Week one of the college football season has come to an end and we’re already looking forward to week two in the SEC. A few great games highlight the week two schedule.
Auburn, off their tough loss to Clemson, will try to regroup, as they head to Starkville to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are coming off a 56-9 thumping of Jackson State, but the Tigers from Auburn will provide much better competition.
LSU will stay out of conference as they welcome the Washington Huskies to Death Valley.
The two new additions to the conference, Missouri and Texas A&M, will be at home for their SEC openers taking on Georgia and Florida respectively.
There were some great performances in the first week of action. So without any hesitation, lets get to our new weekly column where we reward these great week performances with a gameball. Let’s hand them out.
SEC Football: Week One Gameballs
Offense: Cordarrelle Patterson: Tennessee – Patterson welcomed himself to the SEC faithful Friday night at the Georgia Dome and in front of millions on ESPNU. The nations top juco recruit in 2012 did not disappoint. He got busy early and often and made the first quarter his personal highlight show. Patterson corralled in a 41 yard pass from quarterback Tyler Bray to get the Volunteers on the scoreboard. Then, as most thought we were going to the second quarter, he got loose on a reverse that he took 67 yards for a touchdown that gave the vols a two score lead. Welcome to the SEC Mr. Patterson.
Defense: Dee Milliner: Alabama – Milliner looks like he may be the next great lockdown corner to study under Nick Saban before moving on to the NFL. Michigan came out early and tried to test Milliner and he stepped up to the challenge. He played man to man coverage the entire night and ended up with five tackles, one interception and four pass breakups. For his effort, Milliner was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.
Special Teams: Marcus Murphy: Missouri – Murphy missed the entire 2011 season with a shoulder injury and boy, did he come back with a vengeance. Murphy returned five punts for 181 yards, two of those going for touchdowns (70 and 72 yards) as the Tigers routed Southeast Louisiana 62-10.
Newcomer: Todd Gurley: Georgia – Gurley didn’t take long to make a statement in Athens. He took his second carry around left end and ended up in the endzone. If that wasn’t enough, Gurley returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. On the day, he had eight carries for 100 yards with two touchdowns.
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