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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
How they fared vs. SEC competition

By Chris Low

The SEC prides itself on being a cut above everybody else in college football.

So it makes sense when we’re evaluating players and deciding who had the best seasons that we look closer at how those players fared against SEC competition.

Sometimes, statistics can get skewed when you add in the non-league games against lesser teams.

With that in mind, here’s a quick checklist of the league leaders and their numbers against SEC foes (not counting the SEC championship game):

RUSHING

1. Todd Gurley, Georgia: 762 yards, 5.8 yards per carry
2. Eddie Lacy, Alabama: 725 yards, 6 yards per carry
3. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 698 yards, 5.5 yards per carry
4. Mike Gillislee, Florida: 649 yards, 4.2 yards per carry
5. Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt: 629 yards, 4.7 yards per carry

TOUCHDOWNS

1. Eddie Lacy, Alabama: 11
2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 10
2. Christine Michael, Texas A&M: 10
4. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina: 9
5. T.J. Yeldon, Alabama: 9

PASSING YARDS

1. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, 304.7 yards per game
2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 286.1 yards per game
3. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss, 265.8 yards per game
4. Aaron Murray, Georgia, 257 yards per game
5. Tyler Bray, Tennessee, 254.8 yards per game

PASSING TDs/INTs

1. Tyler Bray, Tennessee: 19/11
1. Aaron Murray, Georgia: 19/6
3. AJ McCarron, Alabama: 15/2
4. Tyler Russell, Mississippi State: 14/5
5. Connor Shaw, South Carolina: 13/5
5. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas: 13/9

RECEIVING YARDS

1. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt: 109.8 yards per game
2. Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas: 92.9 yards per game
3. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M: 89.9 yards per game
4. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State: 83.6 yards per game
5. Mike Evans, Texas A&M: 80 yards per game

TOUCHDOWN CATCHES

1. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State: 8
1. Amari Cooper, Alabama: 8
3. Tavarres King, Georgia: 6
3. Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss: 6
5. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M: 6

ALL-PURPOSE YARDS

1. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee: 145.6 yards per game
2. LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State: 127.3 yards per game
3. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt: 123.9 yards per game
4. Todd Gurley, Georgia: 114.2 yards per game
5. Eddie Lacy, Alabama: 110 yards per game

SACKS

1. Jarvis Jones, Georgia: 9
2. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M: 8
3. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina: 6.5
3. Chris Smith, Arkansas: 6.5
5. Sam Montgomery, LSU: 6

TACKLES FOR LOSS

1. Jarvis Jones, Georgia: 14.5
2. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina: 13.5
3. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M: 12.5
4. Chase Garnham, Vanderbilt: 11
5. Trey Flowers, Arkansas: 9.5
5. Chris Smith, Arkansas: 9.5