Let's hand out some helmet stickers for Week 9 in the SEC.
Amari Cooper, Alabama: There is no better receiver in the SEC, and perhaps college football, than Mr. Cooper. On Saturday vs. Tennessee, Cooper turned in his sixth game of 100 or more yards and his second of 200 or more by catching nine passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. The Crimson Tide’s first offensive play from scrimmage went to Cooper, and he turned it into this 80-yard touchdown.
LSU defense: Give it up for the Tigers. They held Ole Miss to 313 offensive yards, harassed Rebels’ quarterback Bo Wallace (who was 14-of-33 passing) and got a pair of critical stops late: one on fourth-and-1 with 1:44 remaining in the game and another on an interception of Wallace by Ronald Martin near the goal line with two seconds to go. Too many to name with great games. A few include Kendell Beckwith (10 tackles, one for loss, one pass breakup), Jamal Adams (three pass breakups), Danielle Hunter (nine tackles, two for loss, a half-sack) and Jermauria Rasco (nine tackles, one for loss, half-sack).
Nick Marshall, Auburn: Four touchdowns and 245 all-purpose yards for the senior quarterback in Auburn’s 42-35 win over South Carolina. Marshall was 12-of-14 passing for 139 yards and a touchdown (no interceptions), ran for 89 yards and three scores, caught a 17-yard pass and a partridge in a pear tree.
Josh Robinson, Mississippi State: They don’t call Robinson the “Bowling ball” for nothing. He showed why with one particularly memorable 22-yard run in which he broke about seven Kentucky tackles. He finished with 23 carries for 198 yards and two touchdowns plus 11 receiving yards.
Patrick Towles, Kentucky: The Wildcats didn't win, but Towles turned in quite the effort against No. 1 Mississippi State. The sophomore quarterback threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns and led the team in rushing with 76 yards and two more scores in the 45-31 defeat. For a guy who redshirted last season and had to win a preseason competition for the starting quarterback job, Towles has come a long way.
Jonathan Williams, Arkansas: The junior running back had a career-high 153 rushing yards on 18 carries (a nice 8.5 yards per carry average) and a touchdown run in the Razorbacks' 45-17 win over UAB. Williams also hauled in a 17-yard TD pass from Brandon Allen.