SEC Football Week 8: Who's HOT and Who's NOT In The SEC This Week

Michael Ellis@@MikeFromTNCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2010

The Tide's Trent Richardson leads the SEC in all-purpose yardage.
The Tide's Trent Richardson leads the SEC in all-purpose yardage.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

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.


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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