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SEC Headlines – 10/25/11 Part One

1.  More than 300 athletes — some from the University of Kentucky — have sent a petition to the NCAA asking to be paid.

2.  It’s time for Auburn’s offense to take it up a notch.  (So it’s go time.)

3.  The Tiger defense wants to rebound from a horrible day at Baton Rouge.

4.  Nick Saban is finally ready to talk about Alabama’s game with LSU.

5.  The hype for the November 5th showdown continues to grow… with advertising.

6.  Arkansas players say they’re worried about Vanderbilt, not the BCS rankings.

7.  Hog tailback Dennis Johnson says “there’s more to come” after his 160-yard day last Saturday.

8.  Against Alabama, Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson will have to be at their very best.

9.  Running back Kenny Hilliard was ready when opportunity knocked last weekend.

10.  Mississippi State’s linebackers “had a chip on their shoulders going into the season.”

11.  Johnthan Banks (and that’s the correct spelling) is closing in on Walt Harris’ career interception mark of 16 at MSU.

12.  Ole Miss quarterback Randall Mackey says he loves it when his wideouts get one-on-one coverage down the sideline.

13.  Houston Nutt is beating the idea of finishing into his players’ heads following Saturday’s come-from-ahead loss to Arkansas.

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SEC Headlines – 8/15/11 Part One

1.  Alabama running back Eddie Lacy is called “Feets” and “Circle Button” by the teammates because he has “the nastiest spin move ever.”

2.  Bama is still paying ex-coaches Mark Gottfried and Mike Shula.

3.  There are still plenty of wide open spots on Auburn’s depth chart.

4.  Ronnie Wingo and Dennis Johnson are ready to step up and try to replace Knile Davis at Arkansas.

5.  This writer says Zach Mettenberger’s presence at LSU could make starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson play better.

6.  The SEC has hit the expansion pause button.

7.  This writer says expansion is delayed, not dead…

8.  But this columnist believes Texas A&M has been scorned and they’ll be looking for vengeance when they face Arkansas this year.

9.  Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com says superconferences would be bad for college basketball.

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Arkansas’ Davis Injures Leg; Reports Say He Could Be Done For The Year

Quick, who is the SEC’s leading returning rusher from a year ago?  It’s not Marcus Lattimore.  It’s not Mike Dyer.  It’s Knile Davis of Arkansas.

And unfortunately he went down with a leg injury during a scrimmage yesterday.

Davis — a major weapon in Bobby Petrino’s arsenal — was injured during the first series of the Razorbacks first preseason scrimmage.  Matt Jones of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette writes:


“Davis, a junior captain, appeared to injure his ankle or leg on the play and remained on the field for several minutes while being tended to by team trainers.  He was eventually helped off the field and carted into the Broyles Center, where the team’s locker and training rooms are located.”


Coaches would not answer questions about the injury last night.  While coaches refused to provide details, Robbie Neiswanger of The Arkansas News Bureau writes this morning that “the sound of Davis’ scream and some reaction from teammates (on Twitter) has made it pretty clear the SEC’s leading returning rusher isn’t going to be around to help after suffering what appeared to be another severe ankle injury.”

Davis has broken his right ankle twice — once in high school and once as a freshman.  This injury was to his left ankle.

Dennis Johnson and/or Ronnie Wingo will now be expected to pick up the slack with Davis likely gone for most or all of the season.  That could be especially tricky when it comes to new quarterback Tyler Wilson.  Breaking in a new starting signal-caller, Petrino was probably going to lean quite heavily on Davis early in the season.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that he’ll be able to do so now.


UPDATE — KFSM-TV in Fayetteville is reporting that Davis will miss the entire 2011 season.  From what we’re hearing, the runner might have suffered a compound fracture of his left ankle.

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Byran Jones Out Saturday

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Arkansas freshman defensive tackle Byran Jones will not play Saturday at South Carolina with an ankle injury suffered in the first quarter last weekend against Vanderbilt.

Jones has played in all eight games this season, starting four times. He has 21 tackles.

Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino said he hasn’t decided whether he will reinstate fellow defensive tackle DeQuinta Jones for the contest. Jones, who was arrested last Wednesday for drug possession, has been indefinitely suspended.

“He has done everything I’ve asked him to do up to this point,” Petrino said, “but the week’s not over yet.”

Petrino said wide receiver Joe Adams will play Saturday after missing last week’s contest with an ankle injury. Adams, the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week two weeks ago, returned punts in Thursday’s practice.

“Joe’s had a good week,” Petrino said. He came out on Tuesday and he got some work in. He actually did more than I thought he’d do and looked good. He came out Wednesday and did more. He hit top speed probably four or five times on Wednesday, and then came out today and went through the entire practice. As long as there’s not a setback, I believe hell be ready to go.

“If he’s 100 percent, he’ll be our punt returner.”

Adams had a 97-yard punt return for a touchdown in his last game two weeks ago.

Petrino said injured receiver Greg Childs will undergo surgery Friday to repair a patella tendon. Childs was injured early in the fourth quarter last week and will miss the remainder of the season.

Running back Dennis Johnson is also out with a season with an internal injury suffered on Sept. 11 against Louisiana-Monroe. The junior has been spotted running around Donald W. Reynolds the last two days and should be ready for spring practice, Petrino said.

“He’s doing good,” Petrino said. “The last two weeks he’s really taken huge strides forward. They’ve let him do more and more each week. He was out there running sprints today, and he looked pretty good. He looked liked maybe he could return a kickoff or two for a touchdwn. We’re just so happy that  he’s healthy.

“The biggest reason he had to take so long before he could start to workout again is because they didn’t want any chance of a hernia developing. So they had to let all those muscles heal completely. Otherwise, Dennis was itching to get going earlier. But he did the right thing, he was very patient, he did exactly what the doctors told him.”

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