Sunday, September 6, 2009
SEC helmet stickers: Week 1
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
A full day (and I mean a full day) of SEC football is in the books, so that means it’s time to pass out our Week 1 helmet stickers:
Alabama running back Mark Ingram: He took over the game in the fourth quarter with 99 yards of total offense and scored both of the Crimson’s Tide touchdowns in the final quarter. Ingram finished with a career-high 150 yards rushing to cap what was a nerve-racking week for him. He and Julio Jones weren’t cleared by the NCAA to play until Wednesday night after making restitution for a Gulf Coast fishing trip he and Jones took in the spring.
Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton: The guy actually received death threats last season, but he looked like a different quarterback in the Vols’ 63-7 win over Western Kentucky. He tossed five touchdown passes, one more than he threw all of last season.
Vanderbilt linebacker Chris Marve: One of the more underrated players in the SEC, Marve forced two fumbles and also had a sack to help trigger Vanderbilt’s first shutout in a decade.
Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn: Everywhere Malzahn has been, his offenses have put up big numbers. His debut at Auburn was no different. The Tigers finished with 556 yards of total offense in a 37-13 win over Louisiana Tech. The play that got them going was a 93-yard touchdown pass from Chris Todd to Terrell Zachery four minutes into the third quarter.
LSU receiver Terrance Toliver: How big were his two touchdowns? LSU would be looking at an 0-1 start without them. Both times, he made sweet moves after the catch and then showed off his speed. His first one was a 45-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and he followed that up with a 39-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Toliver only had one touchdown catch all of last season.