SEC Bloggers Week Two Review
Week Two 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: Kodi Burns, WR/QB, Auburn - When was the last time an SEC player not named Tebow had 3 rushing TDs AND 1 passing?
BH: Kodi Burns, QB/RB/WR, Auburn - 4 total TDs: 3 rushing and 1 passing.
GH: Ben Tate, RB, Auburn - 157 yards & 1 TD on 20 carries to lead Auburn’s dynamic rushing duo.
RM: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida - 5 TDs, 1 rushing & 4 passing (6, 36, 33, 32); in 2 1/2 qtrs.
BS: Kodi Burns, WR, Auburn - 3 rushing TDs and one passing for the former QB.
2. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Janoris Jenkins, CB , Florida - Gators held Troy’s always potent offense to just 139 yards – Jenkins leading the way with 2 tackles for loss and an INT.
BH: Eric Norwood, LB, South Carolina - Even in defeat, the kid plays his heart out; that pick 6 was amazing.
GH: Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia - Totaled 15 tackles, including pass breakup on 4th down in end zone to preserve win.
RM: Rennie Curran, DB, UGA - 15 tackles; 9 solo. Though this award could really go to B2 (See #3 below).
BS: Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia - 9 solo tackles, 6 assists, and 1 HUGE pass breakup to seal the win.
3. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Josh Jasper, K, LSU - Perfect on FGs and XPs against Vanderbilt, despite wet weather.
BH: Brandon Boykin, DB, UGA - 100 yard kick return for a TD could not have come at a better time.
GH: Brandon Boykin, KR, Georgia - 100 yard kickoff return answers USC score and helps UGA win tight game.
RM: Brandon Boykin, DB, UGA - SEC Player of the Week; ST or Defense. Saved momentum (season?) for UGA w/ 148 1Q KO return yards (1 TD), stopped a TD on a Garcia draw (forced FG), had an INT deep in SC territory (led to a FG), plus a TD saving tackle on 2H SC return. 21 points. (Nod to SC’s K Spencer Lanning: 5-5; but missed XP cost dearly.)
BS: Brandon Boykin, KR, Georgia - 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
4. COACH OF THE WEEK
BG: Steve Spurrier, South Carolina - OBC vowed to open things up against Georgia and he delivered, with 427 yards of offense and a shocking 37 points.
BH: Gus Malzahn, Auburn - Almost 600 total yards and 49 points; this in a game that last year was a 3-2 Auburn win.
GH: Mark Richt, Georgia - Quieted the barking from some UGA faithful, as offense looked better than expected.
RM: Gus Malzahn, Auburn - x2. Nearly 600 yards of total offense (589) against a decent SEC defense, and a team that at one point led 17-14.
BS: Gus Malzahn, Auburn - Auburn's offense goes north of 550 yards of total offense for second straight week.
5. BEST GAME OF THE WEEK
BG: South Carolina v. Georgia - Talk about breaking the trend. NOBODY expected that kind of shootout from either of these clubs.
BH: South Carolina v. Georgia - Raise your hand if there were more points scored in the first quarter than you predicted for the entire game.
GH: South Carolina v. Georgia - In what is usually a defensive struggle, this game had everything including a nail-biting finish.
RM: South Carolina v. Georgia - Thriller to the final seconds; 2nd highest scoring game between these two.
BS: South Carolina v. Georgia - Not the low-scoring battle I imagined, but entertaining nonetheless.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
BG: Joe Cox - Followed up a pathetic showing last week with a strong 17-of-24, 2 TD performance against a quality South Carolina defense.
BH: 78 points in the UGA/USC game - Since when did this turn into a Pac 10 matchup?
GH: Lane Kiffin’s game management - Supposed “offensive genius” not looking so good after UCLA end of game management.
RM: Stephen Garcia - Has SC found a QB/Leader? More than just the numbers (31-53, 313, 2 TD/1 INT), Garcia was solid, leading from start to finish. Also led his team in rushing (10/42), and had at least 2 TDs passes negated due to penalties.
BS: South Carolina's offense - I was seriously doubting they'd be able to put up 37 points in half the season, much less one game.
7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK
BG: Tennessee - “Crompton’d” again; the Volunteers now face the after-school-bully-beat-down Florida owes them.
BH: Tennessee - And that from a coaching staff that supposedly knew how to beat UCLA after time spent at Southern Cal. Ouch.
GH: LSU’s offense - For all the talent the Tigers have, they haven’t looked crisp through 2 games against inferior competition.
RM: Jonathan Crompton - UT’s defense wasn’t bad, but the Vols’ troubled QB was. 3 INTs and a lost fumble on a QB exchange sapped his team of momentum, confidence and options – particularly the forward pass.
BS: Tennessee - Reality slaps the Vols in the face - to the tune of 3 Crompton INT's.
SEC Bloggers Week One Review, September 7, 2009