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1. Tyler Bray, Tennessee (19/33 for 325 yards and 5 touchdowns) at Memphis.
Yes, it was Memphis and, yes, the Vols were expected to whip up on the Tigers. Still, you have to give credit where credit is due.
Bray didn’t make many mistakes and he played one heckuva game—giving his team a much-needed victory.
2010 stats: 44/80 for 628 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.
2. Cam Newton, Auburn (15/21 for 317 yards and 4 touchdowns. 8 carries for 24 yards and 1
touchdown) vs. Chattanooga.
It’s Cam Newton. He’s been making defenses look silly all season—this week was no exception.
2010 stats: 123/183 for 1,890 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. 176 carries for 1,46 yards and 15 touchdowns.
3. Aaron Murray, Georgia (19/27 for 228 yards and 3 touchdowns) vs Idaho State.
For a minute, it looked like Murray was still suffering from the headache that beset him after performing so uncharacteristically at Florida. The offense was sputtering and, by the end of the first quarter, they only managed to score three points against one of the worst defenses in college football.
However, he seemed to find his bearings by the second quarter—leading Georgia to 35-points before retiring to the sidelines early in the third.
2010 stats: 158/257 for 2,307 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Four rushing touchdowns.
4. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (21/30 for 303 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. 4 carries for 6 yards and 1 touchdown) at South Carolina.
Bobby Petrino’s club really has that running game going now and that has opened up even more possibilities for Mallett in the passing game.
Mallett played, nearly, lights-out in capturing a huge road win for his Razorbacks—aided in large part by the tough running of Knile Davis and a defense that came ready to shut the Gamecocks down.
2010 stats: 193/289 for 2,752 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. 3 rushing touchdowns.
5. Greg McElroy, Alabama (21/34 for 223 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception) at LSU.
McElroy has taken his fair share of lumps this season as he’s already seen more losses this year than he did in the previous two. However, he still played well enough on Saturday to lead the Tide to a win—if not for the maverick playcalling of LSU’s Les Miles.
2010 stats: 158/228 for 2004 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. 1 rushing touchdown.
6. Mike Hartline, Kentucky (15/24 for 272 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception) vs Charleston-Southern.
Hartline finally got the Wildcats back in the win column against a, tougher than expected, Charleston-Southern team that looked like it might steal one early on.
2010 stats: 222/338 for 2,674 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. 1 rushing touchdowns.
7. John Brantley, Florida (11/18 for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns) at Vanderbilt.
The Commodores are falling apart at the seams and Florida took advantage of it by routing them—setting up an SEC Eastern Division showdown at the Swamp this weekend.
2010 stats: 156/251 for 1,616 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions.
8. Jordan Jefferson, LSU (10/13 for 141 yards and 1 touchdown) vs. Alabama.
He didn’t appear to be his, usually, head-scratching self on Saturday—that helped. However, the biggest pass of the night belonged to Jarrett Lee (a 47-yard bomb to win the game).
2010 stats: 75/136 for 764 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. 5 rushing touchdowns.
9. Stephen Garcia, South Carolina (14/29 for 161 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions) vs. Arkansas.
Garcia didn’t have the complimentary rushing game from Marcus Lattimore to help him out this week (the freshman gained only 30-yards on the day) and that, obviously, hurt the passing game.
2010 season stats: 151/223 for 2,065 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. 4 rushing touchdowns.
10. Nathan Stanley, Ole Miss (6/14 for 108 yards) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette.
Jeremiah Masoli looked to be on his way to a good game before being knocked out with a concussion (5/7 for 72 yards and 1 touchdown. 3 carries for 17 yards and 1 touchdown), but Stanley came in to manage in relief. He got the win for the Rebels, but deferred to his running game for most of the dirty work.
11. Jared Funk and Larry Smith, Vanderbilt (10/36 for 63 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception) vs. Florida.
It seems to go without saying, Vanderbilt needs some help at quarterback.