SEC Football Week 12: Who's HOT and Who's NOT in the SEC This Week
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I can't believe the regular season is already coming to an end.
Only one weekend of games left before two teams head to Atlanta for the SEC Championship.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, Week 12 brought out the best in some of the conference's biggest and brightest stars. We had near upsets, blowouts and plenty of outstanding individual performances.
Hang on tight as we take a hot lap around the circuit and see who's HOT and who's NOT this week in the SEC.
Jordan Jefferson - QB - LSU
Jefferson had his finest outing of the year for LSU in the thrilling 43-36 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels. Through the air, the Tigers quarterback completed 13 of 17 passes for 254 yards, a touchdown and an interception. On the ground, Jordan tallied 45 yards, the game-winning score and the critical two-point conversion as well.
For his outstanding effort, Jordan Jefferson has been named the SEC's Offensive Player of the Week.
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Knile Davis - RB - Arkansas
The Razorbacks have a tremendous running back in Davis. In the 38-31 win over Mississippi State, Knile blasted his way for 187 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. The outburst pushed Davis over the 1,000-yard mark for the year, and he currently ranks third in the conference in rushing, trailing only Cam Newton and Marcus Lattimore. His 7.0 yards per carry average is tops in the SEC.
Ryan Mallett - QB - Arkansas
Mallett threw for 305 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while completing 17 of 26 attempts in the 38-31 win over the Bulldogs of Mississippi State.
Marcus Lattimore - RB - South Carolina
The phenomenal freshman led the way in the Gamecocks' 69-24 annihilation of Troy. Lattimore gained 102 yards on the ground, scoring three times, on just seven carries. His 19 touchdowns lead the SEC.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - South Carolina
Jeffery caught five passes in the win over Troy for 123 yards. His season total of 70 receptions and 110 receiving yards per game lead the way among SEC receivers.
Vick Ballard - RB - Mississippi State
Ballard was a beast as the Bulldogs came up just a little shy in the 38-31 loss to Arkansas. The powerful back carried 33 times for 150 yards and three scores. His 16 touchdowns rate third best in the conference.
Stephan Garcia - QB - South Carolina
The Gamecocks' star quarterback was 9-of-12 for 198 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Troy.
Greg McElroy - QB - Alabama
The Tide's signal caller completed 12 of 13 attempts for 159 yards and two scores in the 63-7 win over Georgia State. The competition heats up as Auburn enters the Iron Bowl undefeated in the SEC Game of the Week.
Chris Relf - QB - Mississippi State
Relf was incredible in a losing effort to Arkansas. The Bulldogs quarterback completed 20 of 30 attempts for 224 yards and rushed for 103 yards and a score on 31 carries.
Tyler Bray - QB - Tennessee
After beginning his Tennessee career with SEC Freshman of the Week honors in his first two starts, Bray was still solid, hitting on 16 of 27 pass attempts for 232 yards and two touchdowns. The only blemishes on the stat sheet were two interceptions, his first since the South Carolina game. The Vols knocked off Vandy 24-10 for their third consecutive win.
John Brantley - QB - Florida
Brantley was a very efficient 16-of-22 for 222 yards and an interception in the 48-10 thrashing of Appy State.
Deonte Thompson - WR - Florida
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Thompson hauled in six passes for 100 yards in the Gators' win over the Mountaineers.
Stevan Ridley - RB - LSU
Ridley was a workhorse, carrying 18 times for 89 yards and three scores in the win over Ole Miss.
Brandon Bolden - RB - Ole Miss
Bolden continues to shine for a lackluster Ole Miss squad that has been sliding of late. The Rebels tailback accounted for 91 yards and two scores on 18 carries.
Patrick Peterson - DB/KR - LSU
Peterson returned four kickoffs for 121 yards and three punts for 30 yards. On the defensive side of the ball Peterson hauled in his fourth interception of the year.
Tauren Poole - RB - Tennessee
Poole carried the rock for 99 yards on 23 rushing attempts. Poole also added a touchdown in the win over Vandy. With one game left, Poole needs 65 yards against Kentucky to reach 1,000 for the season.
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NOT SO HOT
Jeremiah Masoli - QB - Ole Miss
Masoli was 15-of-23 through the air for 177 yards and a touchdown but had two interceptions in the loss to LSU. He also tallied 64 yards and two scores on the ground on 11 carries.
Kenard Reeves - RB - Vanderbilt
Reeves was held in check by the Tennessee defense, gaining just 60 yards on 17 carries.
Houston Nutt - Head Coach - Ole Miss
Nutt and Ole Miss have fallen on hard times in the treacherous SEC West. Ole Miss' loss to LSU drops them to 4-7 overall, including losses in five of their last six games. An Egg Bowl win over Mississippi State may be the only way Nutt can save his job.
Larry Smith - QB - Vanderbilt
Smith struggled against the Vols, completing just 11 of 27 passes for only 76 yards and an interception. The Vandy quarterback also rushed for 22 yards on 11 carries.
Robbie Caldwell - Head Coach - Vanderbilt
Vandy has lost six straight and probably has sealed the fate of interim head coach Robbie Caldwell.
The SEC has named its Football Players of the Week.
Offensive: Jordan Jefferson of LSU
Defensive: Jerry Franklin of Arkansas
Special Teams: Josh Jasper of LSU
Offensive Lineman: DeMarcus Love of Arkansas
Defensive Lineman: Gerald Williams of Tennessee
Freshman: Marcus Lattimore of South Carolina
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