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SEC Bloggers Week Nine Review

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Oct 31, 2011


Each week, CFN’s SEC Bloggers put the previous weekend under the microscope, looking for the Lucky 7


BH is Brian Harbach, GH is Gabe Harris, RM is Russ Mitchell, BS is Barrett Sallee, and DS is David Sweigart.


1. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BH: COMING
GH: Michael Dyer; RB, Auburn – When Dyer carries the ball 20+ times for Auburn good things happen has they did Saturday night to the tune of 177 yards and 1 TD.
RM: Brandon Wilds; RB, USC – Under a harsh spotlight, on the road, the true freshman finished the game as South Carolina’s leading rusher and receiver. As Sweigart mentioned Sunday, that’s a Vols run defense that kept Crowell, Ware, and Richardson under the century mark this October.
BS: Michael Dyer; RB, Auburn – Auburn's offense got back on track thanks to efficient quarterback play and a solid performance from sophomore Michael Dyer.
DS: Brandon Wilds; RB, USC – For two weeks true freshman running back Brandon Wilds had to listen to the doubters. All he did was rush for 137 yards on 28 carries and chipped in 31 yards on 3 receptions. On the game changing 20 play drive that covered 98 yards and 11:35 minutes of the 3rd quarter - Wilds rushed 11 times for 51 yards. He may not Marcus Lattimore, but he may provide more production going forward than a lot of folks imagined.


2. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BH: COMING
GH: Jerry Franklin; LB, Arkansas – Just when it looked like Vandy was going to have enough to pull off the upset, Franklin’s fumble return for a TD changed the game.
RM: Jerry Franklin; LB, Arkansas – 10 tackles, plus the game changing fumble recovery and score. (Nod to Georgia’s Jarvis Jones and his four sacks.)
BS: Jerry Franklin; LB, Arkansas – 94-fumble return for a touchdown when Arkansas appeared to be down and out.
DS: Danny Trevathan; LB, UK – The UK linebacker recorded 17 tackles, had 1 forced fumble, and 1 intereception. .


3. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BH: COMING
GH: Zach Hocker; K, Arkansas – Kicked 3 second half FGs in three point victory over Vanderbilt that came from distances of 36, 50, and 42 yards.
RM: Jeff Demps; KR, Florida – Now if he could only find a way to do that running out of the I-formation.
BS: Jeff Demps; KR, Florida – The straightest kick return for a touchdown you will ever see. Demps never broke stride and barely even made a move.
DS: Jeff Demps; KR, Florida – His 99 yard kick return looked like an audition for a spot in the Olympics for the 100 meters .


4. COACH OF THE WEEK
BH: COMING
GH: Mark Richt; Georgia – If Georgia beats Florida then their coach should probably win this category by default. No matter the schedule strength it’s been a good job by Richt to roll off 6 straight wins after the 0-2 start.
RM: Mark Richt; Georgia – It was far from clean and the Gators did everything possible to make it easy, but the pressure on Richt to win this game was intense. With the offense sputtering, he didn't try to force things until the clutch pass to extend the game's final drive (the fourth down touchdown passes had more to do with Walsh's struggles kicking than it did bravado). Instead, Richt played field position football and allowed his defense to wear down the Gators - a strategy that worked perfectly for the Bulldogs.
BS: Mark Richt; Georgia – Bulldog teams of year's past would have folded after digging a hole to Florida. Not this team. That's a credit to the coaching staff.
DS: Mark Richt; Georgia – It may be a very down UF team but Richt and the Dawgs overcame a half time deficit to win against a program who in past years was mentally stronger than UGA.


5. BEST GAME OF THE WEEK
BH: COMING
GH: Arkansas v. Vanderbilt – We finally get a few games to choose from this week after a lot of stinkers as this thrilling game came down to the wire.
RM: Arkansas v. Vanderbilt – Really a thrilling game that had a little of everything. We said it last week but we’ll say it again - this Vandy team is better than folks are giving it credit. If for some reason John Brantley is unable to play this Saturday (and we have no reason to think that’s the case), we’ll take Vandy to win in the Swamp. We may take them regardless...
BS: Arkansas v. Vanderbilt – The Dores almost closed it out, but in the end, Vandy is still Vandy.
DS: Arkansas v. Vanderbilt – For the second week in a row - Arkansas had the closest and most entertaining SEC game. There were moments in the game where some were probably starting to think Vanderbilt was really about to do it - but then they would make a typical Vanderbilt mistake and Arkansas would eventually do enough to survive.


6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
BH: COMING
GH: Richard Samuel – Came through for Georgia against Florida when it was needed most and that doesn’t happen very often for the Bulldogs in this series.
RM: Richard Samuel IV – The numbers may not have been there in terms of volume, but with Murray having an off day (three great passes does not a great day make) and freshman Isaiah Crowell slowed by injury, Samuel was the hammer the UGA offense needed.
BS: Jordan Rodgers – Yes looked like his older brother Aaron against Vanderbilt. Tell me again why he wasn't the starter at the start of the season.
DS: Richard Samuel – The forgotten man in the backfield bulldozed his way in to the UF defense late in the game. That was the hardest Samuel has run all year and it was much needed production for the Dawgs .


7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK
BH: COMING
GH: Marquel Wade – That is as about as textbook a reason for not leading with your helmet as I have ever seen. The ejection was warranted.
RM: Casey Spear – It may be tough to write about a sophomore kicker who was 4 for 4 with extra points on the day, except that his shanked kick was not much more than an extra point. It’s not like the kid is some kicking prodigy - he’s 0-1 this season on kicks longer than 40 yards. However, he was 4 for 5 on kicks between 30-39, so you were safe in expecting the Hogs and ‘Dores to duke it out in overtime. Wait - sorry...that was a 27 yarder he missed. Spear can share the disappointment with head coach James Franklin, who was far too passive in the red zone on that final series. THAT is why you try to punch in the touchdown, boys and girls.
BS: Marquel Wade – One of the dirtiest cheap shots you will ever see, compounded with a horrible attitude after the fact. Bobby Petrino should tack on additional punishment to whatever discipline comes from the SEC office (via a four-sentence memo left at his locker, of course).
DS: Marquel Wade – Unnecessary, poor, and dirty.


Please follow Russ Mitchell on Twitter @russmitchellsec, Brian Harbach @harbabd, Gabe Harris @gpharris Barrett Sallee @barrettsallee, and David Sweigart @DMS225.