SEC superlative tracker: Week 12

November, 16, 2011
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We update the race for the top individual awards in the SEC this season:

Offensive Player of the Year

1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: From the beginning of the season until now, there hasn't been a more dynamic player in the league than Richardson. He remains in the thick of the Heisman Trophy race and has gained 595 of his 1,205 rushing yards this season after contact. He leads the SEC with 19 touchdowns.

2. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia: There's not a hotter player in the league right now than Murray, who's thrown nine touchdown passes in his past two games. Murray leads the SEC in pass efficiency and has also thrown a school-record 27 touchdown passes. He's on track for a 3,000-yard, 30-touchdown season.

3. Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas: Every week, Wright makes a big play or a spectacular play. Go back and watch his 40-yard catch last week against Tennessee. He leads the SEC with 906 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches, while averaging 17.1 yards per catch. He's the only receiver in the league averaging more than 100 receiving yards per game.

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: With a league-leading 16 tackles for loss, including a league-leading 10 sacks, Jones has emerged as the SEC's pre-eminent big-play defender. He's a terror rushing the passer, but has also been a big reason the Bulldogs are ranked fifth nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 87.1 yards per game.

2. Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama: Right there behind Jones in the big-play department is Upshaw, who at times has taken over games this season. Upshaw has 14 tackles for loss, including 6.5 sacks, and is one of those guys offenses do their best to avoid.

3. Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky: Barring some late development, Trevathan is on his way to leading the SEC in tackles for the second straight season. He's been the essence of consistency for the Wildcats, averaging 11.8 tackles per game. He's also intercepted four passes and forced three fumbles.

Coach of the Year

1. Les Miles, LSU: The No. 1 Tigers just keep sailing along regardless of who's playing quarterback, what's going on off the field or where they play. Both of LSU's wins over top-5 teams this season have come away from home, and Miles has pushed every right button with this team.

2. Mark Richt, Georgia: The Bulldogs have engineered one of the best turnarounds in college football this season after starting out 0-2. The heat was obviously on Richt back in September, but he kept it positive and kept his team focused. And now the Bulldogs have won eight in a row and are one win away from winning the East championship.

3. James Franklin, Vanderbilt: There's a different culture at Vanderbilt, and Franklin promised there would be when he took the job. It's already been a successful season for the Commodores, but it could get a lot better if they can take down Tennessee this week in Knoxville and become bowl eligible.

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