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SEC Headlines 8/5/2011 Afternoon Edition

1. Tony Barnhart: ” No freshman will feel more pressure than Georgia’s Isaiah Crowell.”

2. They won a ticket alright - to jail

3. South Carolina reworks the contract of AD Eric Hyman.

4. Jadeveon Clowney earns an A+ on Day One.

5. Arkansas wide receiver Greg Childs is making a comeback from knee surgery.

6. Heat forces Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins to the sidelines on the first day of practice.

7. Raising questions about Alabama’s internal investigation into the T-Town Menswear controversy.

8. Morning practice report from Alabama.

9. Breaking down Florida’s offensive line and tight ends.

10. The Georgia Bulldogs basketball team’s November road trip.

Extra

11. Pac-12 not as well-positioned for expansion as last year.

12. Deer antler spray - steroid alternative?

 

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SEC Headlines – 7/11/11 Part One

Back from vacation and raring to go — that’s a lie, by the way.  Thanks to Mike and Josh for holding down the fort while I took a few days off.

Let’s get started with a few headlines as we wind through the final doldrums before football season:


1.  Georgia’s depth is becoming a pretty big issue.

2.  Alabama awaits the arrival of receiver Duron Carter… a transfer from Ohio State by way of a junior college.  (And also the son of Cris Carter.)

3.  Another day, another countdown: Top 25 SEC Games: Clemson at South Carolina…

4.  Top 25 SEC Players: Arkansas’ receiver Greg Childs.

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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.”

For more visit WholeHogSports.com. You can follow Matt Jones on Twitter @NWAMatt.

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Poll: How Will the Hogs Fare the Rest of the Way?

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The Hogs have only four games left in the regular season, and as one of our colleagues in the oh-so-lucrative and oh-so-prestigious Hog blogosphere points out, “it is a daunting stretch of games.” This stretch was made even more daunting by the season-ending knee injury to Greg Childs.

At this point, almost anything seems possible (excluding, fingers crossed, a loss to UTEP). With that in mind, we ask you the following:

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What will the Hogs’ record be over their final four games?





  20 votes | Results

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Six Things You Should Know About the South Carolina Gamecocks

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Steve Spurrier in the middle of a key pregame strategy session.

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Steve Spurrier in the middle of a key pregame strategy session.

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Our interns have been slacking lately, so we worked them to the bone to produce the definitive scouting report on the South Carolina Gamecocks. Here’s what they came up with…enjoy!

1. You know how some people have bumper stickers on their cars with clever sayings like “I’d rather be golfing”? Well, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier literally would rather be golfing. As in, right now. Historically he’s been able to maintain focus on his day job for the first couple months of the season, but his attention usually begins to wane around early November. As he begins thinking more about a relaxing day on the links, his team tends to decline noticeably. Probably not coincidental.

2. Their quarterback, Stephen Garcia, probably should have been a character in “Dazed and Confused”. Much like Randall “Pink” Floyd in that movie, he can sling it around pretty well when he’s feeling motivated, but all things considered he’d prefer to crack open a few brewskis and head to a party at the moontower.

3.  Remember that scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” where Indy is being chased through the cave by that unstoppable rolling boulder? That’s the best metaphor we could think of for freshman RB Marcus Lattimore. As you grit your teeth while watching him decimate the Hogs’ porous rushing D, just think of that boulder and it’ll all make sense.

4.Their passing defense is really bad…it ranks 98th in the country and that was before starting CB Chris Culliver was injured. Our guess is that Bobby Petrino, Garrick McGee and Ryan Mallett are aware of this fact.

5. Speaking of passing, the Cocks’ sophomore WR Alshon Jeffrey might be the best receiver in a conference full of great ones. And yes, that includes players like A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Greg Childs (*sigh*), Joe Adams, Randall Cobb, Darvin Adams and others. Chances of him breaking at least one big play that has you screaming at the TV and cursing Willy Robinson? Approximately 1000%.

6. And speaking of Willy Robinson, it’s worth remembering that South Carolina DC Ellis Johnson was Petrino’s first hire for the defensive coordinator role at Arkansas. He stayed in Fayetteville for about five minutes before taking a job offer in his home state. Kind of an interesting historical “what if”.

