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SEC Headlines 4/5/2014

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1. Spring game Saturday at Ole Miss.  Rebels first-team offense will matchup against the first-string defense.

2. Potential biggest hurdle at LSU’s spring game?  Rain. “Quarterback battle between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris will be in full view…”

3. Florida punter Johnny Townsend has wrist surgery - out for the rest of the spring.

4. Arkansas linebacker Martrell Spaight on the team’s first spring scrimmage: “It’s going to be fun to finally go out and hit somebody.”

5. Texas A&M running back Tre Carson on the competition he’s facing.  ”It’s a loaded backfield. Everyone knows that.”

6. There’s no depth chart at Alabama and there won’t be one after today’s scrimmage either.

7. Missouri scrimmaging today.  Even without Henry Josey, Tigers counting on big things from their backfield.

8. Who has helped their case the most this spring at Tennessee?

9. Mississippi State senior Curtis Virgis on the team’s defensive line: “There’s no ceiling on us.”

10. Kevin Scarbinsky: “Is there a college or professional athlete out there who doesn’t smoke pot? Anyone?”


11. South Carolina’s Connor Shaw on preparing for the NFL draft.  ”It is the world’s longest job interview.”

12. Georgia’s Aaron Murray recovering nicely from ACL reconstruction surgery.

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13. Any chance of seeing injured Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein tonight?  “Don’t count me out yet.”

14. Missouri gets some help for its depleted backcourt – get a pledge from a JUCO guard.

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Report: LSU QB Mettenberger Has ACL Tear

Zach-Mettenberger-PicturesSo much for Les Miles assertion that quarterback Zach Mettenberger should be back for bowl practice.  ESPN reported last night that LSU’s senior quarterback has had his college career ended by an ACL tear.

He also suffered a sprained MCL when he was injured against Arkansas last Saturday.

ESPN’s Adam Caplan based his report on “multiple sources.”  Obviously, Mettenberger will miss the Tigers’ bowl this year which leaves freshman Anthony Jennings as LSU’s postseason starter.  It was Jennings who replaced an injured Mettenberger and led the Bayou Bengals on a fourth-quarter, 99-yard drive to stave off the Razorbacks’ upset bid last weekend.

LSU officials said last night that they would update Mettenberger’s status today.  Previously, Miles had suggested his signal-caller would be back in time for bowl practice.

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Miles Believes LSU QB Mettenberger Should Be Ready For Bowl Practice

zach-mettenberger-crutchesLSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger should be ready to practice by the time LSU begins bowl preparations.  At least that’s the word from Tiger coach Les Miles, who refused to state just exactly what Mettenberger’s injury is.

The senior LSU signal-caller hurt his knee in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s win over Arkansas.  Mettenberger was on the sideline as backup Anthony Jennings — a freshman — led the Bayou Bengals on their game-winning 99-yard drive.

More than likely — if Miles believes Mettenberger will be ready to practice soon — the QB suffered a sprained knee.  He was on crutches and wearing an ice pack at game’s end on Saturday.  (Photo from The New Orleans Times-Picayune.)

Mettenberger led the SEC in quarterback rating this season, percentage points ahead of Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.

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LSU Rallies To Beat Arkansas

postgame-links-150x1501LSU 31 – Arkansas 27. Video Highlights 

1. Tigers drive 99 yards for a game-winning touchdown behind freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings, in for an injured Zach Mettenberger.

2. Jennings delivers 101 yards of offense in just 11 snaps.

3. Scott Rabalais: “Only the Tigers, man.  Only the Tigers.”

4. Mettenberger left field on crutches - will have MRI on knee today.

5. Razorbacks become first team in school history to lose nine games – finish 0-8 in SEC play.

6. A highlight for Arkansas this season – freshman running back Alex Collins.  Went over 1,000 yards on the season in his first carry Friday.


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