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SEC Headlines 8/7/2013

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1. Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan gets probation, community service and a fine for boating under the influence. Will he be suspended?  Mark Richt: “If you ask me at halftime of the first game, I’ll let y’all know.”

2. With ESPN’s College Gameday coming to town, the spotlight on the Georgia-Clemson game just got a little brighter.

3. Why Johnny Manziel should just turn pro now: The NFL “might be able to keep him from playing professional football until May 2014, but they can’t keep him from being a pro…” Autograph dealer with Manziel items also has several from Jadeveon Clowney.

4. What South Carolina coaches want from Clowney:  ”If he plays hard nine out of 10 snaps, I’ll be proud of him.”

5. What South Carolina coaches want from running back Brandon Wilds: ”Brandon needs to finish off his runs. I saw signs of progression with that during the spring. He was looking for contact instead of trying to avoid it.”

6. Does Steve Spurrier worry about football over the summer? “I’m not worried about the season during the summer. When I was in Ireland playing golf or when I was in the Bahamas?”

7. Kentucky is limiting the throws of quarterback Maxwell Smith - concerns about his shoulder.  ”Right now it seems fine, but we’re being a little bit cautious with him.” Sophomore cornerback J.D. Harmon won’t be on the team this fall.

8. An argument for Tennessee to consider starting a freshman quarterback: ”It is telling that (Justin) Worley has not yet been named the Vols’ starter.”

9. Vanderbilt wants running back Wesley Tate to be more than just a short-yardage back.  ”I have the speed to do it.” Commodores a sleeper team this fall?

10. Glenn Gilbeau on running back Jeremy Hill’s situation at LSU: “Call it Cajun Justice.”

11. Kevin Sumlin and staff are big fans of Texas A&M running back Ben Malena: “All he does is he does things right.”

12. Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen is focused on being a leader. “Once I was named the starter, that was kind of something I took upon myself to be the leader of the team, or one of the leaders of the team.”

13. New Missouri wide receiver coach Pat Washington likes what he sees from junior Darius White, who transferred from Texas.   ”I’m very, very, very impressed with him.”

14. Mizzou quarterback Maty Mauk was a reluctant redshirt last year but admits he benefited from it: “I look back at it and think about how much I learned from just watching and learning…”

15. Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley on advice he received from former NFL great Ray Lewis: “He was telling me about just take care of your core, just take care of your body. God will pretty much do the rest.”

16. Ole Miss explores backup possibilities to running back Jeff Scott.

17. Auburn sets up temporary wires at Toomer’s Corner.

18. Want to know what opposing coaches really think about your favorite SEC team?  Athlon Sports asked – and they answered (anonymously).

Practice Notes

19. South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington missed Tuesday’s practice with a hamstring issue.  Wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier, Jr: ”I haven’t heard a word from him. Honestly, I’m a little disappointed because I’d like to see him out here.”

20. LSU freshman wide receiver Avery Peterson was apparently injured in Tuesday’s practice.  Reportedly suffered broken ankle. Tigers will have three scrimmages with final two inside Tigers Stadium.

21. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin clarifies the suspension of defensive players Deshazor Everett and Floyd Raven Sr., saying they were allowed to return to football activities about a week ago.

22. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has yet to grant Mekale McKay a scholarship release .  Wide receiver was apparently not happy with new Razorbacks offense.

23. Auburn cuts Tuesday night’s practice short – a focus on today’s first live scrimmage of preseason camp.

24. Alabama wide receiver Tyler Bass had ankle surgery – out of for the rest of the preseason camp. Freshman linebacker Reuben Foster has had his left hand heavily taped the past few days.

25. James Franklin’s assessment of Vanderbilt’s progress: “The D-line is kicking the O-line’s (butt)!”

26. Tennessee throws two freshmen wide receivers into the first-team mix. “I saw our receivers in the spring. I know what they can do. I’ve got 25 days to see if anybody else can help us out.”

27. Ole Miss practiced in full pads Tuesday and coach Hugh Freeze likes what he sees from his freshmen:  ”As they understand more, the confidence will get better.”

