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SEC Headlines 4/29/2013

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1. Quarterbacks Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and AJ McCarron of Alabama are good friends off the field.

2. Here’s a video breakdown of Auburn’s spring battles in defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson’s system.

3. Will the winner of the Florida-Georgia game end up in Atlanta? Barrett Sallee examines.

4. Athlon has a ranking of the top 25 running backs in the SEC (with some others to watch).

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5. Here’s a breakdown of the 63 SEC players taken in this year’s NFL draft.

6. The SEC easily led the nation in drafted players. It also had some of the best undrafted players.

7. Former Tennessee QB Tyler Bray going undrafted was the SEC’s “main blemish” in the draft, writes Darren Heitner.

8. Former LSU tackle Chris Faulk signed with Cleveland. He declared early after missing all of last season with a knee injury.

9. Former Florida linebacker Lerentee McCray plans to prove himself after going undrafted.

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10. The Big Ten has changed the names of its two division: the league has shifted to an East-West alignment.

11. The Mark Helfrich era is underway at Oregon. George Schroeder looks at what is and isn’t different with the new head coach.

12. The deadline has passed for players to declare for the NBA draft. Here’s a full list of players leaving early.

13. Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has been released by the New York Jets.

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Worse Than Expected… LSU’s Faulk Reportedly Done For The Season

Yesterday, the word was that highly-touted LSU left tackle Chris Faulk might miss a few games with a knee injury.  Today, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Faulk “is likely done for the 2012 season with a major knee injury that will require surgery and long-term rehabilitation.”

As noted by Les Miles when he first tipped the media to Faulk’s practice injury, LSU does have a number of options moving forward.  But losing a 6-6, 323-pound blind side-protecting behemoth is still a blow.  New Orleans-based NFL draft analyst Mike Detillier told The Times-Picayune: “Chris Faulk is the best left tackle in the SEC, no question about it.”

Oh, how things have changed in the last month.  LSU was once favored to win the SEC West (and the SEC in general) over Alabama.  Then Heisman-candidate Tyrann Mathieu was booted for the season due to failed drug tests.  The Crimson Tide then wowed America with a 41-14 rout of then-#8 Michigan.  And now the Tigers have lost one of the best offensive linemen in the SEC, maybe the best.

Miles did a masterful job of coaching around and through turmoil last season.  Looks like he’s going to have to outwit adversity again in 2012.

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Injury To LSU OT Faulk Could Cause Shuffling On Tigers’ Line

Left tackle Chris Faulk will miss LSU’s contest with Washington Saturday night in Baton Rouge.  Coach Les Miles said yesterday he’s not sure when Faulk will return to action after suffering an undisclosed injury in practice.

The question now: Who’ll replace him?

According to The Baton Rouge Advocate, Miles has a few options available:

 

* Insert backup Josh Dworaczyk into the lineup.  He’s had 26 career starts at left guard in his career.

* Move La’el Collins from left guard to left tackle and have Dworaczyk take his role with the starting group.

* Move Alex Hurst from right tackle to the other side and then use Vadal Alexander as the starting right tackle.

 

LSU does have some experience working with out their left-side anchor.  Faulk was also injured to start fall camp.  Miles said yesterday that Faulk’s current injury was not the same as his previous injury.  There are reports that Faulk’s knee was injured this week.

The Tigers rushed for 316 yards last Saturday against North Texas with both Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue going over the century mark.  How the shuffling on the line will impact LSU’s run game — and its protection of quaterback Zach Mettenberger — remains to be seen.

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