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SEC Headlines – 10/5/12


1.  If Auburn’s offense is ever going to get moving, tomorrow’s game with Arkansas look to be the best opportunity.

2.  Alabama running back/return man Dee Hart and wide receiver DeAndrew White both had knee surgery yesterday.

3.  Arkansas defensive coordinator has an idea of what Auburn will try to do tomorrow: “What do you think they’re going to do?  They’re going to come in here and throw the ball around.  You know, I would too.”

4.  Expect more musical chairs from LSU as Les Miles continues to search for a left tackle replacement for the injured Chris Faulk.

5.  Ole Miss’ 3-2 start has given folks in the Magnolia State bowl hopes.

6.  The Rebels haven’t named a starter at quarterback for tomorrow’s game with Texas A&M.  “Our big thing is who is going to take care of the football.”

7.  MSU quarterback Tyler Russell is hoping to get over a poor outing against South Alabama with a good performance at Kentucky… where the Bulldogs will be visiting for a second consecutive year.

8.  Hugh Freeze on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel: “He extends plays as good as anyone I’ve seen in this game.”



9.  Florida’s Will Muschamp has used last year’s loss to LSU to motivate his team for a full year.

10.  Georgia O-line coach Will Friend on South Carolina: “I couldn’t think of a team I saw cross the goal line yet.”

11.  UGA’s home game with Georgia Southern on November 17th has been given a 1:30 start time.

12.  Kentucky defensive tackle Tristian Johnson had to reassess his football future when Joker (Phillips) called him a “joker.”

13.  South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is aiming for another big day against Georgia.

14.  This matchup with the Dawgs is the game for Gamecock fans.

15.  Derek Dooley on Tennessee’s practice habits: “They’re a good group.  They’re a focused group.”

16.  Vol AD Dave Hart “is a tough customer” and that could bite Dooley in the rear at season’s end.

17.  Vanderbilt is looking for consistency at the tight end position.

18.  Here’s more on the arrest and suspension of Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham who won’t play against the Commodores tomorrow.

19.  Tiger fans’ sanity will be on the line tomorrow in Columbia (West).



20.’s Gregg Doyel can’t believe some fans’ reactions to the Alabama/LSU/BCS/Krystal/“sexual taunting” case.

21.  A few college football pickers pick the winners of Florida/LSU and Georgia/South Carolina… and their picks are very much split.

22.  The lure of Kentucky basketball is greater than ever.

23.  SEC scheduling guru Larry Templeton says some teams will have to repeat road trips next year… just asMississippi State is returning to Kentucky and Missouri is returning to Texas A&M this season.

24.  Does ESPN hate Georgia (as many Dawg fans believe)?

25.  They must not hate Kentucky as the network is planning an “All-Access Kentucky” series on UK hoops.  (As if John Calipari needed any more help recruiting.)

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Bad News For Bama: Two Players Lost For The Season To Knee Injuries

They say bad news comes in threes, but Alabama fans got two pieces of sad information today.  Nick Saban announced that running back Dee Hart and receiver DeAndrew White have been lost for the season to knee injuries suffered against Ole Miss on Saturday.

White has eight catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns on the year.  Hart — who missed last year with a knee injury — has 21 carries for 88 yards so far this season.  But he’s also returned four punts on the year.

While not starters, the losses “will test Alabama’s depth at the skill positions,” according to The Birmingham News.  Bama has seven scholarship receivers on its roster and uses a running back rotation that’s now down to just three scholarship players.

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Henry Chooses Alabama

Derrick Henry surprised no one Friday afternoon when he announced his commitment to Alabama.

The running back from Yulee (Fla.) High School chose the Crimson Tide over Georgia and Tennessee.

“I love the program,” Henry said, according to ESPN RecruitingNation. “I love the coaches. I love coach (Nick) Saban and the rest of the coaches and the other players. I just feel like I have a chance to be very successful at that program on the field and off the field. They have been superior at my position and superior in the SEC over the last three or four years. It’s looking good at Alabama and I’m just ready to get down there and get to work.”

Henry’s decision to attend Alabama has been met with criticism by some because of Alabama’s depth at running back.

“When will Henry play?” some have asked.

The answer is next year if he’s good enough. It’s true Henry will face plenty of competition. If Eddie Lacy returns for his senior year next season, Henry will battle Lacy and underclassmen Dee Hart and T.J. Yeldon for snaps.

But Saban has proven the best players will play. And most five-star prospects believe they’re good enough to earn playing time no matter what kind of competition they face.

Henry is the third running back to commit to Alabama’s class of 2013, joining Tyren Jones from Marietta, Ga., and Altee Tenpenny from North Little Rock, Ark.

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SEC Headlines – 11/11/11 Part One

It’s not everyday you get to type 11/11/11 as the date.  It’s also not everyday that I’m pulled away from the site to do radio and television work, but that’s the case today. 

That’s why we’re getting right into headlines this morning:

1.  Linebacker Nico Johnson is thriving for Alabama.

2.  Nick Saban says he looks forward to working with freshman tailback Dee Hart (despite rumors that Hart is leaving/has left the Tide football program).

