SEC Bloggers Week Twelve Review
Week Twelve 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: Knile Davis; RB, Arkansas
BG: Knile Davis; RB, Arkansas – His dominant month continues with another big day. Currently averaging seven yards per carry.
BH: Knile Davis; RB, Arkansas – Remember Michael Bush when he was healthy at Louisville? That is who Davis reminded me of this weekend.
GH: Knile Davis; RB, Arkansas – The play of Davis has turned Arkansas from just an explosive passing offense into a dominant, all-around one.
RM: Knile Davis; RB, Arkansas – And his emergence is the reason Arkansas beats LSU next week, not Mallett.
BS: Knile Davis; RB, Arkansas – 187 rushing yards and 2 TDs, plus 2 catches, including the game-winner. Arkansas is playing the best football in the SEC, and the emergence of Davis is a big reason why.
2. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: K.J. Wright; LB, Mississippi State – Wright and running mate Chris White helped hold Arkansas' explosive offense down as best as they could, and gave the Bulldogs a shot to win.
BH: Jerico Nelson; LB, Arkansas – Game saving tackle to knock the ball out of Ballard's hands in first OT, great play on the ball.
GH: Jerry Franklin; LB, Arkansas – Lost in the high score/excitement of OT were some impressive individual defensive performances in the UA-MSU game, highlighted by Franklin.
RM: Jerry Franklin; LB, Arkansas – 20 total tackles; most people in Arkansas don't even realize how well he did, as they can't count that high (we kid because we love).
BS: Jerry Franklin; LB, Arkansas – 20 total tackles, two TFL's and one sack. Absolute monster.
3. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Josh Jasper; K, LSU
BG: Josh Jasper; K, LSU – Three field goals, plus a punt downed inside the 10. He's had one of the best years of any kicker in the country.
BH: Josh Jasper; K, LSU – Best special teams player in the nation; he's got my vote for First Team All American..
GH: Josh Jasper; K, LSU – Jasper is the Special Teams Player of the Year, hands down, in my opinion. He produces every week.
RM: Josh Jasper; K, LSU – If it wasn't for Kentucky's junior punter Ryan Tydlacka, we'd have already named this the Josh Jasper Special Teams Player of the Week award.
BS: Josh Jasper; K, LSU – 3-for-3 against Ole Miss; continuing his solid season.
4. COACH OF THE WEEK
BG: Houston Nutt – Though he blew his timeout management in the second half, the Right Reverend had an outstanding gameplan for LSU's defense, and kept his team amped up with several gutsy fourth-down calls.
BH: Dan Mullen – Mullen was undermanned in that game this weekend and was a freaky fumble away from pulling the upset; he didn't get outcoached by Petrino in this one.
GH: Les Miles – Miles did a great job on the game-winning drive; his coaching reputation seems to have taken a turn for the better.
RM: Houston Nutt – Always plays LSU well, no matter who is coaching the Tigers. A solid job of keeping his squad focused and ready to play in Death Valley after a particularly embarrassing loss.
BS: Les Miles – The Mad Hatter learned from his mistakes and employed brilliant clock management on LSU's game-winning, 8 play (all rushing) drive. The Tigers left Ole Miss with no timeouts and only 43 seconds to try and win it.
5. BEST GAME OF THE WEEK
BG: Arkansas vs. Mississippi State – They had a high standard to match LSU-Ole Miss, but the Bulldogs and the Razorbacks matched it with a double-OT shoot-out.
BH: Arkansas vs. Mississippi State – When is an OT game involving the Arkansas Razorbacks not the best game in the SEC?
GH: Arkansas vs. Mississippi State – The 4th quarter and OTs were dramatic, plus Knile Davis rebounding from his fumble are what makes college football so great.
RM: Ole Miss vs. LSU – As LSU was ranked fifth in the nation and had the most to lose, including respect given Ole Miss's losses this season, the pressure was more intense down the stretch on the bayou.
BS: Arkansas vs. Mississippi State – Two overtimes, massive momentum shifts and redemption by Knile Davis, whose game-winning touchdown negated his fumble that nearly cost the Hogs the win.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
BG: Jordan Jefferson – Found the same form he had against Alabama once again, with nearly 300 yards of total offense. Nobody would have picked LSU to score 43 points this week, even against Ole Miss' struggling defense.
BH: Ole Miss – A fired up Houston Nutt earlier in the week made for one fired up Rebel team in Baton Rouge... Thought they would get stomped.
GH: Ole Miss – I expected them to roll over after getting throttled by UT last week, but they showed a lot of fight and were in the game until the bitter end.
RM: Jordan Jefferson – Managed a great game, and never lost his composure – even after getting banged up. Let's be clear – Jefferson won this game for LSU. (Nod to… Jefferson didn't do it by himself. Hey, there's been a DeAngelo Peterson sighting in Baton Rouge. Tackled inside the five twice, big fella. Is he a new man since the Alabama 4th down reverse?)
BS: Ole Miss – The Rebs gave LSU all they could handle, and then some.
7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK
BG: LSU's Defense – Undisciplined and out of control against the Ole Miss offense. Allowed themselves to be gashed way too many times for big plays, and allowed the Reb-bears to convert four fourth downs.
BH: Mississippi State – The team wasn't disappointing, but they have to be disappointed... Tough way to lose a game.
GH: Alabama versus Georgia State – The defending national champion has no business playing a team like GSU this late in the season; and on a Thursday to boot.
RM: LSU's Defense – It wasn't actually a surprise, as they've struggled against spread QBs all season, but the usually stout Tiger defense was remarkably porous against an average Rebel offense. (Nod to the SEC for such a terrible weekend slate of games.)
BS: Tennessee at Vanderbilt – Sure, I wasn't expecting much, but that game was thoroughly unwatchable.
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