SEC: Jorge Gonzalez
The SEC league office has announced its top performers for Week 8:
Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Ole Miss: Tallied 260 all-purpose yards and a touchdown as Ole Miss defeated Arkansas 30-17. He took a middle screen from Jevan Snead and turned it into a 64-yard TD reception. McCluster became the first Ole Miss player in the modern era (records dating back to 1965) to top the 100-yard mark in both rushing and receiving in the same game.
Harry Coleman, LB, LSU: Recorded nine total tackles, including a pair of sacks and two forced fumbles, in LSU’s 31-10 win over Auburn. Both of his fumbles led to points.
Leigh Tiffin, PK, Alabama: Connected on four field goals -- Alabama’s only points of the game -- in the Crimson Tide’s 12-10 win against Tennessee. Tiffin’s field goals were from 38, 50, 22 and 49 yards.
Jorge Gonzalez, T, Kentucky: Led an offensive line that accounted for 330 yards and averaged 6.3 yards per play in Kentucky’s 36-13 win against Louisiana-Monroe. He graded out at 86 percent and did not allow a sack against the Warhawks.
Terrence Cody, T, Alabama: Blocked two field goals and had two tackles in Alabama’s 12-10 victory over Tennessee. His second blocked field goal of the contest came on the last play of the game on an attempted 44-yard field goal to preserve the Crimson Tide win.
Johnthan Banks, DB, Mississippi State: Intercepted a pair of Florida passes and ran both back for touchdowns in Mississippi State’s 29-19 loss to Florida. He becomes the first MSU player to ever return two interceptions for scores in the same game and only the third player in SEC history with a pair of pick-sixes.
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Kentucky coach Rich Brooks has suspended senior center Jorge Gonzalez for one game for a violation of team rules.
Gonzalez will not play in the opener against Miami (Ohio). Also, receiver Aaron Boyd has been suspended for a week of football activities, beginning Tuesday.
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
With all the talk this spring about Mike Hartline getting the nod at quarterback and Randall Cobb spending most of his time at receiver, lost in the shuffle was the moving and shaking going on with Kentucky's offensive line.
The best news for the Wildcats is that they actually have some genuine competition. They've been able to redshirt some offensive linemen the last couple of years and haven't had to throw them to the wolves as true freshmen.
Joker Phillips, Kentucky's offensive head coach, said heading into the spring that the Wildcats were serious about getting their best five linemen on the field.
Judging by all the shuffling that went on and some of the position changes, it's still anybody's guess as to what the Wildcats' starting offensive line will look like when they open the season against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 5 in Cincinnati.
Senior Zipp Duncan is the likely starter at left tackle, but that's after starting 26 consecutive games at guard. Senior Justin Jeffries missed the spring with a shoulder injury after starting last season at right tackle, but he'll face challenges from junior Brad Durham and sophomore Billy Joe Murphy in the fall. Redshirt freshman Dave Ulinski also moved to tackle after starting the spring at guard.
Senior Jorge Gonzalez returns as the starting center, but sophomores Jake Lanefski and Stuart Hines along with senior Christian Johnson will battle it out for the two starting guard spots.
Lanefski started the last four games a year ago at right guard. Hines played in all 12 games in 2008 as a backup at guard and has added weight. Johnson redshirted last season after struggling with back and academic issues, but he started 15 games during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
"We have great competition at all the positions up front, and it's never been that way since we've been here," Phillips said.
The biggest challenge for Kentucky's offensive line next season will be improving its run blocking. The Wildcats were solid in pass protection a year ago and allowed just 13 sacks, which led the SEC.