SEC Football Week 13: Who's HOT and Who's NOT In The SEC This Week
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The curtain has closed on the 2010 SEC regular season, but not before some instant classics were born on the gridiron during rivalry week.
The Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama is being called one of the greatest games ever played, I guess that depends on who you ask.
We also had the Egg Bowl, the Battle for the Golden Boot, a Border War, and Old-Fashioned Hate.
The stars were bright and the games were great in Week 13.
Hang on tight as we go through the league and see who's HOT and who's NOT this week in the SEC.
Denarius Moore - WR - Tennessee
The senior receiver was more than sizzlin' in the win over Kentucky, he was on fire. Moore caught seven passes for 205 yards and a touchdown as the Vols dropped the Cats 24-14. The second quarter exploits of Moore will be talked about for years to come by Big Orange fans as he caught four passes for 153 yards helping the Vols run their winning streak to 26 straight over Kentucky.
Tyler Bray - QB - Tennessee
The freshman signal-caller continues to burn the competition for the Vols. Bray completed 20-of-38 attempts for 354 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. His outstanding performance has earned him Co-Freshman of the Week in the SEC. It's Bray's third such award in his first four career starts.
Derek Dooley - Head Coach - Tennessee
Coach Dooley and the Vols finished strong after a slow start, winning four straight in November to even their record at 6-6 and earn bowl eligibility. Look for the Vols to play in Nashville in the Music City Bowl.
Cam Newton - QB - Auburn
Newton led Auburn to an improbable comeback in the Iron Bowl, defeating Alabama, 28-27. The Tiger's quarterback threw for 216 yards and three scores on 13-of-20 passing. Cam also rushed for 39 yards and a score on 22 carries.
In so doing, Newton becomes Auburn's all-time single-season touchdown passing quarterback with 24 and the all-time single-season rusher with 18 touchdowns, breaking the records formerly held by Chris Todd and Bo Jackson, respectively. Next stop for Auburn, the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta where they will take on South Carolina.
Greg McElroy - QB - Alabama
McElroy was outstanding in a losing effort in the Iron Bowl. The Tide quarterback completed 27-of-37 for 377 yards and two touchdowns. McElroy was knocked out of the game late as Auburn completed the comeback and won 28-27.
Julio Jones - WR - Alabama
Jones was on the receiving end of 10 passes for 199 yards and a score in the loss to Auburn.
Ryan Mallett - QB - Arkansas
The SEC's premier passing quarterback threw for 320 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the 31-23 win over LSU. Mallett completed 13-of-23 attempts to secure the victory, as the Battle for the Golden Boot goes to the Razorbacks.
Knile Davis - RB - Arkansas
Davis continues his impressive run through the conference, carrying 30 times for 152 yards and a touchdown in the win over LSU.
Cobi Hamilton - WR - Arkansas
The Arkansas receiver made the most of three receptions, scoring twice, while racking up a career-high 164 yards in the Battle for the Golden Boot. For good measure, Hamilton also recovered an onside kick.
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Chris Relf - QB - Mississippi State
The Bulldog's signal-caller completed 13-of-20 attempts for 288 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. On the ground, Relf scrambled for 66 yards on 12 carries in the 31-23 win over Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.
LaDarius Perkins - RB - Mississippi State
Perkins did it all in the win over Ole Miss, rushing for 98 yards and two scores on just 13 carries. But the freshman was just getting started. He also caught three passes for 140 yards, returned four kickoffs for 65 and a punt for 16. Add it all up and LaDarius gained 319 all-purpose yards. His terrific showing has earned him Co-Freshman of the Week in the SEC.
Washaun Ealey - RB - Georgia
The electric Ealey rambled for 118 yards and two scores on just 13 carries in Georgia's 42-34 win over in-state rival Georgia Tech. Bulldog fans loved Ealey in the game known as Old-Fashioned Hate.
