Sunday, November 18, 2012
SEC helmet stickers: Week 12
By Chris Low
Time to pass out the helmet stickers for Week 12 in the SEC:
Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt's defense put the clamps on Tennessee's high-scoring offense in a 41-18 win over the Vols. The Commodores have now held five of their past seven opponents under 20 points. Hal was the catalyst on Saturday with a pair of interceptions, both leading to Vanderbilt touchdowns. He picked off Justin Worley in the second quarter and returned it 36 yards to the Tennessee 17-yard line, setting up the Commodores' first touchdown. Then in the third quarter, Hal intercepted Tyler Bray and returned it 32 yards to the Tennessee 4-yard line, leading to another touchdown and a 27-10 lead.
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Johnny Football just keeps putting on a show every week. In the Aggies’ 47-28 win over Sam Houston State, he passed for three touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns and just may have taken the lead in the Heisman Trophy race. The only thing he did wrong was miss an extra point in the third quarter. Manziel became the fifth player and first freshman in FBS history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.
LSU coach Les Miles: Not only did his football team rally in the fourth quarter for a 41-35 victory over Ole Miss, but Miles brought the house down in his postgame press conference. Do yourself a favor and go watch it. Even for Miles, who became must-see TV a long time ago, it was an epic performance. How many times do you hear a coach say this about his players, “You go find them. You go throw your arms around them. You go give them a big kiss on the mouth … if you’re a girl?”
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia: It's hard to beat Murray's stat line the last three weeks. He passed for four more touchdowns in Georgia's 45-14 win over Georgia Southern and has 922 passing yards, 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions in his past three outings. Murray now has 87 career touchdown passes, which is one behind Chris Leak and Tim Tebow for third all-time among SEC players.
Tyler Russell, QB, Mississippi State: The Bulldogs needed a pick-me-up after being blown out in three straight games, and Russell provided it by steering Mississippi State to 38 unanswered points in a 45-14 rout of Arkansas. Russell finished 19-of-32 for 274 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He completed passes to eight different players and now has 21 touchdown passes and only four interceptions this season.