We’ll wrap up Saturday like we always do, by passing out our helmet stickers:
Vanderbilt offensive tackle Kyle Fischer: The Commodores moved within a game Saturday of becoming bowl eligible with a 38-8 battering of Kentucky. This is a team that has improved dramatically on offense, and a lot of that is because Vanderbilt has made marked improvement in the offensive line. Fischer, a fifth-year senior right tackle, has been the anchor of that unit and helped clear the way for 410 yards of total offense against the Wildcats.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier: The Gamecocks probably aren’t going to make it back to Atlanta for a second straight season, but the Head Ball Coach has done what everybody said couldn’t be done. He’s made the program relevant in the SEC and turned South Carolina into a consistent winner. The Gamecocks are 6-0 the past two seasons against Florida (including a 17-12 victory on Saturday), Georgia and Tennessee, the teams that once ruled the Eastern Division. Who else other than Spurrier thought that would happen when he took over in Columbia in 2005?
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray: He’s saved his best football for when the Bulldogs have needed it most. Murray threw four more touchdown passes in the 45-7 pasting of Auburn on Saturday, giving him nine in the past two weeks. Murray now has 27 on the season, breaking Matthew Stafford’s school record of 25 set in 2008. Murray’s also creeping up on the SEC record for a sophomore. He has 51 in his first two seasons. Florida’s Rex Grossman holds the record with 55 during his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Arkansas receiver Joe Adams: There’s a compelling race raging right now between Adams and fellow senior Jarius Wright for the Hogs’ all-time receptions lead. Adams caught two passes in the 49-7 rout of Tennessee, including a 40-yard touchdown. He also returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown, breaking at least six tackles and turning in one of the plays of the year in college football.
Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower: Alabama’s defense was once again suffocating in the 24-7 win over Mississippi State, and Hightower led the way with a team-high 11 tackles, including 2.5 for loss. He finished with 1.5 sacks and also broke up a pass. It was the 11th straight game in which Alabama had held its opponent to 14 or fewer points.