SEC Football Week 8: Who's HOT and Who's NOT In The SEC This Week
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Another great week for the conference in Week 8.
Monster games for many of the elite players highlighted the action which also included a battle of unbeatens in the SEC West.
Let's take a look around the league and see who's "HOT" and who's "NOT" this week in the SEC.
Cam Newton - QB - Auburn
Newton is now the clear front-runner for the biggest individual award in college football, the Heisman Trophy. The Auburn quarterback continues to amaze with 217 rushing yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns in win over LSU. Through the air, Newton was 10-of-16 for 86 yards.
Julio Jones - WR - Alabama
The Tide receiver set a new Alabama single-game record for receiving yards with 221 on 12 catches in a 41-10 whipping of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Stephan Garcia - QB - South Carolina
The Gamecock's quarterback was electrifying in a 21-7 win over Vandy. Garcia threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns with only one interception on 31-of-39 passing attempts.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - South Carolina
Jeffery caught nine passes for 158 yards in the win over Vandy. Alshon leads the SEC in receiving yards per game, averaging 121 yards per contest.
Brian Maddox - RB - South Carolina
Maddox carried for 146 yards on 25 attempts and a touchdown in the Gamecock's win over Vandy.
Washaun Ealey - RB - Georgia
Ealey tallied five, countem' five, touchdowns in the 44-31 victory over Kentucky. The Georgia running back amassed 157 yards on 28 carries.
Knile Davis - RB - Arkansas
The Razorback's running back ran wild on Saturday, gaining 176 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns. Davis had a long touchdown run of 71 yards in a 38-24 win over Ole Miss.
Jeremiah Masoli - QB - Ole Miss
Masoli threw for 327 yards and 3 touchdowns on 21-of-36 attempts and 98 yards on the ground on 15 carries in a losing effort at Arkansas.
Mike Hartline - QB - Kentucky
Hartline was 27-of-43 through the air for 353 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in loss to Georgia. Hartline leads the SEC in touchdown passes with 17.
Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama
The Tide running back showed why he's the SEC's leader in all-purpose yards, averaging 182 per game. Richardson lit up the Vols for 119 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries.
Tauren Poole - RB - Tennessee
Poole was awesome in a losing effort against the Tide, becoming the first running back to gain 100+ yards against the Alabama defense in 42 games. The junior back had 117 yards and a touchdown run of 59 yards on just 14 carries.
Michael Dyer - RB - Auburn
Dyer scorched the LSU defense for 100 yards on 15 carries.
LaDarius Perkins - RB - Mississippi State
Perkins ripped through the UAB Blazers for 131 yards on just 18 carries and a touchdown in a 29-24 win.
Derek DePasquale - K - Mississippi State
The Bulldog's kicker converted five field goals with a long of 43 in win over UAB.
NOT SO HOT
Matt Simms - QB - Tennessee
Simms looked out-of-sync while sharing playing time with Tyler Bray, completing 12-of-22 for just 117 yards and an interception in the loss to Alabama.
Larry Smith - QB - Vandy
The Commodore's signal-caller was just 13-of-31 through the air for 142 yards in their loss to South Carolina. Smith did add 48 yards rushing and a touchdown on 15 carries.
Jordan Jefferson - QB - LSU
Jefferson was 7-of-14 passing for just 46 yards and an interception. Only thing keeping JJ from the freezer was his running game, as he carried 16 times for 74 yards and a touchdown.
Derek Dooley - Head Coach - Tennessee
Vols (2-5, 0-4 SEC) continue to slide in 41-10 loss to Alabama. Will Dooley get a conference win this season?
Stevan Ridley - RB - LSU
SEC's second leading rusher could only manage 37 yards on 12 carries in loss to Auburn.
Brandon Bolden - RB - Ole Miss
Bolden gained nine yards on 11 carries in loss to Arkansas.
The SEC has named it's Football Players of the Week.
Offensive: Cam Newton of Auburn
Defensive: Justin Houston of Georgia
Special Teams: Joe Adams of Arkansas
Offensive Lineman: James Carpenter of Alabama
Defensive Lineman: Nick Fairley of Auburn
Freshman: LaDarius Perkins of Mississippi State
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