Published December 1, 2010 - 2:30pm
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Saturday Down South names the top 10 duds from the 2010 SEC football year:
1. John Brantley and the Florida Gator Offense
Look no further than John Brantley and the Florida Gators as the biggest dud of the year. Brantley was the heir to the throne at QB for the Gators and what a dud he turned out to be – the whole offense was a dud. Brantley was considered to step right in and the offense would be catered to his abilities and strengths. Nah, hardly was catered at all. The Gators then proceeded to go with the three-quarterback system. Essentially, they had three different quarterbacks trying to replace that Tebow guy. They never could figure it out, but many teams got back at the Gators this season for the previous four.
2. Cam Newton Saga
What a fiasco this ended up being, and it isn’t over yet. The saga broke about his possible pay-for-play scheme at Mississippi State and his father receiving money for code updates at his church in Newnan, Georgia. This could be far from over, and Auburn hopes none of this comes back to haunt them. It really does put a damper on the way people looked at Newton on the field – which is a shame. Hopefully, the smoke will clear, and he will get his rightful due.
3. Alabama finishing 4th in the West
You have the reigning Heisman trophy winner coming back, and you return your starting quarterback, stud back-up running back and star wide receiver, and the Tide still finished with three losses. Frustration came to a head when they blew a 24-point lead to their most-hated rivals in the Iron Bowl. Will Nick Saban leave for another NFL opportunity? What will happen if the Tide finishes 9-4?
4. Georgia Losing To Colorado
Ouch, this one hurt – not only for the program but for the respect of the conference. All they seemingly had to do is show up in Boulder, and they would win the game. Colorado usually doesn’t even get off the bus. However, the Bulldogs proceeded to lose to the worst team in the Big 12 conference. Was it the lowest point of the season?
5. Jailhouse Blues
What is it with the SEC? I guess better talent equals more limelight, and thus, more opportunity to get in trouble with the law? Something like that I guess. From all of Georgia’s arrests to Chris Rainey infamous “Time To Die” text, the SEC has a dark cloud hanging over it with respect to arrests. Everyone should take a page out of Derek Dooley’s book and teach kids discipline, and more importantly how to take showers.
6. Tyler Bray’s Tattoo – Tennessee
Don’t get me wrong, Tyler Bray is a stud on the field. However, his tattoo on his back lands him in the dud category. If Florida wasn’t so bad on offense, this could have landed at #1. Look at that thing, it’s awful.
7. Kentucky Not Finishing Strong
The Kentucky Wildcats started hot this year, going 3-0 and beating in-state rival Louisville. They finally had a serviceable quarterback since Andre Woodson in Mike Hartline, and stud players like Randall Cobb, Danny Trevathan and Derrick Locke. After the hot start and hype they were receiving, the Wildcats proceeded to go one for five in their next six games. This was the year to beat Tennessee, and they could not get it done. It was definitely a dudly finish for the Cats.
8. Mark Ingram – Alabama
The reigning Heisman trophy winner was figured to have a great season for the Tide. He was banged up early in practice and missed first two games because he had to get his knee scoped. However, he was mostly outplayed by his ultra-talented backup Trent Richardson throughout the year. After rushing for 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2009, Ingram proceeded to follow it up this year with 816 yards and 11 touchdowns – far from what he was projected in 2010.
9. AJ Green’s Suspension
AJ Green’s suspension for selling his game jersey was quite a dud this season. I know he “knew nothing” about the repercussions, but it was more so a dud because all of us viewers and fans of the game could not watch him solidify himself as the best receiver in the SEC over both Julio Jones and Alshon Jeffery. Green will be great at the next level.
10. Jeremiah Masoli – Ole Miss
Once considered a Heisman favorite last season in the Pac 10, Masoli got a waiver to play for the Ole Miss Rebels this year after being kicked off the team at Oregon. Much hype surrounded his transfer and the possible positives he would bring to take the Rebels to the next level. I mean, the guy might have had one good week in the 2010 season. I guess that shows the difference between coming from a weak conference and going to a strong conference. Masoli had the most interceptions in the conference with 13, and he was slightly above John Brantley in passing yards, with 2,039. I think everyone thought he would have more of an impact than he did for the Rebels.
I know you have more duds, so let’s hear about them!