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September 22, 2008Picking award winners brought more debate this week than any other so far. It was the best week of the season for the SEC, for freshmen and for SEC freshmen.
LSU, Florida and Georgia had players worthy of mention. Vanderbilt safety Ryan Hamilton may have had the biggest impact on a game with three interceptions, a touchdown and a goal-line tackle to beat Ole Miss and help Vandy vault into the top 25 for the first time in 24 years.
Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green and LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee were considered for freshman honors in a huge week for rookies.
For national player of the week, we chose the biggest performance in the most contested game in the SEC.
Auburn came into the game allowing only 59 rushing yards per game, and the past two teams to face Auburn couldn't crack 40 yards on the ground. Scott kept LSU's offense moving with 21 carries and 132 yards on the road in a win that put LSU in the driver's seat in the SEC West.
COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK:
Sorry, Jimbo Fisher, LSU is a lot more fun to watch now that Gary Crowton has your old job.
LSU had 398 yards of offense in its 26-21 win over Auburn despite playing against an excellent defensive team on the road with two inexperienced quarterbacks, one of whom was lost to an injury.
LSU rallied from a 14-3 deficit in the second half, thanks to some masterful but risky play-calling. Keiland Williams threw a go-ahead touchdown on a halfback pass in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, LSU gambled and went for a touchdown rather than settle for a field goal. Freshman Jarrett Lee threw the 18-yard, game-winning touchdown pass with1:03 remaining to give LSU the lead for good.
Kellen Moore signaled that Boise State is back among the non-"Big Six" elite. He helped the Broncos take a 24-point lead into the fourth quarter before they held on for a 37-32 upset of Oregon.
Moore was making the first road start of his career and it came at raucous Autzen Stadium. He was 24 of 36 for 386 yards and three touchdowns against Oregon's experienced and playmaking secondary.
Others considered for freshman of the week:
In his first career start, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2008, was 10-of-16 for 141 yards with four touchdowns and 62 rushing yards in a 28-10 victory over Troy.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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