Aaron Murray - QB - Georgia
The Bulldog's freshman signal-caller completed 16-of-19 attempts for 271 yards and three scores in the win over the Yellow Jackets. On the season, Murray tallied 24 touchdown passes versus just six interceptions while throwing for 2,851 yards and helping the Dawg's achieve bowl eligibility.
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Alshon Jeffery - WR - South Carolina
The Gamecock's dominating receiver hauled in five receptions and a touchdown while racking up 141 yards in the win over Clemson. Jeffery led the SEC with 112 receiving yards per game.
Randall Cobb - WR - Kentucky
Cobb rushed for 25 yards on five carries and hauled in 13 receptions for 116 yards in the 24-14 loss at Tennessee. Kentucky's Mr. Everything led the SEC in receptions with 79 and all-purpose yards per game with 182. Cobb may have played his last game in the conference as he is considering foregoing his senior season and may declare for the NFL draft.
Mike Hartline - QB - Kentucky
Hartline was his steady self, throwing for 272 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while connecting on 31-of-44 passes in the loss to the Volunteers.
Derek Locke - RB - Kentucky
The Wildcat's star running back slipped past Tennessee defenders for 97 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries but had a critical fumble at the Vols' one-yard-line that turned the momentum of the game. Locke also returned four kicks for 105 yards in a losing effort.
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Da'Rick Rogers - WR - Tennessee
The freshman receiver rushed for 30 yards on three attempts and returned three kicks for 114 yards, including a 78-yard return on the game's opening play.
Patrick Peterson - KR/DB - LSU
The versatile defensive back made an impact returning four kickoffs for 163 yards in the loss to Arkansas. Peterson was named to the AFCA Coaches' All-America Team, the only SEC defensive player to be named.
Jordan Jefferson - QB - LSU
Jefferson threw for 184 yards while completing 16-of-27 attempts in a losing effort to Arkansas.
Stephan Garcia - QB - South Carolina
Garcia hit on 14-of-30 passing attempts for 227 yards and two scores in the 29-7 win over Clemson. South Carolina will represent the Eastern Division in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.
Jeremiah Masoli - QB - Ole Miss
Masoli threw for 261 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Egg Bowl loss to Mississippi State. The Rebel's quarterback completed 24-of-44 pass attempts.
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Jared Funk - QB - Vanderbilt
You gotta be warmed up if you throw 61 passes in one game and that's exactly what Funk did, completing 27 for 277 yards and a touchdown in the 34-13 loss to Wake Forest. The senior also rushed for 70 yards on 15 carries as Vandy completed their 2-10 disaster of a season.
NOT SO HOT
Vick Ballard - RB - Mississippi State
Ballard found little running room, gaining just 43 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in State's win over Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.
Mark Ingram - RB - Alabama
In the Iron Bowl, Ingram was melted down to just 36 rushing yards on 10 carries and a score. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner caught four passes for 91 yards and a touchdown reception as the Tide was washed out by the Auburn Tigers.
Urban Meyer - Head Coach - Florida
Coach Meyer and the Gators closed out their dismal season with a whipping at the hands of in-state rival Florida State. Florida finishes up with a record of 7-5.
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Marcus Lattimore - RB - South Carolina
The super-freshman was limited to just 48 yards on 23 carries in South Carolina's win over Clemson. Lattimore added five receptions for 41 yards.
Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama
Like Ingram, Richardson could find no room to roam, gaining just 24 yards on 10 carries.
John Brantley - QB - Florida
The season ended like it began for Brantley, a titanic struggle. The Gator quarterback completed just 6-of-12 passes for 52 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the embarrassing 31-7 loss to rival Florida State.
The SEC has named its Football Players of the Week.
Offensive: Cam Newton of Auburn
Defensive: Jerico Nelson of Arkansas
Special Teams: Spencer Lanning of South Carolina
Offensive Lineman: Derek Sherrod of Mississippi State
Defensive Lineman: Nick Fairley of Auburn
Co-Freshman: Tyler Bray of Tennessee
Co-Freshman: LaDarius Perkins of Mississippi State
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