Sunday, September 11, 2011
SEC helmet stickers: Week 2
By Edward Aschoff
It's time for us to hand out our helmet stickers for the second weekend of SEC football. There were some great games and with great games come great individual performances:
Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee: The Volunteers' gunslinger made it look easy Saturday in a 45-23 win over Cincinnati. The sophomore threw for 405 passing yards and four touchdowns. What might be more impressive is that out of his 41 passing attempts, he completed 34 of them and didn't throw a single interception. Bray's maturity has been called into question, but he has directed Tennessee's offense like a veteran in the first two games.
Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn: Dyer was hardly a factor in the Tigers' season opener, but they needed everything he had in a 41-34 win against Mississippi State. Dyer looked like his old self in a fun shootout on the Plains. He showed his power running skills and his elusiveness, rushing for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Dyer also converted a crucial fourth-and-1 in Mississippi State territory late in the third that led to the Tigers' go-ahead touchdown.
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina: Another week and another South Carolina standout on defense. Ingram showed off his athleticism and versatility Saturday in a huge 45-42 win over Georgia. He ran a fake punt perfectly for a 68-yard touchdown, shaking Georgia's Brandon Boykin on the way, to put South Carolina up 14-13 in the second quarter. In the fourth, he scooped up a fumble forced by Jadeveon Clowney and ran it in for a 5-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score. He also nabbed Georgia's late onside kick and he recorded a tackle.
Jeff Scott, RB, Ole Miss: With the Rebels missing their top two rushers, Scott filled in quite nicely in a 42-24 win over Southern Illinois. He rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns. Scott also returned a punt for a 67-yard touchdown. He showed that he is now Ole Miss' top offensive weapon and should have even more on his plate after a solid second week.
Bob Shoop, defensive coordinator, Vanderbilt: The Commodore defense was stout against UConn in a 24-21 win. Vanderbilt didn't allow an offensive touchdown, limited the Huskies to just 193 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers, including a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown by Casey Hayward. Hats off to Shoop and his much more aggressive defense.