This Week In The SEC

This is your source for week 12 previews and pre-game notes about SEC teams in action this week.

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS at MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS
11:30 a.m. (C) * Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (52,884) * Starkville

LIVE TELEVISION: Jefferson Pilot Sports (Dave Neal, play-by-play; Dave Rowe, analyst; Dave Baker, sideline reporter)
RADIO: Vol Radio Network (Bob Kesling, play-by-play; Tom Priest, analyst; Jeff Francis, sideline reporter) / MSU Radio Network (Jack Cristl, play-by-play; Jim Ellis, analyst; John Correro, sideline reporter)

TENNESSEE (5-4, 2-4 SEC)
Head Coach: Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee, '72)
Overall/Yrs: 100-24 (.806) / 11th season
UT/Yrs: 100-24 (.806) / 11th season
National Rankings: RV - ESPN/USA Today; RV - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.utsports.com

Key Players

QB Casey Clausen (6-4, 215, Jr., Northridge, Calif.)
Is third in SEC in total offense (221.4) and in passing average/game (220.0) and is second in passing efficiency (138.5) ... Listed third in UT history in passing yards (6,202) and total offense (6,135), and in completions (494) ... Has completed 146 of 225 passes for 1,760 yards and nine touchdowns ... Did not play against Georgia (injury)

RB Jabari Davis (6-0, 232, So., Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Leads the Volunteers in rushing with 89 carries for 452 yards and seven touchdowns ... Earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Arkansas, in which he rushed for a career high 135 yards on 25 attempts and three touchdowns.

TE Jason Witten (6-5, 265, Jr., Elizabethton, Tenn.)
Leads the team in receiving with 29 receptions for 357 yards and four touchdown ... Caught three passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in the Vols 41-38 overtime victory over Arkansas.

LB Eddie Moore (6-0, 220, Sr., South Pittsburg, Tenn.)
Has played in 33 straight games, and has started the last 21 ... Leads Tennessee in tackles with 73 (45 solo) ... Has 5.5 tackles for losses (-24) and two sacks (-11) ... Recorded 15 tackles against Arkansas.

TEAM NOTES

Second in the conference in net punting (39.0 ypg) ... 3rd in the SEC in total defense (308.4) ... Phillip Fulmer is second among active coaches with a 100-24 (.806) record, and is the 11th fastest coach to reach the 100 win plateau ... Third in the conference in time of possession, averaging 31:05 per game ... UT needs one more win to become bowl-eligible.

MISSISSIPPI STATE (3-6, 0-5 SEC)
Head Coach: Jackie Sherrill (Alabama, '66)
Overall/Yrs: 178-107-4 (.623) / 25th season
MSU/Yrs: 73-62-2 (.540) / 12th season
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - Multiple I * Defense - 50
Internet Web Address: www.mstateathletics.com

Key Players

QB Kevin Fant (6-2, 212, Jr., Moss Point, Miss.)
Is seventh in MSU history with 231 completions and ninth in passing yards with 2,928 ... Has completed 119 passes for 1,366 yards and eight touchdowns ... Threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns on 15 completions against Jacksonville State ... Did not play against Oregon (suspended) and Memphis (injury).

RB Justin Griffith (5-11, 231, Sr., Sanatorium, Miss.)
Leads the team in rushing with 60 carries for 292 yards and one touchdown ... Has also caught 15 receptions for 146 yards ... Did not play against Alabama.

WR Terrell Grindle (5-10, 191, Sr., Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Is fifth in MSU history in receptions with 113, and seventh in receiving yards (1,594) ... Has caught 28 receptions for 500 yards and three touchdowns ...Had three receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown versus Jacksonville State ... Is sixth in the SEC in receiving.

LB Mario Haggan (6-3, 253, Sr., Clarksdale, Miss)
Is ninth all-time in MSU history in total tackles with 343 ... Leads the team with 103 tackles (58 solo) ... Also has 7.5 tackles for losses, and two forced fumbles ... Is the Bulldogs' single game tackles leader with 17 against Oregon and LSU.

