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2007 Midseason Report - SEC
Kentucky QB Andre Woodson
Kentucky QB Andre Woodson
Posted Oct 16, 2007

The best SEC players, coaches, surprises of the midseason and more. Scroll down for predictions for every team and every game.

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Offensive Player of the Midseason

Andre Woodson, QB Kentucky

Defensive Player of the Midseason
Glenn Dorsey, DT LSU

Ten best SEC players in the first half of the season
Andre Woodson, QB Kentucky
Glenn Dorsey, DT LSU
Tim Tebow, QB Florida
Erik Ainge, QB Tennessee
5. Darren McFadden, RB Arkansas
Craig Steltz, S LSU
7. Felix Jones, RB Arkansas
8. Wesley Woodyard, LB Kentucky
Greg Hardy, DE Ole Miss
Rashad Johnson, S Alabama

Biggest Surprise Kentucky defense
Everyone knew the offense was going to explode, but UK was supposed to be an also-ran thanks to a defense that was supposed to be among the worst in the nation again. It hasn't happened. No, the D hasn't been a rock compared to other SEC defenses, but it's been good enough, and it's stiffened when needed to let the offense do its thing.

Biggest Disappointment – Arkansas
No one expected the Hogs to repeat as West champions, but they were at least supposed to be dangerous. The running game has been as good as expected, except in the loss to Auburn, and the defense hasn't been awful, but an 0-3 SEC start isn't exactly the bounce-back needed after a tumultuous off-season. With South Carolina, a road trip to Tennessee, and LSU still to deal with, the future isn't bright.

The SEC Champion will be ... LSU over South Carolina
The Tigers will lose once more, but they'll still roll in the SEC title game over a South Carolina team that'll be able to stay just one step ahead of Florida and Tennessee the rest of the way. It might all come down to the October 27 date in Knoxville, and considering Steve Spurrier's history against Phil Fulmer, this might really be the year when USC becomes bigger and badder than USC.

Best Game of the First Half 
LSU 28 ... Florida 24, Oct 6
In one of the year's most thrilling games, LSU chose to go for it on fourth down deep in Florida territory, rather than kick the field goal that would've tied it, got it, and finished off the drive with a two-yard Jacob Hester touchdown run with just over a minute to play. Tim Tebow's last gasp Hail Mary was batted down in the end zone. Florida jumped out to a 10-0 lead on a 31-yard field goal and a two-yard touchdown catch from Kestahn Moore, and took a 17-7 lead into halftime on a one-yard Tebow run. LSU dominated the second half, controlling things on the ground, with Keiland Williams scoring from four yards out and Demetrius Byrd catching a four-yard scoring pass, but a 37-yard Cornelius Ingram scoring play helped Florida stay ahead until the final moments.

Second Best Game
Kentucky 43 ... LSU 37 3OT, Oct. 13
Third Best Game – Alabama 41 ... Arkansas 38, Sept. 15

Worst Game of the First Half 
LSU 45 ... Mississippi State 0, Aug. 30
LSU's defense suffocated MSU allowing a mere 146 yards of offense and ten net rushing yards, and made it a nightmare of a night for QB Michael Henig with six interceptions. Craig Steltz picked off three passes. Despite a slow start, the LSU offense got a one-yard Keiland Williams touchdown run, his second of the first half, as time ran out to all but end the game going into the locker room. Matt Flynn connected with Early Doucet and Charles Scott on 11-yard touchdown passes in the third quarter, and Ryan Perrilloux ran for a three-yard score and threw a 15-yard scoring pass in the fourth.

Coach of the Midseason – Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
He lost his All-America linebacker (Jasper Brinkley), has replaced his starting quarterback, and is using smoke and mirrors to mask a still developing offensive line. Even so, his team is finding ways to win, and after beating Georgia and Kentucky, is in a prime position to win the East.

