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SEC Bloggers Week Three Review
Week three 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 isRuss Mitchell, and BS is Barrett Sallee.
1. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas – Both QB’s in this matchup earned this award with 5 TDs.
BH: Darvin Adams, WR, Auburn – 3 TD catches in come from behind victory over WVU.
GH: Joe Cox, QB, UGA – Tied a school record with 5 TDs as Georgia continues surprising offensive onslaught.
RM: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas – Mallett over Cox; RM had more yards, UGA’s secondary is much better, and he didn’t have Joe’s INT.
BS: Joe Cox, QB, UGA – 375 passing yards and 5 TD's in shootout win.
2. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: K.J. Wright, LB, MSU – His 11 tackles led a Bulldog defense that held Vanderbilt to just 157 yards of offense.
BH: Sam Maxwell, LB, Kentucky – 4Q pick deep in UK territory to preserve the win over in-state rival Louisville.
GH: Craig Stevens, LB, Auburn – 11 total tackles, including INT late for a 4Q TD to seal victory over WVU.>
RM: Eric Berry, S, UT – ~20% of UT’s tackles; 9 solo (11 total), including 2 for loss, plus INT that led to points. And just being an all-around bad ass.
BS: Josh Bynes, LB, Auburn – 12 tackles and an INT in win over West Virginia.
3. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Josh Jasper, K, LSU – He nailed a 52-yard FG at the end of the 1H, and did an excellent job of keeping KOs inside the 5-yard line.
BH: Blair Walsh, K, UGA – 3/3 in field goals and 5/5 in extra points during the shootout in Fayetteville.
GH: Brandon James, KR, UF – Ran 3 KOs back for 97 yards, plus gave Florida a short field for their first 13 points in a surprisingly tight game.
RM: Drew Butler, P, UGA – 4 punts for 221 yards (55 /ypp), none more important than the last late in the 4Q (64 yds), pinning UA inside its 10, and enabling UGA to eventually make it a 2 pos. game.
BS: Derrick Locke, RB/KR, Kentucky – 100-yard KOR for a TD in Governor's Cup win over Louisville.
4. COACH OF THE WEEK
BG: Gene Chizik, Auburn – Kept players composed against a tough, talented WVU team in an offensive shootout.
BH: Mike Bobo, UGA – Adjusted game-plan against Arkansas and just started chucking it all over the field.
GH: Ted Roof, Auburn – Held WVU to just 9 points over last 3Qs, after giving up 21 in 1Q; included causing 6 TOs, with 4 coming in 4Q alone.
RM: Monte Kiffin, UT – Sure, they weren’t playing to win, but the close margin will mean recruiting victories come February. (Nod to G. Chizik.)
BS: Dan Mullen, MSU – Goes on the road to get first SEC win.
5. BEST GAME OF THE WEEK
BG: UGA v. Arkansas – The 1st big intra-conference matchup did not disappoint, with more than 700 yards passing and 10 combined TDs.
BH: WVU v. Auburn – If I could put USC vs. Washington I would, because we all know how amazing a 16-13 win in the Pac 10 is; just ask the pollsters.
GH: WVU v. Auburn – Back and forth shootout between 2 dynamic offenses was well worth the hour rain delay.
RM: WVU v. Auburn – Fayetteville was exciting, but Auburn was clutch.
BS: WVU v. Auburn – Torrential downpour + come-from-behind victory = fantastic football.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
BG: Florida – This was the Ezekiel 25:17-style smiting we were promised? Tennessee arguably won the battle of perception.
BH: MSU Defense – Note to all coaches: calling out your DC causes your defense to show up and play better. Now get on that, Mark Richt.
GH: Tim Tebow – Did not throw for a TD pass for the first time as a starting QB for the Gators.
RM: Washington – To file under “for the good of the conference”… LSU’s midnight road win in Seattle suddenly looks a lot better. Not to say we told you so, but UW's not bad. (Nod to BS for picking each game correctly – now that’s a surprise!)
BS: Tennessee's performance – Vols defense prevents Urban Meyer from sending them message that he wanted.
7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK
BG: LSU’s Offensive Line – A relatively veteran unit played a passive game versus UL-Lafayette, getting pushed around versus the run and struggling in pass protection for the second straight week.
BH: Arkansas Defense – The Razorback D cost them the game, the offense should feel good scoring 41 points.
GH: Vanderbilt’s offense – Could only manage 157 total yards and 21 minutes of TOP, at home, vs. Mississippi State. Looks like VU did not turn the corner after last year’s bowl season.
RM: Florida’s O performance – Against his first team with a (faint) pulse, UF’s virgin OC Steve Addazio left much to be desired. The Gators had only 115 yards passing, and Tebow’s streak of games with a TD pass ended at 30. The (in the) SPOTLIGHT just got even hotter for ya, Steve-O. (Nod to LSU’s KR unit, which is dead last in the nation.)
BS: Georgia's Defense – More performances like the one Saturday against Arkansas could spell the end for defensive coordinator Willie Martinez.
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