Sunday, November 20, 2011
SEC helmet stickers: Week 12
By Chris Low
Time to hand out some helmet stickers for Week 12:
Alabama running back Trent Richardson: Following Alabama’s 45-21 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday, Richardson raised a few eyebrows when he told reporters that he had a “whole 'nother year” at Alabama. The reality, when you consider how highly he’s ranked on NFL draft boards, is that he probably played his final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. And if so, Richardson went out in style with 175 rushing yards while matching a career high with 32 carries. He broke Shaun Alexander’s school record for rushing touchdowns with his 20th of the season. Richardson also had a 4-yard touchdown catch.
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson: The Hogs are a runaway locomotive right now offensively, and Wilson is driving the train. He set a school record with 32 completions in the 44-17 win over Mississippi State and passed for 365 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson finished 32-of-43 and threw scoring tosses of 32 yards to Joe Adams, 20 yards to Cobi Hamilton and 2 yards to Chris Gragg. Wilson is the first SEC quarterback this season to surpass 3,000 passing yards. He has 3,215 yards, 21 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
Tennessee receiver Da'Rick Rogers: The Vols won it 27-21 Saturday in overtime thanks to Eric Gordon’s 90-yard interception return for a touchdown. But without Rogers’ 10-catch, 116-yard performance, they never would have made it to overtime. Rogers WAS the Vols’ offense for much of the night and caught everything thrown his way. He had a pair of touchdown catches, a 17-yarder to give Tennessee a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, and 2-yarder late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 21-21. His game-tying score came on a fourth-and-goal play, and Rogers pulled the ball in one-handed. He now has nine touchdown receptions on the season, and his 65 catches lead the SEC.
Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones: Georgia, in securing its first trip to the SEC championship game since 2005, beat Kentucky 19-10 and limited the Wildcats to 13 total yards on 22 plays in the second half Saturday. The catalyst for that suffocating defensive effort was once again Jones. He recorded 2.5 sacks and now has an SEC-leading 12.5 for the season, which ranks third all-time at Georgia. Jones’ forced fumble late in the third quarter also set up the decisive touchdown. He beat a double team to strip Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith of the ball, and the Bulldogs recovered at the Wildcats’ 10-yard line. Aaron Murray's touchdown pass three plays later made it a 19-10 game.
Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan: We only rarely include players on losing teams when awarding helmet stickers, which ought to tell you what a special game Trevathan had in Kentucky’s loss at Georgia. Matter of fact, he’s had a special season, and for all those wondering if he’s as good as his stats suggest he is, the answer is a resounding yes. He had 17 total tackles against the Bulldogs, including three for loss, and also forced two fumbles. The guy is a straight-up baller.