As the first week of SEC football has come to an end, all teams are already preparing for week two. But, as coaches break down film to take a look back, I think it’s important that we always take a look back as well. There were some great performances in this first week of action, but a ton of things teams need to work on moving forward. So, let’s see the ten things we learned from week one of the SEC football season.
1. Alabama has reloaded on defense – There was a ton of questions going into the game versus Michigan for Alabama fans. The most common one had to do with the talent the Crimson Tide lost on defense. Well folks, it looks like that question was answered in the first quarter versus the Wolverines. Alabama stifled Michigan and its quarterback, Denard Robinson. Plain and simple, when the Tide took a 21-0 first quarter lead, that game was over. Nick Saban’s defense dominated Robinson the entire night, as he turned it over two times, one of those was returned for a touchdown.
2. Dee Milliner looks like the next great one – Milliner made Bama fans forget about DeQuan Menzie and Dre Kirkpatrick, as he had Michigan receivers on lock down. Playing on an island the entire night, Milliner finished with five tackles, an interception and four pass breakups.
3. Florida better find a quarterback or they’re in for a long season – The combination of Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett looked flat out awful on Saturday versus Bowling Green. The Gator offense was stagnant, as these two quarterbacks only combined to go 13 of 21 for 145 yards and one touchdown.
4. Tennessee may be a little better than most thought – The Volunteers looked solid as they disposed of North Carolina State 35-21 in the first game of the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic. Quarterback Tyler Bray looked very sharp as he completed 27 of 41 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns. Tennessee’s defense also looked much improved under new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri.
5. Cordarrelle Patterson has big time potential – Patterson came to Knoxville in January with a ton of hype, and understandably so. He was the No. 1 Juco prospect in the country and did not disappoint on Friday night. Patterson finished the night with six receptions for 93 yards and a score. He also carried the ball two times for 72 yards and a score.
6. The loss of his three top receivers didn’t stop Tyler Wilson – Wilson lit up Jacksonville State to the tune of 367 yards and three touchdowns. Those yards were good enough to set an Arkansas record for passing yards in a season opener, as the Razorbacks ripped the Gamecocks 49-24. We’ll know more about this Arkansas team when the Alabama Crimson Tide come calling on Fayetteville September 15.
7. The Georgia Bulldogs may have found them a running back – True freshman running back Todd Gurley made the Bulldog’s season opener his personal highlight film. Gurley carried the ball eight times for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Gurley also had a 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
8. LSU looks much more fluid on offense with Zach Mettenberger – After a first quarter hit, in which he had to leave the field and head to the locker room, Mettenberger finished the night 19 of 26 for 192 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The threat of Mettenberger throwing the football with definitely give opposing defensive coordinators much more to prepare for and will only help the Tigers’ run game.
9. Kiehl Frazier is going to be real good – While I’ve heard a few Auburn fans griping about Frazier the past couple days, he was solid in the Tiger’s opening game loss to Clemson. Frazier only completed five passes in 2011, but versus Clemson, was 11 of 27 for 194 and a touchdown. Frazier did miss some receivers and he had one interception, but that was on a ball he threw deep and ended up being as good as a punt at the time. The combo on Frazier and Scott Loeffler will only get better as the year goes on.
10. Mississippi State should do away with the smoke for their pregame enterance - In what may be the debacle of the weekend, Mississippi State tripped and fell on their way to the field in the opener versus Jackson State. Maybe the smoke is not such a good idea. Words can’t describe it, you’ll have to catch the video below.