If I told you last Friday that LSU would eclipse 600 yards of total offense and Mizzou wouldn’t muster 300, would you have believed me?
What if I said the Vanderbilt defense would nearly outplay Florida’s?
Well, those things happened in another interesting week of SEC football thanks to the failures and success of coaching.
Here’s a rundown of the coaches making a name — good or bad — across the conference after Week 5.
1. Jabbar Juluke, LSU running backs coach
Ed Orgeron is getting the Gatorade baths, but Juluke has been doing some serious work with the Tigers’ backs. Without Leonard Fournette, LSU rushed for 418 yards and 6 touchdowns in a 42-7 win over Missouri. Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams each had at lest 130 yards and three touchdowns.
2. Corey Raymond, LSU defensive backs coach
Nearly as impressive as the offensive backfield was the defensive backfield in Baton Rouge. The LSU defense held the conference’s best offense, led by Drew Lock at QB, to just 188 passing yards, 265 total yards and fewer than 18 minutes of possession.
3. Rhett Lashlee, Auburn offensive coordinator
In his second week of play-calling Lashlee hit another home run in a 58-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe. The Tigers finished with 688 yards of offense behind Sean White’s best game to date and 410 rushing yards. We’ll see if Lashlee can keep it up during an upcoming stretch of five straight SEC games.
4. D.J. Eliot, Kentucky defensive coordinator
Kentucky lost to top-ranked Alabama 34-6, but at least Eliot can add “held Alabama to three points in the first quarter” on his resume. Sadly, the Wildcats are still 91st in the nation in total defense.
5. Butch Jones, Tennessee head coach
Jones has to be hiding a lucky rabbit’s foot in his pants somewhere. This Tennessee team is riding high after a historic win over Florida and a miraculous victory over Georgia. His reaction after the Volunteers pulled it out against Georgia illustrates perfectly how good he’s feeling today in Rocky Top.
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1. Doug Nussmeier, Florida offensive coordinator
The Florida offense was flat coming off a loss to Tennessee. The Gators had just 236 yards of total offense against Vanderbilt in a 13-6 win. Luckily for Nussmeir, the Vanderbilt offense couldn’t find the end zone.
2. Josh Heupel, Missouri offensive coordinator
The Missouri uptempo offense looks great against Eastern Michigan and Delaware State, but LSU put a quick end to Drew Lock’s streak of outrageous games. Lock completed just 17 of 37 pass attempts for 167 yards and no touchdowns. Huepel needs to learn how to scheme for legit SEC defenses or next week against Florida will be another rough one for the Tigers.
3. DeMontie Cross, Missouri defensive coordinator
Offense has not been LSU’s calling card this season, but then another set of Tigers cam to Death Valley. Missouri allowed LSU 634 yards of offense including 418 rushing yards — without Leonard Fournette. Maybe Cross overthought the scheme all week with Ed Orgeron taking over at LSU. It can’t happen again.
4. Kurt Roper, South Carolina quarterbacks coach
They say when have two quarterbacks you don’t have one. The Gamecocks couldn’t find an offensive rhythm with either Perry Orth or Brandon McIlwain under center in a 24-13 loss to Texas A&M. Will Muschamp needs to win some games, but a developed quarterback would be nice. Maybe he and Roper should keep the future in mind and focus their efforts on the freshman McIlwain instead of splitting time with Orth, a senior.
5. Mel Tucker, Georgia defensive coordinator
One week the Bulldogs can’t catch a pass, and the next they can’t knock them down. Georgia had every reason to bet Tennessee, but the defensive backs allowed 45 of Josh Dobbs’ 230 passing yards at the worst possible time. How much time do you think Kirby Smart spent on that play during practice this week?
SEC Coach of the Year favorite: Nick Saban, Alabama
Another Saturday, another win for Alabama and Saban. Despite being held to just three points in the first quarter against Kentucky, the Tide rebounded for a 34-6 win. Kevin Sumlin, likely doing the second-best job in the conference, fell behind in a lackluster 24-13 win over South Carolina. Maybe Butch Jones and his team of miracle workers will get him some consideration for the honor.