In honor of Les Miles, we might hand out blades of grass instead of helmet stickers this week.
On second thought, we’ll stick to helmet stickers:
LSU coach Les Miles: Give it up for “The Hat.” For all the abuse he’s taken this season, he had his team ready to play, had the courage to make one gutsy call after another and has the Tigers in great shape right now to play in a BCS bowl. Yes, he’s out there at times when you listen to him in press conferences (He said several strange things Saturday following the 24-21 win over Alabama), but his players genuinely like playing for him, and most importantly, are willing to lay it on the line for him. Hence his 59-16 record.
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton: For the second week in a row, Auburn’s Cam Newton showed off his passing skills. Newton finished 15-of-21 for 317 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown before watching from the sideline in the second half as Auburn buried Chattanooga 62-24. For the season, Newton now has 19 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns. Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is the only player in NCAA history to have passed for 20 touchdowns and rushed for 20 touchdowns in the same season.
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray: Talk about successful debuts as a starting quarterback. Bray was starting his first game for the Vols Saturday on the road at Memphis, and all the true freshman did was throw five touchdown passes … in the first half. He finished 19-of-33 for 325 yards, and 308 of those yards came in the first half. Bray threw touchdown passes to five different players, as Tennessee crushed Memphis 50-14. He became the first Tennessee quarterback in school history to throw five touchdown passes in a half.
Arkansas running back Knile Davis: If there was an award in the SEC for the player who’s made the biggest push during the second half of the season, Davis would be right up there. He’s added some much-needed firepower to Arkansas’ running game and rushed for 110 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Hogs’ 41-20 win over South Carolina. South Carolina entered the game with the top rushing defense in the SEC and had only given up four rushing touchdowns all season. Davis nearly matched that total Saturday. He has eight rushing touchdowns in his last three games.
Florida receiver Chris Rainey: In his second game back since his suspension, Rainey caught a 40-yard touchdown pass and blocked two punts in Florida’s 55-14 rout of Vanderbilt. Rainey’s first blocked punt set up the Gators at the 3, leading to their first touchdown. His second blocked punt was returned 39 yards for a touchdown by Solomon Patton in the second quarter to make it a 34-0 game.