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SEC Bloggers Week Four Review
Week Four 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: A.J. Green, WR, UGA – 8 catches, 153 yards; 6’4” soph. clearly the league’s best WR.
BH: Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama – Career high in passing yards and an 80 yard TD pass took all the wind out the Razorback sails. (RM Note: What's the over/under that Arkansas' Secondary provides career high passing yards in every SEC game it plays this season?)
GH: A.J. Green, WR, UGA – Continues to assert himself as SEC’s best WR; had 153 yards and TD on 8 rec. Bonus points for blocking a 4Q FG in 3 point W.
RM: A.J. Green, WR, UGA – Beyond the impressive stats, his determination in making that final catch set up the game winning FG as time expired. Clutch. (Nod to MSU’s A. Dixon, RB: 27/106, and 2 TDs (shoulda had 3).)
BS: A.J. Green, WR, UGA – 153 receiving yards, one TD and one crucial blocked FG.
2. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama – With 5 tackles and 2 sacks, Arenas is arguably better as a blitzer off the edge than he is in coverage.
BH: Eric Norwood, LB, SC – Leads SEC in sacks; Norwood came up huge against Rebs.
GH: Eric Norwood, LB, SC – 10 tackles with 2.5 for a loss, 2 sacks and 1 blocked punt in upset win over Ole Miss.
RM: Eric Norwood, LB, SC – Relentless. A player you can build a team around, not just a D.
BS: Eric Norwood, LB, SC – 10 tackles, 2 sacks, 2.5 TFL's, a blocked punt and all-around awesomeness.
3. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Blair Walsh, K, UGA – His 2 4Q FGs saved Georgia from an ASU upset.
BH: Chad Jones, S, LSU – Jones’ 4Q PR was the deciding score for the Fighting Tigers.
GH: Chad Jones, S, LSU – 93 yard PR was game-winning score (+ his 7 tackles).
RM: Chad Jones, S, LSU – Tiger fans waiting for this since CJ arrived; great TD PR to start 4Q, but nearly cost LSU the game with bonehead PR at the 3 yard line w/ 5:48 left.
BS: Chad Jones, S, LSU – Ran about a mile-and-a-half in a 93-yard PR for TD against MSU.
4. COACH OF THE WEEK
BG: Nick Saban, Alabama – Kept his D players grounded and focused on shutting down Arkansas’ high-flying attack.
BH: Steve Spurrier, SC – Yes it was an upset, but this was a game many felt SC should win. Good to see the OBC win these type of games again.
GH: Ellis Johnson, SC – Johnson’s defense exposed Houston Nutt’s previously thought of explosive O, as Ole Miss was out of synch all night.
RM: Ellis Johnson, SC – Great 4Q adjustments when SC’s O couldn’t move; why is this man not a HC?!
BS: Steve Spurrier, SC – Led the Gamecocks to their first home win over a top 5 team since… Ever.
5. BEST GAME OF THE WEEK
BG: LSU v. MSU – It left LSU fans grousing and wondering what will happen next, but you can’t beat a 4-play, goal line stand for excitement.
BH: LSU v. MSU – The MSU goal-to-go in the 4Q was as exciting as it gets.
GH: LSU v. MSU – Thrilling, albeit disheartening for MSU; finish capped off by huge LSU goal line stand.
RM: ASU v. UGA – Defending the conference’s honor (read that, UT?), a back and forth slugfest with several clutch 4Q moments (LSU/MSU? One exciting series and a TD PR, otherwise a sloppy game from both teams.)
BS: LSU v. MSU – Big plays, special teams, goal line stands...this one had it all.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
BG: Stephen Garcia – Played calm / collected to help SC hold on against Ole Miss; seems to be maturing before our eyes as a third-year soph.
BH: Ryan Mallett – If games were won on how far the QB can throw, Arkansas would win each week (and the Oakland Raiders would be leading the AFC West). Needs to work on his touch passes.
GH: Dexter McCluster’s lack of touches – Ole Miss must find ways to get him the ball early and often, even if the team has been forced out of its game plan.
RM: LSU’s rushing attack – 30 yards? Are you kidding? On 31 attempts. Yes, that included sacks, but the last time LSU was in Starkville (2007), they rumbled for ~200 yards in a 45-0 romp in the rain. Think LSU opponents are saying, “Beat us with your rookie QB, Les”?
BS: MSU – Out-gained LSU by more than 100 yards and were within an inch of a major upset.
7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK
BG: LSU Special Teams – 2 botched snaps and a shanked 19-yard field goal overshadowed a 93-yard punt return. Special teams handed MSU 11 points on the day.
BH: MSU – MSU wasn’t disappointing this weekend, but it is hard to lose a game like that; just ask SC about its game in Athens 3 weeks ago.
GH: MSU’s final 2 goal line plays – QB Tyson Lee had the game in his hands, but couldn’t find the open receiver on 3rd down, and hesitated just enough on 4th to allow LSU’s D to stop him short of the game-winning score.
RM: LSU – The most overrated #4 in the history of the flawed ranking system. Hey, the Tiger’s aren’t playing on national TV next week, are they? Just saying… (Nod to MSU HC Dan Mullen for not running A. Dixon on 3rd and 4th downs, after the senior ran for 106 yards (4 /ypc) and 2 TDs against a banged up LSU DT unit.)
BS: Ole Miss – Egg.... laid.
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