28. Senior Bowl executive director Phi Savage attends a Florida practice.  SEC Head of Officials Steve Shaw was there Monday.

29. The tunes Mississippi State players were listening to during practice.

SEC Basketball

30. Kentucky coach John Calipari has his leaders for next season - three freshmen.

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SEC Headlines 8/4/2013

headlines-sun3-150x1501. A key question at Arkansas as the Razorbacks begin camp this week.  Is quarterback Brandon Allen ready to take charge?

2. At the top of the list of things to watch in LSU’s camp are quarterback Zach Mettenberger and new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

3. Texas A&M returns 11 starters but will open camp without junior cornerback Deshazor Everett and senior safety Floyd Raven Sr., both projected starters and still suspended after an incident in April.

4. Kevin Scarbinsky on Auburn’s quarterback battle: “There’s this little detail that’s gotten virtually no attention or mention. All four scholarship quarterbacks at Auburn are black.”

5. “The legend of (Nick) Marshall continues to grow.”

6. After missing all of 2012 with a torn ACL, Florida linebacker Ronald Powell is back on the field.

7. Mississippi State freshman defensive lineman Chris Jones has added 50 pounds.  ”He’s a little bit of a freak in nature in terms of what he can do athletically.”

8. Georgia freshman linebacker Leonard Floyd is already being compared to  LSU star and first-round NFL pick Barkevious Mingo,

9. “Might this be the most inexperienced and yet perhaps the deepest defense Georgia has had in several years?” Safety Tray Matthews injured.

10. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin on his young defensive line: “The size, the athleticism … in the three years since we got here, we’ve never had a group of guys that looked like that.”

11. Freshman offensive tackle Harnett Gill has quit the Missouri football team. Tigers also lost junior college safety Duron Singleton this past week.  Both leaving for personal reasons.

12. Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy discovered this spring he’s related to former teammate and first-round NFL pick Sheldon Richardson.

13. As part of Alabama’s “peer intervention program,” Crimson Tide players will hear from Joe Girardi, Herm Edwards and Ray Lewis. Caleb Gulledge medically disqualified after spring practice.

14. Nick Saban’s latest recruiting pitch? Saban on AJ McCarron: “We have a very experienced quarterback who has done a wonderful job…”

15. Tennessee’s Justin King is moving from fullback/tight end to linebacker. Coach Butch Jones impressed with the Vols young receiving corps.

16. South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington: “We’re trying to take that next step to the SEC championship. I think we’re ready to do that.”

17. Even though the quarterback position is not yet settled, it looks to be one of Kentucky’s strong points, along with middle linebacker and defensive line.

18. Kentucky fans like to name their pets after their coaches.  That’s always a risk.

19. Depending on their age, SEC officials have to run 1.5 miles in a range from 12:55 to 16:50.  If they fail to hit their time, they don’t get to ref.

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Wow Headlines 7/3/2013

Possible suspension looming for Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan…
Charged with boating under the influence over the weekend…
Georgia’s replacement kickers are walkons
Georgia defensive junior lineman Toby Johnson underwent surgery Tuesday…
Full recovery expected in 10 days
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel named SEC Male Athlete of the Year
Texas  A&M Deshazor Everett and teammate Floyd Raven Sr. face assault charges
Both players listed as starters coming out of spring practice
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Assault Charges Await Two Texas A&M Starting Defensive Backs

mrsec-breaking-newsThe Texas A&M player who intercepted Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron with less than two minutes left in last year’s game and helped seal an Aggies win is facing assault charges.

21-year old Deshazor Everett and teammate Floyd Raven Sr., also a defensive back,  face misdemeanor assault charges punishable up to one year in jail.  Raven turned himself into authorites this morning and is expected to be processed and released on $4,000 bail. The Bryan-College Station Eagle says Everett is aware there’s a warrant for his arrest but it’s not clear when he would turn himself in.

The charges stem from a dispute with two men at an apartment complex in College Station. The men were reportedly struck in the face by Everett and Raven and more than $500 in damage was done to a 2008 Chevy Tahoe when the players reportedly pounded and kicked the vehicle.

Both Everett, a hero of the Alabama game, and Raven were listed as starters coming out spring practice.

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