Sunday, October 2, 2011
SEC helmet stickers: Week 5
By Edward Aschoff
We had some major ballers in the SEC this weekend. We wish we could give out more, but we're allotted five helmet stickers and here they are:
Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: Florida's goal was to stop the run. Mainly, it wanted to slow down Richardson. Neither happened in Alabama's rout in Gainesville and Richardson was a main reason for that. He carried the ball 29 times for a career-high 181 yards and had two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 27 more yards. This was the biggest game of the season thus far and Richardson was back in his home state. He came ready to play and it took more than the first couple of hits from Florida defenders to bring Richardson down. He was just too strong and too agile for the Gators Saturday night.
Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn: Before Saturday's game, Auburn coach Gene Chizik told Dyer that he better be ready to carry the rushing load against South Carolina. Dyer certainly did that by carrying the ball 41 times for 141 yards and a touchdown. He didn't even miss a snap after suffering what looked like a pretty painful ankle injury in the third quarter. He didn't look slowed by the injury and was almost tougher to take down at times.
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: We were waiting for Wilson to just go bananas on a defense, and after getting roughed up by Alabama last week, Wilson took all of his frustration out against Texas A&M by passing for a 510 yards, which destroyed Ryan Mallett's school record of 409 yards he had against Vanderbilt last year. Wilson also had three touchdowns and no interceptions. Behind his arm, the Razorbacks were able to pull an impressive second-half comeback to beat the Aggies inside Cowboys Stadium.
Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas: Wilson looked pretty good Saturday, but so did one of his top targets. Wright caught 13 passes for a school-record 281 yards and had a touchdown. The old record was 204 yards and Wright surpassed that by halftime. Wright was all over the field for the Hogs and made some big-time catches in Arlington. He also recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and made some huge blocks down field for the Razorbacks.
Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee: The sophomore was without his best receiver in Justin Hunter and was working with a group of young guys along with Da'Rick Rogers. Well, all Bray did was throw for 342 yards and four touchdowns against Buffalo. We weren't sure what we would see from Bray without Hunter in the lineup, but he and the offense didn't really miss a beat. Helping him out was Rogers, who caught seven passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the Vols' blowout win.