SEC Week 7 award winners
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Some fresh faces and new names came up big in the SEC last week, and you can't say enough about Arkansas hanging in there after three lopsided losses and going to Auburn and knocking off the Tigers. We pass out our weekly awards:
Stephen Garcia, quarterback, South Carolina: Without him, the Gamecocks probably don't win last week at Kentucky. Chris Smelley was struggling to get anything going offensively, and Garcia came off the bench late in the third quarter to rally South Carolina with 10 fourth-quarter points. In a little more than a quarter of action, Garcia was 10-of-14 for 169 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. He also earned himself a starting spot this coming weekend against LSU.
Adrian Davis, defensive end, Arkansas: The Razorbacks' defense has been so maligned this season, and they've just been unable to make any key defensive plays. That all changed last Saturday. Davis, a junior, had three quarterback sacks, forced a fumble and had an interception. He's the first SEC player this season to collect three sacks in a game and spearheaded the kind of defensive effort the young Hogs hope to build on this season.
Captain Munnerlyn, cornerback, South Carolina: He wasn't perfect, but he delivered a couple of plays on special teams that were the difference in the Gamecocks winning and losing last week. Munnerlyn helped everyone forget his two muffed punts by returning a blocked field goal 81 yards for the Gamecocks' second touchdown and setting up their first touchdown with an 84-yard kickoff return.
Charlie Strong, defensive coordinator, Florida: The Gators took their lumps defensively last season and really just weren't very good at times, thanks in part to their youth in the secondary. But Strong has taken this unit through the first part of this season and molded it into one of the better defenses in the league. The Gators smothered LSU last week in what Urban Meyer called one of the best defensive performances he's seen in a while and are now 10th nationally in scoring defense. They're also the only defense in the SEC that doesn't have a senior starter.