SEC Football Week 11: Who's HOT and Who's NOT In The SEC This Week
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Oh what a Saturday of football we had in Week 11.
More drama surrounding the conference's top player, a coach gets his first-ever SEC win, the Gators drop their third straight at home, fresh faces leading their teams to victory and the matchup finally being decided for the SEC championship in Atlanta were the stories that made the headlines for another unforgettable week.
Let's revisit the names that made the everlasting memories and see who's HOT and who's NOT this week in the SEC.
Tyler Bray - QB - Tennessee
The true freshman backed up his first start from a week ago with another superb outing. The Vols' fresh face behind center led Tennessee to a dominating 52-14 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels by throwing for three touchdowns and 323 yards while completing 18 of 34 attempts. In so doing, he becomes the first quarterback in Tennessee history to throw for 300-plus yards in each of his first two starts. Bray has been named Co-Freshman of the Week by the SEC for the second week in a row.
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Marcus Lattimore - RB - South Carolina
The freshman running back carried the Gamecocks all the way to a date in Atlanta to meet Auburn for the SEC championship. Lattimore did the heavy lifting, carrying 40 times for 212 yards and three rushing scores. He also hauled in two pass receptions for 31 yards in the decisive 36-14 win over Florida. For his outstanding effort, Marcus has been named both Co-Offensive and Co-Freshman of the Week by the SEC.
Cam Newton - QB - Auburn
The Auburn quarterback is the biggest story in all of college football this season and for a multitude of reasons. Not the least of which is his extraordinary talent. Newton led the Tigers to a 49-31 victory over Georgia by throwing for 148 yards, two touchdowns and an interception by completing 12 of 18 pass attempts. The Heisman hopeful also rushed for 151 yards and two scores on 30 carries. Newton leads the SEC in rushing yards with 1,297.
Randall Cobb - WR/QB - Kentucky
Cobb is simply a spectacular player. The SEC leader in all-purpose yardage at 186 yards per game, Cobb, out of the WildCobb formation, ripped Vanderbilt for a career-high 170 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. Mr. Everything also caught three passes for 56 yards and for good measure completed the lone pass he threw for seven more yards as the Wildcats roared past the Commodores, 38-20.
Derek Locke - RB - Kentucky
The Wildcats' star running back was back after a four-game absence in a big way, logging 145 rushing yards and two scores on 22 carries in the win over Vandy.
Knile Davis - RB - Arkansas
Davis is quiet possibly the most electrifying running back in the conference. The Arkansas jewel rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in the Razorbacks' 58-21 win over UTEP. On the season Davis's 7.2 yards per carry leads the SEC.
Ryan Mallett - QB - Arkansas
The Hawgs' elite passing signal-caller completed 19 of 26 attempts on his way to 215 yards and five touchdowns in the blowout win over UTEP.
A.J. Green - WR - Georgia
Green caught nine passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the loss at Auburn.
Steve Spurrier - Head Coach - South Carolina
The Ol' Ball Coach soundly defeated his former team and alma mater to lead South Carolina to its first-ever SEC Championship Game. The Gamecocks dominated the Gators at Florida Field and strutted away with a 36-14 victory.
Gene Chizik - Head Coach - Auburn
Chizik dealt with a lot of off-the-field drama this past week but didn't allow his Auburn team to overlook Georgia. With the win, Auburn is now 11-0 and has secured its spot in the SEC Championship Game.
Tauren Poole - RB - Tennessee
Poole racked up his sixth 100-plus yard rushing performance of the year against the Ole Miss Rebels. The junior running back gained 107 yards and scored two touchdowns on just 12 carries.
Justin Hunter - WR - Tennessee
Hunter is quickly becoming Bray's go-to-guy. The freshman receiver made the most of three catches, covering 114 yards and finding the checkerboards twice. The Vols' first offensive play of the game went 80 yards from Bray to Hunter to get the Tennessee touchdown machine rolling.
Brandon Bolden - RB - Ole Miss
Bolden continues to impress on an Ole Miss team that is going nowhere fast. Saturday in the 52-14 loss at Tennessee, the Rebels' back tallied 113 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries.
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Kenard Reeves - RB - Vanderbilt
Reeves ran for a career-high 105 yards on 19 carries in the loss at Kentucky.
Chris Matthews - WR - Kentucky
Matthews caught five passes for 97 yards and a touchdown that went for 55 yards in the win over Vandy.
Aaron Murray - QB - Georgia
The freshman quarterback continues to have an outstanding season. Murray threw for 273 yards and three scores while completing 15 of 28 attempts in the loss at Auburn.
Mike Hartline - QB - Kentucky
Hartline just gets it done every week. The Wildcats quarterback was 15-of-23 passing through the air for 232 yards and a touchdown, helping Kentucky to its sixth win of the season.
Greg McElroy - QB - Alabama
The Tide's signal-caller was very efficient in the 30-10 win over Mississippi State. McElroy threw for 227 yards two touchdowns and an interception, while completing 12 of 18 attempts.
Josh Jasper - K - LSU
The LSU kicker led the way with 15 points in the 51-0 destruction of Louisiana-Monroe. The SEC's leader in field goals with 20, the senior had treys from 29, 45 and 53 yards out. For the season, Jasper has hit 20 of 24 field goal attempts and leads the conference at 83.3 percent.
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Derek Dooley - Head Coach - Tennessee
The first-year Vols coach got the monkey off his back Saturday with a 52-14 win over Houston Nutt and the Ole Miss Rebels. The win marked the first SEC victory for Dooley, who has now guided the Vols to consecutive wins. Two more wins and the Vols will achieve another goal: bowl eligibility.
NOT SO HOT
Mark Ingram - RB - Alabama
What has happened to the Alabama ground game? Ingram rushed for 53 yards on 18 carries for a 2.9 yard-per-carry average. He did add two pass receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown.
John Brantley - QB - Florida
The Gator quarterback struggled in the loss to South Carolina. Brantley completed 16 of 31 passing attempts for only 130 yards and an interception. The loss knocked Florida out of the race for the SEC Championship.
Urban Meyer - Head Coach - Florida
Meyer's Gators have now lost three straight at Florida Field, slipped to 6-4 overall and now face the very real possibility of losing at least six games for the first time since 1987. A loss this Saturday to Appalachian State would take the Gators near the bottom of the swamp. Florida has not lost seven games or had a losing record in a season since 1979 when they went 0-10.
Who will win the SEC Championship ?
Chris Relf - QB - Mississippi State
The Bulldogs' signal-caller was 8-of-16 passing for 70 yards and an interception in the loss to Alabama.
Larry Smith - QB - Vanderbilt
Smith was just 10-of-26 passing for 128 yards in a losing effort at Kentucky. He rushed for 33 yards and a score on 12 carries.
Jeremiah Masoli - QB - Ole Miss
Masoli appeared to be less than 100 percent in the Rebels' crushing defeat in Knoxville. The Ole Miss quarterback completed just 7-of-18 passing attempts for 80 yards and three interceptions, two of which were returned for Tennessee touchdowns.
The SEC has named its Football Players of the Week.
Co-Offensive: Marcus Lattimore of South Carolina
Co-Offensive: Cam Newton of Auburn
Defensive: Robert Lester of Alabama
Special Teams: Spencer Lanning of South Carolina
Offensive Lineman: Mike Berry of Auburn
Defensive Lineman: DeQuin Evans of Kentucky
Co-Freshman: Tyler Bray of Tennessee
Co-Freshman: Marcus Lattimore of South Carolina
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