Please prepare for raining frogs, swarms of locusts or any of the other end-of-days harbingers your favorite sidewalk preacher screams about on a daily basis. An e-mail just arrived in my inbox, and here is the first section…
SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
6-4 • 228 • Senior
Waynesboro, N.C. (Tuscola HS)
• Crompton completed 20-of-27 passes for career-high 310 yards with four touchdowns and an interception in Tennessee's 45-19 win against Georgia.
• Three of Crompton's TD passes came in the second quarter and helped build a 21-12 Vol halftime lead.
• For the game, Crompton had a pass efficiency rating of 212.0. His rating for the season entering Saturday was 114.2, and for his career 107.2.
• Crompton's third-quarter pick also snapped a string of 88 pass attempts without an interception.
...in other news, the Tennessee River just turned to blood. If nobody minds, I'm going to take the rest of the day off to stock up on Bibles and zombie repellent.
In all seriousness, though, congratulations to Crompton, who has soldiered on despite being one of the most universally reviled - by his own fans, no less - college football players in recent memory. Crompton has not complained. He has not quit. He kept on chucking, and finally the ball started falling into the hands of the guys wearing orange.
This may speak more to the ineptitude of Georgia's defense than it does to Crompton's potential greatness, or maybe this was all Crompton needed to turn into a touchdown machine. We'll find out in two weeks, when Crompton and the Vols head to Tuscaloosa to meet Rolando McClain and his cadre of crimson quarterback assassins.
But for now, let's just tip our caps to Crompton and prepare to be judged.