All were impressive, and all deserve some sort of recognition for their performances. Gold stars all around!
But this week's top performer in the SEC completely changed the game for his team over the weekend. Without him, his team probably doesn't pull out the victory Saturday. He hadn’t received much attention before Saturday, but he’s likely to get a little more after a stellar performance inside Tiger Stadium.
LSU freshman running back Jeremy Hill was the difference on offense for the Tigers in their 23-21 win over South Carolina Saturday. He showed tremendous speed and strength against one of the best defensive fronts in the country and charged his way into the end zone twice. He finished the night with a career-high 124 yards on 17 carries. He never recorded a rush for negative yards against the Gamecocks.
He was the spark this offense desperately needed. His 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Tigers their first touchdown in 28 possessions against SEC teams. His second gave LSU the lead for good in the fourth quarter. It started harmlessly enough, but after bouncing off a defender on the right side and cutting up the middle, he outran a handful of Gamecocks defenders on his way to the end zone for the 50-yard score.
The coaches have been raving about Hill's potential since he arrived this year and his style resembles a combination of Kenny Hilliard and Michael Ford, as he can either knock down defenders or run past them.
He had no problem putting the Tigers on his back Saturday night.