For one final time in the 2011 regular season, we hand out our SEC helmet stickers.
This is one star-studded list:
LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu: The Honey Badger had sort of been hibernating since his late-October suspension, but he was there front and center Friday in LSU’s 41-17 rout of Arkansas. Mathieu returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown and forced two fumbles, the first of which led to the Tigers’ touchdown right before the half. He was also playing a new position. With Eric Reid nursing an injury and unable to play, Mathieu shifted from cornerback to safety and looked like a natural.
Alabama running back Trent Richardson: The ballots for the Heisman Trophy are due in a little more than a week. Richardson likely picked up a few more votes Saturday with his career-high 203 yards rushing in the 42-14 win over Auburn. He also scored on a 5-yard touchdown catch and now has 23 touchdowns on the season, which is one off the SEC record of 24, set by Shaun Alexander in 1999. Richardson has 1,583 rushing yards and has played some of his best football this season on the biggest stages.
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray: He tossed four more touchdown passes in the 31-17 win over Georgia Tech to give him 32 on the season. He’s thrown at least four touchdown passes in three of his last four games and spread his scoring strikes out among four different players against the Yellow Jackets.
Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy: His 184 rushing yards and three touchdowns led Vanderbilt to a resounding 41-7 road win at Wake Forest, making the Commodores bowl eligible for the just the fifth time in school history. Stacy now has 1,136 yards for the season, which puts him No. 1 all-time among Vanderbilt single-season rushers, and is averaging 6.2 yards per carry.
Kentucky coach Joker Phillips: The season as a whole wasn’t what Phillips or anybody in the Big Blue Nation wanted, but the Wildcats managed to do something Saturday they hadn’t done since Phillips was a senior receiver at Kentucky in 1984. They beat Tennessee after 26 straight defeats to the Vols. Not only that, but the Wildcats did it with a senior receiver, Matt Roark, filling in at quarterback and attempting just six passes. Roark rushed for 124 yards.