The 2015 campaign is only a week old, but the SEC already feels like it’s in mid-season form. Weather played a big factor this week throughout the SEC, cancelling LSU’s game, ending Georgia’s early and causing delays elsewhere. When the storms cleared we had ourselves quite a weekend of offensive explosions, defensive stands and new and old names and faces to get us excited for Week 2. But before we move on, let’s take a look at some of the knuckleheads and forehead slappers from the opening weekend in the SEC.
5. You were thiiiis close: Vanderbilt struggled behind new quarterback Johnny McCrary, especially in the end zone where the redshirt sophomore threw two interceptions and had another pass dropped. Despite the issues, the Commodores had a chance to win it, after McCray hit Trent Sherfield on a 2-yard touchdown to pull Vandy within two at 14-12 with 33 seconds to play. Needing a two-point conversion to tie, McCrary connected with Nathan Marcus near the goal line but threw it behind him just enough to allow Western Kentucky’s Joe Brown to level the sophomore tight end with the game-saving tackle.
4. Those pesky time stamps, they’ll get you every time: Western Kentucky free safety Branden Leston was busted tweeting from the locker room during the third quarter of the Hilltoppers’ Week 1 game against Vanderbilt. Apparently, the sophomore didn’t appreciate being ejected for targeting a wide receiver. Here’s hoping he turns his phone off next week during the first half of the Hilltoppers’ Week 2 matchup against Louisiana Tech while he’s serves his suspension.
They taking the fun out of playing defense….smh — Branden Leston (@G3T_L1VE) September 4, 2015
3. Welcome to hard knocksville: Basic rule of fandom, you go on the field … you pay. It’s never the bozo fan who receives the glory; it’s the security guard doing his best Curt Maggitt impression. This Tennessee fan took advantage of a weather delay to find a nice, warm holding cell to nurse his fresh bruises:
On a lighter note in Tennessee, check out a sniper take-out Bowling Green defensive lineman Mike Minns as he tried to leave the field after losing a cleat.
2. Droning in Lexington: Kentucky cut the ceremonial opening-ribbon on recent renovations to Commonwealth Stadium in pure Kentucky football fashion: by crashing a drone into the side of the $120 million renovation. Among the new amenities were a new press box, suites and seats, as well as new concourses and bathrooms. They gave the stadium that will turn 42 years old on Sept. 15 a good scrubbing and a brand new trendy website promoting the “new CWS.” And then some student smashes a drone into the side of its façade moments before kicking off the season against Louisiana-Lafayette. Luckily, no one was injured.
1. Dirty play in Starkville? Mississippi State is getting a reputation, and not a good one. Last year it was Dillon Day stomping on a prone LSU player lying on his back. This year, the Bulldogs are facing new allegations after a video from the team’s season-opener against Southern Mississippi appears to depict a Mississippi player pinning down the ankle of an opponent into the turf.
What do you think? Was it a dirty play or a player simply holding an opponent down?