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SEC Headlines – 8/26/11 Part Two

1.  Kentucky coaches believe Collins Ukwu can become a great defensive end.

2.  If quarterback Morgan Newton doesn’t improve, UK and Joker Phillips “are in trouble.”

3.  Freshman receiver Nile Daniel has returned to high school in an effort to gain his eligibility for the Cats.

4.  South Carolina will use both Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw against East Carolina.

5.  This writer says Tennessee got rid of a potential distraction by booting safety Janzen Jackson.

6.  Cuonzo Martin can now get to work with no fear of further NCAA punishment.

7.  Vandy’s strength coach has been working over his new team.

8.  Nick Saban hints at progress in Duron Carter’s eligibility case.

9.  Bama has still not decided how it will use its quarterbacks.

10.  Auburn’s Gus Malzahn wants to run 80 plays per game this year.

11.  Gene Chizik set up a 6am practice this morning.

12.  In the worst kept secret department: Tyler Wilson has finally been named Arkansas’ starting quarterback.

13.  Injured tailback Knile Davis says he’ll be back faster and stronger than ever.

14.  Now under arrest, Jordan Jefferson and Josh Johns have also been suspended from the LSU football team.

15.  With all the mess in play in Baton Rouge, Les Miles’ new contract actually offers him more security.

16.  Held back in practice, Ole Miss running back Brandon Bolden is ready for game action.

17.  The grind of camp is taking its toll on the Rebels.

18.  MSU’s Vick Ballard says he’ll top the 1,000-yard mark this fall.

19.  Rick Stansbury is now saying he made the decision for Renardo Sidney to go to Houston rather than travel to Europe with the rest of the team.

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Carolina’s Star Pass-Rushing Duo Injured At Practice

South Carolina’s pass-rushing duo of Melvin Ingram (9 sacks last year) and Jadeveon Clowney (the top signee in the nation) were both felled by injuries during practice yesterday.  Luckily for the Cocks, it sounds as if those injuries are relatively minor.  Both defensive ends left the field without assistance.

Ingram suffered a left thigh contusion, according to The Charleston Post & Courier.  Clowney sprained his left ankle.  Steve Spurrier talked about Clowney’s injury first:


“The doc doesn’t think it’s too bad.  He went in and put a little ice on it.  So two of our D-linemen had a minor nagging little thing.  Hopefully, if it had to happen, it happened 10 or 11 days before the game, so they should be OK.  Definitely both of them will be out a couple of days.  Hopefully they’ll get well by next week.”


South Carolina opens against East Carolina next Saturday in Charlotte.  The following week, they travel to Georgia for a matchup of the two East Division favorites.

With injuries and suspensions already taking a toll in the Gamecocks’ secondary, USC can’t afford to lose either of their star pass-rushers for any extended length of time.

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Writer: Secondary Becoming A Concern For USC

Travis Haney has left The Charleston Post & Courier for a job covering the Oklahoma Sooners’ football program.  Congrats to him.  Meanwhile, as the CP&C looks for a new full-time Carolina beatwriter, longtime sportswriter Andrew Miller will be handling some of the Gamecock coverage this fall.

In his introductory blog on the paper’s website, Miller puts forth a number of observations he’s already made regarding the SEC East favorites.  The one that stands out, is as follows:


“The injury to back-up safety Brison Williams might not seem like a big deal, but it’s turning into one.  With the suspension (DeVonte Holliman) and injuries (Akeem Auguste) the secondary is looking a little thin.  Now, I know every coach whines even when the back-up walk-on long snapper gets injured, but this is starting to turn into a real concern for (Ellis) Johnson, who’s going to have to scramble to fit the right pieces together by the East Carolina game.”


Two thoughts:


1.  If the secondary is banged up, the pass rush becomes even more important for the Cocks.  Jadeveon Clowney will need to be all he’s been cracked up to be right off the bat.

2.  After East Carolina, Steve Spurrier’s crew heads to Athens to face Aaron Murray, the league’s top returning quarterback.  Again, if the secondary is limited, Carolina’s pass rush will have to find a way to get consistent pressure on the very mobile Murray.

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SEC Headlines – 6/8/11 Part Two

1.  Tickets for South Carolina’s season opener against East Carolina went on sale today.

2.  Alabama redshirt freshman running back Corey Grant is planning to transfer.

3.  You can watch Auburn’s 3pm ET visit to the White House live by clicking right here.

4.  This writer says it’s time to move on from Auburn’s 2004 season.

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SEC Headlines 4/9/11

SEC Football

1. The Brent Calloway illegal recruiting allegations – Alabama investigates.

2. Will Stephen Garcia start the opener against East Carolina?

3. It’s audition time at South Carolina today.

4. Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples previews SEC spring football

5. What to watch for in Will Muschamp’s first spring game at Florida. More here.

6. Kentucky likes it’s young defensive tackles.

7. It’s a position of concern at Auburn. Tigers have a lot of starting position fights.

8. Defense has the upper hand at Arkansas.

9. Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward wants to be the best defensive back in the country.

10. Tennessee’s Mychal Rivera tries to fill Luke Stocker’s shoes at tight end.

11. At the Alabama scrimmage at Byant-Denny Stadium today, coach Nick Saban wants consistency. The left tackle spot is one to watch.

12. Mississippi State QB Chris Relf is becoming a more vocal  leader of the Bulldogs.

13. Is LSU QB Jordan Jefferson ready to step up his game in the face of competition? You can catch LSU’s spring game on ESPN today.

14. Some news and notes from Georgia football as the Bulldogs conduct their second scrimmage of the spring today.

SEC Basketball

14. New Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin hits the recruiting trail – spending time in Memphis and Georgia.

15. The Georgia Bulldogs will face the USC Trojans for the first time since 1972.

16. John Calipari chatter and a Jay-Z visit that cost $50,000.

Extras

17. Yet another reason to read MrSEC.com

18. Jon Solomon: “It’s days like Friday that you couldn’t pay me enough to have to understand NCAA rules.”

19. Twins for the Mannings.

 

 

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