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These news and notes courtesy of the SEC:

 * The SEC has six of the 47 semifinalists for the National Football Foundation's William V. Campbell Trophy, announced today (Thursday). The Campbell Trophy, also commonly known as the "Academic Heisman," is given to a senior or graduate student based on GPA, leadership, citizenship and football ability.  The six SEC semifinalists are Alabama QB Greg McElroy, Georgia WR Kris Durham, Mississippi State OT Derek Sherrod, South Carolina OG Garrett Chisolm, Tennessee PK Daniel Lincoln and Vanderbilt LB John Stokes.  The 15 finalists will be announced on Oct. 28 and the recipient of the Campbell Trophy will be announced on Dec. 7 as part of the annual NFF's Awards Program from New York City.

* Of the 23 individual statistical categories listed on this week's SEC release, only three seniors are listed as statistical leaders.  Those include Spencer Lanning of South Carolina (punting), LSU's Josh Jasper (field goals, field goal percentage and scoring by kicking) and Tennessee's Nick Reveiz (tackles).  Of the 23 individual statistical categories, two are freshmen.  Those are Florida's Trey Burton (scoring and touchdowns) and Vanderbilt's Kenny Ladler (tied for first in fumble recoveries).

* In just nine career games (4 at Auburn; 5 at Florida), Auburn quarterback Cam Newton's career rushing yardage (598) is already second highest among active SEC players.  Only Mississippi State's Chris Relf's total of 676 is ahead of Newton among active players.  Newton leads the SEC in rushing yardage this year, with 485 yards in four games (121.2 yard per game average).

* In 190 passing attempts, encompassing 20 career games, Florida quarterback John Brantley has thrown only two interceptions.  His first of the season was last weekend against Kentucky.  His only other interception (the first of his career) was in 2008 against Vanderbilt. The SEC career record (min. 200 attempts) is one in 62.2 attempts by Florida's Tim Tebow (16 in 995 attempts).  Brantley is currently one in 95 attempts (2 in 190 attempts).

* Tennessee is the only SEC team this season to score first in all of its games.  The Vols have scored on its opening possession in three games (1 TD, 2 FGs).  Only Kentucky (2 TDs, 1 FG) and Ole Miss (3 TDs) have scored three times in its first drives this season.

* Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley returns to Baton Rouge this weekend, where he coached from 2000-04 at LSU serving a variety of roles (2000-02: recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach; 2003: running backs/special teams coach; 2004: running backs/special teams/assistant head coach).

* Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green makes his 2010 debut this weekend against Colorado.  He has 109 career receptions for 1,771 yards and 14 touchdowns. Green leads all active SEC players in career touchdown receptions and is second in career receptions and career receiving yards.

* Ole Miss has scored 145 points in the first four games of this season, which is the most points the Rebels have scored in their first four games since scoring 162 points in 2003.

* Kentucky tailback Derrick Locke has surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in all four games this season, the first Wildcat to accomplish that feat since Artose Pinner in 2002.  He is second in the SEC in rushing yards, averaging 118 yards per game.

* Five of Alabama's last seven opponents (dating back to last season) were ranked in the AP Top 20 at the time the game was played.  The Tide has played #18 Penn State, #10 Arkansas already this season and will play #7 Florida this weekend. Alabama closed out last season with games against #1 Florida (SEC Championship Game) and #2 Texas (BCS National Championship Game).  Alabama has won eight straight games against AP Top 25 teams.

* Vanderbilt enters its game this weekend against Connecticut with a 9-6 record in its last 15 non-conference games.  The Commodores have had a winning non-conference record for the last five seasons (not counting 2010).  

* Former SEC quarterbacks are 1-2 in the NFL in passer ratings.  Chicago Bears' signal caller Jay Cutler (Vanderbilt) leads the NFL with a 121.2 rating while Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning (Tennessee) is second at 116.9.  

* Former SEC running backs are 1-3 in the NFL in rushing this season.  Houston Texans' Arian Foster (Tennessee) leads the NFL, with 406 total yards.  Oakland Raiders' Darren McFadden (Arkansas) is third in the NFL with 345 total yards.

* Kansas City Chiefs' Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss) is second in the NFL in punt returns, averaging 23.7 yards per return.  

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