The Bo Jackson Award: Week 1

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A tradition started by SDS’ esteemed William Wallace will be carried on in 2013. The Bo Jackson Award is an award that’s unique to Saturday Down South and will track the best players in the SEC, free of bias against age or position, unlike the popularity contest of the Stiff Arm Trophy.

Related: SEC Power Rankings Week 1

To be clear, the award has nothing to do with Bo Jackson; we’re just recognizing the name based on the athletic superiority and dominance displayed by Jackson. If Mr. Jackson has a problem with the award name, then we’ll change it to the Herschel Walker Award or the Patrick Peterson Award. But we won’t change it to the John Brantley award.

Anyway, we’re just one week into the season, but let’s roll with the early leaders…

Christion Jones, WR/PR/KR, Alabama

When you score three different ways, you win the week. And Christion Jones outscored Virginia Tech by himself 18-10, and he trolled Beamer Ball like it has never been trolled before. Jones returned a 70-yard punt, a 94-yard kickoff return and caught a 38-yard bomb from AJ McCarron. In fact, he became the first college football player since 2002 to score three different ways. I wonder if Jones can play offensive line?

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

Man, is Todd Gurley an absolutely beast. Based purely on week one, Gurley was the best player in college football. Not only is he a bully between the tackles, but he also has the breakaway speed to outrun the backend of any defense. He racked up 154 yards rushing on 12 carries with two touchdowns. Only 12 carries? He didn’t play nearly half the game because of a quad injury. He’s #1 on my ‘I don’t want to tackle’ list, followed closely by LSU FB JC Copeland.

Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

Entering this season, I was asking myself how much better Alabama’s Amari Cooper is than Jordan Matthews. Now, I’m asking whether Jordan Matthews is the best receiver in the country. He caught 10 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown, and he was literally the only target on the field. He threw up; he got up and caught the biggest pass up to that point before Vandy punched it in with two minutes left. He’s a warrior, and regardless of whether you respect Vanderbilt or not, you respect Jordan Matthews. Love this kid’s game.

Robenson Therenzie, DB, Auburn

Therenzie looks like the standout, breakout player for the Tigers’ revamped defense. He picked off two passes, including the game saver in the end zone with five minutes left on the clock. Clutch, I’ll say. He also recorded three passes defended and seven tackles. It’s about time Auburn had a defensive player stand up.

Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas

All the attention is on fellow end Chris Smith; Trey Flowers could be the player to watch on the Hogs’ defense. He punked and punched Louisiana-Lafayette in the mouth and now leads the SEC with three tackles for loss and is tied for the lead with two sacks.

Others to watch:

  • Odell Beckham, WR/KR, LSU: Beckham had 118 receiving yards and four returns for 136 yards
  • Quayvon Hicks, FB, Georgia: Hicks keeps up and he’ll make fullbacks relevant
  • Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: 3 TDs in second half
  • Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas: Posted 151 yards and 1 TD
  • James Franklin, QB, Missouri: 318 yards passes with 3 TDs
  • Rajion Neal, RB, Tennessee: 16 carries for 141 yards and 1 TD

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  • As an Ole Miss fan, I’ll just say that there isn’t a better receiver in the SEC than Jordan Matthews. There might (only maybe) be a couple as good, but none better than him. We knew he was there best offensive weapon, and we still couldn’t stop him. And he’s one tough SOB. I’d love for him to play for Ole Miss.

  • Trey Flowers also had a forced fumble in the back field, which, if the ball had only gone backwards instead of forward, would have counted as a sack. Three sacks would lead the nation…