The latest performances of Georgia's Nick Chubb and LSU's Leonard Fournette have firmly established them as players to watch in the Southeastern Conference — for the rest of this season and perhaps the next two.
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Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen grinned broadly as he walked off the field, pumping his fist with one arm while holding his daughter Breelyn in the other. The deafening roar of the crowd's trademark cowbells showered the field and the players danced around in celebration.
For 22 minutes Kentucky coaches' worst fears about letting down after a big victory were coming true as missed assignments on both sides of the ball and an overall lack of intensity put the Wildcats in a double-digit hole to Louisiana-Monroe.
Missouri is enduring its worst stretch offensively under coach Gary Pinkel. For the first time since 1999, the Tigers have generated fewer than 300 yards of total offense in three straight games, but a 2-1 record in the time makes it more palatable.
During the Missouri defense’s meeting Thursday, two days before playing at Florida, coordinator Dave Steckel had graduate assistants hand each player a business card with the Mizzou logo that read “Takeaways = victory.”
Missouri senior Marcus Murphy, who returned a punt and kickoff for a touchdown at Florida and also scored on a 5-yard run, was chosen Monday as the SEC special teams player of the week. Teammate Shane Ray, a junior defensive end and Bishop Miege graduate, was the conference’s defensive lineman of the week.