Over at MrSEC.com, John Pennington rates conference players’ value based on the ratio of a given player’s total yardage to that of his team’s to come up with a list of the most valuable players in the SEC. By that measure, he’s got Ryan Mallett, not Cam Newton, as the conference’s most valuable player now. He’s surprised at his #2:
2. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia — Yeah. I didn’t see that one coming either. And sure, it might have something to do with Georgia’s low offensive numbers overall. But the redshirt freshman deserves credit for carrying more than his share of the load. He and Mallett are the only two SEC players responsible for more than 50% of their teams’ total yards.
I think Georgia’s and Auburn’s overall offensive numbers have a lot to do with that, but he’s right about Murray deserving credit.
Here’s the amazing stat, though:
* At LSU, cornerback/returner Patrick Peterson is this close to passing Jordan Jefferson. Peterson has 489 yards on punt returns, kick returns and interception returns. That’s 489 yards (25.9% of the Tigers yardage) compared to Jefferson’s 508 yards (26.9%) from the quarterback slot. That’s amazing production for someone who doesn’t even take snaps on offense…
You can see why Miles is contemplating letting Peterson play some on offense.