LSU Tigers: Trey Flowers
Well, that was fun. Another college football season is in the books. It's Day 1 of the long, hard offseason.
- The SEC's amazing seven-year streak of BSC championship game victories did not go down without a furious fight.
- Auburn was unable to conjure one last miracle. Star running back Tre Mason apologized to Tigers fans after the game.
- AJ McCarron's mom takes heat for a postgame tweet she quickly deleted. The Crimson Tide are still loaded but have lost that aura of invincibility.
- Georgia players still can't get over the pain of "The Prayer at Jordan-Hare."
- James Franklin deflects attention from his job prospects to Vanderbilt, calling it a compliment to the program.
- Johnny Manziel tells ESPN he hasn't decided on the NFL draft yet, then joins the BCS Megacast. Aggies junior OT Cedric Ogbuehi tweets that he'll announce his decision on Thursday.
- Star running back Jeremy Hill is leaning toward a return to LSU for his senior season, according to a source. Left tackle La'El Collins might stay, too.
- Top-5 ranking for Mizzou is a feather in Gary Pinkel's cap. Cornerback E.J. Gaines and left tackle Justin Britt will play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 18.
- South Carolina's No. 4 ranking is its highest ever in a postseason poll.
- Florida completed its coaching staff by hiring veteran offensive line coach Mike Summers. The Gators also announced LB Ronald Powell is going pro.
- Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers will return for his senior season.
- With Louisville now looking for a new head coach, there's no denying it's a better job than Kentucky, even though UK is in the SEC and has a larger fan base.
- Donte Moncrief's departure means Laquon Treadwell takes over as Mississippi's No. 1 receiving target.
- Juco signee has shot at starting on Mississippi State's offensive line.
There’s no time for trick-or-treating in the SEC as teams have just two days left to prepare for Saturday’s slate of games. However, feel free to take a look around the league in Thursday’s Halloween edition of the lunch links.
- By his standards, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley had an average game last Saturday, but his efforts during a pick six by teammate Landon Collins were symbolic of his season.
- Missouri’s loss to South Carolina was heartbreaking, but the Tigers are eager to move on and continue their special season.
- Auburn is tied for second in the SEC in sacks allowed, but the offensive line will have its hands full Saturday against Arkansas defensive ends Chris Smith and Trey Flowers.
- Sophomore linebacker Kwon Alexander has emerged as a star on LSU’s defense this season. He’ll be returning to his home state next weekend when the Tigers visit Tuscaloosa.
- South Carolina kicker Elliott Fry might not be big in stature, but he has made some big kicks for the Gamecocks this season.
- It’s hard to replace a guy like Jarvis Jones, now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Georgia has been able to use a number of players on defense to make up for his production.
- Florida’s defense had a letdown its last time out against Missouri, but it's determined to bounce back on Saturday against Georgia.
- Ole Miss wide receiver Ja-Mes Logan has moved on from his costly drop against Texas A&M earlier this month.
- Butch Jones knows Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk well. He tried to recruit him back when he was coaching at Cincinnati. On Saturday, the two will face off.
- It was a rocky first start for Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette, but he’s hoping to use the off week to work on his pre-snap decisions before his next start at Florida.
The SEC league office has announced its top performers for Week 1:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: Gurley ran for a career-high 174 yards on 12 carries (12.8 avg.) and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 38-35 loss to Clemson. His performance included a career-long 75-yard touchdown on his first touch of the game. It marked Gurley’s 10th 100-yard performance of his career.
- Robenson Therezie, S, Auburn: Therezie had a career-high seven tackles and also intercepted two passes. He became the first Auburn player with two interceptions in a game since linebacker Josh Bynes in 2010 against Arkansas. His final pick came in the final minutes to thwart a Washington State drive.
- Christion Jones, WR/RS, Alabama: Jones became the first Alabama player in history to have two special teams touchdowns in the same game. He had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown. Jones also caught a 38-yard touchdown pass and racked up 256 all-purpose yards in the game.
- La'el Collins, OT, LSU: Collins played 79 of 80 snaps (helmet came off) in LSU’s 37-27 win over No. 20 TCU. In his first start at left tackle, he helped pave the way for an LSU offense that ran 80 plays for 448 yards (197 rushing, 251 passing) against a TCU defense that returned nine starters from a unit that led the Big 12 in total defense last season.
- Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas: Flowers recorded 4.5 total tackles, 3.0 for loss, including 2.0 sacks, with two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble in Arkansas' 34-14 win over Louisiana. Flowers leads the SEC and ranks No. 7 in the NCAA with 3.0 TFLs
- Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss: Treadwell led Ole Miss in receiving with nine catches for 82 yards in his debut and helped the Rebels to a thrilling 39-35 victory at Vanderbilt. His nine catches were an Ole Miss freshman record and the most by a Rebel since Mike Espy had nine against Auburn in 2005.
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