- Chris Low, College Football
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The spotlight in the SEC shifted back to the field on Saturday, and there were some memorable performances.
With that, we hand out the helmet stickers for Week 11 in the SEC:
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier: The Head Ball Coach is going back to the SEC championship game … with his second different team. South Carolina locked up the Eastern Division championship with a 36-14 victory over Florida at the Swamp. It’s the same place where Spurrier had one memorable moment after another during the 1990s. This one will no doubt rate right up there. The Gamecocks played extremely well in the game, but Spurrier also thoroughly outcoached his counterpart, Florida’s Urban Meyer. It was just like old times. Only Spurrier was on the other sideline
South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore: The more Lattimore delivers in big games, the more you rack your brain trying to think of the last time a true freshman running back has come into the league and been this good. He carried the ball 40 times and rushed for 212 yards and scored three touchdowns. When he’s on, so are the Gamecocks. Go back and look. In those games where he’s made it through all four quarters and they’ve given him the football, South Carolina has been as good as anybody. And like Spurrier said after Saturday’s game, when you have players like Marcus Lattimore on your team, you always have a chance.
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton: No matter what Newton did or didn’t do, knew or didn’t know, imagine being in his shoes this last week. He probably was looking forward to just getting back onto the field again and played like he was on a mission. Newton passed for two touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns in Auburn’s 49-31 win over Georgia to clinch the Western Division championship. He carried the ball 30 times for 151 rushing yards and was 12-of-15 passing. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett: Playing what was likely his final game in Razorback Stadium, Mallett made it one to remember. He tied the school record for touchdown responsibility with six, including five touchdown passes and one touchdown run, as Arkansas routed UTEP 58-21. Mallett threw touchdown passes to four different players and now has 24 on the season. The Hogs, who’ve won four straight games, have averaged 46.5 points during their winning streak.
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray: He’s made two career starts for the Vols, and they’re digging through the record books every time he steps onto the field now. Bray threw three more touchdown passes in the 52-14 win over Ole Miss on Saturday, giving him eight in his past two games. The true freshman from Kingsburg, Calif., became the first player in Tennessee history to throw five touchdowns in a half last week against Memphis. In throwing for 323 yards against the Rebels, Bray became the first quarterback in Tennessee history to throw for 300 yards in his first two career starts. It's safe to say that he's off to a good start.
The spotlight in the SEC shifted back to the field on Saturday, and there were some memorable performances.With that, we hand out the helmet stickers for Week 11 in the SEC:South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier: The Head Ball Coach is going back to the SEC championship game … with his second different team.