Stats Leaders

When Vandy – still smarts we lost, doesn’t it! – wideout Jordan Matthews was overshadowed by best in the SEC WR Mike Evans in a blowout loss, it emphasized the difference in a huge season and an epic career. The Peyton Manning rare exceptions to the rule excepted, the best NFL talent does not play NCAA football for a full four-year career, so they won’t, for that reason alone, be real contenders to get individual lifetime yardage records.

We discussed it for weeks on Sports Joc College Football Pre-View, every FRI 9a-10a EST, deciding Mike Evans is the single best receiver in the best football conference this year. The SEC has, we think, by far its best ever class of wideouts.

Malcolm Mitchell at UGA is the only talent enrolled in Athens who could have been in contention for this honor. It amplifies our issues that he went down celebrating the team’s first touchdown of the season. He was to be our best edge playmaker, though Gurley is clearly our best overall football player. Aaron Murray is #2 to Todd.

Todd sat out the chunk of the Clemson game where they made the separation, and he hasn’t played a down with over 70 yards rushing in a first quarter of our big win over LSU. He’s back, with us having three loses on the season, two in conference. He can’t go pro until after next season, so we will be a national title contender in 2014 – barring major injuries. Then, he will, I’m sure, bolt for NFL money.

Two guys at LSU, the tall Mizzou guys, lots of talent at the receiver position in this suddenly-a-big-play passing league. Georgia hasn’t thrown it downfield much, without the fear of Gurley scaring defenses, and with our top wideouts hobbling around the sidelines. We should have, because you can’t go that conservative and win (we went 1-2).

I digress, Jordan Matthews broke the SEC career passing yardage mark Saturday. That is a huge honor. The major conference yardage marks were all UGA, for a lone week, a week we didn’t play a football game and sulked after two straight losses, not just in conference but in division, not to rivals Carolina, Florida or Tennessee. Ouch!

SEC Career Passing Leader: 1 Aaron Murray / 2. David Greene

SEC Career Rushing Leader: Herschel Walker

SEC Career Receiving Leader: 1. Jordan Matthews / 2. Terrence Edwards

— And the top two scoring leaders are UGA kickers, BTW.

We will need to get the ball to the one player who is clearly superior to the all-time SEC total yardage leader (Murray) in Jacksonville.