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SEC Headlines – 1/7/11 Part Two

1.  Ryan Mallett could have gone pro last year but chose not to.  This year he’s making the move.  And no Arkansas fans should blame him.

2.  So who’s the next man behind center for the Razorbacks?  (Tyler Wilson isn’t a lock.)

3.  In the Cotton Bowl, LSU will enjoy their own Friday Night Lights in the heart of Texas.

4.  LSU and Texas A&M used to have a strong rivalry… and no one seems to know exactly how that rivalry ended.

5.  The Tigers will be facing an up-tempo Aggies offense that averages 80 snaps per game.

6.  Here are the keys to an LSU victory tonight.

7.  With Zach Mettenberger transferring in, the Cotton Bowl could be Jordan Jefferson’s last start at quarterback for the Tigers.

8.  On Monday night, Darron Thomas will be quarterbacking Oregon in the BCS title game.  He might’ve been playing for LSU tonight if the Tigers had called him a quarterback rather than an “athlete.”

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Oregon QB Says AU’s Fairley Has “Got A Lot Of Dirty Plays”

It might serve as bulletin board material for Auburn, but there’s a chance Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas made a very smart move today.

Asked about Tiger defensive tackle Nick Fairley’s reputation as a “dirty” player, Thomas said, “Oh, yeah, we’ve seen he’s got a lot of dirty plays, throwing people around after the play and things like that.”  ESPN’s Chris Low writes that Thomas then followed up with: “But that’s just football.  I don’t worry about it because it’s a physical game.”

And if Fairley comes for him on Monday?  “If it happens, it happens.  You’ve just got to get back up for the next play.”

Getting back up was a problem for Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett and Georgia’s Aaron Murray, both of whom were knocked from their games with Auburn by Mr. Fairley.

For his part, Fairley said that he’s just trying to make plays for his team.  “If it’s me playing dirty, if that’s what they call it, that’s what it is.”

Fairley will definitely be motivated by Thomas’ comments — not that he needs in any extra motivation in a BCS Championship Game.  But Thomas’ remarks might help the Ducks’ cause, too.

By calling even more attention to Fairley before the game, he might cause officials to pay closer attention to Fairley during the game.  That’s how borderline plays go from not drawing a flag to drawing one.

Fairley was going to be a marked man on Monday night anyway.  Thomas’ comments might put a little more spotlight on his play.

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