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SEC Headlines 12/29/2012

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1. Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree didn’t ask the NFL advisory board for an evaluation.  “Right now I’m still focusing on this season.”

2. Georgia tight end Arthur Lunch is Aaron Murray’s roommate.  Is the Georgia QB staying in school or leaving for the NFL? “If I could guess, I would say he wants to stay.”

3. Georgia nose guard Kwame Gathers may make his NFL decision before Rodney Garner’s replacement is hired as defensive line coach.

4. Junior Florida defensive end Dominique Easley on possibly leaving early for the NFL: “I’d rather not talk about that right now.”

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5. Georgia A.D. Greg McGarity on unhappy Bulldogs fans - “the society of the miserable.”

6. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez on the Bulldogs defense: “It’s just another typical Big Ten defense. If we go out and play, we’ll be perfectly fine.”

7. Here’s an Outback Bowl matchup worth watching.  All-world South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney going up against Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan – a potential first-round draft choice in April.

8. Clemson has lost four straight to South Carolina, last four-of-six to SEC teams and now plays LSU in the Chik-fil-A Bowl.  They get a lot of SEC questions:  ”It would be great for us to find a way to win this game and not have to answer that question anymore … at least for a few months.”

9. When Florida spends too much time on Bourbon Street, bad things happen.

10. Gators tight end coach Derek Lewis is an intense man.  Cut his wrist and damaged tendons in his hand punching an eraser board before the LSU game.

11. An early preview that is bullish on Texas A&M in 2013

12. Mississippi State learned a lesson against the Aggies and their spread offense that they will use against Northwestern – focus on the quarterback. “You’ve got to have a second-level guy who is designated specifically to tackle this guy.”

13. Backup Ole Miss quarterback Barry Brunetti isn’t going anywhere: “One thing in my mind I want to get cleared out. I’m not looking to leave for anywhere.”

14. One of the many ways James Franklin has changed the culture of Vanderbilt football.  He invited the marching band director to teach the players the team’s fight song. ”Every team has to be able to sing their fight song.”

15. Sports Illustrated writer sees a two-touchdown victory for Vanderbilt over North Carolina State.

16. Alabama guard Chance Warmack on Notre Dame’s defense: ”Just a sound defense, and they don’t make mistakes. … You don’t see a lot of defenses like that.”

17. Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell is recovering from a broken leg against Auburn – spotted jogging.

18. Miss Alabama 2012 and Auburn grad Katherine Webb on dating Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron: ”I’m not trying to sabotage Alabama.”

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19. Kentucky vs. Louisville. How the Cats and Cards match up. Expect plenty of NBA scouts to be watching today.

20. John Clay: “Not an upset. Not this year. Not this time.”

21. A Kentucky win today could help here - ugly conference RPI for the SEC.

22. Tennessee vs. Xavier.  Freshman forward Derek Reese, recovering from shoulder surgery, may make his debut.  ”He could be out there, I wouldn’t necessarily rule it out.”

23. Florida vs. Air Force.  Gators have lost two-of-three, a focus on improving the defense.

24. Auburn vs. Illinois.  Tigers travel to Chicago to take on the Fighting Illini at the United Center.

25. Arkansas vs. Northwestern State.  Razorbacks face a Demons’ team that averages more than 86 points a game -second best in the country.

26. Vanderbilt vs. Butler.  Commodores face what many believe to be the most successful mid-major program in the country.

27. Texas A&M vs. Army.  Black Knights play an SEC team for the first time since 1998.

28. Georgia vs. Florida A&M. Bulldogs riding first two-game winning streak of the season.

29. South Carolina vs. Presbyterian. Junior guard Brenton Williams has led or shared the team lead in points four times this season.

30. Phil Pressey’s 19 assists for Missouri last night were the most for any Division 1 player this season. Video Highlights.

31. The advantages of watching college basketball vs. watching college football.


32. College sports in the digital age.Player announces his transfer decision via Instagram.

33. Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich best A.D. in the country?

34. Yankee Stadium ready for football today.

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Wallace Gets The QB Start, But Freeze Says He’s Still Got Co-Number Ones At Ole Miss

So much for Bo Wallace beating out Barry Brunetti for the starting job.  Oh, sure, he’ll start for the Rebels against Central Arkansas in their opener, but after that… Hugh Freeze says all bets are off:


“To me it’s still ‘co’ (starters).  Bo will take the first series and we’ll see how he will do, but Barry will get his chances, too.  To me it is about who can move our football team and produce over the first couple of weeks…

I think it’s a good thing if you’re looking over your shoulder.  A lot of people don’t.  I think they better know they have to compete and they have to produce.  I want them focused on what their job is and do your job and do it well.  If you do that, you don’t have to worry about a whole lot.”


