What we’re not overreacting to in the SEC after Week 4
Here’s what we’re not overreacting to in the SEC after Week 4:
Will Grier’s effort in win over Tennessee
You could call it a ‘gutsy’ performance in The Swamp from Florida’s redshirt freshman quarterback. Grier was sacked several times and hit the ground throughout the Gators’ comeback win, but always seemed to make the right play at the right time — a sign of a gamer. His 5-for-5, 123-yard effort on fourth down overshadows the rest of his outing, which was largely inconsistent (23-of-42, 283 yards, 2 TD, INT). In fact, had Treon Harris been available to play, we would’ve likely seen him in the game in the first half. Many passes were thrown behind, around and at the feet of open receivers and at times, Grier gave up on the play too quickly. The North Carolina native has a long way to go before he’s mentioned as one of the SEC’s best, but you have to appreciate the first-year starter’s resiliency in the face of tremendous pressure against the second league opponent he’s ever played against. Florida won the game with Grier’s arm, but he left a ton of passing yards on the field.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 26, 2015
South Carolina’s new-look offense Steve Spurrier said he didn’t expect true freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez to go out and win the game by himself against UCF, but that’s exactly what he did with over 300 yards of total offense and two touchdowns. After three weeks of spotty quarterback play from the pocket, Nunez did a good job of looking downfield, cycling through his underneath options and making smart decisions with his feet that led to first downs. But before we consider South Carolina’s season turned around offensively, let’s wait until the Gamecocks play an opponent with a defense. The winless Knights didn’t show us much. We’ll know more about Nunez after this week’s game at Mizzou, a matchup that may not be for the faint of heart if you’re into big plays and points.
Lorenzo Nunez — 12 of 22 for 184 and two TDs. Rushed 18 times for 123 yards. — David Cloninger (@DCTheState) September 26, 2015
Ole Miss’s narrow win over Vanderbilt
How many Rebels fans were holding their breath in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game against the Commodores after Chad Kelly tossed an interception inside his own 30-yard line midway through the fourth quarter? Trailing by four, Vanderbilt ran three plays then missed a field goal before Ole Miss made a nine-play, 80-yard march to seal the win. It wasn’t easy for a team coming off one of the biggest wins in program history, but they got the job done. In the SEC, that’s all it takes. I was glad to see poll voters not overreact to the Rebels failing to cover. Playing with the same intensity against Vanderbilt as they had at Alabama simply wasn’t possible. Ole Miss owns the best win in college football this season, passed the eye test three out of four games in September and has momentum going into Saturday’s pivotal matchup of unbeatens at The Swamp.