Hot Reads: Chinstrap Award winners for 2014

Hot Reads: Chinstrap Award winners for 2014

Pharoh Cooper was a bright spot for the Gamecocks this season, and they needed as many of those as they could get. (Source: @GamecockFB/Twitter) Pharoh Cooper was a bright spot for the Gamecocks this season, and they needed as many of those as they could get. (Source: @GamecockFB/Twitter)
Who would have guessed Nick Chubb, Todd Gurley's backup entering the season, would become the force that propelled the team through adversity? (Source: John Kelley/Georgia Athletics) Who would have guessed Nick Chubb, Todd Gurley's backup entering the season, would become the force that propelled the team through adversity? (Source: John Kelley/Georgia Athletics)
Will Muschamp is done as a head coach in the SEC, but he's a winner here - sort of. (Source: UF Athletic Communications) Will Muschamp is done as a head coach in the SEC, but he's a winner here - sort of. (Source: UF Athletic Communications)
  • LSUMore>>

  • LSU football enjoys team outing at original T.J. Ribs restaurant

    LSU football enjoys team outing at original T.J. Ribs restaurant

    Tuesday, August 11 2015 9:37 PM EDT2015-08-12 01:37:12 GMT
    Tuesday, August 11 2015 10:06 PM EDT2015-08-12 02:06:19 GMT
    The LSU football team took a break from the sweaty grind of fall camp Tuesday night to enjoy some team bonding and great food.More >>
    The LSU football team took a break from the sweaty grind of fall camp Tuesday night to enjoy some team bonding and great food.More >>
  • LSU football wants return to 2011 defense

    LSU football wants return to 2011 defense

    Thursday, August 6 2015 3:15 PM EDT2015-08-06 19:15:51 GMT
    Thursday, August 6 2015 3:36 PM EDT2015-08-06 19:36:51 GMT
    LSU may have ranked No. 1 in the SEC defensively last season, but many fans and analysts agree that wasn’t an accurate reflection of how the team actually played. More >>
    LSU may have ranked No. 1 in the SEC defensively last season, but many fans and analysts agree that wasn’t an accurate reflection of how the team actually played. More >>
  • LSU football reports for fall camp, Miles says Bain was never reinstated

    LSU football reports for fall camp, Miles says Bain was never reinstated

    Wednesday, August 5 2015 12:06 PM EDT2015-08-05 16:06:42 GMT
    Wednesday, August 5 2015 4:52 PM EDT2015-08-05 20:52:04 GMT
    On a steamy and sweltering morning in south Louisiana, the LSU football team officially reported for the start of fall camp. The Tigers checking into the West Campus Apartments Wednesday morning, with their first practice set for Thursday. More >>
    On a steamy and sweltering morning in south Louisiana, the LSU football team officially reported for the start of fall camp. The Tigers checking into the West Campus Apartments Wednesday morning, with their first practice set for Thursday. More >>

(RNN) - It happens every year - spine-tingling excitement and overwhelming angst swell up somewhere in the intestinal region and flow straight up to the head, followed by a general sense of euphoria.

Recovery from the flu virus? No.

Holiday joy? Nuh uh.

It's something that is beyond compare - the conferral of the Chinstrap Awards upon the best performers (or worst offenders) in the SEC. It's the Oscars and the Razzies all rolled up into one, and it's phenomenal.

No fancy tuxedoes or overpriced, overtime ceremonies at the Chinnys. There aren't even any trophies. There's just the general satisfaction that Hot Reads stood up and took note of what players and coaches did - or didn't do.

Best Drama

Georgia - This team got neither a preseason nor midseason nomination, and we're still trying to figure out how that happened. Let's recap.

Heisman frontrunner Todd Gurley got busted four games for taking money to sign knickknacks and blew out his knee in his first game back. Even after losing to Florida, an SEC East title and (possible) playoff spot were up for grabs, but Missouri crushed those dreams. Georgia Tech rubbed salt in the wound by winning in Athens in their annual rivalry game. "It's great to be a Georgia Buuuulldog!"

Other nominees: Florida, Mississippi State, Kentucky.

Best Comedic Performance

Ole Miss offense vs. Arkansas - What a way to regain relevance in the national title picture. The Rebels not only laid an egg during that 30-0 loss Nov. 22, they cracked it and asked how the Razorbacks would like it served. Six turnovers, including a 100-yard interception return, made a good Arkansas team look much better than it really is. But Ole Miss stole the egg back from that team in Starkville, so there.

Other nominees: Texas A&M defense vs. Alabama; Dan Mullen's late-game clock management vs. Alabama; pretty much every secondary against Amari Cooper (That Alabama team really has a talent for making people look foolish, doesn't it?).

Jockstrap Award

Nick Chubb, Georgia - The Bulldogs' true freshman running back wins the award for the best backup or replacement for an injured starter because, well, isn't it obvious? He runs like he's trying to uproot oak trees, and he's one of the most productive backs in the country (1,281 rushing yards, 213 receiving, 14 TDs) despite starting just six games.

Other nominees: Josh Dobbs, Tennessee; Kyle Allen, Texas A&M; Treon Harris, Florida.

Bottom of the Pile Award

Dak Prescott - So, show of hands, who saw this one coming? The chosen leader to represent all underdogs and College Football Playoff party crashers got buried beneath a loss to Alabama, a loss to hated rival Ole Miss and the sudden inability to bulldoze through defensive lines.

