Sunday, November 1, 2009
SEC helmet stickers: Week 9
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
With it being Halloween, we ought to give out candy instead of helmet stickers to this week’s top performers.
But we’ll stick with helmet stickers. Here’s a look at the Week 9 winners:
Mississippi State running back Anthony Dixon: Two weeks after breaking Jerious Norwood’s career rushing record at Mississippi State, Dixon broke his single-game record with 252 yards on 33 carries in a 31-24 win over Kentucky. Dixon now has 1,001 yards on the season and is right on the heels of Alabama’s Mark Ingram for the SEC rushing lead. The 6-1, 235-pound senior has gained 100 yards or more in every game he has played in this season and became just the 12th player in SEC history to rush for more than 250 yards in a game.
Auburn defensive end Antonio Coleman: One of the top pass-rushers in the league, Coleman has played through wrist and leg injuries this season and hadn’t put up big numbers -- until Saturday. He set the tone for the Tigers’ most complete defensive performance of the season in a 33-20 victory over Ole Miss. The Rebels couldn’t do anything with him, as he lived in their backfield and finished with four tackles for loss, including two sacks, and four quarterback hurries.
Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin: It’s probably premature to proclaim the Vols as being back, but they certainly appear to be on their way. They broke out the black jerseys (yes, they were ugly) and beat up on South Carolina for a 31-13 victory that paves the way for what could be a torrid stretch run on Rocky Top. The Vols are playing great defense, playing with great purpose and playing with the kind of confidence that filters down from their coach. Kiffin has this team believing, and he’s done a super job with senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton. When everybody else was ready to throw Crompton to the wolves in September, Kiffin stuck by him. It’s paid huge dividends, because Crompton has played winning football the last three weeks.
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow: He didn’t put on his Superman cape for Halloween, but Tebow sure looked like his old self in the 41-17 rout of Georgia. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for two touchdowns, breaking Herschel Walker’s SEC career record for rushing touchdowns. Tebow now has 51 rushing touchdowns. More importantly, he and the Florida offense appear to be in sync again. Tebow completed at least three passes to four different players. He also rushed for 85 yards, surpassing Arkansas’ Matt Jones as the SEC’s all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks. Tebow now has 2,588 career rushing yards.
Arkansas receiver Joe Adams: From afar, there wasn’t anything spectacular about Arkansas’ 63-27 pummeling of outmanned Eastern Michigan. But some of the best news of the day in college football was seeing Adams back on the field for the Hogs. He had missed the last three games after suffering a mild stroke, but was cleared by doctors this past Thursday for full participation. He didn’t make just a token appearance, either. He caught a pair of touchdown passes from Ryan Mallett, including a 78-yarder right before half, and finished with three catches for 109 yards.