Not against Central Arkansas, anyway.

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Bo Wallace Set To Start For Ole Miss

Ole Miss has named redshirt sophomore Bo Wallace the starting quarterback for Saturday’s season opener against Central Arkansas.

Wallace beat out junior Barry Brunetti for the starting position, although both are expected to play on Saturday, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Wallace said earlier this week he will try to stay on the field full time if he wins the starting position.

“I’ve kinda thought about it and if I’m named the starter, I plan on scoring every drive,” Wallace said, according to the Clarion-Ledger. “I think that’s really important, going out there and scoring and not being taken out of the game. If you’re scoring every drive, he’s probably not going to take you out.”

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UM’s Stoudt To Start; Bolden Not As Badly Hurt As Feared

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports that Houston Nutt has decided to make a quarterback change in Week Two.  Zach Stoudt — son of former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt — will get the nod when the Rebels host Southern Illinois on Saturday.  Barry Brunetti got the start last week against BYU but was lifted and did not play in the second half.  Stoudt took over and went 13-of-25 for 140 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions (though he did have a beautiful deep ball dropped in the end zone).

How much Brunetti or third-stringer Randall Mackey will play on Saturday is anyone’s guess.

The Rebels also got some good news on this Labor Day — tailback Brandon Bolden does have a fractured ankle, but the injury is not as serious as was initially feared.  He could return in time for Ole Miss’ game with Georgia on September 24th.

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SEC Headlines 9/3/2011 Part One

Utah State – Auburn

1. Starting quarterback Barrett Trotter is now  a big man on campus.

Kent St. – Alabama

2. This is the second time Nick Saban has faced his alma mater.

BYU – Ole Miss

3. Transfer quarterback Barry Brunetti makes his first career start this afternoon.

Montana – Tennessee

4. Back for his second season as head coach, Derek Dooley is now getting the chance to focus on football.

East Carolina – South Carolina

5. Expect a lot of attention on Conner Shaw and Jadeveon Clowney.

 Florida Atlantic – Florida

6. Will Muschamp emphasizes big-play ratio and turnover ratio.

Missouri State- Arkansas

7. Expect a strong performance from the Arkansas defense.

Elon – Vanderbilt

8. No time for jitters for first-year head coach James Franklin.

Boise State – Georgia

9. D.J. Shockley recalls the last time these two teams met back in 2005. The roles have reversed.


10. Dennis Dodd: “The loser of the first top-five opener on a neutral field in 27 years isn’t necessarily out of the national championship race. But history tells us they’re not exactly in the mix either.”


11. Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated likes Oregon over LSU and Georgia to upset Boise State.

12. One writer picks the SEC to sweep on Saturday, with the exception of Ole Miss.


13. From breakfast to a late-night snack, a Saturday meal plan for a college football junkie.


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SEC Headlines – 9/2/11 Part Two

1.  New Alabama D-line coach Chris Rumph is getting through loud and clear to his players.

2.  This writer predicts Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher will come back to haunt Nick Saban in the BCS title game.

3.  Gene Chizik likes his new kickers at Auburn.

4.  O-lineman AJ Greene — injured last season — still hasn’t recovered enough to regain his old starting spot.

5.  Arkansas is cautious about the NCAA’s new celebration rule.

6.  So ESPN’s Rick Reilly likes the Hogs to win the national title?

7.  Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas could have been playing for LSU tomorrow.

8.  Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Ducks versus the Tigers.

9.  Mississippi State rolled over Memphis’ Tigers last night, but tougher Tigers from Auburn are up next.

10.  Ole Miss quarterback Barry Brunetti is adjusting to the starters’ role.

11.  Here’s what SEC coaches are saying about your favorite team… off the record.

12.  Gene Stallings talks about A&M’s departure from the Big-12 and likely entry into the SEC.

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SEC Headlines – 8/31/11 Part One

1.  Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower is now 100% back from a 2009 knee injury.

2.  Freshman O-lineman Cyrus Kouandjio is being called a prodigy.

3.  The Tide’s quarterback battle is about to take it up a notch (Stringbean).

4.  Joe Namath has actor Alec Baldwin sending naughty, pro-Bama tweets.

5.  Auburn’s football team is “Puppy-ville” this season.

6.  Tailback Mike Dyer is a backup on paper only.

7.  Barrett Trotter is ready to take the reins on The Plains.

8.  Arkansas’ De’Anthony Curtis is “thankful” to be back at running back.

9.  The Hogs are now in fine-tuning mode leading up to Saturday’s opener with Missouri State.

10.  If Texas A&M does join the SEC — and if Arkansas doesn’t leave for the Big 12 (Ha!) — will the Aggies and Razorbacks continue to play in Arlington, Texas?  (A neutral site works for Florida-Georgia.)