TEAM NOTES

First in the SEC in interceptions (12) ... Is third in the SEC and tenth in the nation in passing defense with 162.3 yards per game ... Wide receiver Terrell Grindle is 11 receptions short of 2nd place in MSU history and is 16 yards short of sixth place in career receiving yards ... The Bulldogs lead the SEC with 30 turnovers this season ... One more MSU loss will knock the Bulldogs out of bowl consideration.

SERIES/GAME NOTES
Record: UT leads 24-15-1 Last: UT, 24-14 (12/5/1998 in SEC Championship)

This is the first game between the two teams since the 1998 SEC Championship Game ... These two teams have not played a regular season game since 1995 ... Tennessee holds a 4-3 advantage in games played in Starkville ... 15 meetings have been played at neutral sites ... 14 of those games were played in Memphis ... The last one was the 1998 SEC Championship in Atlanta ... The Vols are 10-4-1 in neutral site games ... UT has won five of the last six games, dating back to 1987 ... Jackie Sherrill is 2-3 against Tennessee (1-0 at Pittsburgh, 1-3 at MSU), while Phillip Fulmer is 2-1 against the Bulldogs.

VANDERBILT COMMODORES at KENTUCKY WILDCATS
1:30 p.m. (E) * Commonwealth Stadium (67,530) * Lexington

RADIO: Vanderbilt Radio Network (Joe Fisher, play-by-play; John Gromos, analyst; Kevin Ingram, sideline reporter) / Kentucky Radio Network (Tom Leach, play-by-play; Jeff Piecoro, analyst; Dick Gabriel, sideline reporter)

VANDERBILT (2-8, 0-5 SEC)
Head Coach: Bobby Johnson (Clemson, 1972)
Overall Record: 62-44 (.585) / 4th season
Record at Vanderbilt: 2-8 (.200) / 1st season
National Rankings: None
Formations: Offense - 2-Back Set Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.vucommodores.com

Key Players

WR Dan Stricker (6-3, 201, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio)
Currently is 7th in SEC history in career receiving yards (2,772) and 11th in career receptions (174) ... Is now tied for first in VU history with Chuck Scott for touchdown receptions (20) ... Listed second in VU history in receiving yards and third in receptions ... Has 36 catches for 512 yards and 5 TDs in 2002.

MLB Hunter Hillenmeyer (6-4, 241, Sr., Nashville, Tenn.)
Has played in a team-high 43 straight games and has started the last 22 games ... Leads the Commodores in tackles with 137 (90 solos), including 8 for losses (-31) ... Has recorded double figure tackles in every game except Connecticut with a season-best 18 against South Carolina ... Was one of three football players named to the 2002 National Scholar-Athlete Class by the National Football Foundation.

TB Kwane Doster (5-11, 175, Fr., Tampa, Fla.)
Leads the Commodores in rushing as a true freshman with 687 yards on 138 carries and 3 TDs ... Also has caught 12 passes for 109 yards ... With his 616 kickoff return yards, leads Vandy with 1,412 all-purpose yards (3rd in the SEC) ... Rushed for 101 yards and a TD against Ole Miss.

OG Jim May (6-4, 302, Sr., Lilburn, Ga.)
Has started 39 straight games on the offensive line, a team-high ... Has also played in a team-high 41 consecutive games, a team-high ... Has already earned his bachelor's degree and is taking graduate courses working toward a master's degree in community development.

TEAM NOTES

Bobby Johnson was head coach at Furman for eight seasons before becoming head coach at Vanderbilt ... Vanderbilt's last SEC win was against a 24-20 win over Kentucky in 2000 (11/11/2000 in Lexington) ... The Commodores have forced just nine turnovers this season, scoring 21 points off of them.

KENTUCKY (6-4, 2-4 SEC)
Head Coach: Guy Morriss (TCU '73)
Overall/Yrs: 8-13 (.381) / 2nd season
UK/Yrs: 8-13 (.381) / 2nd season
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - 4-2
Internet Web Address: www.ukathletics.com

Key Players

QB Jared Lorenzen (6-4, 275, Jr., Thomas, Ky.)
Is currently in the top 15 in SEC history in four categories; 11th in passing yardage (7,946); 9th in completions (648); tied for eighth in touchdown passes (62); and 8th in total offense (8,159) ... Holds school records for passing yards in a game (528 v. Georgia, 2000) and total offense in a game (525 v. Georgia, 2000) ... Has thrown a touchdown pass in 16 consecutive games ... Has completed 160 of 281 passes for 2,080 with 24 touchdowns and three interceptions ... Completed ten of 17 passes for 211 yards and five touchdowns against UTEP to earn SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors ... Currently leads the SEC in passing efficiency (143.2).

