Meet the SEC's All-Name Team: Greedy, Swift, Bumper, Smoke and more ...
Each year, there are names that stand out on rosters across the SEC.
Along the way, we learn that the name we most associate with them may have come from a grandparent, or a childhood story. But nonetheless, they stand out.
Some of the most memorable names have become household names.
There’s Booger McFarland and Barkevious Mingo from LSU, Toquavius Gilchrist and Foxy Foxworth from South Carolina, Chandler Shakespeare at Auburn, Mister Cobble and Bookie Cobbins at Kentucky and Georgia’s trifecta of Catfish Jackson, Mudcat Elmore and Pulpwood Smith.
This year, there’s no shortage of memorable names, and once again, the origins typically come from family:
Phidarian Mathis, Alabama
The Monroe, La., native didn’t play as a freshman last season, but has garnered attention with a solid preseason, and entered the regular season as the backup nose guard. The 6-4, 300-pounder is expected to be in the rotation mix for the Crimson Tide, and has enough talent to make an impact even without his unique name.
Bumper Pool, Arkansas
This is the kind of name that’s almost too unique to believe. His father, Jeff, grew up playing bumper pool at a friend’s house, the AJC reported. Jeff recalled that, beginning as a sophomore in high school, he would tell anyone who would listen that if he had a son he was going to name him Bumper Pool. No one would believe him as he grew up until the actual Bumper came along, and he made good on his word.
Smoke Monday, Auburn
The safety, whose given name is Quindarious, explained to 247Sports how the nickname came to be: “It came from my granddad,” Monday said. “I used to just run around the house, so he started calling me ‘Smoke.’” Nicknames that stick are a way of life at Auburn, who earlier saw Big Kat Bryant, whose given name is Markaviest, as an up-and-comer on the defensive line.
Lacedrick Brunson, Florida
This is the kind of name that might end up in a rap song about the SEC, or in a hype video to promote a game. The redshirt freshman linebacker also has an interesting tidbit from high school. Brunson played for coach Lakatriona Brunson, who was the first female high school head football coach in the state of Florida.
D’Andre Swift, Georgia
The Bulldogs feature two players who have a name that an English major would appreciate. D’Andre Swift and Ameer Speed, both describe what they do best. Both are perfect candidates for a series of puns for broadcasters and writers across the SEC.
Jackson High, Kentucky
Several SEC players may have played in high school against an actual opponent named Jackson High. Now they face the individual. High is just one of a couple options for all-names from the Wildcats. How about Gunnar Hoak as an honorable mention? According to his official team bio, most people don’t think Gunnar is his real name.
Greedy Williams, LSU
The Tigers have several candidates, but Greedy Williams being greedy in the secondary is another good one for the pun lovers. He also received his nickname that stuck from his grandmother, for drinking all of the milk. But don’t stop there. Perhaps most fitting for any team outside of Auburn is Tiger Scheyd, a senior receiver from Miramar Beach, Fla. What’s more, similar to the Georgia duo, another all-namer for LSU is Racey McMath, who’s not the slowest guy around.
Powers Warren, Mississippi State
The redshirt freshman from Minnesota did not have to go the nickname route. Powers is his given name, and his father, Kevin, is the chief operating officer of the Minnesota Vikings, the first black COO in NFL history.
Finis Stribling IV, Missouri
The only thing more impressive that the name Finis Stribling is that it’s on the family mantel. At Missouri, they love family heritage. Along with Stribling IV, there are two other players who are the third person in their family to go by the same name.
Sincere David, Ole Miss
Sincere is the given name for the redshirt freshman defensive tackle from Jacksonville, Fla. While Ole Miss has to be at the top of the SEC cultural charts for etiquette and manners, that’s not always something you want out of a defensive lineman. A runner-up choice was Ford Werness, a freshman QB from Raleigh, N.C.
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Hardly anyone knows the star wide receiver by his given name, Tyshun. Deebo’s nickname comes from the neighborhood bully character in the movie “Friday.” His stepmother also calls him “Sweet Feet” because of his speed.
Shy Tuttle, Tennessee
Unique names run in the Tuttle family, especially for the son of Consuelo. Shy’s full name is Shyheim. The defensive lineman is trying to finish his career following two major lower body injuries: a shattered leg, and torn knee ligaments in separate incidents.
Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M
Alliteration is always good to have in a name, especially when it includes part of a hit song from Drake, which spawned a summer Internet sensation, the “Keke Challenge.” The defensive tackle Keke has collected a 21-game start streak and has become a key cog on the Aggies’ defense.
Rutger Reitmaier, Vanderbilt
Rutger Reitmaier sounds like a man who would have a frame of 6-3 and 275 pounds. The Oregon transfer sat out last season and joined his hometown team in January where he’ll have plenty of changes to be a key player up the middle for the Commodores.