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SEC Headlines – 8/8/11 Part Three

1.  New co-defensive coordinator Rick Minter says Kentucky needs its safeties to step up due to depth issues.

2.  Freshman defensive back Glenn Faulker has been academically cleared to play for UK this fall.

3.  South Carolina’s Stephen Garcia says the seminar that led to his fifth suspension back in April “got a little crazy toward the end.”

4.  He also said this weekend that he does not have a drinking problem.  (Liquids go in his mouth and then right down his throat just fine.)  Maybe he’s just got a thinkin’ problem.

5.  After leaving the practice field in an ambulance on Saturday, offensive tackle Brandon Shell expects to practice today.

6.  This writer takes some jabs at Tennessee’s search committee for not having found a new athletic director yet. 

7.  Sophomore receiver Da’Rick Rogers says he’s growing into his role with the Vols.

8.  Yesterday was Fans Day at Vanderbilt.  (Yeah, we know, insert joke here.)

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SEC Headlines 8/7/2011 Part One

1. The Will Muschamp era begins. Should he get a mulligan for year one?

2. When it comes to Florida’s defense, who’s going to rush the passer?

3. Breaking down the Gators running backs and receivers.

4. The Florida QB job belongs to John Brantley, but can he keep it?

5. South Carolina freshman Brandon Shell treated for heat-related illness following Saturday practice.

6. Bruce Ellington was the Gamecocks top scorer last year – for the basketball team.  Now he’s a wide receiver.

7. Houston Nutt needs his Ole Miss freshmen to contribute – immediately.

8. Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson getting reps as the nickel back.

9. Linebacker John Probst looks to be a leader of the Volunteers defense.

10. The fine line between getting tough and staying healthy.

11. The search firm contract is almost up and the list of candidates is dwindling but the hunt for a new AD at Tennessee marches on.

12. Kentucky fans get their first look at the 2011 Wildcats football team.

13. Heralded Kentucky freshman Glenn Faulkner could be a difference maker this year.

14. Former Kentucky player and Arkansas coach John Pelphrey adjusts to life as an assistant at Florida.

15. The USA basketball team enjoys learning from Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin.


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Brandon Shell Commits to USC

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Brandon Shell Commits to USC

Big–and I mean big as in 300+ pounds–news on the recruiting front: Brandon Shell is a Gamecock. This guy is a key pickup who could play at any school in the country and has the physical / skill set to go in early rounds of the NFL Draft when he’s ready.

Let’s win a few more games and see if we can’t convince a few more future stars to come play for us, too.

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In-State Lineman Chooses South Carolina

South Carolina has secured a commitment from offensive lineman Brandon Shell from Goose Creek High School in Charleston, S.C.

Shell, who’s the 21st commitment for South Carolina’s 2011 class, is ranked the nation’s 10th best offensive tackle and 81st overall player by

South Carolina edged out Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Miami for Shell, according to

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