The Keystone LightBro of the SEC(Stephen GarciaGarcia Award):Tyler Bray, Tennessee:Tyler Bray has the poise and talentto be one of the best quarterbacksin the SEC. Apparently, he alsopossesses the poise and "hotdogging" to be the life of the party.During the summer, Bray was linkedto a vandalism incident, wherevehicles were damaged by golfballs and empty beer bottles. Ifthat wasnt enough, Bray took theparty on the water. Over the fourthof July holidy, he was charged witha misdemeanor for recklessoperation of a personal watercraft.According to Tennessee Wildlife,Bray was with a woman passengerand was playing chicken. Thatsounds like a Barbara DooleyFourth of July celebration.
Haunt Your Dreams:Cyrus Kouandjio,Alabama:How good is Cyrus Kouandjio?The coaching staff moved thenations best offensive lineman,Outland Trophy winner BarrettJones, from left tackle to centerto make room for Kouandjio. At66" 311 pounds, he is the only300 pounder that I have everseen with a six pack. This guy willbe a dominant force for theTide, like previous left tackles:Andre Smith, James Carpenter,and Barrett Jones.
Best Comeback:Knile Davis, Arkansas:After sitting out all last season dueto a nasty ankle injury, Davis isadamant that he is 100%. If so,watch out SEC defenses. In 2010, Ithought Knile Davis was the bestrunning back in the SEC,accumulating over 1,600 totalyards. The Razorbacks will rely onhim to take some slack off thepassing game, an area thatsuffered last season without hispresence. If Davis truly is back to2010 form, I predict that the Hogswill split Bama and LSU, and youllhear his name amongst Heismanchatter.
The Ticket Seller(Best Offensive Player):Aaron Murray, Georgia"We want to score 40-50 points ormore per game." Those are loftygoals for Murray and the Georgiaoffense. Coming off a schoolrecord 35 touchdown passes,Murray is hoping his second seasonin the no-huddle offense willeclipse last seasons stats. It doesnthurt having 5 of your top 6receiving targets returning. If theyoung offensive line jells, Murraywill have all the tools to lead hisDawgs to Miami.
Shrinking the Field(Best DefensivePlayer):Jadaveon Clowney,South Carolina:Clowney is a NFL star playingagainst inferior talent. At 66",260 pounds, he is oftencompared to Julius Peppers. Asa backup last season, Clowneyhad 12 tackles for a loss andeight sacks. This year he is astarter and a miss match for themajority of offensive lineman. Ohyeah, in addition to defensiveend, Spurrier announced thatClowney may see some snapsat middle linebacker.
Best Newcomer:TJ Yeldon, Alabama:Last year, Yeldon was rated as oneof the best high school runningbacks in the country. In April,Yeldon was named MVP of the A-day spring game, where heracked up nearly 180 total yards.Given the history of Eddie Lacysnagging injuries, Yeldon may becalled upon to have a biggerfreshman role than that of MarkIngram or Trent Richardson.
Coach of the Year:Dan Mullen,Mississippi State:The more I look at States schedule,the more I see a minimum of eightwins. If Dan Mullen can beatAuburn and/or Arkansas (both athome), the Bulldogs have a greatchance of getting 10 wins. IfMullen gets to 10 wins, he will havedone so in the toughestconference with less talent thanother double digit teams. The resultwill be Mullen as the hottestcommodity for coachingvacancies.
Darkhorse:Florida Gators:Florida may have the nastiestdefensive front seven in thecountry, anchored by Jon Bostic,Sharrif Floyd, and the Chuckywielding Dominique Easley.Running back Mike Gillislee will beone of the surprise stories in theSEC in this season. If Jacoby Brissettor Jeff Driskel can get a handle onBrent Peases offense, the Gatorscould find themselves in Atlantathe first week of December.
SEC Champions:LSU Tigers overGeorgia Bulldogs:In a rematch from last seasonsSEC Championship, the Tigersand Bulldogs will once againmeet in Atlanta for what couldbe a play-in game for the BCSNational Championship. With ayear of experience, the Bulldogswill not concede the GeorgiaDome like last season. However,a late fourth quarter touchdownby LSU will be the difference,making the Bayou Bengals thefirst team to win back-to-backSEC titles since 1998.