Other nominees: Nick Marshall, Auburn; Kenny Hill, Texas A&M; Patrick Towles, Kentucky.

No 'I' in Team Award

Tennessee - Season-ending injury to the starting quarterback? No problem. Best all-around player and all-conference linebacker A.J. Johnson suspended indefinitely? OK, then. Lose the first four SEC games? Eh, just win three of four to close the regular season and become bowl-eligible. Really, it's that simple.

Other nominees: Missouri, Arkansas, Florida.

Unknown to Unstoppable Award

Nick Chubb, Georgia - Because, obviously.

Other nominees: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M; Derek Barnett, Tennessee; Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina; Josh Robinson, Mississippi State.

Cool Customer Award

Bret Bielema, Arkansas - Earlier this season when the Razorbacks couldn't buy a win against an SEC team for a million bucks, Coach B kept telling people they were going to start whooping folks. His players made good on that vote of confidence and then some.

Other nominees: Gary Pinkel, Missouri; Butch Jones, Tennessee; Dan Mullen, Mississippi State.

Gamebreaker Award

Josh Dobbs, Tennessee vs. South Carolina - With much respect to a certain nuclear-hot receiver in west Alabama, the Volunteers' sophomore quarterback has been the catalyst for possibly the best story in the SEC this season. Dobbs took over after starter Justin Worley was lost for the season and became the first Tennessee quarterback to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 in a game (301 and 166, to be exact). It also started a stretch of three SEC wins in four weeks to earn bowl eligibility.

Other nominees: Amari Cooper vs. half the teams Alabama played; Bo Wallace, Ole Miss vs. Alabama; Martrell Spaight, Arkansas vs. LSU.

Team Logo Face Tattoo Award

Mississippi State/Ole Miss fans - These teams were jointly responsible for resurrecting interest in college football in the state, so why not share this award. It's one of the few things they can enjoy together. And for those keeping score, Mississippi State is listed first only because it's alphabetically ahead of both Ole Miss and University of Mississippi. People keeping track of that also need to get a life.

Other nominees: Georgia fans, Tennessee fans, Missouri fans.

Tree Falls in Forest Award

Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina vs. Tennessee - He went off for a school-record 233 receiving yards and four touchdowns, but it was all "sound and fury, signifying nothing." Tennessee won 45-42 in overtime and used the game as a platform to announce its resurgence in the SEC.

Other nominees: Kenny Hill, Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State/Ole Miss; Justin Worley, Tennessee vs. Georgia; Russell Hansbrough, Missouri vs. Indiana.

Flop and Fail Award

South Carolina - If the disaster of the SEC East were comparable to an earthquake, Columbia would be considered the fault line. The Gamecocks went from No. 9 in the preseason AP poll to a 3-5 SEC record and barely scraping up bowl eligibility. By the way, Hot Reads said before the season started the SEC East was "much improved." It is a regretful error.

Other nominees: Georgia, Florida, Auburn.

Hot Seat Award

Will Muschamp, Florida - Obvious winner here. It's hard to defend a coach who finishes with a record barely above .500 and from his own mouth says the roster is "deep and talented." For real, though?

Other nominees: Mark Richt, Georgia; Derek Mason, Vanderbilt.

You Couldn't Do This Without Me Award

Jamie Keehn, LSU - His 68 punts was the second most in the SEC this season, and he proved himself a reliable weapon with a 45-yard average. It put opponents at a considerable field position disadvantage and was a big reason the Tigers' defense ranked eighth in the FBS in yards allowed and third in point allowed.

Other nominees: Reese Dismukes, Auburn; J.K. Scott, Alabama; Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss.

Stat of the week

67 - Andrew Baggett and Adam Griffith are tied for the lowest field goal percentage in the SEC at 67 percent. If their names sound familiar, it's because they play for the two teams in the SEC Championship - Missouri and Alabama. Think about that for a minute.

For more on Saturday's game, click here.

Follow George Jones on Twitter: @GJones_RNN.

Copyright 2014 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

  • SEC FootballSEC CoverageMore>>

  • Third UGA football player arrested since SEC Championship victory

    Third UGA football player arrested since SEC Championship victory

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 1:30 PM EST2017-12-13 18:30:58 GMT
    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:08 AM EST2017-12-14 16:08:13 GMT
    Source: University of Georgia via websiteSource: University of Georgia via website

    Freshman defensive back Latavious Brini was arrested on a felony charge of forgery in in the first degree. 

    More >>

    Freshman defensive back Latavious Brini was arrested on a felony charge of forgery in in the first degree. 

    More >>
  • Ole Miss with balanced attack, beats Sam Houston St. 82-69

    Ole Miss with balanced attack, beats Sam Houston St. 82-69

    Markel Crawford scored 16 points to lead four in double figures as Mississippi beat Sam Houston State 82-69 on Wednesday night.More >>
    Markel Crawford scored 16 points to lead four in double figures as Mississippi beat Sam Houston State 82-69 on Wednesday night.More >>
  • Bulldog legend reminisces about 1943 Rose Bowl

    Bulldog legend reminisces about 1943 Rose Bowl

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 5:09 PM EST2017-12-13 22:09:36 GMT
    Wednesday, December 13 2017 5:15 PM EST2017-12-13 22:15:46 GMT
    Charley Trippi with his wife Peggy. (Source: WGCL)Charley Trippi with his wife Peggy. (Source: WGCL)

    The march to the championship is extra special for a Georgia football legend. 

    More >>

    The march to the championship is extra special for a Georgia football legend. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.