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For the third week in a row, Terry Grant is the SEC Freshman of the Week. Maybe they should be calling it the Terry Grant Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence.

God bless that Wallace Gilberry. The kid is a quote machine:

But the victory did seem to restore some of that Alabama swagger, and not just among the fans. Asked about Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, defensive end Wallace Gilberry said: "I don't know anything about him. But after the game Saturday, I can tell you anything you want to know -- his birthday, his telephone number, his home address. I'm serious, because I will know.

"I've got to know where to send the flowers after the game."

Gilberry then insisted the comments were "all in fun."

"I don't talk trash," he said.

The best quip about the sudden juxtaposition of fortunes between Alabama and Auburn has to go to Alabama Gameday:

For five years Auburn had the run of the state. How long did it take to undo that half-decade of dominance?

Three weeks. Six football games.

Looking ahead to Georgia, a lot is being made about coaches stealing calls and signals from the other team in the wake of the New England Patriots scandal. A few links:

Mark Schlabach of ESPN lets us know UGA will be closing their practices for the first time in seven years:

"It's the Belichick rule," the Georgia official said. "We've been skunked in the past. We know it because of the way some teams have reacted to our [offensive] plays in a few games. We're trying to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Richt's decision comes a week after New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was accused of spying tactics during his team's 38-14 win over the New York Jets on Sept. 9. During the game, the Patriots had a video camera aimed at Jets coaches, which was confiscated from a New England employee during the first quarter.

The AJC discusses Coach Saban's connection with Bill Belichick:

Alabama coach Nick Saban used to work for Bill Belichick, the sneakiest spy in sports since Moe Berg.


Not only that, last year while coaching the NFL's Miami Dolphins, Saban's team was accused of stealing signals -- against the New England Patriots, no less.

Double gasp.

And whom do the Sabanites play this week?

They are taking precautions around Georgia. The Bulldogs, on a totally unrelated note (wink, wink), have closed practice all week for the first time in the Mark Richt era.

Not that Saban is going to steal signals before, during or after the Georgia game. NFL officials basically laughed off the whole signal-stealing thing in Miami last year. The man did nothing wrong. And there have been hundreds of guys who have worked for Belichick.

Be sure to read the whole article, it has a very interesting history of teams stealing each other's calls and spying on practices, including Virginia Tech's accusations that Georgia spied on their practices before the Peach Bowl last year.

As it turns out Darren Mustin sat out the second half of the Arkansas game because of a neck injury:

"They took me to the dressing room to check everything out, and then they stole my helmet and shoulder pads so I couldn't go back in," he said.
In recruiting news, Alabama kicker commit Corey Smith kicked a 59 yard field goal last week. Sure am glad he's coming here. (h/t Memphis Tider)

The Georgia Sports Blog has some advice for Rich Rodriguez about assigned seating.