Sunday, November 4, 2012
SEC helmet stickers: Week 10
By Edward Aschoff
Now that we are through Week 10, it's time to take a look at the weekend's top performers:
Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas: It was another big afternoon for the Razorbacks' top wide receiver. He caught 11 passes for 177 yards in Arkansas' 19-15 victory over Tulsa. Hamilton finished the game with 69 receptions on the season, which broke Jarius Wright's single-season school receptions record of 66, set a year ago. He moved into second on Arkansas' single-season receiving yards list (1,077; record is 1,117 by Wright in 2011). It was also Hamilton's fourth game this season with 10 or more catches and second in a row. He helped set up Dennis Johnson's winning 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter with back-to-back catches of 41 yards and 14 yards.
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Real shocker to find Johnny Football back on this list. He hurt Mississippi State running and throwing in the Aggies' blowout 38-13 win in Starkville, Miss. He completed 30 of his 36 pass attempts for 311 yards and ran the ball 21 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He really sucked the life out of the Bulldogs' defense early in the second quarter when he zigged and zagged his way through the defense for a 37-yard touchdown run that put the Aggies up 21-0.
Tre Mason, RB, Auburn: In Auburn's second victory of the season, Mason had his best game as a Tiger, recording a career-high 152 yards and a touchdown in the 42-7 romp over New Mexico State. He averaged 6.9 yards per carry along the way. The Tigers desperately needed some sort offensive spark, and Mason's play definitely helped. He had a long of 40 yards, but did most of his damage with very physical runs against the Aggies defense.
AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama: He certainly didn't have his best game -- until the very end. After completing just 1 of 7 second-half passes before the Tide's final drive against LSU, McCarron stepped up and showed some mettle by hitting four of his final five pass attempts, including a 28-yard screen pass to running back T.J. Yeldon that delivered the 21-17 victory. McCarron stood tall on the biggest drive of his career and kept the Tide on its path to not just the SEC title but the national title.
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia: A week after having a dreadful performance in the Bulldogs' victory over Florida, Murray was stellar in the 37-10 win over Ole Miss. He hit on 21 of his 28 passes for 384 yards. Three of his four touchdowns went for 40 or more yards, including a 66-yard strike to Marlon Brown on a perfectly executed play-action fake to give the Bulldogs their first points of the game. The Murray we all saw last week was nowhere near Sanford Stadium on Saturday.