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SEC Headlines – 4/11/12 Part Two

1.  Will Muschamp says he likes Florida’s “locker room right now,” which suggests he didn’t like the make-up of last year’s squad.

2.  Ex-Gator coach Urban Meyer says he’s still proud of what he accomplished at Florida and skirted most of the rest of the dirt uncovered by a Sporting News investigation into his UF program.

3.  Georgia’s announced its rosters for the annual G-Day game.

4.  Sophomore defensive back Marc Deas isn’t going to transfer out of Athens after all.

5.  No Kentucky players announced they were leaving for the NBA yesterday… because yesterday was the NCAA’s meaningless deadline, not the NBA’s real deadline. 

6.  John Calipari is taking UK’s NCAA Tournament trophy on tour.  (There are no Wal-Marts, Bama fans, but a bunch of Krogers are listed.)

7.  South Carolina linebacker Damario Jeffery is focused on making the most of his senior season.

8.  With two men injured in front of him, Greg Clark is getting a shot to be Tennessee’s nose tackle in its new 3-4 system.

9.  Cuonzo Martin says Vol signee Armani Moore “has the tools to do a lot of things.”

10.  Vanderbilt tailback Warren Norman impressed in his first practice back from knee injury.

11.  Missouri is still hoping to land UConn transfer Alex Oriakhi.

12.  Mizzou hoops assistant Isaac Chew is leaving to join Illinois’ new staff.

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Spurrier Rips Offense For Poor Practice

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Steve Spurrier just complained about his team’s offense, especially its passing game.  Spring or fall, the Ol’ Ball Coach never lets up on his throwers and catchers.  Connor Shaw, welcome to Stephen Garcia’s world. 

Following practice yesterday in Columbia, Spurrier spilled his disgruntled guts:

“We had a sorry practice for the offensive guys.  They looked pretty pitiful, pretty sad, couldn’t block anybody.  As (linebacker) Damario Jeffery said, the defense whooped up.  They whooped offensive butt out here in shorts today.  Hopefully, we can get a little bit better on offense, but it was sad watching our guys try to play today.  Maybe we’re practicing too many quarterbacks.  They all looked pretty average.  But anyway, it was sort of sad watching (the) offense attempt to play today…

I’m thinking about closing practices so you people don’t have to watch us try to throw and catch.  I think we hit one out of 20 (in the passing skeleton drill with no pass rush).  It was ugly.  It was ugly.  But anyway, I guess that’s why you practice.  We’ve got to start throwing and catching better and see if we can look like a better passing team.  I see why coaches lose practice now.  They don’t want people to see how bad they are, I guess.  But we were lousy throwing today and hopefully we’ll get a little bit better as we go.”

When quarterback Stephen Garcia was dismissed and tailback Marcus Lattimore was shelved by injury mid-2011, the Gamecocks had to refinagle their offense to better utilize Shaw’s spread-option talents.  Over the final eight games of the season including a Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska, Shaw was able to rush for 485 yards and 8 touchdowns. 

However, Spurrier pulled back the reins on Shaw the passer allowing him to attempt just 18, 25, 12, 18, 20 and 17 passes over the Cocks’ final six games… very Spurrier-like numbers.  Call it the un-Fun-n’-Gun, but it worked as USC went 5-1 over that stretch (losing only the game in which Shaw put up 25 passes).

Carolina and Shaw will need to be better in the pass game in 2012 if they’re to contend for the SEC title.

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