TB Artose Pinner (5-11, 238, Sr., Hopkinsville, Ky.)
Is 5th on Kentucky's all-time rushing leaders list with 1,830 yards ... Leads the SEC in rushing with 1,139 yards on 241 carries and 9 TDs ... Has also caught 31 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns ... Is fourth in the SEC with 1,378 all-purpose yards ... Rushed for 101 yards and a TD against Ole Miss.

FS Quentus Cumby (6-1, 207, Sr., Cleburne, Texas)
Is second on the Wildcats in tackles with 55 (30 solos), including 1 sack (-10) and two interceptions ... Has led the team in tackles in three of the six games this season ... Returned an interception 82-yards to clinch the victory over Indiana ... Had a career high ten tackles against Florida

OT Antonio Hall (6-5, 299, Jr., Canton, Ohio)
Has started 32 consecutive games on the offensive line, a team-high, starting every game since arriving as a true freshman in 2000 ... Leads the team in knockdown blocks with 36.

TEAM NOTES

The Wildcats lead the SEC in scoring (34.4 ppg) and net punting (39.3 yards per punt) and are second in pass efficiency (142.4) ... At 6-4, Kentucky has seen a four game improvement over last year's 2-8 record after nine games, the largest improvement in the league ... Derek Abney is fourth in the nation in punt return average with 17.6 yards per return.

SERIES/GAME NOTES
Record: VU leads 36-34-4 Last: UK, 56-30 (11/10/01 in Nashville)

Have played every year since 1953 ... Kentucky holds an 18-13-2 advantage in games played in Lexington ... The Wildcats have won five of the last six games ... Four of the last nine games in the series have been decided by seven points or less ... Last year, Jared Lorenzen completed 26 passes for 453 yards and a career-high six touchdowns, and Derek Abney and Derek Smith each had 100-yards receiving days and two touchdown catches as the Wildcats defeated Vanderbilt, 56-30 ...Both teams finished with over 500 yards of total offense (UK - 583; VU - 542).

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE RAJIN' CAJUNS at ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS
1 p.m. (C) * Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000) * Fayetteville

RADIO: Cajun Sports Network (Todd Hamilton, play-by-play; Jay Walker, color analyst; Billy Ryckman, sideline reporter) / Arkansas Razorback Sports Network (Paul Eells, play-by-play; Keith Jackson, analyst; Quinn Grovey, sideline reporter)

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (3-7, 2-3 Sun Belt)
Head Coach: Rickey Bustle (Clemson, 1976)
Overall/Yrs: 3-7 (.300) / 1st season
ULM/Yrs: 3-7 (.300) / 1st season
Conference: Sun Belt
National Rankings: N/A 2002 Schedule/Results:

Date Opponent Time/Score
8/31 at Texas A&M L, 7-31
9/7 MINNESOTA L, 11-35
9/14 at Houston L, 17-36
9/21 UAB W, 34-0
10/5 at LSU L, 0-48
10/12 at New Mexico State L, 28-31
10/19 at Middle Tennessee State L, 35-48
10/26 NORTH TEXAS L, 0-27
11/2 IDAHO (HC) W, 31-28
11/9 ARKANSAS STATE W, 13-10
11/16 at Arkansas 1 p.m. CT
11/23 at Louisiana-Monroe 6 p.m. CT


Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - Multiple eight-man fronts
Internet Web Address: www.ragincajuns.com

Key Players

QB Jon Van Cleave (6-5, 246, Jr., Arlington, Texas)
Is currently second on Lafayette's all-time completions list with 440, and in passing with 5,529 yards ... Is second in the Sun Belt Conference in passing with 1,903 yards and eight touchdowns on 156 completions, and in total offense with 1,873 yards (1,903 passing; -30 rushing) ... Completed 17 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns in the Cajuns' 31-28 win over Idaho.

