Tolliver on a perfectly thrown pass.
RM: Jefferson & Lee – We expected to see more offense with the tandem QB option, but we didn’t expect them to be that proficient – particularly the first time out and in the Swamp. (Nod to MSU – an even better showing than we forecast. Break up the Bulldogs!).
BS: Stephen Garcia – Where did that come from?!?!?!?
7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK
BG: Patrick Peterson – His muff in the first half handed the Gators a cheap TD at a time when they were flailing in the face of the LSU D. And his cramping problem reared its ugly head in the 4Q when the D needed him most.
BH: Tennessee – After such a heart-breaking loss to LSU last week, the Vols showed up to Sanford stadium completely hungover. They were blown out of the building 41-14; the game was essentially over after the 1Q.
GH: Tennessee – I guess they aren’t over the loss to LSU. I didn’t think they would beat UGA but I didn’t expect that egg.
RM: Florida/Saban/Peterson - Saddle up; it’s a three way tie. UF: This team has far too much talent to be 2-2 in conference and 96th in the nation in Total Offense. At this point everyone has injuries, so no more excuses. Get it together, Meyer. (Btw, while we’re on bonehead coaching, LET THEM TRY THE 52 YARD KICK, Urban – a successful fake is the only thing that has the chance to beat you in that situation. Even after that, LSU only had it on the 31 with 29 ticking seconds. Stop ‘em.) (Note to Derek Dooley – you see how Meyer walked to the middle of the field after a tough loss and like a man, stood tall, shook Miles’ hand and patted his shoulder. Derek?) Saban: You’re a running team. You want your players to “commit” more? Why don’t you commit to the run. Peterson: You have to play 4 quarters to be striking the pose, kid. That Heisman chatter can stop post haste.
BS: Florida’s offense – Urban Meyer needs to realize that Tim Tebow is gone. Until then…
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