It’s time to pass out some helmet stickers following Week 3 in the SEC:
Florida running back Chris Rainey: When the new Heisman Trophy lists come out, Rainey at least deserves to be in the conversation. What hasn’t he done for this Florida football team? In the 33-23 win over Tennessee, Rainey had the first 100-yard rushing and 100-yard receiving game of his career and also blocked his fifth career punt, a new Florida record. Rainey rushed for 108 yards on 21 carries and staked the Gators to a 30-7 lead in the third quarter with an 83-yard touchdown reception. He’s quickly becoming the most feared offensive weapon in the league.
LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis: He’s coached some suffocating defenses in his 17 seasons in the SEC as a defensive coordinator, but Chavis has this group playing as well as any defense in the country. The Tigers look like they’re playing with 12 players right now. They’re playing with an attitude, playing fast and playing like every play is its last. They haven’t given up a touchdown since the opener against Oregon and had 15 tackles for loss Thursday in the 19-6 win over Mississippi State.
Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy: The Commodores’ running game cranked out 281 yards in the 30-7 win over Ole Miss, and leading the way was Stacy with 169 of those yards. His 77-yard touchdown run gave Vanderbilt a 30-0 lead late in the third quarter and was the backbreaker for Ole Miss. Last week, it was Stacy’s 48-yard run that set up the Commodores’ game-winning field goal. First-year Vanderbilt coach James Franklin was looking for more pop on offense. He’s found it in Stacy, who averaged 15.4 yards per carry against the Rebels.
South Carolina spur linebacker Antonio Allen: In each of the first three games, Allen has made a game-turning defensive play. He scored defensive touchdowns the first two weeks and intercepted a Navy pass on Saturday in the final minutes to seal South Carolina’s 24-21 win. Allen led the Gamecocks with 10 tackles and also forced a fumble.
Alabama running back Trent Richardson: He now has eight touchdowns in his first three games and ripped off scoring runs of 71 and 58 yards Saturday in the 41-0 victory over North Texas. Richardson finished with 167 yards on 11 carries, and Alabama finished with 347 rushing yards as a team.