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SEC Headlines 10/31/2012

SEC East

1. Mark Richt on linebacker Jarvis Jones: I can’t think of a better player than Jarvis in the whole United States of America. He’s the best.”

2. Jones and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o could have been teammates at Southern California.

3. South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney has played three straight games with a deeply bruised right foot. Defensive line coach Brad Lawing: “That’s something they can fix in the offseason,”

4. Florida runs the ball on first down 78.1% of the time - fifth highest among FBS schools. Last two games - 89 carries for 170 yards, 1.9 yards per carry.

5. Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease on tight end Jordan Reed’s game-ending fumble against Georgia: “It’s not that play that costs us the game or anything, I mean we had all kinds of opportunities before that that we could have helped ourselves.”

6. Mizzou defensive coordinator Dave Steckel on Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel: “I think he’s probably a Collin Klein type,”

7. The sprained ankle of Tennessee running back Rajion Neal is getting better - may play this weekend against Troy.

8. David Climer: “It’s starting to look like Sunseri is to Dooley what David Clawson was to Phillip Fulmer.” Through five SEC games, Vols giving up about 14 more points and 150 more yards than last season.

9. Kentucky end Collins Ukwu on getting beat 38-8 last year by Vanderbilt: “They kind of pushed us around. That’s something you don’t want to happen this coming week at all.”

11. Linebacker Bud Dupree on last week’s loss at Missouri: “Coming from the half, we probably thought we were just going out here and blow (them) away.”

SEC West

12. Nick Saban in the LSU Hall of Fame? Saban celebrates his 61st birthday today with ESPN cameras.

13. LSU safety Eric Reid on the loss to Alabama in the BCS championship game: “We still have scars from last year. We use it as motivation.”

14. Alabama hasn’t started a fourth quarter this year with a lead less than 13 points.

15. Crimson Tide center Barrett Jones says he’s always amused when fans say they’re just running the ball up the middle. “Well, first of all, there’s about 20 different plays that go up the middle. It’s not just the same play.”

16. Of the top 100 quarterbacks rated by the NCAA – only one has yet to throw an interception: AJ McCarron.

17. Auburn receiver Emory Blake on freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace – named the starter yesterday.  ”He knows the offense inside and out.”

18. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has seven interceptions – threw six all of last year.  Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino: “We are probably throwing it way too much to be honest with you.”

19. Wide receiver Chris Smith has become Mississippi State’s go-to guy.  Out of 29 catches, 16 have given the Bulldogs a first down.

20. 63 points against Auburn was close.  Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury routinely tells his offense to score 70 or 80.  ”They’ve thought I was crazy from day one.”

21. Aggies wide receiver Ryan Swope has had four concussions in his career. “I don’t want to miss a game. I can’t stand sitting on the sidelines for practice let alone a game.”

22. One reason why Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is looking forward to playing on the road this weekend – recruiting. “Georgia is such a highly recruited state and there are so many players there.”

SEC/College News

23. One NFL scout’s view of Alabama-LSU – top five pro prospects.

24. Which team in college football has the best chance to beat Alabama? Matt Hayes thinks it’s Florida State. ”But they’ll never get the chance to show it.”

25. 15 scariest players in college football.

26. Oklahoma-Notre Dame most viewed college game of the year.

27. Oklahoma players love their pedicures. “It’s relaxing.”

 SEC/College Basketball

28. Vanderbilt sophomore Dai-Jon Parker suspended indefinitely by coach Kevin Stallings.

29. More players in the NBA from Kentucky than any other school.

30. Exhibition scare for South Carolina.  Gamecocks beat Kentucky Wesleyan by one point.

31.. Auburn beats Victory. Guard Chris Denson declared academically ineligible for the fall semester.

32. Led by Auburn transfer Earnest Ross, Mizzou gets an exhibition victory. Phil Pressey’s assist/turnovers last season – 223/85.  

