SEC Football: Week Three Game Balls

By Freddie Vickers


Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

Great performances, yes.

Studs and duds, yes.

Idiot fans, yes.

Week three in the SEC had it all.  Alabama continues to dominate opponents, bringing to mind the thought, can anyone beat them?

November 3rd is setting up to be another epic battle in what looks to be another preview of the BCS Championship Game.

LSU finally hits the road this week, as they travel to The Plains to take on the Auburn Tigers.  Definitely a stiffer test for the Tigers from Louisiana, but a game they should win.

There were some great performances outside of Alabama and LSU, as Florida made it eight in a row versus Tennessee.  Missouri did the conference proud as they defeat Arizona State from the PAC-12.

Let’s hand out our game balls…..

SEC Football:  Week Three Game Balls

Offense:  Jeff Driskel:  Florida

After coming into the 2012 season in a huge quarterback battle, Driskel has firmly supplanted himself as the head signal caller for the Gators.  Two straight road victories, at Texas A&M and at Tennessee, has given Driskel a ton of respect amongst Gator fans.  On Saturday, versus the Vols, Driskel completed 14 of 20 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns.  He was also lethal on this feet, as he rushed for 81 yards, as Florida bounced Tennessee 37-20.  Driskel accounted for 300 of Florida’s 555 yards on offense.  Florida is going to have to be dealt with, and the emergence of Driskel is a major reason why.

Defense:  Sheldon Richardson and Kenronte Walker:  Missouri

Walker was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week this week as he made huge play after huge play.  He finished the night with two tackles, an interception and a pass deflection.  But his biggest plays were when the Sun Devils marched into the red zone late in the fourth.  With 3:36, Walker deflected a pass on 4th and goal to hold Arizona State out of the endzone.  Then, with 1:58, he intercepted a pass at the Tiger 20 yard line, returned it 49 yards to seal the deal for Missouri.

Richardson was just as big of factor as Walker.  He finished the night with nine tackles, 1.5 of those being for loss.  He pressured the Sun Devils all night and was a factor in the backfield on Walker’s huge plays.

Special Teams:  Cody Parkey:  Auburn

Parkey hit the big one in overtime as Auburn defeated Louisiana-Monroe 34-31.  He also hit all four of his PAT’s.  On the season, Parkey has hit six field goals and all six of his point after touchdown attempts.  He has also hit eight straight field goals dating back to the 2011 season.

Newcomer:  Johnny Manziel:  Texas A&M

The Aggies look to have found themselves a stud at quarterback in true freshman Johnny Manziel.  Manziel followed up a solid performance versus the Florida Gators with a six touchdown performance versus SMU.  He finished the day 20 of 36 for 294 yards for four touchdowns.  His other two scores came on the ground, as he rushed for 124 yards, in route to a 418 yard performance.


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