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Florida Scores Big By Flipping QB Harris From Rival FSU

PLAYER UPDATEFlorida State might have beaten Florida on the field last year.  Florida State might have won the BCS title as well.  But Florida has won at least one in-state battle with the Seminoles today.

Dual-threat quarterback prospect Treon Harris — who’d been a Florida State commitment — changed his mind today and will instead sign with Will Muschamp and new Gator offensive coordinator Kurt Roper.  Without question it’s a nice swipe by Florida’s staff, though the idea of sitting behind Jameis Winston in Tallahassee likely played into Harris’ decision, too.

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Ex-Receiver Norwood On Potential FSU-To-Bama Move By QB Coker: “I Thought Everybody Knew”

gfx - they said itFormer Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood says he didn’t mean to let any cats of the bag when he remarked last week in a radio interview that the Tide: “… have a guy coming in from Florida State, a 6-5 guy.  I don’t know too much about him.  But I heard good things about him.”

The him Norwood was referring to is apparently Mobile native and Seminole backup QB Jacob Coker.  Coker just happens to be the backup to the reigning Heisman-winner, Jameis Winston.  Winston was just a freshman last year.  And thus… a transfer for Coker.

Only Coker has to date downplayed the rumors of a transfer back to his home state and to Nick Saban’s program.  And that’s why Norwood tried to backtrack from his comments yesterday, though he first seemed to sorta/kinda confirm them:

 

“I thought everybody knew he was coming.  I didn’t know I was putting him on the spot or did anything like that…

I don’t want to mess anything up or get anybody excited.  I hope I didn’t because I don’t know if it’s true or not.  I really don’t.”

 

Riiiiight.

Now the question becomes: “What has Coker told Jimbo Fisher?”  If he’s not been upfront with Fisher about the possibility of transferring to Bama the Noles’ coach might not be too thrilled with the possibility that his old boss Saban might possibly be wooing his backup quarterback through back channels.

Longtime Tennessee and Kentucky assistant Randy Sanders makes it sound as though Coker is well worth any efforts to land him (or keep him in FSU’s case).  Currently serving as FSU’s quarterbacks coach, Sanders had this to say about the guy who was Winston’s backup until tearing his meniscus:

 

“I’ve never had anybody with his size who throws it as well as he does.  Jake has a really quick release with tremendous arm strength.  Rarely does it not spiral or not go where he wants it to go.”

 

Alabama fans now must wait and wonder what Coker thinks of new Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.  Will he like the guy who did a good job with quarterbacks at Southern Cal (the first time around) and Tennessee?  Or will he focus in on the QB struggles at USC under Kiffin the head coach in recent seasons?

Perhaps Norwood knows the answer to that one, too.

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SEC Headlines 12/15/2013

headlines-sunHeisman Trophy Award

1. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron finishes second in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. ”It’s awesome, just a dream come true.” Breakdown of the vote.

2. Auburn’s Tre Mason finished sixth in the voting.

3. Jameis Winston thanks Auburn receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Dameyune Craig for helping recruit him to Florida State.

4. What will Johnny Manziel’s legacy be at Texas A&M?  ”Manziel will be remembered as the player that brought Texas A&M football back into the spotlight and gave the program a national identity.”

5. So will Johnny Football jump to the NFL? He’s not tipping his hand. “I don’t really see any problems in my life right now.”

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6. Back to the practice field Monday for Auburn as Tigers begin prep for BCS National Championship Game.

7. Mississippi State has already had two bowl practices.  Quarterback Dak Prescott says he’s feeling good.

8. What Barry Switzer told Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops about playing Alabama: “You had the worst draw of everybody for bowl games.”

9. One of the keys to turning around Missouri this year?  Offensive coordinator Josh Henson. Helped “meld the Tigers’ spread offense with a few power ideas helpful for competing in the SEC.”

10. Georgia tight end Jay Rome won’t play in the bowl game.  Been bothered with a foot injury. Bulldogs worked out Saturday in a steady downpour.

11. Defensive lineman Za’Darius Smith will return for his senior season at Kentucky.  Wide receiver Daryl Collins will transfer.

12. What’s in store at the tight end position for Florida in 2014?

13. South Carolina is about 1,000 tickets ahead of its 2012 pace in selling bowl game tickets.

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14. McDonad’s All-American Chris Walker has been cleared to begin practicing immediately with the Florida Gators.

