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SEC Headlines – 10/1/12

SEC WEST

1.  Nick Saban doesn’t think people give Ole Miss enough credit for their no-huddle offense and speed.

2.  Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier: “The quality of football in the SEC is second to none in the country.”

3.  Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen says Auburn didn’t win the month of September, but “we have good things going with October.”

4.  Tiger linebacker Jake Holland is donating his long hair to charity.

5.  Arkansas failed in almost every way during Saturday’s 58-10 loss at Texas A&M.

6.  Razorback linebacker Ross Rasner said, “It’s not the coaches.  It’s all on us as players.”  (Here’s guessing that won’t stop fans from turning up the heat even more on John L. Smith and crew.)

7.  Les Miles on LSU’s 38-22 win over Towson: “I thought that we played down to our opponent… It was the same style of football that we played last week (in a 12-10 win over Auburn).”

8.  The Tigers just aren’t showing signs of improvement.

9.  This week a court will decide: “If a man presses his genitals on your neck while you’re passed out drunk in a crowded hamburger joint, are you the victim of a humiliating sexual assault or just an unsavory prank?”

10.  Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner said his unit “had a couple of really good drives against a defense (Alabama’s) that nobody drives it against… If we can be consistent we can be tough to stop.”

11.  But Hugh Freeze isn’t content with moral victories.

12.  An open date behind them, a rested Mississippi State team preps for Kentucky.

13.  Depending on UK’s quarterback situation, MSU might need to install two different gameplans.

14.  Signal-caller Johnny Manziel is getting the headlines, but Texas A&M’s defense is improving, too.

15.  Manziel, meanwhile, is putting up Cam Newton-like numbers.

 

SEC EAST

16.  With Florida climbing in the polls, this weekend’s game with LSU in Gainesville will be a battle of Top 10 teams.

17.  Gator D-coordinator Dan Quinn is excited: “There’s a great game for us coming up and it’s exactly why you come to Florida as a player and as a coach.”

18. Georgia’s visit to South Carolina will mark the first time both schools have met while ranked in the Top 10.  (ESPN’s “College GameDay” will be on hand in Columbia.)

19.  Kentucky’s young team isn’t just losing games.  The Cats are losing key personnel, too… and they can’t afford to.

20.  Which means it’s time to turn the attention to basketball in the Bluegrass State.  John Calipari’s excited about his young team.

21.  South Carolina will need a faster start this week against Georgia.

22.  Steve Spurrier: “I keep seeing a bunch of long runs by those Bulldog freshmen… And of course, (Aaron) Murray hit a bunch of big passes, too (against Tennessee).  They were a scoring machine.”

23.  This year, Mississippi State might just be Tennessee’s biggest game.

24.  Derek Dooley defended Vol quarterback Tyler Bray for three fourth-quarter turnovers: “He hasn’t been in those situations a lot, he just hasn’t, in his career here.”

25.  James Franklin has ruled Vanderbilt’s quarterbacks — both upper-classmen — off-limits to the mean ol’ press.

26.  The Dores will be looking to improve their red zone efficiency Saturday at Missouri.

27.  Mizzou defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson says his “old man football” comment was “blown out of proportion.”  He’s also enjoyed a heckuva first month of the season on the field.

28.  Tiger quarterback James Franklin’s play versus UCF should cool talk of replacing him.

 

SEC/COLLEGE NEWS

29.  The SEC has named its Players of the Week.

30.  In the AP Poll, half the Top 10 comes from the Southeastern Conference.

31.  A few September lessons and October questions.

 


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