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Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN has put out his “2009 Herbie Awards,” a list of superlatives that includes a number of SEC players and teams.

The Sporting News lists four quarterbacks who might lose their starting jobs with bad Week One performances.  Stephen Garcia and Chris Todd made the list.  Eventually, sure, they could lose their jobs.  But after Week One?

When you eyed Vandy’s quarterback competition, two things came to mind: Larry Smith was praised last year as the future “answer” for the Commodores and Mackenzi Adams has always performed better off the bench.  So it’s no surprise that Smith has been named Vandy’s starter.

Mississippi State star shot-blocker Jarvis Varnado was taken to the hospital yesterday after falling ill during practice.  “He’s fine,” Rick Stansbury said.  “We expect him back at full speed very shortly.  We’re just being very cautious.”

Dan Mullen isn’t saying whether tailback Anthony Dixon will be suspended from Saturday’s opener or not.  Dixon was arrested on DUI charges just weeks ago.

The NCAA has yet to rule in the case of Julio Jones and Mark Ingram’s spring fishing trip.  If no word comes before Saturday, can Alabama risk playing them against Virginia Tech?  Or are they looking at another vacated win (possibly) if they do?

The Sporting News Today covers a number of SEC-related nuggets on their main page this morning:  Mark May predicts “Florida will put up 50 on Tennessee,” Charles Davis takes Georgia over Oklahoma State in an upset, and three analysts (out of seven) pick Ole Miss as the team “most likely to disappoint.”  (This a free service, so even if you can’t read this story via the link provided, you should be able to sign up for free.)

Chris Low of ranks the SEC’s best special teams units (from Florida to Mississippi State) right here… and he ranks the league’s “most dangerous home run threats” (from Jeffery Demps to Trindon Holliday) right here.

Kentucky basketballer Darius Miller says the Wildcats’ goal “is to win the national championship, and I definitely think we’re capable of it.”

Also in basketball news, Andy Katz of says a recent push to do away with foreign exhibition trips is a bad move.

Finally, Tony Barnhart of The Atlanta Journal-Consitution writes that Nick Saban has been a bargain for Alabama.


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