Man, the season is just flying by, and I just hate the fact that January is right around the corner.
I hope and pray each and every one of you appreciate what we get each Saturday.
For me, that’s my sanctuary, a place to go and relax, get inside the television.
No polls, no BCS projections, no bull, just 100 percent college football. I’m a real fan, a student, someone who genuinely loves the game. I always call it like it is, never letting my love for a player or team get in the way of the truth. My dream is for everyone to be like that, for everyone to call it like it is. Leave your fandom at home. Call it like you see it.
Now, that’s about it for my soapbox, let’s get to our SEC Football: Week Five Game Balls.
Offense: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
I hope if you’re a college football fan, you have seen the show that Manziel has put on during the first month of the season. He has been a monster, leading the Aggies to a 3-1 record to start the season. Manziel has made Kyle Field the canvas while he delivers a picture that you can’t possibly put into words.
Versus Arkansas, Manziel set an SEC and Aggie record with 557 total yards, as Texas A&M smashed Arkansas 58-10. He had 453 yards passing as he finished the day 29-38, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Manziel also carried the ball 14 times for 104 yards and a score.
Defense: Sanders Commings, Georgia
So much for playing defense in the SEC, at least on Saturday in Athens, huh? Georgia and Tennessee lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 95 points and more than 1000 yards total offense. Defense was definitely not the word of the day. One player did shine, though, and helped the Bulldogs seal the deal late in the game.
Sanders Commings finished the day with five tackles, four of those being of the solo variety. More importantly, he had two fourth quarter interceptions that helped the Bulldogs hold on and dispose of the Volunteers 51-44.
Special Teams: Christion Jones, Alabama
Ole Miss had just put together a 13 play drive that ended with a Jeff Scott touchdown. This touchdown gave the Rebels a 7-6 lead over Alabama. Then, Ole Miss kicked off and Christion Jones housed the return, giving the Tide the momentum and basically sealing the game, as it was all downhill from that point for Hugh Freeze and his Rebels.
Jones’ kickoff return was 99 yards, which was the eighth longest in school history. He finished the night with 162 all purpose yards, 142 on kickoff returns and 19 yards on two receptions.
Newcomer: Amari Cooper, Alabama
Alabama lost wide receiver DeAndrew White in the first quarter of Saturday nights game versus Ole Miss. That was a big blow for sure, but true freshman Amari Cooper stepped up and made his presence known. Cooper finished the night with eight catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns versus the Rebels.
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