SEC Football Week 7: Who's HOT and Who's NOT in The SEC This Week

Michael Ellis@@MikeFromTNCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2010

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is a legitimate Hesiman candidate.
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is a legitimate Hesiman candidate.Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

Week 7 was another awesome Saturday of college football in the South. 

We had shockers, defensive struggles, offensive record-setters, and everything in between.

A few new names and some that have been around all season make up the highlight reel in Week 7.

Hold on tight as we roll through the conference and see who's HOT and who's NOT this week in the SEC.



Mike Hartline - QB - Kentucky

Kentucky Wildcats quarterback is having a tremendous season and Saturday night was his best yet.  Hartline led the Cats past South Carolina 31-28, throwing for four touchdowns and 349 yards while connecting on 32-of-42 pass attempts.

Cam Newton - QB - Auburn

If Newton is not on your Heisman watch list, then you need to revise your list. 

By far the leading candidate for SEC Player of the Year, the Auburn QB had an appetite for destruction on Saturday as he devoured the Arkansas Razorbacks with four touchdowns and 320 yards of total offense. 

Three of Newton's scores came on the ground as he carried 25 times for 180 yards.  Through the air, he was 10-of-14 for 140 yards and a touchdown. 

Auburn buried the Razorbacks in SEC record-setting style, 65-43.  The 108 combined points is a new record for a non-overtime game in the SEC.

Aaron Murray - QB - Georgia

Murray continues to sizzle and is now the favorite for SEC Freshman of the Year honors.  In Georgia's 43-0 shutout of Vandy, Murray threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns on 15-of-24 pass attempts.

Washaun Ealey - RB - Georgia

Ealey carried 17 times for 123 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs' win over Vandy.

Chris Matthews - WR - Kentucky

Matthews was Hartline's go-to-guy in win over the Gamecocks, catching 12 passes for 177 yards and a score.

Tyler Wilson - QB - Arkansas

Who?  Ryan Mallett's back-up, that's who.  The super-sub came in for the injured Mallett and completed 25-of-34 for 332 yards and 4 touchdowns in a wild one against Auburn. 



Vick Ballard - RB - Mississippi State

Ballard controlled the ground game in 10-7 upset win at Florida, gaining 98 yards on 20 carries.

Stephan Garcia - QB - South Carolina

Garcia threw for 382 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 20-of-32 passing in loss at Kentucky.

Marcus Lattimore - RB - South Carolina

South Carolina running-back accounted for three touchdowns in a loss at Kentucky.  Lattimore carried the ball 15 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns and caught 4 passes for 133 yards and a score.

Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama

Richardson was Mr. Everything for the Tide in bounce-back win over Ole Miss, rushing 11 times for 45 yards and returning 3 kicks for 74.  Richardson also caught 5 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown pass reception of 85 yards.

Greg McElroy - QB - Alabama

Tide signal-caller was 17-of-25 passing for 219 yards and two touchdowns in 23-10 win over Ole Miss.

Greg Childs - WR - Arkansas

Childs caught 9 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort to Auburn.



Mark Ingram - RB - Alabama

Ingram was just okay with 15 carries for 60 yards in a win over Ole Miss, but certainly not what we've come to expect from the reigning Heisman Trophy recipient.

Jeremiah Masoli - QB - Ole Miss

Rebels' quarterback was just 18-of- 40 through the air for 110 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in a loss to Alabama.

Urban Meyer - Head Coach - Florida

Meyer has now accomplished something that the Ol' Ball Coach and even Ron Zook didn't do while guiding the Gators: Lose three straight in the regular season. 

The last time Florida lost three straight in the regular season was in 1988, when they went on to lose the next game, making it four straight.  Lose four straight and I promise you'll be in the deep-freeze. 

Meyer will get  a week off before his struggling team takes the field again against the resurgent Georgia Bulldogs.



Larry Smith - QB - Vanderbilt

In a 43-0 loss to Georgia, Smith could only manage to complete 5-of-14 pass attempts for 70 yards and an interception.

Jordan Jefferson - QB - LSU

Jefferson has hit rock bottom.  In a game that could have been a confidence builder against McNeese State, the LSU quarterback accounted for a total of +4 yards of offense, carrying the ball four times for -24 and completing 5-of-8 passing attempts for just 28 yards.


The SEC has named its Football Players of the Week.

Co-Offensive:  Cam Newton of Auburn

Co-Offensive:  Mike Hartline of Kentucky

Defensive:  Chris White of Mississippi State

Co-Special Teams:  Ryan Tydlacka of Kentucky

Co-Special Teams:  Marquis Maze of Alabama

Offensive Lineman:  Ben Jones of Georgia

Defensive Lineman:  Nick Fairley of Auburn

Freshman:  Aaron Murray of Georgia


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