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WOW Headlines – 2/25/13

Tennessee G Trae Golden has been named the SEC’s Player of the Week
Kentucky F Willie Cauley-Stein has been named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week
Backup Florida G Michael Frazier will not play tomorrow at Tennessee due to a concussion
Tennessee RB coach Jay Graham is leaving Knoxville to join Florida State’s staff
Georgia coach Mark Richt says he doesn’t “have any plans on naming anybody recruiting coordinator” to replace Rodney Garner, who’s gone to Auburn
NFL writer Peter King predicts four of the first five picks in the NFL draft will come from SEC schools
The defensive coaching staff of the Green Bay Packers will visit Texas A&M and coach Kevin Sumlin for a crash course on the read-option offense
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Packer Staff Heads To A&M For Lessons On The Read-Option From Professor Sumlin

kevin-sumlin-atm-shirt-smileGo back in time five years and the Wildcat/read-option play was considered a gimmick in the National Football League.  Today, dual-threat quarterbacks like Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III, and Colin Kaepernick are turning that gimmick into a staple of NFL attacks.

For that reason, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has decided it’s time to do some research on how to better defend read-option offenses.  And he’s turning to an SEC coach for tips.

“We’re even going to the college ranks,” the Packers head coach said.  “We’ll have a couple college coaches come in, spend time with our staff.  Actually, our defensive staff is going to take a trip to Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin is someone I have great respect for and with his ability to share from both the offensive side and defensive side his experience in the read option.  It’s something from an education, preparation standpoint that we will grow as a staff and be better prepared for in the future.”

McCarthy offered further praise for Sumlin and the Aggie program.  “Just the fact what they’ve done on offense and the ability to face it on defense all the time in the SEC.  We thought this would be a great opportunity.  We’re very thankful for him to bring our staff in.”

Think A&M officials are already printing those quotes on mailers for next year’s recruits?

There is a bit of history between Texas A&M and Green Bay.  The man who preceded Sumlin in College Station — former coach Mike Sherman — also preceded McCarthy in Green Bay.  And current Packer assistant Shawn Slocum was once an assistant at A&M where his father RC Slocum was the head coach.

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Kentucky Offers Receiver Foreman

Has Kentucky found the next Randall Cobb?

That’s probably a reach considering what the Green Bay Packers wide receiver accomplished during his three years in Lexington. But that connection will be made now that Kentucky has offered wide receiver Malik Foreman from Kingsport (Tenn.) Dobyns-Bennett High School, which is about two hours away from Cobb’s Alcoa High School.

Kentucky is the first school from a BCS conference to offer Foreman.

“It was really exciting,” Foreman told 247Sports. “I didn’t really expect it. It was crazy. I had been talking to them but they hadn’t given an indication that they were going to offer. Then I got the letter in the mail and the coach called me and everything.

Foreman has yet to visit Kentucky but plans to do so in the near future. He visited Vanderbilt last weekend to watch the Commodores play Florida.

Vanderbilt hasn’t offered Foreman but has indicated an official invitation could be coming soon.

“They said they were pretty close to offering but I needed to go sit down with the head coach and he needed to get to know me,” Foreman said.

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SEC Headlines – 5/6/11

In case you couldn’t tell that it’s a Friday in May, here are the few SEC headlines for the day:

1.  Here’s an admittedly premature preview of Mississippi State’s 2011 football season.

2.  Did Florida have a near mutiny at the 2007 Outback Bowl?  Odd little story.

3.  Some folks in the Peach State are wondering if Georgia should pass on signing a quarterback in 2012.

4.  Former Kentucky Mr. Everything Randall Cobb is having to wait to get started with the Green Bay Packers.

5.  Tennessee’s Alex Bullard has received a hardship waiver allowing the ex-Notre Dame O-lineman to play this fall.

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SEC Headlines 5/1/2011

1. Is there a drug problem at the University of Florida?

2. The Florida legislature decides against deregulating the sports agent business in the state – after a call from Gator AD Jeremy Foley.

3. Florida’s Ahmad Black gets drafted close to home while Gator guard Maurice Hurt is headed to Washington D.C.

4. Saturday meant more tornado cleanup and more work for Alabama coaches and athletes as the NCAA loosens the ruleson providing benefits to student-athletes in extraordinary circumstances.

5. Everyone’s an Alabama fan now.

6. Alabama’s Greg McElroy is headed to the New York Jets.

7. Mark Ingram and the New Orleans Saints deliver a message to Reggie Bush.

8. A roundup of Auburn, Alabama and Georgia players taken on the draft’s final day.

9. The Auburn players that were drafted – and those that were not.

10. Cam Newton’s latest battle – his jersey number.

11. From obscure player to fourth round pick, Georgia wide receiver Kris Durham has come a long way.

12. Saturday Draft Day Georgia- three more Bulldogs selected.

13. Saturday Draft Day Mississippi State - three more Bulldogs selected.

14. Saturday Draft Day Kentucky – undrafted Cats in limbo.

15. A total of six LSU players got the call during the draft.

16. Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams goes to the Green Bay Packers.

17. Tennessee tight end Luke Stocker gets drafted by Tampa Bay and wide receiver Denarius Moore is bound for Oakland.

18. Derek Dooley and the Tennessee football team – a coach’s work is never done.

19. Tennessee tackle Ja’Wuan James is bouncing back from mononucleosis.

20. South Carolina DB Chris Culliver is a 49er while defensive end Cliff Matthews goes to the Falcons.

21. Basketball and baseball tickets will be free next year for Ole Miss students.

22. Faculty rep at the University of Kentucky – “priorities at UK are so screwed up.”


23. Organized  by team – every draft pick – every round


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