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Greg Childs Out for Season with Patella Tendon Injury

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Arkansas receiver Greg Childs (85), tackled by Vanderbilt's Casey Hayward, right, suffers a season-ending knee injury during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game. (AP Photo/April L. Brown)

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Arkansas receiver Greg Childs (85), tackled by Vanderbilt’s Casey Hayward, right, suffers a season-ending knee injury during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game. (AP Photo/April L. Brown)

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Per Chris Bahn of AS360, the injury will require surgery and will likely prevent Childs from participating in spring-practice contact drills. Childs suffered no ligament damage.

Here’s the report filed by Matt Jones of WholeHogSports.com, and — let the finger-pointing begin! — Mr.Sec asks why Childs was still in the game when his injury took place.

Needless to say, this a big-time bummer. Best wishes to Greg for a speedy and full recovery.

What are your thoughts on what this means for the rest of the 2010 season?

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Arkansas’ leading receiver, Greg Childs, out for season with knee injury

 

 

Hogs’ Childs Out For The Season

On Saturday, Bobby Petrino had his starters in the game up 35-14 over Vanderbilt in the fourth quarter.  Unfortunately, his team’s leading receiver — Greg Childs — suffered a patella tendon injury as the Razorbacks attempted to stretch their lead.

The good news: Arkansas scored and went up 42-14 and eventually won 49-14.

The bad news: Childs is out for the season.

One of those stories far outweighs the other.

Petrino was defensive when asked about Childs.  “That was the second play of the fourth quarter.  Every starter on both sides were in the game.

Maybe so, but that doesn’t mean they should have been.

In 2005, Alabama receiver Tyrone Prothro suffered an horrific, season-ending injury while still playing in the fourth quarter of a Tide game against Florida.  Bama was leading 31-3 when Prothro broke both is tibia and fibula.  Mike Shula’s decision to leave Prothro (and his other starters) in the game damaged the young coach’s reputation.

We’ll see how much heat Petrino takes for a similar call.  (And before someone sends me an email, being up 21 points on Vandy is equivalent to being up 75 on Florida.  Vandy was not coming back on Saturday night.)

Now the Razorbacks will head into this weekend’s game at #19 South Carolina looking for other receivers to step up. 

“We’ll definitely miss him,” Petrino said.  “You’re not going to replace his productivity, competitiveness, toughness with just one person.  We feel we do have good depth and different guys we can get the ball.”

Childs led Arkansas in just about every receiving category.  His injury is severe enough that he will likely be unable to go through contact drills in the spring.

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Childs Out for the Season

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Arkansas will be without leading receiver Greg Childs for the rest of the season after the junior suffered a patella tendon injury in the fourth quarter Saturday against Vanderbilt.

Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino said Monday no ligaments were torn, but Childs will require surgery.

“We’ll definitely miss him,” Petrno said. “You’re not going to replace his productivity, competitiveness, toughness with just one person. We feel we do have good depth and different guys we can get the ball.”

With Arkansas leading 35-14 early in the fourth quarter, Childs was injured on a 17-yard reception to the Vanderbilt 2. After going down awkwardly, he spent several minutes on the field before being helped off and taken straight to the training room.

Childs is Arkansas’ leader in receptions (46), yards (659) and touchdowns (6) this season and is considered a candidate to declare early for the NFL Draft next spring.

The No. 18 Razorbacks will travel to No. 19 South Carolina this weekend.

For more visit WholeHogSports.com. You can follow Matt Jones on Twitter @NWAMatt.

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SEC Headlines – 11/1/10 Part Two

1.  Auburn is building depth along its defensive line.

2.  Due to injuries in its secondary, Auburn has taken the redshirt off of defensive back Ryan White.

3.  Gene Chizik says the polls aren’t something he can control.

4.  Alabama is a tough November stretch away from playing in the BCS title game again.

5.  Ryan Mallett didn’t play like he had a bruised shoulder against Vanderbilt.

6.  The grades were pretty positive for the Hogs on Saturday.

7.  There’s still no official word on the knee injury suffered by top receiver Greg Childs.

8.  This writer believes a key to LSU’s stretch run should be making Jarrett Lee the team’s primary quarterback.

9.  The Tigers’ special teams have been a strength.

10.  One key matchup to watch on Saturday: Cornerback Patrick Peterson going against Alabama receiver Julio Jones.

11.  In the midst of a six-game winning streak, MSU is finally getting an open date.

12.  The Bulldogs’ offense starts fast and finishes strong…

13.  But Dan Mullen says the Dogs still need to “clean up” their passing game.

14.  As Ole Miss’ season slips away, Jeremiah Masoli’s importance is increasing.

15.  The Rebels are still waiting for medical news about their two top tacklers.

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