Who made the list of studs and duds from the SEC Championship Game? Let’s take a look.


1. Special teams standouts: If there was a chance you might have gotten bored from the lack of offense in the first half, huge special teams help provide plenty of excitement early on. Alabama opened up the scoring when the Crimson Tide poured through the line and blocked a punt deep in Florida territory earn a safety. The Tide added a blocked field goal by D.J. Pettway and an Adam Griffith field goal in the first half while Florida got a punt return for a touchdown by true freshman Antonio Callaway.

2. Derrick Henry: These days it’s almost assumed the Alabama running back is going to make these lists. He rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown to lead the Tide to victory and set the SEC single-season rushing mark. In a game where defense and special teams dominated the first half, it was Henry who broke through for a two-yard touchdown run with 2:26 left in the first half. The score gave Alabama a 12-7 lead, one they wouldn’t give up the rest of the game.

3. Jake McGee: Florida is a team loaded with underclassmen, giving the Gators plenty of reason to look forward to next year. But they will miss McGee, a senior transfer from Virginia who as solid at tight end all season as the rest of the offense often struggled. McGee lead Florida in receiving Saturday, making three catches for 43 yards. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but at times McGee seemed like the Gators only hope to move the chains.


1.Florida’s offensive line: Yikes. The Gators rushed for only 15 yards and gave up five sacks. On special teams they barely even slowed the Alabama rush down on a blocked field goal and a blocked punt. It’s really a testament to the Florida defense that the game wasn’t a total blowout because the offense had no chance when the Gators’ front five couldn’t even slow down the Tide’s defensive line.

2. Will Grier: It’s hard to get too down about losing the SEC Championship if you are a Florida fan when your return to the top of the SEC East was probably at least a year or two ahead of schedule. But it’s also disappointing when you think about the chances of actually winning the conference title likely went out the door when quarterback Will Grier was suspended for PED use. The Gators offense was never truly great this season, but it was all downhill once Grier was lost. The quarterback let the team down.

3. The playoff announcement: There’s not much anybody could do about it, but Saturday’s championship games left the announcement of the College Football Playoff field to feel quite anticlimactic. Sure, it worked out quite well for Alabama and SEC. The Tide won the conference title and kept the league from being left out, but couldn’t North Carolina have done us all a favor and won the ACC to make the announcement of the top four teams a little more interesting?