Sunday, October 10, 2010
SEC helmet stickers: Week 6
By Chris Low
Without a doubt, it was the best weekend yet in the SEC.
You name it, and we had it -- major upsets, game-winning touchdown passes, game-winning field goals and some tremendous individual performances.
Too bad we only have five helmet stickers, because we could hand out twice that many.
Here are this week’s winners:
Arkansas safety Tramain Thomas: The Hogs held Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson to 15-of-40 passing for only 215 yards, and Thomas was a big part of that defensive effort. He finished with seven tackles, two fumble recoveries and intercepted Johnson’s last-ditch heave into the end zone to seal Arkansas' 24-17 win.
Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton: Everybody other than Auburn fans might be tired of seeing Newton’s name show up here every weekend, but how do you ignore what he’s doing? He ground out 198 rushing yards and four touchdowns and passed for 210 more yards in the 37-34 win over Kentucky. He’s become the ultimate playmaker at quarterback and has now accounted for 21 touchdowns in his first six games.
South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery: The one-handed catch alone with Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick hanging onto his jersey was enough to land Jeffery on this list of honorees. But he was unstoppable in South Carolina’s 35-21 upset of No. 1-ranked Alabama with seven catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns. The Tide couldn’t match up with him, and they’re not alone. Nobody really has, which is why Jeffery leads the SEC with 625 receiving yards through six games.
Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb: The unwritten rule is that players on losing teams aren’t eligible for helmet stickers. But then you watch Cobb play, and was there a better player anywhere in college football Saturday? He rushed for two touchdowns, passed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass -- the second time this season that he’s had the trifecta. Cobb has accounted for a touchdown in 20 of the past 22 games in which he’s played for the Wildcats.
LSU coach Les Miles: Forget about all the weird things he says or the way he wears his hat or some of the end-of-game blunders. The guy just keeps winning. The Tigers were the luckiest 5-0 team in the country last week. Well, now they’re 6-0, and their resiliency reflects their head coach. Nothing seems to affect them or distract them or keep them from getting it done when the game’s on the line. Miles had his team ready to play Saturday at the Swamp, and LSU outplayed and outcoached Florida in a 33-29 win, making the Tigers one of only two unbeaten teams in the SEC at the midway point.