Published September 10, 2012 - 12:21pm
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Each week we’ll look at the weekend in review for the superlatives.
Here are some week 2 superlatives, and only for week 2:
Best Team: LSU
The most impressive team in week two was LSU. I know Alabama won 35-0, but LSU played a team three times as good as Western Kentucky in Washington. The Tigers clubbed the Huskies 41-3, and they did it in very impressive fashion. UW was held to 26 rushing yards, compared to LSU’s 242. The defensive ends were in Washington’s backfield all night, wreaking havoc on quarterback Keith Price. Price only completed 47 percent of his passes. That’s not going to get it done. LSU is the type of team that just dominates and looks ugly doing it. It’s ‘old man football‘ that does tend to get monotonous, but it is sure physical and dominant.
Best Offensive Player: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
Tyler Bray is quickly becoming the best quarterback in the SEC. He had another monster game against Georgia State. Georgia State is bad, but Tyler Bray had a nearly perfect game against them. He completed 18 of 20 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns. That’s a cool 90 percent completion percentage, not too bad. With Florida looming on the schedule, we’ll find out just how good Bray is this weekend when Florida will put more pressure on him in the pocket with different blitz packages and force him to make tough throws. This kid has been electric thus far in this short season.
Best Defensive Player: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Was their any doubt about this? Jones may be the best defensive player in the country with his truly dominant performance against Missouri this weekend. He made eight tackles, one sack, forced a fumble and took an interception back to the one-yard line. Jones’ fourth-quarter sack and forced fumble on Missouri QB James Franklin was a thing of beauty and sealed the game late for the Bulldogs. He led the SEC in sacks last season with 13.5, and he’s on his way to putting together a beautiful encore.
Most Improved Team: Florida
Teams usually make their biggest improvement from the first to the second week, and I thought Florida was the most improved team in the SEC this week. The Gators’ first game was marred by penalties and a lack of offense in a close battle against BGSU. However, this weekend was a different story. Texas A&M had their way with Florida early and led at halftime 17-10. But the second half was a total different story, as Florida made great adjustments for the second half. The Gators only committed three penalties all day. The defense still needs some work, but the offense stepped up to the challenge and was able to get it done in a hostile environment. Quarterback Jeff Driskel made some big strides passing the ball, and his wrongdoings thus far are all correctible.
Most Disappointing Team: Arkansas
This goes without saying. It very well may be the worst loss in Hogs’ history. Arkansas blew the biggest lead in its history of 21 points. Arkansas led 28-7 before Louisiana-Monroe went on a 27-3 scoring streak. This was the first time a Sun Belt team has beaten a top 10-ranked team. To beat it all, Tyler Wilson had concussion-like symptoms and is questionable for Alabama. It can’t get any worse for John L. Smith and company…this video is much worse.
Gutsy Performance: Dylan Thompson, South Carolina
With starting quarterback Connor Shaw out due to an injury, no one knew how Dylan Thompson would react in the spotlight. He looked iffy at best against Vanderbilt, but he came guns-a-blazin’, throwing for 330 yards and three touchdowns. There is no QB controversy, but I’m sure Thompson made Spurrier feel pretty good if Shaw goes down again in SEC play. It was just an gutsy first time performance for Thompson overall. Hat’s off.
Under the Radar Stud: Bo Wallace, Ole Miss
Ole Miss is 2-0; Bo Wallace is the reason. This kid can play some football, and he’s absolutely a gamer for the Rebs. While the Rebels are really a one-man team right now with Wallace, it sure is fun to watch. Wallace scored four total touchdowns, throwing for three and running for one. The SEC will be keyed in on Ole Miss this week as Texas comes to town.