SEC Bloggers Week Eight Review
Week Eight 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: Jordan Jefferson, QB, LSU – Rebounded the way he needed to with a 3 TD night, and gained confidence for the 2H of the season.
BH: Dexter McCluster, RB, Ole Miss – With McCluster now getting 25+ touches a game, Ole Miss will be tough to stop.
GH: Dexter McCluster, RB, Ole Miss – Set career highs in rushing and receiving with 123 and 137 yards, respectively.
RM: Dexter McCluster, RB, Ole Miss – $$$ right out of the gate. 260 yards (avg. yds.: 20 /rec. & 5.6 /carry). W/o DM, Rebs lose this game. (Nod to LSU's Jordan Jefferson: 21/31, 242 yards, & 2 TDs, & rushing TD (50 yds on 12 carries). If not for a fumble at AU's 1, he'd have had a Tebowian day.)
BS: Stephen Garcia, QB, South Carolina – 22/33, 312, 2 TDs/0 INTs. After all the criticism he's taken, he's actually putting together a solid season.
2. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Harry Coleman, LB, LSU – 9 tackles. 2.5 for a loss, and forced 2 fumbles. Generally terrorized the AU backfield.
BH: Jonathon Banks, DB, Miss State – The 100 yard pick 6 was pretty amazing; MSU has some young talent getting experience for Dan Mullen.
GH: Jonathan Banks, DB, Miss State – 2 INT for TD for the first time in school history.
RM: Jonathan Banks, DB, Miss State – Please. When you take 2 Superman passes back to the house, AND have 6 tackles, how do you not get this nomination? (Nod to LSU LB Kelvin Sheppard: 13 tackles, 3 for loss, and a kickoff return; stood out amongst an excellent LSU D.)
BS: Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama – 13 tackles, including 3 ½ for a loss.
3. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Terrance Cody, NT, Alabama
BG: Terrance Cody, NT, Alabama – Had my fun with Cody, but give him credit for making the difference, as Bama survived Tennessee.
BH: Terrance Cody, NT, Alabama – Blocked FG keep Tide hopes alive for a perfect season.
GH: Terrance Cody, NT, Alabama – Blocked 2 FGs in the 4Q to preserve 2 point win.
RM: Terrance Cody, NT, Alabama – 2 blocked FGs, one of them game saving.
BS: Terrance Cody, NT, Alabama – Two HUGE FG blocks – both literally and figuratively.
4. COACH OF THE WEEK
BG: Houston Nutt, Ole Miss – THAT looked like the Ole Miss everybody expected in '09.
BH: Steve Spurrier, South Carolina – The Gamecocks lose this game in most years; has Carolina turned the corner in Year 5 under the OBC?
GH: Houston Nutt, Ole Miss – Finally has team playing to its potential; in time for stretch run.
RM: Les Miles, LSU – We note that teams coming off bye weeks continue to do well (UGA next week?? More in YPN on Thursday), and can't shake the feeling LSU is firing on just 6 of 8 cylinders... But The Hat (and DC John Chavis) has his team improving with each week, and playing with intensity.
BS: Houston Nutt, Ole Miss – Offense shows up in a big way… Finally.
5. BEST GAME OF THE WEEK
BG: Tennessee v. Alabama - Incredibly ugly, but no other conference game was in doubt as it came down to the wire.
BH: Tennessee v. Alabama - Thank goodness for DVR, because some of us thought it was over and left a little before the clock read zero. (RM note: SEC felony.)
GH: Tennessee v. Alabama - You don't see 2 blocked FGs in the 4Q to preserve the win very often.
RM: Vandy v. South Carolina - SC wins in 4Q, on 43 yard TD pass by Stephen Garcia. (Don't be sheep; UT/UA was the best final two minutes of the week because ‘bama choked, but that's not the question. UT v. UA will go down as one of the worst combined offensive performances of the year.)
BS: Tennessee v. Alabama - Blocked FG's could be championship-defining plays.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
BG: LSU's offense - Play-calling is still a predictable, but at least the execution is showing enough improvement to make season's 2H more interesting.
BH: Mississippi State - If they could just stop turning the ball over, the Bulldogs might have actually been good this year.
GH: Alabama's red zone offense - For a team with such a strong running game, Bama is having too many problems once they get inside the 20. What's that about?
RM: Auburn's Offense - Yes, this is the same LSU defense that held Florida to the lowest point total in Urban Meyer's reign, but AU had only 193 total yards and 10 points (but really, it was just 134 and 3 points against the Bayou Bengal first string D). Auburn's previous low was 315 (UK), and it was averaging north of 400.
BS: LSU's offense - Doesn't hurt they were going against Auburn, one of the worst defenses in the league.
7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK
BG: Arkansas Wideouts - How many long passes were just out-and-out dropped by Razorback receivers?
BH: Chris Todd - This Saturday is not going to be a good one for Todd; hopefully Auburn fans will remember September fondly, because Ole Miss might be Todd's swan song.
GH: SEC Referees - Questionable (or no-) calls in both the UT/UA & UF/MSU games put refs under further scrutiny.
RM: Tide Offense - No TDs in home game. Only two 1st downs and an embarrassing 44 yards in the 2H. Plus a critical fumble late in 4Q. This won't cut it against UF & your bowl game opp. QB Greg McElroy once again proved ineffective (averaging 4 yards a pass; by comparison, the great J. Crompton averaged nearly twice that: 7.5), and RB Mark Ingram was unable to carry his team as he had in previous weeks. Bama should have won this game by 2 TDs. Smells like this time last year – the Tide better find an offense, or expect a Dec./Jan. repeat. (Nod to Tim Tebow; 12/27, 127, 0 TD/2 INT. At this point, there's no way this man's name should be anywhere near the words "Heisman" and "2009".)
BS: Chris Todd - That's two weeks in a row in this spot for Todd. Time for a change, Mr. Malzahn.
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