Sunday, September 23, 2012
SEC helmet stickers: Week 4
By Chris Low
Week 4 is in the books, and we hand out our weekly helmet stickers in the SEC:
Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas: Rarely do players on losing teams get helmet stickers on the SEC blog, but there are exceptions for rare performances. Hamilton had an SEC-record performance in the Hogs’ 35-26 loss to Rutgers with 303 receiving yards. Hamilton caught 10 passes, and three of them were touchdowns. He had a 57-yarder in the first quarter and touchdown grabs of 80 and 10 yards in the fourth quarter. The old SEC record for receiving yards in a game was 293, set by LSU’s Josh Reed in 2001.
Dustin Harris, CB/RS, Texas A&M: Harris led the nation in punt return average last season and showed off his craft Saturday night by setting an SEC record with 246 punt return yards in the Aggies’ 70-14 rout of South Carolina State. He had a 96-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter, which was the second longest in school history, and wound up averaging 30.8 yards on eight returns.
Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU: It was one of those nights where the defense saved LSU in its 12-10 escape at Auburn, and Montgomery was a disruptive force from the opening kick. He finished with 3.5 tackles for loss, including a sack, and was responsible for LSU’s first points when he tackled Auburn running back Tre Mason in the end zone for a safety in the first quarter. It’s a safety that helped ease the pain for LSU, which a few seconds earlier had lost a fumble at the 2.
Florida coach Will Muschamp: He made it clear when he took the job that he wanted a tough, physical, blue-collar football team. That’s exactly what the Gators are, and they’re also 4-0 with three SEC wins and playing their best football of the Muschamp era. They get a bye this coming week and then comes a huge showdown with LSU on Oct. 6. This team is playing fast, playing with discipline and playing with a purpose. The Gators haven’t given up any fourth-quarter points all season, and in blanking Kentucky 38-0 on Saturday, recorded their first SEC shutout in 11 years.
Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina: The Gamecocks’ junior quarterback flirted with the SEC record for consecutive completions in a game. Shaw completed his last 20 and finished 20-of-21 for 252 yards and two touchdowns in South Carolina’s 31-10 beatdown of Missouri. The record is held by former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin, who completed 23 in a row in 1998 against South Carolina. Shaw also rushed for 41 yards and showed no ill effects from the hairline fracture in his right throwing shoulder. If Shaw continues to play at this level, the Gamecocks are going to be one tough out with the way they're playing defense right now.