Welcome to the first installment of SEC West Stock Watch! In this series we will keep tabs on the rising and falling stock of various teams and players around the SEC throughout the season. Only two SEC West teams had games in Week 0, so this week's edition might include some entries that would only be a blip on the radar in a week with a full slate of games. Future editions will have more entries with more substantial observations.
- Israel Coleman. The 5'8" 4.0/5.0 Junior running back put up 104 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on just 10 attempts (one of which was a 50 yard run for a touchdown). It looks like the wee man will be a solid contributor in the Tigers' new thunder 'n lightning running scheme.
- Storm Whittaker. The 4.0/4.0 redshirt Sophomore picked up right where he left off last season with 399 passing yards and 4 touchdowns against one of the top secondaries in the nation. He also added 19 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. It certainly appears that the loss of Ryan Childs isn't hurting the potency of the Bulldogs' passing attack.
- Auburn's defense. The Tigers held the Nebraska Cornhuskers to just 3 points in their blowout win. Nebraska's offense accounted for just 183 yards. That's not many yards, but Nebraska probably could have turned that production into more points if Auburn's defense didn't rack up three takeaways. Bottom line? This defense looks scary.
- Bulldogs special teams. Temple simply dominated Mississippi State on special teams this week with a total of 131 return yards and a touchdown. Things aren't looking good here for the Bulldogs. They have one of the worst rated special teams units in the SEC. They'll have to lean heavily on the offense and defense to win games this season, because the special teams won't be doing them any favors.
- Auburn QB production. Naturally we're expecting a slight drop-off from the Marcus Black years, but hopes for Dominick Sherman were rather high after he put up 304 yards and 4 TDs against the first team defense in Auburn's spring game. His 220 yard, 2 TD, 1 INT game against Nebraska is probably just the result of a matchup that was dominated by the Auburn defense and running backs, but it could be something to monitor.