RB Jerome Coleman (6-1, 238, Sr., Gretna, La.)
Leads ULL in rushing with 157 carries for 451 yards and seven touchdowns, and in scoring with 42 points (7 TDs) ... Has also caught 11 passes for 64 yards.

WR Fred Stamps (6-0, 176, Jr., New Orleans, La.)
Is sixth on the Cajuns' career receiving list with 1,521 yards ... Leads the team and is second in the Sun Belt Conference with 841 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 45 catches ... Also leads the team with 903 all-purpose yards (841 receiving, 54 kick return, 8 rushing) ... His four receptions for 139 yards and one touchdown against Houston earned him Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

CB Charlie Tillman (6-2, 192, Sr., Copperas Cove, Texas)
Is tenth in ULL record books in career tackles third among defensive backs with 260 ... Is currently fourth in the Sun Belt Conference with 83 tackles ... Has also record two tackles for losses (-5); two fumble recoveries and two interception.

TEAM NOTES

Rickey Bustle was offensive coordinator at South Carolina in 1994 ... Defensive line coach Carey Bailey won two SEC championships as a defensive tackle for Tennessee from 1988-91, and graduated from UT in 1992.

ARKANSAS (6-3, 3-3 SEC)
Head Coach: Houston Nutt (Oklahoma State, '81)
Overall/Yrs: 72-43 (.626) / 10th season
UA/Yrs: 36-21 (.632) / 5th season
National Rankings: RV - ESPN/USA Today; RV - AP
Formations: Offense - I * Defense - Multiple
Internet Web Address: www.hogwired.com

Key Players

QB Matt Jones (6-5, 225, So., Fort Smith, Ark.)
Has completed 80 of 150 passes for 1,079 yards and ten touchdowns ... He is also second on the team in rushing with 419 yards on 85 carries and four touchdowns ... Has accounted for 697 of the team's 2,091 (33.3 percent) offensive yards in five SEC games.

TB Fred Talley (5-9, 188, Sr., Longview, Texas)
Has played in 20 straight games ... Is third in the SEC and leads the Razorbacks in rushing with 121 carries for 779 yards and one touchdown ... Rushed for 241 yards and one touchdown against in Arkansas' 38-17 win over Auburn, earning him SEC Offensive Player of the Week.

LB Tony Bua (5-11, 218, Jr., River Ridge, La.)
Is second on the team with 82 tackles (47 solo), with six tackles for loss (-36) ... Also has three sacks (-30), two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries ... Earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Boise State, in which he had nine tackles (5 solo) two TFL's (-12), one interception, one sack, a blocked punt and one forced fumble.

FS Ken Hamlin (6-2, 205, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.)
Has started 27 straight regular season games at free safety ... Leads the team with 101 tackles (59 solo) ... Also has four tackles for losses (-8), two fumble recoveries, and two interception ... Had nine tackles (5 solo) against Boise State ... Also forced one and recovered two fumbles.

TEAM NOTES

First in the SEC and 11th in the country in rushing offense (241.7) ... Second in the SEC in rushing defense (106.9 ypg) and fourth in scoring offense (31.3 ppg) and ... Their three SEC losses are by an average of 11 points a game ... The Razorbacks defense has allowed only seven rushing TDs this season, tied for second in the SEC.

SERIES/GAME NOTES
Record: ARK leads 3-0 Last: ARK, 38-17 (9/5/1998)

Arkansas' 38-17 win over Lafayette in 1998 gave Houston Nutt his first win as Razorback head coach ... Arkansas has won their last 18 non-conference home games ... Their last loss was a 23-10 defeat to SMU (9/7/1996) ... Arkansas is 15-0 all-time against current Sun Belt Conference foes (3-0 v. Louisiana-Lafayette; 4-0 v. Louisiana-Monroe; 1-0 v. Middle Tennessee State; 3-0 v. New Mexico State; 7-0 v. North Texas) ... The SEC is 10-1 against Sun Belt Conference schools this year ... Their lone loss was a 21-20 defeat by Vanderbilt to Middle Tennessee State.

