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SEC Football news and notes

Ten of the 12 SEC teams have finished the season at least once since 2007 in the AP Top 25. Six SEC teams have done so multiple times since 2007.

 

* - Six different SEC teams have played in the SEC Championship Game since 2007 (The most could be eight since only four games played.) Only Florida and Alabama have done so twice.

 

* - Georgia's Brandon Boykin is now 10th in SEC history with 1,923 kickoff return yards on 77 attempts. He needs 81 yards to move into 9th place (2,004 yards by Tony Jackson, Vanderbilt, 1989-93).

 

* - Winning on the road is important in order to get to the SEC Championship Game. Only seven times in the previous 19 SEC Championship Games has a team going into the game lost multiple SEC games away from home in a single-season. These are (all records are 2-2): South Carolina (2010), Tennessee (2007), Georgia (2003, includes Jacksonville), Arkansas (2000), Mississippi State (1998), Alabama (1996), Florida (1992).

 

* - Three Alabama players made their first starts for the Crimson Tide in its season opener against Kent State – QB AJ McCarron, WR DeAndrew White and DE Jesse Williams. Alabama had 18 of its newcomers see action against the Golden Flashes – nine redshirt freshmen, seven true freshmen and two junior college transfers.

 

* - Two SEC schools rank among the top four in FBS in most wins since 2008. Boise State is first with 39 followed by Alabama with 37, Texas Christian at 36 and Florida at 35.

 

* - Arkansas forced Missouri State into six three-and-outs in the season opener. The total was the third-highest overall for the Razorbacks in the Bobby Petrino era.

 

* - The Razorbacks are undefeated in Little Rock under Bobby Petrino. Arkansas is 6-0 inside War Memorial Stadium with wins against Louisiana-Monroe (9/6/08), LSU (11/28/08), Missouri State (9/5/09), Mississippi State (11/21/09), Louisiana Monroe (9/11/10) and LSU (11/27/10).

 

* - Auburn currently owns the longest win streak in the FBS at 16 consecutive games. The streak is the third longest streak in team history and the longest since the 1993-94 Tigers set the program record with a 20-game win streak.

 

* - Auburn soph. RB Michael Dyer has just seven carries for negative yards (minus 14 yards total) in 196 career rushing attempts. Dyer had one negative rush attempt last week against Utah State.

 

* - Among active running backs in FBS, the Florida duo of Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey rank 1-2 in the nation in yards per carry (at least 200 carries). Both average 7.1 yards per rush. Auburn's Onterrio McCalebb is third at 6.8 yards per carry.

 

* - Florida QB Jeff Brantley completed all six pass attempts on third downs against Florida Atlantic and converted 5-of-6 third down opportunities. He also converted a third-and-1 with a QB sneak.

 

* - Eight true freshmen made their debut for Georgia against Boise State – WR Malcolm Mitchell, TB Isaiah Crowell, CB Nick Marshall, S Corey Moore, CB Damian Swann, CB Chris Sanders, CB Quintavius Harrow and ILB Amarlo Herrera. Redshirt freshmen S Marc Deas, S Connor Norman, ILB Kosta Vavlas, WR Michael Bennett and WR Michael Erdman also played for the first time as Bulldogs.

In addition, sophomore ILB Jarvis Jones started against Boise State following a redshirt year in 2010 after transferring from Southern California. Jones finished with 11 tackles versus the Broncos, including 2.5 for losses.

 

* - Kentucky has an all-time record of 91-23-6 in home openers. The Cats have won 17 consecutive games against non-conference opponents at home, dating back to 2005.

 

* - Kentucky enters the Central Michigan game having won a school-record 20 consecutive regular-season non-conference games, dating back to 2006.

 

* - Freshman running back Josh Clemons is the first true freshman running back at Kentucky to score a rushing touchdown in his first collegiate season opener since Donnell Gordon in 1993.

 

* - LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was named the Jim Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week for the Tigers with team-high 10 tackles, one forced fumble, two pass breakups and a tackle for a loss against Oregon. It was just the second start of Mathieu's career.

 

* - LSU goes into this week's Northwestern State contest having won 34 straight non-conference regular season games, a streak that dates back to the 2002 season and the longest current streak in the nation.

 

* - Eight players made their first career starts for Ole Miss against BYU – WR Nickolas Brassell, QB Barry Brunetti, FB H.R. Greer, OG Matt Hall, SAF Aaron Garbutt, DT Uriah Grant, CB Wesley Pendleton and DT Justin Smith. 22 Rebels in all made their debut against BYU.

 

* - Ole Miss is 50-13 versus non-conference opponents dating back to a 38-0 win over Tulane on Nov. 12, 1994. The Rebels are also 37-8 in their last 45 non-conference games in Oxford and have won 10 of their last 12. Ole Miss hosts Southern Illinois on Saturday.

 

* - With a 44-yard touchdown reception at Memphis, wide receiver Chad Bumphis moved into a tie for eighth on Mississippi State's career touchdown catches list with 10. Bumphis needs only four catches and 336 receiving yards to enter the school's top 10 in those categories.

 

* - In his 26 games as head coach at Mississippi State, Dan Mullen's teams have eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in all but one contest. The Bulldogs had 309 yards rushing on 38 attempts and five scores against Memphis last week.

 

* - South Carolina SPUR Antonio Allen (16 tackles) and CB Stephon Gilmore (10 stops) were both credited with double figure tackles against East Carolina. No Gamecock had 10 or more tackles in a game during the entire 2010 season.

 

* - When sophomore Connor Shaw made the start for South Carolina in the season opener against East Carolina, it marked a rare occurrence in college football, as Connor's brother, Jaybo, was the starting quarterback the same day for Georgia Southern. Other more recent brother acts include the Mannings (Peyton and Eli), Detmers (Ty and Koy), Hasselbecks (Matt and Tim), McCowns (Randy, Josh and Luke), Huards (Damon, Luke and Brock), Vicks (Michael and Marcus), Glennons (Sean and Mike), Forciers (Jason, Chris and Tate) and Weatherford (Drew and Joe).

 

* - Texas played the most true freshmen during the opening weekend with 18. Auburn was second with 13 and Tennessee was tied for third with 12 (along with Virginia, Ohio State and Clemson). Tennessee and Louisiana-Monroe started the most true freshmen in the opening weekend with three (SLB Curt Maggitt, WLB A.J. Johnson, CB Justin Coleman).

 

* - The Vols boast the SEC's leader in passing yards (293) and total offense (275) in Tyler Bray and the league leader in receiving yards in Justin Hunter (146), who also ranks tied for second in receptions (6) after the opening weekend of games.

 

* - Three true freshmen playing offense were among the Vanderbilt Commodores who saw action against Elon. RB Jerron Seymour rushed for 15 yards and had two passes for 22 yards. Two first-year linemen, OG Spencer Pulley and C Joe Townsend, also played in the contest.

 

* - Vandy senior tight end Brandon Barden surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau for career receiving yards last week against Elon. Against Elon, Barden had two catches for 25 yards. He now has 93 career catches (18th in VU history) for 1,016 yards.

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