15. What to make of Kentucky’s season thus far?  ”Impossible to ignore the fact that this Wildcats team has played three games against very good teams this season, and it has lost all three.”

16. Marshall Henderson scores 15 point in the Ole Miss victory over Middle Tennessee including a shot that bounced off two defenders.

17, As undefeated Missouri goes up against Western Michigan tonight, junior guard Jabari Brown has stepped up his game. Is this Mizzou team more mature than last year’s version?

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SEC Headlines 12/13/2013

headlines-friThe Battle For Nick Saban

1. If/when Mack Brown steps down at Texas, “the shooting can begin in the war for Nick Saban.”

2. Tim Sullivan: “Nick Saban is worth his weight in gold.”

3. Crunching the numbers at Alabama and Texas - “each school could comfortably pay Saban at least an additional $3 million, putting his compensation in excess of $8 million.”

4. Former LSU A.D. Skip Bertman: ”Nick is not a money guy.”

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5. The exodus at Florida.  Quarterback Max Staver becomes the sixth player to transfer. Gators could be down to two healthy quarterbacks in the spring if Skyler Mornhinweg transfers.

6.  South Carolina sophomore cornerback Ahmad Christian will transfer

7. Heisman finalist and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron: “I think if you look at my play over three years, I feel like no quarterback in the SEC or the country has played as consistent as I have.”

8. Florida State defensive back on Heisman finalist and Auburn running back Tre Mason:”I’m sitting next to this Manimal: half man, half animal.”

9. As a Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel can vote.  Did he vote for himself?  ”I did not vote for myself in first or second place.”

10. Steve Spurrier on Jadeveon Clowney’s speeding ticket:  ”I didn’t know Jadeveon’s car could go that fast. He doesn’t have a pretty car like those FSU guys used to drive.”

11. Mike Bianchi on Spurrier and South Carolina: “Unlike so many of the SEC’s other ultra-spoiled fan bases, South Carolina doesn’t look at Orlando as a consolation destination.”

12. Kevin Sumlin’s new deal at Texas A&M is official – $5 million a year with a $5 million buyout.

13. Dan Mullen on  the Mississippi State cowbells: “Well they’re actually instruments. Will Ferrell had that proven.”

14. Ole Miss begins bowl practice.  Can struggling quarterback Bo Wallace turn it around?

15. Georgia vs. Nebraska will be a game determined by backup quarterbacks. TV loved the Bulldogs this year – three Georgia games were the highest-rated of the week.

16. List of top 25 underclassmen in the country includes 14 from the SEC.

17. How about some love for the unheralded players of the SEC? Here’s to you, Connor Shaw, Sammie Coates, Markus Golden and others.

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18. Arkansas 72 – Savannah State 43.  Career-high 21 points for Ky Madden.

19. The top 25 jobs in college basketball?  Just two make the cut from the SEC.

20. Kentucky faces a North Carolina team Saturday that’s already lost to Belmont and UAB.

21. Before the season started, Missouri coach Frank Haith had his team attend a Missouri National Guard training camp session.

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22. The attorney for Jameis Winston’s accuser wants an independent investigation.

23. Who had the better freshman season - Jameis Winston or Johnny Manziel?

24. Peter Thamel: “Once again, the presentation of the most prestigious individual award in sports will be shrouded in awkwardness.”

25. From his recruiting process to his playing days, Arkansas State linebacker Quanterio Heath is about to see his fourth coach in four years - and he just completed his redshirt freshman year.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines – 11/30/11

1. Georgia continues to recruit Chaz Elder, one of the state’s top prospects.

2. There were plenty of prospects watching when South Carolina beat Clemson last weekend.

3. Quarterback Gunner Kiel, who recently visited LSU, should choose a school soon.

4. Auburn and Alabama are both going hard after quarterback Jameis Winston.

5. Expect Urban Meyer to recruit the state of Florida for Ohio State, writes Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel.

6. Coaching changes can often hurt recruiting classes. But Barton Simmons writes they can also provide a spark.

7. Will Muschamp could bring in a large class at Florida this year.

8. Quarterback Steven Bench is hoping for more interest from some top programs.

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