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Ten Best SEC Players of BCS Era...

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Posted: 6/17/2014 12:30 AM

Ten Best SEC Players of BCS Era... 


This is one of those fluff pieces that's really just for fun, but it has Darren McFadden at #2, and Shawn Andrews as an honorable mention.

I'll resist the urge to protest #1 because he has the hardware to back it up, but if you told me I had a choice between a clone of D-Mac or T-bow, I'd feel pretty confident about picking D-Mac first.

The more years that go by, the more I think D-Mac was robbed when T-Bow won.  There's no question the overall performance of both teams swayed just enough voters in T-Bow's direction, but D-Mac's laying the wood on eventual national champ LSU in Baton Rouge sure made things competitive. He had 206 yards rushing, three touchdowns and a TD pass -- in the 50-48 triple-overtime win over the No. 1 Tigers, a game that rates way up there on my list of favorites.

He finished second only to Herschel Walker for most career SEC rushing yards.  He missed Walker's single season record (1,890) by 60 yards in 2007.  He tied the single game SEC rushing record (321 yards) held by some Vandy player. He was also 14-22 passing for 205 yards and 7 touchdowns during his career. Some also put Bo Jackson ahead of him in terms of all time SEC greats, but being third behind Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson is nothing to be ashamed of.

D-Mac needed 125 or so of the 850 voters to flip him from second to first in order to win. The results:


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Pl. Name School Cl. Pos. 1 2 3 Total
1 Tim Tebow Florida So. QB 462 229 113 1,957
2 Darren McFadden Arkansas Jr. RB 291 355 120 1,703
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Posted: 6/18/2014 7:12 AM

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At the time of both Heisman visits for DMac, the argument against him was that if he was on a better team, or if the team was doing better, it would have reflected better on him and got him more points.  I hate that for him.  I felt that both Troy Smith and TBow were lesser players but on better teams.  Just ask Phil Fulmer and Spurrier....
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Posted: 6/18/2014 7:58 AM

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My thoughts exactly.  Tebow was a very good COLLEGE player, but he was on a more solid program.  
HawgnDos wrote: At the time of both Heisman visits for DMac, the argument against him was that if he was on a better team, or if the team was doing better, it would have reflected better on him and got him more points.  I hate that for him.  I felt that both Troy Smith and TBow were lesser players but on better teams.  Just ask Phil Fulmer and Spurrier....

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Posted: 6/18/2014 9:12 AM

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Recall that in that SC game he was initially credited with 323 rushing yards.    It was, however, edited down to the tie.  Yet another head scratcher and as recall somewhat spurious in both the way it was reduced and the timing of it as well. 
NostraHOGus wrote: This is one of those fluff pieces that's really just for fun, but it has Darren McFadden at #2, and Shawn Andrews as an honorable mention.

I'll resist the urge to protest #1 because he has the hardware to back it up, but if you told me I had a choice between a clone of D-Mac or T-bow, I'd feel pretty confident about picking D-Mac first.

The more years that go by, the more I think D-Mac was robbed when T-Bow won.  There's no question the overall performance of both teams swayed just enough voters in T-Bow's direction, but D-Mac's laying the wood on eventual national champ LSU in Baton Rouge sure made things competitive. He had 206 yards rushing, three touchdowns and a TD pass -- in the 50-48 triple-overtime win over the No. 1 Tigers, a game that rates way up there on my list of favorites.

He finished second only to Herschel Walker for most career SEC rushing yards.  He missed Walker's single season record (1,890) by 60 yards in 2007.  He tied the single game SEC rushing record (321 yards) held by some Vandy player. He was also 14-22 passing for 205 yards and 7 touchdowns during his career. Some also put Bo Jackson ahead of him in terms of all time SEC greats, but being third behind Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson is nothing to be ashamed of.

D-Mac needed 125 or so of the 850 voters to flip him from second to first in order to win. The results:


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Pl. Name School Cl. Pos. 1 2 3 Total
1 Tim Tebow Florida So. QB 462 229 113 1,957
2 Darren McFadden Arkansas Jr. RB 291 355 120 1,703

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Posted: 6/18/2014 10:30 AM

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I think D-Mac got shafted all the way around...even in his sophomore year.
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Posted: 6/18/2014 11:44 AM

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I love chiming in on this to show bad of a hose job DMAC got.  I've hared this a ton.  I did this a few years back.

Tim Tebow 2007

2,338 of his Tebow’s 3,286 passing yards came against unranked teams.  His top three passing games against Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky and Troy.  His worst three passing games came against ranked Michigan, LSU and Georgia.  26 of his 32 passing TD’s were against unranked teams.  750 of his 895 rushing yards came against unranked teams.  His top rushing game was against unranked Ole Miss.  His worst rushing game was against ranked Georgia.  16 of his 23 rushing TD’s were inside the 5 yard line and 16 rushing TD’s were against unranked teams.

Darren McFadden 2007

Darren McFadden averaged 165 ypg against BAMA, TENN, South Carolina, Auburn, LSU and Missouri.  Only South Carolina was not ranked.  1,358 of his 1,830 yards came against SEC teams.  10 of his 16 rushing TD’s came against ranked opponents.  He also threw 3 TD’s against ranked teams.  His best rushing games came against South Carolina, LSU and BAMA.

 

Tebow’s passing

223 ypg v ranked SEC opponents; 1-3 record


DMAC rushing

188.4 ypg v ranked SEC opponents; 2-3 record

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Posted: 6/18/2014 7:58 PM

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Good stuff, very telling!

OKCHawg wrote: I love chiming in on this to show bad of a hose job DMAC got.  I've hared this a ton.  I did this a few years back.

Tim Tebow 2007

2,338 of his Tebow’s 3,286 passing yards came against unranked teams.  His top three passing games against Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky and Troy.  His worst three passing games came against ranked Michigan, LSU and Georgia.  26 of his 32 passing TD’s were against unranked teams.  750 of his 895 rushing yards came against unranked teams.  His top rushing game was against unranked Ole Miss.  His worst rushing game was against ranked Georgia.  16 of his 23 rushing TD’s were inside the 5 yard line and 16 rushing TD’s were against unranked teams.

Darren McFadden 2007

Darren McFadden averaged 165 ypg against BAMA, TENN, South Carolina, Auburn, LSU and Missouri.  Only South Carolina was not ranked.  1,358 of his 1,830 yards came against SEC teams.  10 of his 16 rushing TD’s came against ranked opponents.  He also threw 3 TD’s against ranked teams.  His best rushing games came against South Carolina, LSU and BAMA.

 

Tebow’s passing

223 ypg v ranked SEC opponents; 1-3 record


DMAC rushing

188.4 ypg v ranked SEC opponents; 2-3 record

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Posted: 6/19/2014 7:59 PM

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I would have had sCam at #1 and Tebow at 3.

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Posted: 6/23/2014 7:13 AM

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I think only playing one year hurts the Scammer for rankings like these.  But you're right, he was probably the most dominating and dynamic player in the BCS era.  I think by a long shot.  Too bad his (and his father's) shenanigans have hurt his legacy so much.
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