GEORGIA BULLDOGS at AUBURN TIGERS
2:30 p.m. (C) * Jordan-Hare Stadium (86,063) * Auburn

LIVE TELEVISION: CBS Sports (Verne Lundquist, play-by-play; Todd Blackledge, analyst; Jill Arrington, sideline reporter)
RADIO: Georgia Radio Network (Larry Munson, play-by-play; Scott Howard, analyst; Loran Smith, sideline reporter) / Auburn Radio Network (Jim Fyffe, play-by-play; Stan White, analyst; Quentin Riggins, sideline reporter)

GEORGIA (9-1, 6-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Mark Richt (Miami, '82)
Overall/Yrs: 17-5 (.773) / 2nd season
UG/Yrs: 17-5 (.773) / 2nd season
National Rankings: 7th - ESPN/USA Today; 7th - AP
Formations: Offense - Pro Style * Defense - Multiple 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.georgiadogs.com

Key Players

QB David Greene (6-3, 213, So., Snellville, Ga.)
Has started every game this season, and 22 consecutive games for the Bulldogs ... Has completed 164 of 287 passes for 2,162 yards with 19 TDs and 7 INTs this season ... 4th in Georgia history in career passing yards (4,951) and fifth in career completions (356) ... Was named CBS Player of the Game v. Alabama ... Fourth in the league in passing efficiency (137.4)

WR Terrence Edwards (6-1, 175, Sr., Tennille, Ga.)
Has started in every game ... Has caught 47 passes for 804 yards and 10 TDs this season ... Is 6th in SEC history with 2,893 yards and fifth in receptions with 192 ... Has caught a pass in 42 of 43 career games ... Holds the Georgia record with most 100-yard receiving games (10), and career completions (192) ... Earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his 127 yard, three touchdown performance against Kentucky.

LB Boss Bailey (6-3, 229, Sr., Folkston, Ga.)
Starter in every game at linebacker and leads the Bulldogs in tackles (84) ... Has started 16 consecutive games ... Led the team in tackles in every game except Northwestern State, Kentucky, and Florida ... His 14 tackle, 1 sack performance against Clemson earned him SEC Defensive Player of the Week.

DE David Pollack (6-2, 275, So., Snellville, Ga.)
Third on the team with 72 tackles ... Leads the SEC with ten sacks (-60) ... Has 15 tackles for losses ... Has caused two fumbles and recovered one ... Also has two interceptions ... Against South Carolina, recorded 14 total tackles, including two for a loss ... He also intercepted a pass in the end zone for Georgia's only touchdown, earning him SEC Defensive Player of the Week.

TEAM NOTES

Is third in the conference in scoring offense (31.9), passing offense (250.0), and scoring defense (16.8) ... Leads the conference in red zone defense, allowing only 16 scores on 28 opportunities (57.1 percent) ... Have won their five SEC games by an average of 14.3 points and have only given up an average of 17.6 points ... LSU and Georgia are the only SEC teams that have been ranked in the Top 25 of both major polls every week this season ... A Georgia win or Florida loss will clinch the Eastern Division title for the Bulldogs.

AUBURN (7-3, 4-2 SEC)
Head Coach: Tommy Tuberville (Southern Arkansas, '76)
Overall/Yrs: 53-37 (.589) / 8th season
AU/Yrs: 28-18 (.609) / 4th season
National Rankings: RV - ESPN/USA Today; 24th - AP
Formations: Offense - Pro Style * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.auburntigers.com

Key Players

RB Ronnie Brown (6-1, 217, So., Cartersville, Ga.)
With the injury to Carnell Williams, Brown now takes over the lead running back position ... Has 113 carries for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns ... Has also caught six passes for 132 yards and one touchdown ... Is fourth in the SEC in scoring with 66 points.

LB Karlos Dansby (6-5, 221, Jr., Birmingham, Ala.)
Has played in 22 straight games and has started the last 19 games ... Has 63 tackles, with 12 for a loss (-45), three interceptions and two fumble recoveries ... Leads the team with four sacks (-33) ... Earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for his four tackle, two interception performance against LSU.

LB Dontarrious Thomas (5-11, 175, Fr., Tampa, Fla.)
Second on the Tigers in tackles with 65 (21 solo) ... Has eight tackles for losses (-24), one sack and two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble ... Had a team-high 14 tackles, including two or losses against USC.

