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SEC Headlines 7/31/2013

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1. A vigil for Texas A&M redshirt freshman  Polo Manukainiu and two other teenagers killed in a car accident drew 1,000 mourners.

2. What will it be like for new South Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams to have Jadeveon Clowney in practice? “My tone of voice is a little bit different when I’m talking to him.”

3. Secondary is the biggest issue at Georgia.  Big expectations for quarterback Aaron Murray.  ”I expect him to have the biggest season of his career.”

4. Jeff Driskel’s appendectomy puts a focus at Florida on the backup quarterbacks.

5. Missouri beat writer on quarterback James Franklin - “absorbed more fan criticism than I’ve ever seen from a Mizzou player in my time covering the Tigers.”

6. Former Tennessee signeee Jabo Lee is now headed to Temple and his high school coach is not happy about the way the Vols handled the situation: “I think they just left him out to dry.”

7. In the quarterback battle at Tennessee, Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman are listed jointly at No. 1 on the depth chart. Here’s a depth chart breakdown.  “The Eight Don’ts of Sal Sunseri.”

8. Sal’s son, Vinnie, expected to be one of the starters in the Alabama secondary this fall.

9. Freshman wide receiver Robert Foster expected to enroll at Alabama this week,  Offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman expected to join the team as well.

10. Memo to Alabama freshman Dee Liner: ”Earn your money. If and when you do, don’t wave it in anyone’s face.”

11. Most of Auburn’s practices will be in the afternoon as the Tigers prepare for a 6 p.m. kickoff against Washington State. Coach Gus Malzahn: ”I’m a big routine guy and I like getting into a routine.”

12, Predictions for Ole Miss’ season range from 6-6 to 9-3.  MrSEC’s Josh Ward is one of those in the optimistic camp.

13, Athlon Sports identifies six players who could make their team SEC champs.

14. The panel at CBS Sports agrees: Texas A&M/Alabama is the game of of the year in the conference and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is sitting on the hottest seat.

15. Only five teams in college football can claim back-to-back 11-win seasons the last two years.  Two of them are in the SEC. Last team in the SEC to do it three straight years?  LSU.

16. Former Auburn safety Erique Florence is joining the team at Troy.

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17. David Climer on the Power Five conferences: “They realize the NCAA needs them more than they need the NCAA.”

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18. With recent departures, Vanderbilt is down to nine scholarship players and two walk-ons as the team prepares to leave for a trip to Greece and Italy in August.

19. Coach Kevin Stallings on Kedren Johnson’s dismissal: “I’m not allowed to say anything. It’s a university matter. I think there’s a law, apparently, that prohibits me from being able to talk about it.”

20. Why was guard Shaq Johnson dismissed at Auburn?  Coach Tony Barbee: “It wasn’t a single incident. It was kind of a pattern of behavior.”

21, Breaking down Tennessee’s non-conference schedule.


22, Former Texas quarterback Connor Brewer transferring to Arizona. Reportedly came close to choosing Alabama.

23. Former Florida basketball player Dee Cross now helps college athletes make the transition to the workforce.

24. Alcohol on campus legal at the University of Toledo.  Now be able to buy a beer at football and basketball games.

25. Some pics of Oregon’s new football facility include one from the barber shop.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 2/22/2013

recruiting-headlines-gfx1. Top ranked basketball recruit Julius Randles recently blogged about a visit to Kansas but also admitted his days of meeting with teams and coaches are now over. “I think, at this point, I’m gonna shut all of my visits with coaches down. I’ve got all the information now I’m gonna take time to process it all. So I won’t be meeting with any more coaches.”  Randle has narrowed his list of schools down to six – including two from the SEC – Kentucky and Florida.

2. Offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman will greyshirt at Alabama this fall. He’s recovering from a recent surgery to repair a torn ACL. “I feel like by this time next year I’ll be in great shape and ready to hit the ground running at Alabama.”

3. New Auburn recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner on the incoming class: “I’m excited about our defensive line class. I think they definitely have an upside, we’re definitely looking forward to working with them, but it’s going to take time.”

4. Which SEC teams are off to the best start for the class of 2014? ”Florida, Texas A&M and LSU all have four four-star commitments. Florida has one of the better quarterbacks in the country, Will Grier.”

5. Mark Richt had this to say to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution regarding the signing of 4-star JUCO defensive tackle Toby Johnson: “A lot of people may remember or may not remember, but a lot of people had him ranked as the No. 1 junior college player in the country. The ACL injury is one that almost everyone recovers from very well. There are some times when it’s not 100 percent. But we’re very confident that he’ll come back healthy and be the player he has been and maybe beyond, with our training, our nutrition and our coaching.”

5. Will this impress recruits?  ACC to open a restaurant in the Raleigh-Durham Airport.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 1/23/13

1. Safety Priest Willis is set to announce his decision. LSU is in the running.

2. ESPN takes a look at Willis, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 5 safety by the website.

3. Wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson will play football at Mississippi State.

4. Here are some recruiting notes from the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

5. The Gainesville Sun looks at Florida’s recruiting with two weeks to go until signing day.

6. Athlete D.J. Dean from Newton, Texas, has received an offer from Arkansas.

7. Alabama OL commit Bradley Bozeman believes grayshirting is his best option.

8. Tennessee coach Butch Jones is looking for nearby prospects to help rebuild the Vols.

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