BG is Billy Gomila, BH is Brian Harbach, GH is Gabe Harris , RM is Russ Mitchell, and BS is Barrett Sallee.
1. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Trey Burton; QB/TE, Florida – Rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns, caught five passes and completed two more. Burton is the bailing wire holding this Gator offense together.
BH: Ryan Mallett; QB, Arkansas – 409 passing yards, 3 TD’s and no picks; those are pretty impressive stats even against Vanderbilt.
GH: Ryan Mallett; QB, Arkansas – Set a school record with 409 yards to go along with three TDs in lopsided win over Vanderbilt.
RM: Michael Dyer; RB, Auburn – There’s more than one true freshman stud RB in the SEC, thank you kindly Mr. Lattimore. 21/180 plus a TD.
BS: Marcus Lattimore; RB, South Carolina – Racked up 184 yards on 29 carries in win over Tennessee. It’s amazing how important the true freshman RB is to that Gamecock offense.
2. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Chris White; LB, Mississippi State – Led the State defense as it held Kentucky’s rushing attack to just 2.1 yards per carry. He may be the best linebacker in the conference this season.
BH: Devin Taylor; DE, South Carolina – Taylor had a pretty impactful day for the Gamecocks with a pick six and two fumble recoveries.
GH: Ahmad Black; S, Florida – Filled the stat sheet with 12 total tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and a pass breakup in the much needed W over Georgia.
RM: Ahmad Black; S, Florida – No truth to the rumor Black has a twin; that was all him on Saturday. Kid is a star.
BS: Ahmad Black; S, Florida – Was all over the field Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville. No way the Gators win without him.
3. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Chas Henry; P/K, Florida – Had a great day punting the ball and made the big kicks when needed.
BH: Demond Washington; KR, Auburn – The 95 yard KOR for a TD was the emotional killer for Ole Miss… Never recovered after that play.
GH: Chas Henry; P/K, Florida – Great P having to moonlight as a K nailed the 37 yard game winner while controlling field position. Averaged 46.8 yards per punt while putting 2 inside the 20.
RM: Chas Henry; P/K, Florida – Break out the bubbly, Mr. Henry! His punting was solid, but his clutch FG is all folks will remember. Way to hang in there.
BS: Demond Washington; KR, Auburn – After Ole Miss kicked a FG to get back within seven, Washington took the ensuing kickoff to the house. Stuck the dagger in the hearts of the grey-clad Rebel Black Bears.
4. COACH OF THE WEEK
BG: Steve Spurrier – South Carolina usually folds when the going gets tough, and when Tennessee tied the game late it looked like history might repeat. But the Ol’ Ball Coach kept the Gamecocks calm, put the ball in his playmakers’ hands and put the Vols away .
BH: Urban Meyer – Meyer made changes and stuck with them… It wasn’t pretty and it probably wouldn’t have worked against any team but UGA. But it was UGA and it did work, so he gets all the credit this week.
GH: Urban Meyer – Continues Florida’s strong play coming off of byes, as he seemed to find a good mix between Brantley and Burton. Or was it just that Florida absolutely owns Georgia no matter what has gone on prior to the Cocktail Party?
RM: Urban Meyer – Great offensive game plan. Defense caved a bit in the fourth quarter which was a surprise, but Meyer went to the drawing board with the bye week and rolled out the trips – 3 QBs and 34 points. (Nod to Dan Mullen – that’s six straight, coach. Very nice.)
BS: Urban Meyer – After the game, he called the victory over Georgia a “program win.” He was right. The Gators needed that one big time, and could have crumbled when Georgia made its late-game charge.
5. BEST GAME OF THE WEEK: Florida v. Georgia
BG: Florida v. Georgia – The Cocktail Party started out slow but was rockin’ late. And of course, Florida did what it always does and found a way to beat Georgia.
BH: Florida v. Georgia – Best second half of the weekend, and that overtime had just as much drama as the game itself.
GH: Florida vs. Georgia – Overtime in the Cocktail Party? Sign me up. While neither of these teams are playing to their expectations, the stakes are always high and the ending did not disappoint.
RM: Florida vs. Georgia – Nail bitter down to the wire, and then some. Shouldn’t have been that close, but kudos to the Gators (and their fans) for hanging in there, and waiting for Murray to make freshman mistakes.
BS: Florida vs. Georgia – One of the biggest rivalries in the SEC is usually a snooze-fest. That wasn’t the case on Saturday.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
BG: Cam Newton – There was no doubt he was an efficient passer, but 209 passing yards to just 45 rushing is still not something you would expect after the last few weeks.
BH: Aaron Murray – Don’t want to call him a disappointment because he is just a freshmen, but he played a lot worse than expected. Really thought he had turned the corner as a passer the last three weeks.
GH: Mike Hartline – The normally efficient Hartline threw 3 INTs against a Mississippi State team that had only intercepted 6 passes coming into the game.
RM: Mike Hartline – As we previewed, State’s Pass Efficiency Defense was top 40 in the nation, but 3 INTs?! Not to mention a few that could/should have been picks. Very sloppy game. That’s the problem with expectations, Mike... Time to rebound.
BS: Orson Charles – The tight end had a career day, catching six passes for 108 yards and a TD in a losing effort against Florida. When you’re the receiving star on a team that has A.J. Green, you’ve done something very special.
7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK
BG: Georgia – This may not be Mark Richt’s best Georgia squad, but if you can’t beat this Florida team, one has to wonder if the Bulldogs will ever get over the Jacksonville hump.
BH: Mark Richt – A blow-out probably would have been easier to handle, but that kind of heartbreaking loss against the “worst” Gator team of Meyer’s tenure is not easy to ignore.
GH: Georgia – Florida flat out owns Georgia, there’s no other way to put it. Richt is now 2-8 versus the Gators, and if he can’t take care of business when expected to against the worst Florida team since Zook, will he ever?
RM: Tennessee – Could have gone with Derek Dooley here too, but we’ll pick the entire program. WHAT IS GOING ON??? Get it together; y’all are better than this. What’s up with only playing a half of football week in and week out? Is it just depth? We don’t think so. Coaching AND execution need to improve and quickly. Then Simms mouthing off like a spoiled brat... Get control of your ship, Dooley, or you could be one and done.
BS: Mark Richt – He couldn’t lead his team to a win over the worst Florida team in two decades. If not this year, when???
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