P Damon Duval (6-1, 192, Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn.)
First in Auburn history for points kicking with 251 ... Is a perfect 122 for 122 in extra points ... Is second in the SEC with a 45.1 average per punt.

TEAM NOTES

The Tigers are first in the conference in total offense (413.0 ypg) and third in pass defense efficiency (104.3 ypg) ... Last time they did not rush for over 100 yards was against North Carolina in the 2001 Peach Bowl (31 yards) ... Auburn has 100-yard rushers in five games this year (Williams 3, Brown 2) ... Williams broke his leg against Florida, and is out for the year ... When Williams is in the lineup, the Tigers are 10-6. When he is out of the lineup, they are 4-1 ... Auburn leads the SEC with 28 rushing TD's this year ... The Tigers are 8-3 when Jason Campbell is their starting quarterback ... AU leads the SEC with 104 points scored off turnovers this season.

SERIES/GAME NOTES
Record: AU leads 51-46-8 Last: AU, 24-17 (11/10/2001 in Auburn)

The Auburn-Georgia series is the South's oldest rivalry and is tied for the seventh most played in NCAA history (105 games) ... UGA holds a 11-8-2 advantage in games played in Auburn ... The Tigers leads 6-3-1 in the last ten games ... Auburn has won four of the last five meetings, including the last three ... The last three Bulldog wins have come in Auburn ... Through 105 meetings, AU has outscored Georgia by five points, 1,567-1,562 ... The 1996 game was the first overtime contest in SEC history ... In games decided by seven points or less, UGA leads 20-18-8 ... Last year, Auburn's Dontarrious Thomas stopped Jasper Sanks at the goal line on the final play of the game, preserving the Tigers' 24-17 victory.

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS at FLORIDA GATORS
6 p.m. (E) * Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (83,000) * Gainesville

LIVE TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Gamecocks Radio Network (Charlie McAlexander, play-by-play; Tommy Suggs, analyst; Todd Ellis, sideline reporter) / Gator Football Radio Network (Mick Hubert, play-by-play; Scot Brantley, analyst; Steve Babik, sideline reporter)

SOUTH CAROLINA (5-5, 3-4 SEC)
Head Coach: Lou Holtz (Kent State, '59)
Overall/Yrs: 238-118-7 (.665) / 31st season
USC/Yrs: 22-23 (.489) / 4th season
National Rankings: N/A
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - Multiple
Internet Web Address: www.uscsports.com

Key Players

QB Corey Jenkins (6-2, 220, Sr., Columbia, SC)
Has thrown for 1,334 yards and seven TDs on 180 attempts ... Also leads the team and is eighth in the conference in rushing with 157 carries for 641 yards and four touchdowns ... Is sixth in the SEC with 1,975 yards of total offense.

RB Andrew Pinnock (6-0, 255, Sr., Bloomfield, Conn.)
Is 16th in Gamecock history with 1,728 career rushing yards ... Is second on the team in rushing with 101 carries for 463 yards and four touchdowns ... Has also caught 14 passes for 91 yards ... Ran for 95 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries against New Mexico State.

S Jonathan Martin (5-11, 215, Sr., Columbia, SC)
Currently leads the team with 95 tackles (73 solo) ... Also has 5 1/2 tackles for losses, three forced fumbles, two sacks, and one interception ... Tied as the team single-game tackle leader with 17 against LSU ... Also had one tackle for loss versus LSU.

LB Lance Laury (6-3, 225, Fr., Hopkins, SC)
Is third on the team with 70 tackles (40 solo) ... Also has three tackles for losses (-5) ... Tied as the team single-game tackle leader with 17 against Virginia ... Did not play against Mississippi State and Kentucky (injury) ... Has led the team in tackles in four out of seven games that he has played.

TEAM NOTES

Is sixth in the SEC in rushing offense (165.8 ypg) and fifth in passing defense (170.7) ... USC is 3-1 this season when passing for more yards than its opponents ... The Gamecocks are 6-10 all-time at home in conference games ... USC averages only 11.3 offensive drives per game, lowest in the SEC, but its' 2:31 average time per drive is tied for second highest in the league ... The Gamecocks have had five games this year decided by ten points or less ... They are 3-2 in those games ... South Carolina needs one more win to become bowl-eligible.

