Sunday, September 16, 2012
SEC helmet stickers: Week 3
By Edward Aschoff
After the third week of football, it's time to take a look at the weekend's best in the SEC:
Alabama's defense: It wasn't just one player on this unit that stood out. This was a collective effort by Alabama's defense to completely smother Arkansas' offense. At halftime, Arkansas had just 46 yards of total offense and minus-4 yards rushing. Things didn't get much better, either, as Arkansas had just 93 total yards and four turnovers with just under 12 minutes left in the game. Twelve of Alabama's players registered tackles for loss against the Hogs. This team prepared to face Tyler Wilson, but got a wide-eyed redshirt freshman in Brandon Allen. It was like sharks with chum in the water. Arkansas never really sniffed the end zone Saturday, losing 52-0.
Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State: Bumphis has really stepped his game up this year compared to the past couple of years, and he had his best game yet against Troy, a 30-24 Bulldogs victory. He was quarterback Tyler Russell's favorite target on the night, as he caught six passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns. His scores went for 72, 58 and 25 yards. His last touchdown put the Bulldogs up for good midway through the fourth quarter.
Jeff Driskel, QB, Florida: After helping the Gators with their strong second-half comeback against Texas A&M last week, Driskel stood strong yet again to not only scamper around for some key runs in the 37-20 win over Tennessee, but he made some major throws that beat the Vols' secondary for some key plays in the second half. For the night, Driskel finished with 219 passing yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-20 passing. He also carried the ball eight times for 81 yards, including a long of 28.
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: After a rough second half against Florida last week, Manziel bounced back to have quite a performance in a 48-3 win over SMU. He completed 20 of his 36 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran the ball 13 times for a game-high 124 yards and added two touchdowns. Manziel played a part in five of the Aggies' six touchdowns against SMU on Saturday.
Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt: It was a rough first two weeks for Stacy and Vanderbilt's offense, but Stacy came back in a big way in a 58-0 win over Presbyterian. Stacy carried the ball just eight times but ran for 174 yards and a touchdown that went for 86 yards to grab the first points of the game.