We cap a big day of football in the SEC by handing out our helmet stickers.
Some tough choices this week. Here goes:
Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley: His presence in the middle of the Tigers’ defensive line was a huge factor in the 17-14 win over Mississippi State on Thursday night. The Bulldogs couldn’t keep him out of their backfield. The 6-5, 298-pound junior had 2.5 tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks, to go along with three quarterback hurries, an interception and fumble recovery. As Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof joked, it was the football version of hitting for the cycle.
South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore: Where do you start with this talented freshman? He put the Gamecocks on his back and carried them to a 17-6 victory over Georgia with 182 rushing yards on 37 carries. The Bulldogs simply couldn’t tackle him. Something says a lot of teams are going to have a hard time getting him on the ground this season.
Florida running back Jeff Demps: The Gators aren’t driving the ball with much consistency, but Demps has provided the big play in each of their first two games. He had a 62-yard touchdown run Saturday against South Florida after breaking a 72-yarder the first week. Demps rushed for a career-high 139 yards and finished with 255 all-purpose yards. He’s one of the most dynamic big-play performers in all of college football.
Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb: Further stating his case as college football’s most versatile player, Cobb scored touchdowns three different ways in Kentucky’s 63-28 romp over Western Kentucky. Cobb returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown, threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Moncell Allen and caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Mike Hartline.
Arkansas receiver Greg Childs: It was a career night for Childs, who set personal bests with 12 catches and 146 receiving yards in Arkansas’ 31-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe. Childs caught touchdown passes of 19 and 18 yards from Ryan Mallett, who said afterward, “I don’t think anyone in the country can cover Greg Childs one-on-one.”