FLORIDA (7-3, 5-2 SEC)
Head Coach: Ron Zook (Miami (OH), '76)
Overall/Yrs: 7-3 (.700) / 1st season
UF/Yrs: 7-3 (.700) / 1st season
National Rankings: 14th - ESPN/USA Today; 20th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - Multiple, 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.gatorzone.com

Key Players

QB Rex Grossman (6-1, 220, Jr., Bloomington, Ind.)
Is 8th in SEC history and third in Florida history with 8,310 passing yards ... His 608 career completions placing him 11th all-time in the SEC and fourth in Florida history ... Is fifth in SEC history and third in UF history in touchdown passes (70) ... Has thrown for 2,548 yards and 16 touchdowns on 218 completions ... Completed 20 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns to earn SEC Offensive Player of the Week ... Is tied for the Florida record with 15 300+ yards games ... Is second in the SEC in passing average (254.8) and total offense (2,548).

RB Earnest Graham (5-9, 215, Sr., Fort Myers, Fla.)
His 2,782 yards are fifth in Florida history ... Is currently 4th in the SEC in rushing with 802 yards and nine touchdowns on 184 carries ... His 31 career touchdowns place him in a tie for third on the all-time Florida list (Fred Taylor, 1994-97) ... Has also caught 18 passes for 88 yards.

WR Taylor Jacobs (6-0, 198, Sr., Monticello, Fla.)
Is currently first in the SEC with 905 yards and eight touchdowns on 57 receptions ... Earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week with his eight catch, 246 yards and two touchdown performance against UAB ... Was injured during the first series of the Georgia game and missed the rest of the game ... Did not play against Vanderbilt.

LB Bam Hardmon (6-1, 234, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.)
Leads the team with 109 tackles (67 solo) ... Also has four tackles for losses (-8), one sack, and one interception, and one forced fumble ... Is Florida's single game tackles leader with 17 against Ohio.

TEAM NOTES

Ron Zook was an assistant coach at Florida from 1991-95 ... The Gators have not lost three SEC games since 1989 (7-5, 4-3 SEC) ... Are second in the SEC in passing offense with 264.4 yards per game ... Are second in the league and 5th in the country in passing defense with 152.4 ypg. and are third in total offense (399.4).

SERIES/GAME NOTES
Record: UF leads 16-3-3 Last: UF, 54-17 (11/10/2001 in Columbia)

Florida leads the series 8-0 in games played in Gainesville ... The two schools have met 10 times since South Carolina joined the SEC ... Before that, they had not met since 1964 ... The Gators have won 11 straight meetings ... The last Gamecock victory was a 7-0 victory in 1939 ... Lou Holtz is 3-3 against Florida (1-0 at Arkansas; 1-0 at Notre Dame; 1-2 at South Carolina; 0-1 at North Carolina State) ... This is Florida's homecoming game ... The Gators have a 55-20-1 all-time record on Homecoming ...UF is 3-0-1 against the Gamecocks on Homecoming ... Last year, South Carolina held a 10-3 first quarter lead ... But the Gators scored 44 unanswered points on their way to a 54-17 victory ... USC defensive coordinator is a former Florida assistant.

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE at LSU TIGERS
8 p.m. (C) * Tigers Stadium (91,600) * Baton Rouge

LIVE TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Crimson Tide Sports Network (Eli Gold, play-by-play; Ken Stabler, analyst; Tom Roberts, sideline reporter) / LSU Sports Network (Jim Hawthorne, play-by-play; Doug Moreau, analyst; Jordy Hultberg, sideline reporter)

ALABAMA (8-2, 5-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg (KS) State, '73)
Overall/Yrs: 153-72-2 (.678) / 20th season
UA/Yrs: 15-7 (.682) / 2nd season
National Rankings: 10th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - Pressing
Internet Web Address: www.rolltide.com

Key Players

QB Tyler Watts (6-3, 222, Sr., Pelham, Ala.)
Has completed 82 of 125 passes for 1,030 yards with 5 TDs and 3 INTs this season ... He has also rushed for 263 yards and two touchdowns on 86 carries ... Ninth in Alabama history in career passing yards (2,933) and 7th in total offense (4,191) ... Injured against Ole Miss, and left game in the first half ... Did not play against Arkansas and Georgia (injury).

