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More Woes: Hogs’ Wright To Miss Auburn Game

The press is doing a deep dive into his financial status.  The team he’s coaching has become the nation’s worst in terms of per-game turnover margin (-2.6).  The fans are blaming him for all that’s wrong with Razorback football.  And his own mouth causes some sort of trouble every time it opens.

Pity John L. Smith.  Arkansas’ bankrupt interim coach can’t catch a break on or off the field.  Wednesday, UA announced that senior tight end Chris Gragg would miss this week’s game at Auburn with a bone bruise.  Yesterday, Smith revealed that senior defensive end Tenarius Wright will have an MRI on his shoulder and that he’s not expected to play either:

 

“That was part of the reason that we moved him back down to defensive end, to try and take some heat off of hurting that anymore than it has been.  So I think what we have to do, get him an MRI next week and find out exactly where that is as far as the injury goes.  So that’s what our process is going to be there.”

 

That’s bad new for Arkansas and good news for Auburn’s struggling offense.  Tomorrow’s loser will further solidify their candidacy for basement status in the SEC West come year’s end.

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SEC Headlines 10/4/2012

SEC East

1. With linebacker Jelani Jenkins and defensive end Dominique Easley returning to the lineup, Florida’s defense back at full strength for the first time since Week 2. Fullback Trey Burton also coming back.

2. Florida defensive end Lerentee McCray on LSU: “If we come ready to play, they’re not gonna do nothing.”

3. Robbie Andreu: ” I know it’s going to be tough, but the Gators can play with, and can beat, every team remaining on their schedule.”

4. Aaron Murray’s chance to silence his critics.  Georgia QB just 2-7 in games against Top 25 teams.

5. Georgia’s offensive line challenge – facing a South Carolina defense that leads the SEC with 22 sacks.

6. Steve Spurrier looks for improvement from his line: “We let the quarterback run out of the pocket a few times too many (against Kentucky)…”

7. After missing three games, it appears Missouri offensive tackle Elvis Fisher is back in the lineup and that’s good news for a Mizzou line that’s allowed 13 sacks this year – second-most in the SEC.

8. Kentucky fans dilemma this weekend - Keeneland or the Cats?

9. Kentucky wide receiver La’Rod King on the team’s two freshmen QBs: “Both those guys are phenomenal – for freshmen. Really stepping up, making throws, knowing protections, making calls, little Peyton Manning stuff, a little confidence, get a little swag up.”

10. Improvement in Tennessee’s offensive line – surrendered only three sacks and the Vols are averaging 177 yards per game on the ground.

11. Vanderbilt AD David Williams on keeping up in the SEC.  One example – Tennessee’s new $45 million practice facility. “I don’t know how to describe it.  It’s beyond belief.”

12. Looking like Jordan Rodgers will get the start at quarterback for Vanderbilt Saturday at Missouri.

SEC West

13. When LSU won the national title in 2007, the Tigers led the SEC in penalties.  So maybe all the flags this year are a good thing?

14. Tiger fullback J.C. Copeland ready to go against Florida.  Les Miles: “He is a large man. He will continue to be that.”

15. Was Bobby Petrino’s in-state recruiting at Arkansas just the result of good timing?

16. Ron Higgins on the Razorbacks: “If you want to win a championship in the SEC and have a shot at the national championship, you’ve got to recruit as many or more top-level athletes on defense than you do offense.”

17. Arkansas tight end Chris Gragg won’t play against Auburn – suffering from a bone bruise in his leg.

18. Change is constant this year at Auburn - four different games, four different starting lineups on offense and defense. Tigers outscored 31-3 this year in the 4th quarter.

19. The numbers suggest Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell is actually better on the road.  Dan Mullen: “I think being on the road in those environments, to him, doesn’t get to him. He’s going to take care of his business.”

20. Texas A&M has only turned the ball over once in 304 snaps.  And that’s with a freshman quarterback and a new offensive scheme. A more conservative game plan this weekend?

21, Based on the numbers against Texas vs. the ones against Alabama, the Ole Miss defense is improving.

22. What do Alabama players plan to do with a Saturday off?  Watch football, of course.  “I think we will sit back and relax and try to watch some of our opponents, like South Carolina-LSU and just try to enjoy our time off.”

SEC/College News

23. Nick Saban’s comments on no-huddle offenses draw reaction from around the country.

24. Former Arkansas linebacker Brett Harris is arrested for threatening to kill the school’s athletic trainer on his Twitter account.

25. New bankruptcy filings show Arkansas coach John L. Smith’s debts are up to $40.7 million.

26. Louisville AD Tom Jurich on coach Charlie Strong’s salary: ” I will match anybody in college.”

27. Concussions and lawsuits: “If I’m an athletic director, if I’m a president of a university, I’m talking to my legal counsel and saying, ‘What do we do to protect ourselves?’ “

28. What do coaches think of those late kickoffs designed for TV audiences? “I can tell you I’m usually in bed by the time we hit the third and fourth quarter of those late games,” Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said.

29. A blown call in a big game and then an apology from the head of officiating...or maybe not.

30. Sources say Miami AD Shawn Eichorst has resigned. Reportedly headed to Nebraska.

31. Oregon State cancels “blackout” games - seen as racially insensitive.

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SEC Headlines – 4/8/11 Part One

1.  Alabama right tackle DJ Fluker has his weight down to 335.

2.  The competition at left tackle rages on.

3.  Nick Saban sent a message to last year’s starting corners by talking up a backup.

4.  This writer says the “hunger” of this year’s Auburn team should prevent a major nosedive.

5.  Jobs are up for grabs across the Tigers’ defensive line.

6.  Chris Gragg is the new leader in the tight end race at Arkansas.

7. It looks like Mike Anderson is going to keep John Pelphrey’s Top 10 signing class intact.

8.  Rotnei Clarke and Marshawn Powell can aid Anderson by buying into his system ASAP.

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