LSU Tigers: Markus Golden

How they fared vs. SEC competition

December, 20, 2013
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One of the most revealing things to do every year is going back and looking at how players fared against SEC competition.

The numbers always look a little different when you take out some of the teams that were sacrificial lambs. With that in mind, here’s a quick checklist of the league leaders and their numbers against SEC foes (not counting the SEC championship game):

RUSHING

1. T.J. Yeldon, Alabama: 988 yards, 6.2 yards per carry
2. Tre Mason, Auburn: 985 yards, 5.1 yards per carry
3. Jeremy Hill, LSU: 875 yards, 6.1 yards per carry
4. Mike Davis, South Carolina: 830 yards, 5.9 yards per carry
5. Nick Marshall, Auburn: 769 yards, 6.6 yards per carry

TOUCHDOWNS

1. Tre Mason, Auburn: 13
2. T.J. Yeldon, Alabama: 11
3. Henry Josey, Missouri: 10
4. Mike Evans, Texas A&M: 9
4. Jeremy Hill, LSU: 9
4. Nick Marshall, Auburn: 9
4. Jerron Seymour, Vanderbilt: 9

TOTAL OFFENSE

1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 394.6 yards per game
2. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss: 300.8 yards per game
3. Aaron Murray, Georgia: 275.4 yards per game
4. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State: 269.3 yards per game
5. Nick Marshall, Auburn: 257.5 yards per game

PASSING YARDS

1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 336.9 yards per game
2. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss: 283.4 yards per game
3. Aaron Murray, Georgia: 257.9 yards per game
4. AJ McCarron, Alabama: 246.4 yards per game
5. Zach Mettenberger, LSU: 244.6 yards per game

PASSING TDs/INTs

1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 22/11
2. Aaron Murray, Georgia: 21/6
3. Connor Shaw, South Carolina: 18/1
4. AJ McCarron, Alabama: 18/3
5. Maty Mauk, Missouri: 10/2

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AP Photo/Rogelio V. SolisMichael Sam had 7.5 sacks in SEC play, and Missouri players ranked 1-2 and tied for third in that statistic.
RECEIVING YARDS

1. Mike Evans, Texas A&M: 122.5 yards per game
2. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt: 113.4 yards per game
3. Jarvis Landry, LSU: 104.9 yards per game
4. Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss: 79.5 yards per game
5. Odell Beckham, LSU: 72.9 yards per game

TOUCHDOWN CATCHES

1. Mike Evans, Texas A&M: 9
2. L'Damian Washington, Missouri: 7
3. Bruce Ellington, South Carolina: 6
3. Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri: 6
3. Kevin Norwood, Alabama: 6

SACKS

1. Michael Sam, Missouri: 7.5
2. Markus Golden, Missouri: 6.5
3. Kony Ealy, Missouri: 6
3. Dee Ford, Auburn: 6
3. Garrison Smith, Georgia: 6

TACKLES FOR LOSS

1. Markus Golden, Missouri: 11
1. Michael Sam, Missouri: 11
3. Dee Ford, Auburn: 10
4. Trey Flowers, Arkansas: 9.5
5. Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina: 9

Our All-SEC second team choices

December, 17, 2013
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On Monday, we gave you guys our All-SEC first team. Today, we thought we'd unveil our second team for 2013. There are so many guys in this league who deserve recognition that we just wouldn't feel good about not having another team to give props to during the holiday season:

OFFENSE

QB: AJ McCarron, Alabama
RB: Jeremy Hill, LSU
RB: Mike Davis, South Carolina
WR: Jarvis Landry, LSU
WR: Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri
TE: Hunter Henry, Arkansas
OL: Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt
OL: Justin Britt, Missouri
OL: A.J. Cann, South Carolina
OL: La'el Collins, LSU
C: Reese Dismukes, Auburn
AP: Todd Gurley, Georgia

DEFENSE

DL: Kony Ealy, Missouri
DL: Chris Smith, Arkansas
DL: Ego Ferguson, LSU
DL: Markus Golden, Missouri
LB: A.J. Johnson, Tennessee
LB: Avery Williamson, Kentucky
LB: Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
DB: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
DB: Andre Hal, Vanderbilt
DB: Chris Davis, Auburn
DB: Taveze Calhoun, Mississippi State

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK: Colby Delahoussaye, LSU
P: Drew Kaser, Texas A&M
PR: Christion Jones, Alabama
KR: Christion Jones, Alabama

SEC Players of the Week

September, 9, 2013
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Here are the SEC players of the week, as announced by the league Monday:

OFFENSIVE: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
  • Against No. 6 South Carolina, Murray was 17-of-23 passing (74 percent) for 309 yards and four touchdowns for a 244.2 pass efficiency mark.
  • This was the ninth time in his career that Murray has had at least four passing touchdowns in a game.
  • He connected with eight different receivers, including first-time starter Justin Scott-Wesley, who hauled in a career-long 85 yard touchdown to put Georgia up 41-30 in the fourth quarter.
  • Murray moved to No. 2 on the school's all-time list for total offense with 10,907 yards.
DEFENSE: Brian Randolph, DB, Tennessee
  • Intercepted two passes and broke up another in Tennessee’s 52-20 win over Western Kentucky. He also finished with eight tackles.
  • Randolph is third in the NCAA in interceptions.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Odell Beckham Jr., KR/PR/WR, LSU
  • Racked up 331 all-purpose yards -- the third-highest total in school history and tied for eighth in SEC history -- in LSU’s win over UAB.
  • Became the first player in LSU history to return a missed field goal for a touchdown as he returned a 59-yard UAB attempt 109 yards (statistically 100 yards) for a touchdown in the third quarter. It tied for the longest scoring play in LSU history.
  • He finished the game with a total of four touchdowns (three receiving, one return).
  • He also rushed one time for 15 yards, caught five passes for 136 yards, returned three punts for 59 yards, including a 60-yarder that set up a touchdown, returned one kickoff 21 yards and returned the missed field goal 100 yards for his 331 all-purpose yards.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Markus Golden, DE, Missouri
  • Golden had a huge momentum play in the third quarter that helped fight off the Rockets, when he got loose in the backfield and pressured Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens. Owens tried to throw the ball away, but it went straight up in the air as Golden was getting to the quarterback. Golden snatched the ball out of midair as he pushed Owens to the ground, and he raced 70 yards the other way for a touchdown that gave Mizzou a 24-9 lead at the 11:40 mark of the third quarter.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Kevin Mitchell, OG, Kentucky
  • Graded at 90 percent.
  • Had nine knockdown blocks.
  • Did not allow a sack or have a penalty.
  • Helped UK amass 675 yards total offense, third-highest game in school history.
FRESHMAN: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
  • Rushed for career-high 172 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in 31-21 win vs. Samford. That is the ninth-highest single-game total in the NCAA this season, highest among freshmen, and third-highest in school history for a freshman.
  • Leads SEC and ranks sixth in NCAA, first among freshmen, in rushing yards per game (151.5).
  • First freshman in school history to begin career with consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
  • Fourth freshman in school history with multiple 100-yard rushing games in a season and first Arkansas freshman to rush for 100 yards in consecutive games since Darren McFadden in 2005.
  • Had zero negative carries in 24 rushing attempts.

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