Gold star: Rich Brooks. Aye you kidding me? Three straight losses and the starting quarterback out and you beat Auburn on the plains? Give Brooks credit for getting his team ready to play when so many of us figured this would be a seal-clubbing. Brooks used two quarterbacks to get it done and Randall Cobb ran for 109 yards and the game-winning score. Amazing. Maybe I was right about Gene Chizik after all.
Silver star: Timmy Tebow. A bad day was saved for the Gators because Tebow was Tebow. He used his big speech Part II at halftime and then led the Gators to 20 second-half points. Tebow was at his best on the last two drives that produced 10 of those points and the win. Florida has some real issues but quarterback is not one of them.
Bronze star: A.J. Green. He is the best receiver in the SEC and Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo should have to sleep in UGA’s doghouse for not getting the ball to him more. Against Vandy. Green had three catches for 95 yards and took a short pass to the house from 65 yards out. He’s ridiculous.
No star: Vandy’s defense. The ‘Dores came in ranked 22nd in the country. They have no offense. So it was up to the defense to keep them in the game. Instead, they allowed an offense ranked 11th in the SEC to roll up 399 yards. Sounds like there might be a little quit in Nashville.
Quote: “Everybody is used to explosive, quick Florida. This year, we’re just a slower, grinding team. Every gain is not going to be a 60-yard takeoff and an 80-yard takeoff. Sometimes, it’s the 3- and 4-yard gains that win games.” — Florida left tackle Carl Johnson