How they fared against SEC competition

November, 30, 2011
11/30/11
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It’s always telling to take a look after the regular season at what players did against SEC competition.

After all, that’s where you earn your respect in this league.

To nobody’s surprise, Alabama’s Trent Richardson was the leading rusher in SEC games. He averaged 136.6 yards in eight games and also leads the league with 12 touchdowns.

The second guy on that list was Auburn’s Michael Dyer, who averaged 101.1 yards per game. Richardson and Dyer were the only two players to average 100 rushing yards against SEC competition.

Don’t sleep on Vanderbilt’s Zac Stacy, either. He averaged 82.6 yards per game and also averaged 5.7 yards per carry against SEC defenses. Stacy’s seven touchdowns are second only to Richardson.

Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson passed for the most yards against SEC defenses (2,090), but Georgia’s Aaron Murray threw the most touchdown passes (18). LSU’s Jarrett Lee was No. 1 in pass efficiency, and Alabama’s AJ McCarron was No. 2.

In the receiving department, Arkansas' Jarius Wright led the way with 39 catches. Alabama’s Marquis Maze was second with 38. Wright’s six touchdown catches were also more than anybody else against SEC defenses. LSU’s Rueben Randle and South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery each had five touchdown catches.

Randle had the most receiving yards (629), and he averaged 19.1 yards per catch against SEC defenses. That wasn’t the highest in the league among the leaders, though. Georgia freshman Malcolm Mitchell averaged 19.2 yards per catch in six games. Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews was third with an average of 18.6 yards per catch, and he also tied for third in receiving yards (577).

Defensively, Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan led the way with 100 total tackles. Mississippi State linebacker Cameron Lawrence was second with 88. Trevathan also had the most solo stops with 48. Florida linebacker Jonathan Bostic was second with 43 solo stops.

Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones had 12.5 of his 13.5 sacks in SEC games. The next closest was Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier with 8.5 sacks.

Jones also had 16 of his 19.5 tackles for loss in SEC games, further underscoring what kind of regular season he had for the Bulldogs. Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw and Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox both had 12.5 tackles for loss against SEC competition.

LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo each had five interceptions in SEC games. Arkansas safety Tramain Thomas had four.

South Carolina freshman defensive end Jadeveon Clowney forced five fumbles in eight SEC games to tie for top honors in that department with Lemonier.

Arkansas’ Dylan Breeding was the top punter in SEC games with an average of 45.1 yards. Auburn’s Steven Clark had 24 punts downed inside the 20.

LSU’s Drew Alleman was a perfect 14-for-14 on field goals in SEC games with a long of 42 yards. Florida’s Caleb Sturgis was 14-of-16 with a long of 55 yards.

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