Player who'll step up in the second half – Brandon Cox, Auburn
Awful over the first part of the year, bottoming out in a loss to Mississippi State with a 4-of-10, 42-yard, two interception performance, he bounced back with a great game against New Mexico State, was excellent against Florida, and now appears to have settled down and is playing like a veteran leader. If he stays sharp, the Tigers can beat anyone in the SEC.

Best performance so far -
Vanderbilt WR Earl Bennett caught 13 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns in the 41-17 win over Richmond.

Top Freshman – (tie) Alabama RB Terry Grant & Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno
Grant carried the Bama offense over the first few weeks, highlighted by a 173-yard, two-touchdown day against Vanderbilt, and now he's splitting carries with Glen Coffee. Moreno has had to step up for Georgia with a slew of injuries hitting the backfield. He ran for 104 yards in the loss to South Carolina, and carried it 28 times for 157 yards in the win over Vanderbilt.

Coach who needs to have a big second half – Phil Fulmer, Tennessee
Tennessee is in a position to win the East, and it has to take advantage of the opening or Fulmer could be ready to move on. A slew of Vol fans are looking for their team to be back in the national title chase again, but an SEC Championship appearance will do. Anything less could make for an interesting off-season.

Player who needs to have a big second half – John Parker Wilson, QB Alabama
Alabama doesn't have enough in the bag to win the SEC West, but it'll be one of the biggest players in the conference title chase with dates ahead against Tennessee, LSU and Auburn. The Bama running game has been excellent, but the passing has been inconsistent. That has to change, with Wilson needing to utilize his tremendous receivers to add more balance and firepower for a full sixty minutes.

Best remaining conference game – Florida at South Carolina, Nov. 10
Even though Steve Spurrier is several years removed from his time in Gainesville, this matchup still generates plenty of interest for obvious reasons. This year, it might determine the SEC East title. Considering the Gators are the defending national champions, the atmosphere for this game will be one of the craziest in a wild year in one of the year's most important games.

Team Mid-Season MVPs & Predictions   
Florida – QB Tim Tebow
predicted wins: at Kentucky, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Florida Atlantic, Florida State
predicted losses: at South Carolina
predicted record: 9-3

Georgia – LB Dannell Ellerbe
predicted wins: Troy, Auburn, Kentucky
predicted losses: Florida, at Georgia Tech
predicted record: 8-4

Kentucky – QB Andre Woodson
predicted wins: Mississippi State, at Vanderbilt, Tennessee
predicted losses: Florida, at Georgia
predicted record: 8-4

South Carolina – DE Eric Norwood
predicted wins: Vanderbilt, at Arkansas, Florida, Clemson
predicted losses: at Tennessee
predicted record: 10-2

Tennessee – QB Erik Ainge
predicted wins: South Carolina, UL Lafayette, Arkansas, Vanderbilt
predicted losses: at Alabama, at Kentucky
predicted record: 8-4

Vanderbilt – WR Earl Bennett
predicted wins: Miami University, Wake Forest
predicted losses: at South Carolina, at Florida, Kentucky, at Tennessee
predicted record: 5-7

Alabama – DB Rashad Johnson
predicted wins: Tennessee, LSU, UL Monroe
predicted losses:
at Mississippi State, at Auburn
predicted record: 8-4

Arkansas – RB Darren McFadden
predicted wins: at Ole Miss, FIU, Mississippi State
predicted losses: South Carolina, at Tennessee, at LSU
predicted record: 6-6

Auburn – RB Ben Tate
predicted wins: Ole Miss, Tennessee Tech, Alabama
predicted losses: at LSU, at Georgia
predicted record: 8-4

LSU – DT Glenn Dorsey
predicted wins: Auburn, Louisiana Tech, at Ole Miss, Arkansas
predicted losses: at Alabama
predicted record: 10-2

Ole Miss – DE Greg Hardy
predicted wins: Northwestern State
predicted losses: Arkansas, at Auburn, LSU, at Mississippi State
predicted record: 3-9

Mississippi State – DT Titus Brown
predicted wins: Ole Miss, Alabama
predicted losses: at West Virginia, at Kentucky, Arkansas
predicted record: 6-6