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SEC Bloggers Week Thirteen Review
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: Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi State – Another big game. Ironic that the Mississippi teams would have two of the best individual offensive players (Dixon and Ole Miss' Dexter McCluster) in the league this season, despite almost no help around them.
BH: Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee – Hardesty busted out for 179 rushing yards against Kentucky and three scores, the final one being the game winner in overtime.
GH: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida – Vintage Tebow for his last game in Gainesville. 221 yards passing, 90 rushing and 5 total TDs.
RM: Washaun Ealey & Caleb King, RBs, UGA – Guess it does snow in Atlanta. For the 1st time this season, we're sharing the award. After struggling all year, and pitted against the nation's 32nd best rushing D on the road, both RBs averaged 9.2 /ypc for 353 yards (Easly: 20/183; King: 18/170, 2 TDs), in a huge rivalry/statement win over Ga. Tech. (Nod to Tim Tebow's 5 TDs, though it was against 6-6 FSU.)
BS: Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi State – 29 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown in Mississippi State's upset win over Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl. Dixon broke the Bulldog record for yards in a single-season in the game.
2. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia – Helped hold down that Tech rushing attack enough for the ‘Dawgs to get a much-needed win.
BH: Reshad Jones, DB, Georgia – How could he not remember letting the winning Tech touchdown get past him in 2008, ABC showed it about 100 times. Jones showed up big time with 7 tackles, an interception and a huge PBU on the final Tech drive.
GH: Eryk Anders, LB, Alabama – Filled up the stat sheet with 7 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 1 forced fumble and recovery and 1 sack to go along with 3 QB hurries.
RM: Rennie Curran, LB, UGA – It's more than just the 15 tackles, Curran dominated this game. He has been the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal season for the UGA D. (Nod to 2 more LBs: Patrick Trahan (Ole Miss) - 10 tackles, 9 solo, 2 TFL, a sack and an INT, and Rolando McLain (‘bama) - 12 tackles, 1.5 TFL.)
BS: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama – 12 total tackles, 1.5 TFL's and one sack as Alabama comes back late to upend rival Auburn and keep their National Championship aspirations alive.
3. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BG: Josh Jasper, K, LSU – Four for four, three over 40, including a game winner. That's how a kicker earns his scholarship.
BH: Josh Jasper, K, LSU – His clutch day against Arkansas brought up all kinds of what ifs when you think about the Ole Miss game, but Les Miles owes Jasper a pretty big fruit basket this week.
GH: Javier Arenas, KR, Alabama – The threat of a kick return caused Auburn to kick out of bounds early which gave Alabama good field position. When Arenas did get his hand on the ball, he put his team in even better field position. He was a game-changer.
RM: Josh Jasper, P, LSU – LSU's Special Teams saved the Tigers throughout 2009 (more on that later this week), and this Saturday's game was no exception. Jasper went 4-4, including 2 clutch kicks around OT - the first causing it, the second winning it.
BS: Josh Jasper, PK, LSU – His stats against Arkansas were already mentioned above. The fact that Les Miles allowed him to walk out on the field at the proper time makes his stats twice as impressive.
4. COACH OF THE WEEK
BG: Mark Richt, Georgia – He and Les Miles faced long odds at pleasing anybody this week, but beating a ranked rival in their place is a win any Bulldog fan would be proud of.
BH: Dan Mullen, MSU – The Bulldogs had the toughest schedule in the country this year and the win over Ole Miss could end up being the power shift in Mississippi that MSU has been waiting for.
GH: Les Miles, LSU – Let's give credit where credit is due. Miles learned from the Ole Miss debacle and did a great job on the field goal that sent game into OT.
RM: Mark Richt, UGA – After a difficult season, capped by a difficult loss last week to Kentucky between the hedges, he marshaled his team for a huge statement win, on the road, against in-state rival (and seventh ranked) Ga Tech. Not only a great W for UGA, but also for the SEC. (Nod to LSU's Les Miles - facing more scrutiny this week than perhaps any other SEC coach, led LSU to an impressive start, a last minute drive, and a W.)
BS: Steve Spurrier, South Carolina – Breaks a three-game losing streak with a dominating win over arch-rival and nationally-ranked Clemson.
5. BEST GAME OF THE WEEK
BG: Arkansas v. LSU - Played out like a mirror-image of the LSU-Ole Miss game, only this week somebody remembered to check the oil in Les Miles' brain before the start of the fourth quarter.
BH: Arkansas v. LSU - The SEC was full of great things starting with the Iron Bowl on Friday, but no game had me on the edge of my seat, screaming at the television and texting Russ.
GH: Auburn v. Alabama - One of the best Iron Bowls in recent memory. ‘Nuff said. Though the weekend was full of great SEC games.
RM: Arkansas v. LSU - Could have easily been UGA v. Ga. Tech, for the impact, or Alabama v. Auburn, for the rivalry... But for the drama, the back/forth scoring, the hitting, and the OT, we're going Das Boot.
BS: Alabama v Auburn - Other games may have been slightly more dramatic, but as far as national implications go, none of them compare to the Iron Bowl..
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
BG: Trindon Holiday - 200 all-purpose yards, including 57 yards rushing – the lil' guy stepped up big with LSU short three tailbacks.
BH: Les Miles' second chance - It was crazy to see LSU in the same position one week after a meltdown. You hope that teams and coaches learn from their mistakes, Les Miles definitely did.
GH: Georgia's rushing offense - Outgained Georgia Tech and "The Perfect Option" 339-205 on the ground led by Caleb King and Washaun Ealey.
RM: Auburn's Defense - Auburn's Rushing Defense was amazing, holding Mark Ingram to 34 yards on 16 carries (1.9 /ypc), and ‘bama itself to just 73 yards total. Too bad it decided to go into "prevent mode" up by only one point late in the fourth quarter. Who thinks Charlie Strong and Florida's DBs are going to be that generous?
BS: Auburn's Defense - Completely shut down Alabama's rushing attack, and single-handedly ended Mark Ingram's Heisman campaign.
7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK
BG: Auburn - You had your chance at the upset, and you took your hands off Bama's throat.
BH: Kentucky - Once again the Wildcats had a chance to upset Tennessee but they fell short in overtime. It was a great game but the Vols were just too much in the end, the streak goes to 25.
GH: Ole Miss - That was a "Houston Nutt Special" if there ever was one. Ole Miss just can't stand prosperity and gets "egg" on their face against MSU.
RM: Mark Ingram - No delicate way to put this: averaged less than 2 yards per carry on 16 carries; only 34 yards in perhaps the second biggest game of the season to date. This against a D that entered the contest ranked 88th in the nation against the run.
BS: Mark Ingram - Coming into the Iron Bowl, he was leading the Heisman discussion. Following the Iron Bowl, he's not even in the discussion and he's injured. Talk about a bad day.
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