3.  Anthony Grant’s basketball team needs its freshmen to grow up quickly.

4.  In a twist from last season, Georgia is on path for a division title and Auburn is trying to play the spoiler.

5.  In hindsight, AU’s Tiger Prowl recruiting gimmick brought success… and scrutiny.

6.  Frankie Sullivan is back from a knee injury and ready to have an impact on Auburn’s hoops squad.

7.  Tenarius Wright is expected to be back and Arkansas’ defensive line should be at full strength tomorrow night.

8.  This Arkansas writer expects a Razorback blowout of Tennessee.

9.  The Mike Anderson Era officially tips off in Fayetteville tonight.

10.  The red zone defensive stats for LSU are pretty misleading.  (Ask Alabama.)

11.  Sophomore defensive end Sam Montgomery’s tenacity and ferociousness is impressing his Tiger teammates.

12.  Ole Miss players and coaches say they’ll be ready for Louisiana Tech tomorrow.

13.  Tailback Brandon Bolden wants to finish his career on a high note.

14.  Andy Kennedy’s Rebels should be deeper this season.

15.  Vick Ballard is still Mississippi State’s main man on offense.

16.  On defense, MSU will need to slow Alabama’s main man, Trent Richardson, tomorrow.

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SEC Headlines 7/7/2011 Afternoon Edition

1. Knee surgery performed this morning on Dee Hart – status “will be determined at a later date.”

2. Brother-in-law of Neiron Ball says the Florida linebacker will miss the season.

3. It’s official. Alabama vs. Virginia Tech to open the 2013 season in Atlanta.

4. Keep your eye on Florida freshman QB Jeff Driskel.

5. Biletnikoff watch list – SEC leads the way.

6. How does a player show his loyalty?  At the barbershop, of course.

7. Summer reading for college football fans.

8. Gene Wojciechowski: “I don’t believe in football coincidences.”

9.” The reality is that Cam Newton should have been a unanimous choice for 2011 SEC Male Athlete of the Year.”



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Top Five Defensive Back Signees For 2011

The defensive backfield class of 2011 is an impressive one in the SEC.  It’s loaded with athletes possessing the ability to play either cornerback or safety.

Look at Malcolm Mitchell. He’s a talented athlete who decided to play for his in-state Georgia Bulldogs. He could be the best defensive back entering the SEC… but he could also be a full-time wide receiver for UGA. That’s where we have him projected to play when he arrives in Athens, which is why you won’t find him on this list.

Here are the top five high school defensive back signees in the SEC in 2011.

1. Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix – Alabama

He might be Alabama’s top prospect and top recruiter in this year’s class. Clinton-Dix helped sway his high school teammate Dee Hart to play running back at Bama instead of Michigan. Clinton-Dix (6-2, 195) is an elite athlete with the frame to be a standout safety for Alabama. He has the perfect combination for a safety – the ability to cover the run and pass. Nick Saban will no doubt find a way to use that in his secondary.

2. Jonathan Rose – Auburn

He’s one of those versatile athletes mentioned above with the ability to play cornerback or safety for the Tigers. Rose enrolled at Auburn in January and went through spring practice. So far it’s all cornerback for Rose, who has already earned practice time with the first and second units in Auburn’s secondary. His size (6-1, 180) should allow him to cover the big targets in the SEC.

3. Erique Florence – Auburn

Florence is one reason Rose should be able to stay at cornerback. He is a talented safety who will have an opportunity to help AU this fall. The Tigers are young and inexperienced at the safety position, which will offer opportunities for Florence and other freshmen arriving in the summer. Florence is known as a tough hitter and should help Auburn in run support. If he proves to be strong in pass coverage, too, expect big things from Florence. 

4. Marcus Roberson – Florida

His recruitment was a mess, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that Roberson can play. He originally committed to Texas Tech and then Auburn before ultimately signing with Florida. Roberson could play cornerback or safety, but corner will likely be his first shot in Gainesville. The Gators should be set up nicely for the future in the defensive backfield. Fellow signee Jabari Gorman is expected to be a nice addition to the safety position as well.

5. Justin Coleman – Tennessee

He wouldn’t have made this list if he hadn’t decided to enroll in spring practice at UT. Coleman impressed during the spring and should earn playing time this fall. Coleman isn’t UT’s highest-rated signee, but he’s a solid player who looks to be a nice fit in the Vols’ defensive backfield. Tennessee was thin in the secondary last year, but depth shouldn’t be an issue going forward. Coleman has already showed he has more potential than several veterans already on Knoxville’s campus.

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Wednesday Afternoon Recruiting Links

Here are some recruiting links for your Wednesday afternoon.

1. Edward Aschoff of the Gainesville Sun has a preview of Florida’s seven early enrollees.

2. Could Will Muschamp convince a prospect from Louisiana to look at the Gators?

3. Florida and Tennessee are in the running for a South Florida defensive end.

4. A former Big 12 commit is now considering three SEC schools.

5. Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino wants to add talent to Arkansas’ receiving corps.

6. Here are the updated team rankings for 2011 from (Insider subscription required)

7. Here are some highlights of new Alabama running back commit Dee Hart.

8. Alabama will have eight early enrollees hoping to contribute next year.

9. Tennessee commit Maurice Couch isn’t interested in playing for the school’s old coach.

10. Auburn, Florida and Georgia are all in the running for cornerback Marcus Roberson.

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