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Top Five Offensive Line Signees For 2014

RECAPThe SEC is known across the country for its physical style of play.

That’s made the tackle position a critical one in recruiting for SEC coaches. Players like Luke Joeckel, Cyrus Kouandjio and Greg Robinson have played key roles in teams’ SEC success in recent years.

Here are the top five offensive tackle signees in the SEC in the 2014 class

1. Cam Robinson – Alabama

Robinson might be the top overall prospect in the country considering he plays such an important position. He looked dominant at times at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., last summer. Robinson (6-6, 325) enrolled early at Alabama and will have a chance to play immediately this fall. He should become the next great tackle for the Crimson Tide.

2. Brian Wallace – Arkansas

It was a huge get for Arkansas when it went to St. Louis and landed Wallace, who’s ranked the top prospect in the state of Missouri by Rivals. Arkansas is hopeful Wallace (6-6, 305) will be able to help right away, possibly at right tackle this fall. He has “nothing but upside in front of him,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said on signing day.

3. Avery Gennesy – Texas A&M 

Gennesy arrives at Texas A&M at a good time. The Aggies have to replace left tackle Jake Matthews, who’s expected to be selected early in the NFL draft. Gennesy (6-5, 310) should team up with Cedric Ogbuehi to form a nice tackle duo on Texas A&M’s offensive line.

4. Coleman Thomas – Tennessee

Thomas is learning the offensive tackle position at Tennessee after playing center in high school. The good news is Thomas (6-6, 311) enrolled early at Tennessee, which should help him be more comfortable by fall camp. The Vols have to replace all five starting offensive linemen. That will give Thomas a chance to see the field this fall.

5. Dominick Jackson – Alabama

Jackson was signed by Alabama coach Nick Saban to help the Crimson Tide immediately. Jackson (6-7, 304) has experience playing tackle and guard, which will give him a greater opportunity to help this fall. It also will give Saban options as he tries to settle on five starting offensive linemen.

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SEC Headlines 7/18/2013

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1. Official launch date announced for new SEC network - August 21, 2014.

2. Gator Bowl finalizing agreement with SEC as “anchor team.” Bowl has finalized deals with ACC and Big Ten to serve as opponents.  Same setup at Music City Bowl

3. LSU plays Florida and Georgia from the East.  Alabama plays Tennessee and Kentucky.  ”That’s the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing it.”

4. Did Kentucky coach Mark Stoops diss the Georgia Bulldogs? “On our side of the division, certainly you have to look at Florida and South Carolina.”

5. What’s the status of three A&M players arrested this offseason?  Coach Kevin Sumlin says decision will be made at  ”an appropriate time.”

6. Johnny Manziel may be ready to leave College Station.  Not so lineman Jake Matthews. “ I just love the atmosphere and the feeling of College Station..”

7. Manziel wins an ESPY award as the best male college athlete. What would life be like at the Johnny Manziel football camp?

8. Jadeveon Clowney wins an ESPY for his hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl.

9. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray doesn’t fear Clowney – but he does respect him.

10. When asked about defensive ends, two Tennessee linemen both mention Florida’s Ronald Powell.

11. In defense of Missouri quarterback James Franklin: “He shouldn’t be a divisive figure or a target but a rallying point…”

12. Bernie Miklasz on Dorial Green-Beckham and Missouri’s depth chart:  ”I’m more concerned about the real games, not the depth-chart games.”

13. It’s no secret that Arkansas coach Bret Bielema wants players out of Texas.  ”There are a lot of good players in Texas, and if certain schools in the state aren’t doing that great, it opens up an avenue for us to get into.”

14. Bielema on the team’s new football center: “I’m not saying we’re going to be the top in the country, but we’re definitely in the upper division now…”

15. JUCO-transfer defensive tackle Lavon Hooks looks to make an immediate impact at Ole Miss.

16. What’s it like to work at the Alabama student paper? “Football is everything…Teachers, students, administrators, everybody is tuned into the football team.”  Want proof?

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17. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin getting a $50,000 raise.

18. Former Kentucky guard Ryan Harrow granted immediate eligibility at Georgia State

19. With the departures of  Trevor Lacey and Devonta Pollard, Alabama down to nine scholarship players.

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Friday Morning Wow Headlines 1/11/2013

Alabama OL DJ Fluker will leave school early to enter the NFL draft
LSU OL Chris Faulk is the 10th Tiger underclassmen to announce an early departure this offseason
Georgia NT Kwame Geathers is leaving early to enter the NFL draft
Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews will stay for his senior season
Former Colorado defensive coordinator Greg Brown will join Alabama’s staff as secondary coach
Former Kentucky and Mississippi State assistant David Turner is returning to Starkville as defensive line coach
Auburn backup quarterback Clint Moseley is quitting the football team but will remain in school
Thursday Night SEC Basketball: Kentucky 60, Vanderbilt 58
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Joeckel Leaves A&M, Declares for NFL Draft

mrsec-breaking-newsOne of the best “big uglies” to block for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is taking his talents to the National Football League.  Today, Aggie junior left tackle Luke Joeckel announced that he will be leaving school early.

Joeckel is expected to be a very high draft pick, possibly the first overall.  Texas A&M’s other starting tackle, Jake Matthews, is still making up his mind regarding an early leap to the NFL.

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