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Bama’s Saban Says USC’s Clowney Is “The Most Dominant Player In Our League”

jadeveon clowney-chasing-qbEarlier today we informed you that Auburn assistant coach Dameyune Craig had plenty of praise for Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.  McCarron’s coach, Nick Saban, is also more than willing to sling some attaboys at rival players.

Speaking of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney this week, Saban said:


“I think he’s a fantastic player and I think he’s the most dominant player in our league, especially on defense.  He plays a position where you can disrupt the game and he certainly does that extremely well.  It was no surprise to me.  We thought he was the best player in the country and was going to be this kind of player…

He’s done a fantastic job at South Carolina of developing and maturing into a consistently fantastic dominating guy that is very disruptive to the game.  It’s no surprise to me.  I have a lot of respect for him and what he’s been able to do.  I think he’s going to have a great career.”


Clowney — a junior-to-be — is expected to be the first pick in next spring’s NFL draft.

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AU Assistant And Ex-QB Craig Says Bama’s McCarron Is “The Best”

gfx - they said itFormer Auburn quarterback and current co-offensive coordinator Dameyune Craig has no problem throwing some praise at a player across the state who’s decked out in the wrong colors.  In a radio interview yesterday afternoon, the Tiger coach heaped the accolades on Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, who just happens to hail from Mobile… like Craig:


“Well, you know what, he’s the best.  That’s all that needs to be said.  There’s no comparing.  He’s won a couple of national championships and that’s what you base a quarterback on.  He’s the best quarterback in college football right now.  It doesn’t matter who win the Heisman Trophy.  He’s done an outstanding job.  He’s doing what he’s asked to do and he’s doing it to the best of his ability…

He’s a great kid.  He also comes from a great family.  He’s a hard worker and he’s very competitive.  That’s what it’s about.  You’re proud of all the kids, because we’re all family at the end of the day, that’s the way I consider it.  We’re still family.  We’re from the Mobile family.  We’re from Mobile.  We’re part of the Mobile family and I’m still rooting for him to be successful.”


There are probably a few Auburn fans out there who aren’t thrilled with Craig offering up such effusive praise for anyone wearing Crimson.  Likewise, there are probably a few Texas A&M fans who will take issue with whole “best quarterback in college football” thing.

But we think it’s refreshing to see a coach from one school speak so highly of a player from another.  And not just in the six days leading up to Team X facing Player Y.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 5/15/2013

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1. Missouri now has nine commitments in its class of 2014 after Blue Valley West, Kansas offensive tackle Michael Fairchild and Nasvhille, TN cornerback  Finis Stribling verbally committed on Monday. Fairchild’s father played college ball at Kansas and professionally for the New England Patriots.  Stribling’s coach was impressed  by Missouri’s efforts at recruting in the Volunteer State. “I have noticed a more concerted recruiting effort inside the state lines. They’ve done probably the best of anybody in terms of getting information out and mailing it to kids.”

2. Alabama line coach Mario Cristobal is a big fan of big lineman.  California JUCO lineman Dominick Jackson is the latest in a string of offers to 300+ pound lineman.  He lists Alabama alongside UCLA as his two favorites.  ”I am a West Coast guy, but my dream has always been to play in the SEC.”

3. Auburn coach Gus Malzhan on the Tigers recruiting philosophy: ”It’s all going to start in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, but we’ll nationally recruit, and our guys are doing that.”

4. How is Auburn’s Dameyune Craig making an impact in the Mobile area? ”I don’t know what he does outside of football, but it can’t be much because he’s always recruiting.”

5. Auburn’s top five wide receiver recruiting targets for 2014.

6. 2013 LSU signee  Quantavius Leslie has reportedly gained his academic eligibility and will enroll in June, The JUCO wide receiver played at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss.

7. Former Penn State quarterback Steven Bench made an official visit to South Florida this week.  He’ll visit North Carolina State this weekend and Mississippi State next week.

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8. No Andrew Wiggins for Kentucky, but the Cats recruiting class still considered the best in the country. 247 analyst Jerry Meyer: “It’s still kind of ridiculous, with six guys in the top 15,”

9. Memphis, Tennessee point guard Chris Chiozza is Florida’s first commitment in the class of 2014. ESPN recruiting analysti Dave Telep: “He’s a fearless player. Defensively, he’s a pest. He latches on to you. Offensively, he’s improved to where he’s a reliable scorer.” Chiozza chose Florida over Ohio State, Memphis, Ole Miss, Murray State and Butler.

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SEC Headlines 5/12/2013

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1. What if the SEC and the rest of the power conferences only played each other?  ”If the big boys played only the big boys…it would send dominoes falling in every direction.”

2. Former Penn State quarterback Steven Bench will visit Mississippi State on May 20 and 21.

3. Georgia suspended offensive lineman Kolton Houston speaks publicly about steroids. NCAA should make ”a special case for me.”

4. Does new Kentucky coach Mark Stoops deserve a first-year pass?

5. What Stoops and the other new coaches in the SEC have accomplished this spring.

6. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn had to chase down Dameyune Craig twice before hiring him. Now Craig’s recruiting efforts are paying big dividends for the Tigers. (Another recruit committed Sunday morning.)

7. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson on his linebacking corps: ”My linebacker depth chart in total is very fluid right now.”

8. If an NFL team was made up of only Alabama and LSU players – how good would it be?

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9. With Jarnell Stokes and Jordan McRae back but Trae Golden gone, what’s the future look like at Tennessee?

10. The future at Kentucky could be altered on Tuesday.  That’s when super prospect Andrew Wiggins could reportedly make his decision.

11. Here’s one area where Kentucky and Louisville could work together for the benefit of both.


12. Jon Solomon: “It’s estimated that more than half of viewers’ monthly cable TV costs are due to sports programming.”


13. Les Miles’ son throws a no-hitter. Second no-hitter of the season for Manny Miles.

14. Les can watch his son play but former Georgia coach Vince Dooley couldn’t watch son Derek play high school football back in the 1980′s- it was against NCAA rules at the time.

15. Happy Mother’s Day!  Bear Bryant: “Have You Called Your Mama Today?” (H/T Tony Barnhart)

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WOW Headlines – 1/4/13

Georgia QB Aaron Murray says his NFL draft grade came back as “second or third round”
South Carolina QB Connor Shaw will likely miss spring practice due to foot surgery
Auburn has hired Dameyune Craig and Rich Bisaccia as assistant football coaches
Arkansas’ new assistants will make a combined $2.8 million per year
LSU juniors Kevin Minter and Eric Reid are leaving early for the NFL
Ole Miss RB Jeff Scott says he will return to school next year
Texas A&M will face Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl tonight
The SEC is currently 3-3 in bowl games this postseason
Mississippi State beat New Orleans 97-46 on Thursday
Texas A&M beat Houston Baptist 67-59 on Thursday
Georgia will host George Washington tonight
Tennessee will host Memphis tonight
Ole Miss will host Fordham tonight
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Florida State Lands SEC Prospect Taylor

Florida State has received a commitment from defensive tackle Alphonse Taylor from Davidson High School from Mobile, Ala.

Taylor has also received interest from Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State, although Florida State is the only school to make an offer so far.

Taylor was recruited to Florida State by former Auburn quarterback Dameyune Craig, who coaches quarterbacks for the Seminoles.

Craig has also landed a commitment from Mobile linebacker Craig Casher, who chose Florida State over an offer from Auburn.

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