Sunday, October 16, 2011
SEC helmet stickers: Week 7
By Chris Low
Talk about your wild finishes.
There was nearly an all-out brawl after the Georgia-Vanderbilt game with coaches screaming at each other and the players finally being pushed to the locker room following the Bulldogs' 33-28 win.
That’s where we’ll start this week with the SEC helmet stickers:
Georgia receiver Marlon Brown: He was a big-time recruit when he arrived at Georgia, but hasn’t had a big impact. That all changed Saturday with Brown’s career night. He caught four passes for a career-high 121 yards, including touchdown grabs of 75 and 27 yards. Georgia was playing without its top receiver, freshman Malcolm Mitchell, who was out with a hamstring injury, so Brown picked a good time to have his best career game in the Bulldogs’ 33-28 win over Vanderbilt.
Alabama running back Trent Richardson: He just gets better every week. Richardson, making his move in the Heisman Trophy race, rushed for 183 yards and four touchdowns in Alabama’s 52-7 rout of Ole Miss. Richardson had a dazzling 76-yard touchdown run in the third quarter where he made a couple of Ole Miss defenders look helpless. Richardson has rushed for 100 yards or more in his past six games and now has 16 touchdowns on the season.
LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis: He got a game ball from the LSU team following the Tigers’ 38-7 win over Tennessee, and he’s also getting a helmet sticker. Chavis’ defense has played lights out this season, and he’s one of those coaches who doesn’t seek the spotlight and just goes about his business in a very no-nonsense, workmanlike manner. But his track record as a defensive coordinator in this league speaks for itself, and the Tigers are thrilled to have him. It was an emotional return for Chavis to Neyland Stadium. He played and coached at Tennessee, the past 14 seasons as the Vols’ defensive coordinator before Phillip Fulmer and his staff were fired following the 2008 season.
South Carolina’s defense: We don’t normally give helmet stickers to an entire unit, but Ellis Johnson’s South Carolina defense is flat getting it done right now. The Gamecocks held on to beat Mississippi State 14-12 on Saturday and turned in another defensive gem. In their past four games, the Gamecocks haven’t allowed more than 16 points and held the Bulldogs to 296 total yards. Junior safety D.J. Swearinger was one of the catalysts with a career-high 12 tackles, and his interception in the final minutes sealed the deal.
Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier: The Tigers have their share of promising young defensive players, and Lemonier is right there at the top of the list. He turned in a monster game Saturday in the 17-6 win over Florida with three tackles for loss, including two sacks. He also had four quarterback hurries, as Auburn held Florida to 194 total yards. Lemonier, a sophomore, ranks among the league leaders with 10 tackles for loss.