- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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It wasn’t a marquee weekend for the SEC in terms of anticipated matchups, but there were a couple of dandy games.
And some dandy performances, too.
Those performances are reflected in our Week 12 helmet stickers in the SEC:
Tennessee defensive end Gerald Williams: He was everywhere Saturday for the Vols, who moved closer to becoming bowl eligible with a 24-10 win at Vanderbilt. Williams finished with a career-high eight tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss. He had a sack, a quarterback hurry and blocked a field goal. He also had a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown, but it was wiped out by a roughing the quarterback penalty on Malik Jackson.
South Carolina’s offensive line: It’s about time first-year South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott and his guys up front get some props. The Gamecocks, in beating up on Troy 69-24, are averaging 10 points more per game than they did a year ago. They also have a 1,000-yard rusher (Marcus Lattimore) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Alshon Jeffery) in the same season for the first time in school history and have given up 12 fewer sacks than a year ago. You don’t have that kind of success on offense without playing well up front.
Arkansas running back Knile Davis: In becoming the 10th rusher in Arkansas history to top the 1,000-yard mark in a season, Davis rushed for a career-high 187 yards on a career-high 30 carries in the Hogs’ 38-31 double-overtime win against Mississippi State. He also scored three touchdowns, including a 62-yard run to open Arkansas’ scoring in the first quarter and a 7-yard catch in the second overtime. Davis’ game-winner in the second overtime made amends for his fumble near the end of regulation when the Hogs were trying to run out the clock.
LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson: It’s been a rocky season for Jefferson throwing the ball, but he was at his best Saturday. The Tigers needed him at his best, too, in rallying to beat Ole Miss 43-36 to complete an unbeaten season at Tiger Stadium. Jefferson finished 13-of-17 for a career-high 254 yards. He also rushed for 45 yards. Both of his touchdowns came in the fourth quarter, a 3-yard run and then a 27-yard pass to Michael Ford.
Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy: The quintessential student-athlete, McElroy completed 12-of-13 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns in Alabama’s 63-7 pummeling of Georgia State on Thursday night. Two days later, McElroy participated in finalist interviews for the Rhodes scholarship. He wasn’t selected, but that doesn’t diminish what an incredible run he’s had as both a student and a football player.