33. With Jeronne Maymon out to start the season, Tennessee will look to Quinton Chievous to help fill the void.

34. The basketball court at Tennessee is taken up and put down about 25 times a year.

35. BJ Young standout performer in Arkansas scrimmage.

36. Rick Pitino’s extension means he’ll coach at Louisville until he’s 70.

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Arkansas Need To Shake The Injury Bug And Fast

TJ Carpenter

Arkansas caught the injury bug before the season even started, and it hasn’t gotten better as the season has progressed. The Razorbacks have already lost Knile Davis for the season, Tenarius Wright for the next four to six weeks and Jake Bequette likely until after the Texas A&M game this weekend. In addition, Arkansas has sustained minor injuries to Tyler Wilson, Jarius Wright, and Isaac Madison which have been recovered from (at least for the time being). Broderick Green, who was previously thought to be out for the season may end up coming back this season, but not immediately.

That is a lot of injuries, but it isn’t an excuse. Oh, how times have changed in Razorback country.

It should be noted, talent is more easily replaceable than experience and leadership. Chris Smith, who is a talented player can make up for some of the production lost with Tenarius Wright, but he wasn’t a team captain and four-year starter. Arkansas has had to account for the loss of two defensive team captains and one offensive team captain. Their absence has made a considerable difference.

Whether or not being at full strength against Alabama would have made a considerable difference is debatable. But there is no denying the Razorbacks need that leadership and experience on the field to meet expectations of a 10-win season.

Davis’ absence at running back is apparent, as Arkansas went from being a consistently productive offense on the ground to being completely incapable of moving the football on the ground. Against the Crimson Tide, the Razorbacks had a mere 17 yards on 19 carries.

This has led Petrino to state the team has no offensive identity and offensive coordinator Garrick McGee to question the team’s competitive spirit.

Something must change.

This is not insurmountable. Arkansas can have a great season if they adapt and revive the hunger and desire to prove they are an elite offense rather than just simply complacently accept the mantle.

Being a great football team comes from a number of factors Arkansas has a program has worked to build over the last three seasons. In order to ensure they do not disappoint however, they will have to add another to the list of requirements; adapt to the loss of key playmakers.

Arkansas is in a must win situation this weekend against Texas A&M. Arkansas still has considerable talent. In fact, they have more talent than the Aggies, but someone must step up in a leadership role in order to beat a team that executes exceptionally well.

We’ll see whether or not Arkansas can shake the injury bug the way some teams have in the past. Green Bay was able to win a Super Bowl after sustaining what seemed like an insurmountable amount of injuries. If Arkansas doesn’t their win total could plummet to as low as seven or eight. LSU has had to overcome the injury bug and the our-players-kicked-a-marine-in-the-face bug and have been dominant all season long. But the Tigers also have a great immune system, or as it’s called in college football: depth.

Arkansas will need answers from somewhere else. Otherwise it will be a disappointing season for the Razorbacks.

TJ Carpenter is host of The TJ Carpenter Show on The Hog Sports Radio Network from 1-4pm (listen live at www.hogsportsradio.com) TJ Carpenter contributes to www.mrsec.com www.arkansassports360.com and www.collegefootballnews.com

www.tjcarpentershow.com 

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MSU WR Smith Breaks Jaw In Altercation

Just a week after Chris Bumphis injured his ankle in the Mississippi State weight room, another Bulldog receiver has suffered an off-field injury.  This time, State wideout Chris Smith broke his saw in “an altercation” in Meridian, Mississippi on Saturday, according to The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Smith — a rising junior — caught 24 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown last season. 

As for how Smith broke his jaw, Dan Mullen said, “We’re still investigating all the events around what happened.”  Police in Meridian told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that there are no records of an arrest or citation for Smith.

Smith is scheduled to undergo surgery on his jaw today.  Now MSU will be without two of its most-proven receivers heading into the summer.  Bumphis is still on crutches due to his ankle injury.

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