RB Santonio Beard (6-1, 216, Jr., Nashville, Tenn.)
Has rushed for 575 yards on 119 carries and has nine TDs ... Has also caught four passes for 71 yards ... 10th in the SEC in scoring with 54 points ... Rushed 13 times for 138 yards and five touchdowns against Ole Miss, tying an Alabama record ... His performance against the Rebels earned him Offensive Player of the Week.

ROV Brooks Daniels (6-2, 205, Jr., Jasper, Fla.)
Has started every game ... Leads the team in tackles with 77 (45 solo) ... Has seven tackles for loss (-21) and four sacks (-19) ... Recorded 16 tackles against Middle Tennessee State.

SS Waine Bacon (5-10, 195, Sr., Fort Washington, Md.)
Has started 22 straight games at strong safety ... Has recorded 53 tackles (24 solo) this year ... Also has two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one blocked field goal.

TEAM NOTES

Leads the SEC and is fifth in the nation in rushing defense with 79.4 yards per game ... Ranks second in the SEC and third in the nation in total defense with 249.1 yards per game and rushing offense (212.9) ... Is also second in pass defense efficiency with a 99.9 rating ... Leads the SEC with 35.5 sacks ... Lead the league in tackles for loss (85) ... Alabama's defense has allowed two or less TDs in seven games this season, winning all of those games ... The Tide has also allowed less than 60 rushing yards in six games, going 5-1 in those games.

LSU (7-2, 4-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Nick Saban (Kent State, '73)
Overall/Yrs: 68-35-1 (.659) / 9th season
LSU/Yrs: 25-9 (.735) / 3rd season
National Rankings: 12th - ESPN/USA Today; 14th - AP
Formations: Offense - Multiple * Defense - 4-3
Internet Web Address: www.lsusports.net

Key Players

RB Dominick Davis (5-10, 211, Sr., Breaux Bridge, La.)
Currently third in LSU history and sixth in SEC history in all-purpose yards (5,103) ... Has rushed for 645 yards and six touchdowns on 140 carries ... Is second in the SEC and is tenth in the NCAA with 1,480 all-purpose yards.

WR Michael Clayton (6-4, 185, So., Baton Rouge, La.)
Has played in 21 straight games and has started the last eight ... Has caught 35 passes for 482 yards four touchdowns ... Caught seven passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns against Miami (Ohio).

LB Bradie James (6-3, 238, Sr., West Monroe, La.)
Leads the team with 109 tackles (56 solo) ... Also has five tackles for losses (-18), two sacks (-8), and one interception ... Recorded 19 tackles, and SEC single game high, against Virginia Tech, with one sack (-3).

SS Norman LeJeune (6-0, 188, Sr., Brusly, La.)
Has played in 15 straight games, starting the last 14 ... Has recorded 64 tackles (42 solo) this year, with three tackles for losses (-17) and one sack (-15) ... Recorded 11 tackles against Virginia Tech, with one tackle for loss (-1).

TEAM NOTES

Leads the nation in total defense with 246.4 yards per game and kickoff returns (27.1 per return) ... Is fifth in the nation in pass efficiency defense (85.3) ... Is eighth in the nation in scoring defense (15.3 ppg) ... LSU and Georgia are the only SEC teams that have been ranked in the Top 25 of both major polls every week this season.

SERIES/GAME NOTES
Record: UA leads 42-18-5 Last: LSU, 35-21 (11/3/2001 in Tuscaloosa)

A battle of the top two defenses in the conference ... Alabama holds a 22-6-2 lead in games played in Baton Rouge ... UA has won six of the last 10 games, but LSU has won the last two ... LSU snapped a 15 game winless streak to the Tide in Baton Rouge with their 30-28 victory in 1999 ... The home team has lost eight of the last 10 games ... Two teams have met every year since 1964 ... Last year, Josh Reed had 19 receptions for 293 yards, both SEC records, and Rohan Davey set school passing record with 528 yards on 35 completions in LSU's 35-21 victory ... The win also marked the first time since the 1969-70 seasons that the Tigers won back-to-back games in the series.


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