1. Nick Saban, Johnny Manziel and the future of college football: “The South, like certain post-Soviet republics, has long had an inclination for the autocrat, the personality cult, the Big Daddy.”
2. With running back Matt Jones ruled out for the opener, Florida will likely start redshirt junior Mack Brown- has 167 career rushing yards. Coach Will Muschamp also confirms suspended linebacker Antonio Morrison won’t play against Toledo.
3. Muschamp on Florida’s 2014 schedule that features both Alabama and LSU: “We embrace things at Florida. Whatever our league asks us to do, we’ll certainly do that and look forward to it.”
4. Matt Hayes calls LSU, Alabama and Georgia winners in the 2014 SEC schedule.
5. Kentucky wide receiver Rashad Cunningham not eligible this year - will continue to practice. Two UK defensive tackles are transferring to smaller schools.
6. Georgia cornerback Damian Swann will miss practice today for the funeral of a close friend -high school player De’Antre Turman died after sustaining a spinal cord injury in a preseason game.
7. Georgia writer doesn’t expect kicker Marshall Morgan to play against Clemson.
8. LSU safety Craig Loston on the Tigers’ defense that returns only three starters: ”(Defensive coordinator John Chavis) has a great system. There is not going to be a big drop-off.”
9. Less than a year after ACL surgery, Tennessee safety Brian Randolph estimates he’s at about 95 percent.
10. Former Texas running back Ricky Williams on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel: “I think it takes a lot of maturity to do whatever you like.”
11. As many as eight true freshmen could see meaningful playing time when Auburn opens against Washington State.
12. The play of freshman linebacker Reuben Foster one of the pleasant surprises of the Alabama camp.
13, A quirk in this year’s schedule at South Carolina. First time since 1955 that both South Carolina and Clemson will play every conference home game with the other one not hosting on the same day.
14, Led by LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State has a quartet of returning running backs that gained more than 1,700 yards a year ago.
15, Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott gained more than six yards a carry last September, less than three yards in November. Coach Hugh Freeze: “We ran him too much last year.”
16. An advantage for 5-foot-7, 200 pound Vandy running back Jerron Seymour: “He hides behind linemen really well.”
17, Bret Bielema assesses his Arkansas team: “Everybody continues to take steps forward. Some guys have taken huge steps forward.”
18. Georgia safety Tray Matthews didn’t practice Friday but coach Mark Richt expects him to play against Clemson.
19. James Franklin will start at quarterback for Missouri but coaches still undecided if redshirt freshman Maty Mauk will get in a few series each game.
20. Freshman cornerback Cam Sutton has earned a starting job in the Tennessee secondary.
21. LSU still awating word on the eligibility of defensive back Rashard Robinson. Les Miles on lineman Josh Williford, out with a concussion: “I don’t see him returning in the foreseeable future.”
22. Ole Miss has three freshman starters on its depth chart.
23. An estimated 10 freshman will see playing time this year at Florida- three of them are wide receivers and three more are linebackers.
24. Looks like Alabama has its offensive line set when it meets Virginia Tech.
25. A concern for Auburn coming out of camp – lack of depth at safety with the dismissal of Demetruce McNeal.
26. John Adams: “Kentucky with John Calipari and Florida with Billy Donovan are the only schools in the SEC who couldn’t improve themselves by hiring (Bruce) Pearl.”
27. Former Vanderbilt forward Sheldon Jeter reportedly transferring to Polk State College in Florida.
28. What worries the president of ESPN? Income stagnation.