Sunday, October 20, 2013
SEC helmet stickers: Week 8
By Alex Scarborough
Man, this was tough. There were so many good performances on Saturday it was hard to whittle the list down to five. But here we are with our weekly helmet stickers:
Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn: Nick Marshall did Johnny Manziel one better. On the road at a raucous Kyle Field, Auburn's first-year starting quarterback led a dramatic comeback, one-upping the defending Heisman Trophy winner in his own house. Marshall ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more for the Tigers' biggest win of the season. Manziel produced, throwing for 454 yards and four touchdowns, but his two interceptions doomed the Aggies.
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: It's not often a losing team finds its way into the helmet stickers post, but it's impossible to ignore the effort of Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans. Like his embattled quarterback, he gave Saturday's game everything he had. His team might have lost in dramatic fashion to Auburn, but it was no fault of his. Again, we saw Evans make his case to be considered the top wideout in the SEC, if not the country. There wasn't a coverage Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson could turn to. Evans totally dominated Auburn's secondary regardless of double- or triple-coverage, hauling in 11 receptions for 287 yards and four touchdowns.
Marquez North, WR, Tennessee: If you're going to get the football, make it count. Marquez North did. Tennessee's 6-foot-4 wideout had just three catches against South Carolina, but he made the most of every opportunity, accounting for 102 yards receiving. His 39-yard reception from Justin Worley late in the fourth quarter set up the game-winning field goal as the Volunteers finally got the signature win they'd been looking for under first-year coach Butch Jones.
Maty Mauk, QB, Missouri: Rust? What rust? With James Franklin sidelined, Maty Mauk stepped in under center for Missouri and didn't miss a beat. Coach Gary Pinkel said it was the toughest spot he'd ever put a quarterback in, but his 6-foot-1 freshman showed poise and precision leading the offense against a Florida defense that ranked among the best in the nation. Mauk completed exactly 50 percent of his passes (18-for-36) for 295 yards and a touchdown as Missouri beat the Gators to remain in the driver's seat to win the SEC East.
Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss: He'd taken his fair share of tongue lashings from the Ole Miss fan base in the last few weeks. And after the way he played against Alabama, Auburn and Texas A&M in consecutive weeks, throwing three interceptions, he'd be the first to say it was deserved. But Wallace came back against LSU's defense with a vengeance. The veteran quarterback completed 30 of 39 passes for 346 yards and no turnovers as Ole Miss upset No. 6-ranked LSU at home.