11.  LSU’s defense is bracing for Oregon’s up-tempo attack.

12.  Redshirt freshman running back Jakhari Gore has been getting good reviews for his mimicry of the Ducks’ LaMichael James in practice.

13.  Meanwhile, Oregon isn’t planning on changing up its D just because Jarrett Lee is getting the starting quarterback nod for the Tigers.
14.  Mississippi State has a big-play secondary.

15.  A former walk-on has edged out highly-touted transfer Brandon Maye for a starting linebacker spot at MSU.

16.  Dan Mullen says he’s worried about a pair of “SEC-talented” D-linemen who’ll line up for Memphis tomorrow night.

17.  New quarterback Barry Brunetti says UM’s offense “can be deadly” once everyone gets comfortable.

18.  With so many new faces in the lineup, Ole Miss fans will need a program to keep up.

19.  This writer says the Rebels need to rebound now, not later.

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Brunetti Cutting Down On “Disasters” As UM Opener Approaches

The good news is Ole Miss quarterback Barry Brunetti improved during Wednesday’s practice.  The bad news is his coach’s use of the word “disaster” to describe some of his play during Tuesday’s practice.

New offensive coordinator David Lee is happy with Brunetti’s improvement since being named the team’s opening day starter, but a ringing endorsement this is not:

“I wasn’t excited about (Tuesday’s practice).  Barry Brunetti had numerous errors.  Had nine and about three of them were disasters.

I thought he really improved today and cut it to about six or five, which is what you like to see happen as we get closer and closer to the BYU game.”

With Randall Mackey suspended for the opener, Lee says Zack Stoudt will be “ready to go” if needed.  “We’ll see how Barry does.  If he’s doing well, we’ll stay right there with Barry.”

Just as long as avoids disasters.

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SEC Headlines – 8/11/11 Part Two

1.  Ole Miss suits quarterback Barry Brunetti better than West Virginia did.

2.  The Rebel passing game didn’t look too good in pads yesterday.

3.  DT Shackleford’s injury is opening the door for linebacker Joel Kight.

4.  This writer says UM will need its newcomers to contribute early in 2011.

5.  Mississippi State’s defensive ends are out to make names for themselves.

6.  Dan Mullen was “annoyed” with the effort level late in yesterday’s practice.

7.  Cornerback Corey Broomfield wants to be mentioned in the same breath as Walt Harris and Fred Smoot.

8.  The basketball Dogs are now 3-0 on their European tour.

9.  True freshman corner Marcus Roberson is already drawing praise from Will Muschamp.

10.  UF’s new head coach is “pleased” with his team’s progress so far.

11.  State of the art women’s lacrosse fields are coming in handy for the football Gators.

12.  Going against a second-team defense, Georgia’s running backs looked good in yesterday’s scrimmage…

13.  But there weren’t many reasons for the offense to celebrate.

14.  The Dawgs continue to deal with injury issues.

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SEC Headlines – 8/9/11 Part Three

1.  Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson — back on the Vol football team after a lengthy break — wouldn’t discuss yesterday what personal issues had kept him away from Knoxville since January.

2.  Jackson remained in contact with Derek Dooley throughout his absence.

3.  Juco transfer Maurice Couch has a “long way to go” at defensive tackle.

4.  This afternoon’s scrimmage will have “a big impact” in who Dooley spends time with moving forward.

5.  Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is already working on gameplans for the ‘Dores first three games.

6.  Franklin’s youth is helping him connect with Vandy’s players.

7.  Defensive back Brandon Taylor has been honored with the #18 jersey at LSU this fall.

8.  The intensity is already high in Baton Rouge.

9.  LSU players are digging the “Big Cat” drill.

10.  Matt Derenbecker — who is transferring from the Tiger basketball team — was dealing with off-court issues.

11.  Dan Mullen says Mississippi State’s goal is to win the West and reach Atlanta.  (If he leads MSU past Alabama, LSU and Arkansas… Mullen will be the favorite for the Ohio State job, not his old boss Urban Meyer.)

12.  Here’s an MSU practice report.

13.  Tomorrow will be a big day for State’s freshmen.

14.  Rick Stansbury’s Bulldogs are 2-0 on their European hoops tour.

15.  Ole Miss coaches are praising quarterback Barry Brunetti’s courage under fire.

16.  Rebel tailback Jeff Scott will have a bigger role in UM’s offense this fall.

17.  The D-line is making a good impression in Oxford.

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