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SEC Headlines 2/25/2013

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1. In Tennessee’s four-overtime victory Saturday against Texas A&M, there were several under the radar key moments.

2. Tennessee had plenty of alums on hand to watch the win.  “We have a huge Tennessee fan base in Dallas-Fort Worth. It’s one of the strongest chapters in all of the United States.”

3. Biggest win of any bubble team Saturday?  Kentucky. Andy Katz: “Don’t sweat, Kentucky and North Carolina.”

4. So what were Missouri’s Phil Pressey and Kentucky’s Archie Goodwin chatting about late in the game Saturday night?

5. What do Missouri’s five true road losses that came down to a final possession have in common? “A bad decision by Pressey costing the Tigers down the stretch.”

6. “Compared to the other visiting SEC schools this season, Missouri fans had the biggest contingent in Rupp Arena and the Lexington area in general…”

7. Maybe coach Johnny Jones should have been at LSU a long time ago. ”Considering the start Jones has had, there is no telling how far along LSU’s basketball program might be now had he been hired in 2008.”

8. Florida’s Michael Frazier II suffered a concussion Saturday against Arkansas – coach Billy Donovan says he’s out for tomorrow’s game. 6’6″ Casey Prather may play some center against Tennessee.

9. Tennessee’s Trae Golden SEC Player of the Week - Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein the SEC Freshman of the Week.

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10.  We told you this morning Jay Graham is leaving Tennessee to join Jimbo Fisher’s staff at Florida State.  He’ll join former Tennessee assistants Randy Sanders and Sal Sunseri.

11. Georgia doesn’t appear to be in any hurry to replace Rodney Garner as recruiting coordinator.  Mark Richt: “I don’t have any plans on naming anybody recruiting coordinator.” A spring preview of the Bulldogs offense.

12. New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn tried to convince defensive end Corey Lemonier to stick around for his senior year instead of entering the NFL draft.  ”They were trying to convince me like crazy.”

13. Auburn will have 18 defensive linemen on the roster this fall.

14. Best one-two punch at quarterback in the SEC?  South Carolina with Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson.

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15.  Former Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is never shy about voicing an opinion.  “I see myself as the top pick, not a top-10 pick.”

16. Neither is former Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner: ““I feel like I am the best DB in this draft.”

17. Biggest draft-status threat for former Alabama players appears to be Eddie Lacy’s hamstring problems.

18. Dismissed for multiple failed drug tests, former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu says he’s learned his lesson.  ”To go back down that road? Not a chance in this world. Not a chance in this lifetime.”

19.. LSU defensive ends Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo have a $5,000 bet on which player will get selected first.

20. Former Mississippi State defensive tackle Josh Boyd did 32 reps on the 225 lb bench press – fourth best among defensive linemen.

21. Former Arkansas running back Knile Davis ran a 4.37 forty.  “I think the thing that sets me apart is the size, speed, agility combination.” Former teammate Chris Gragg “most surprising” tight end?

22. Former Auburn running back Ontario McCalebb’s official 40-yard dash time – 4.34 seconds.  That’s tied for the second-best in the 2013 combine.

23. Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson ran a 4.42, fellow wide receiver Justin Hunter ran a 4.44.  Quarterback Tyler Bray has added 24 pounds.

24. NFL analyst on Bray: “If you are an elite quarterback, you force guys around you to be better. And to me, Bray just doesn’t seem to have that innate ability to lead at this point.”

25. Former Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe was the slowest wide receiver timed in the forty-yard dash but he also did the most repetitions in the bench press.

26. Vanderbilt’s Zac Stacy is projected as a late-round pick.  “There are a lot of great quality backs here. For the most part they have a chip on their shoulder just like I do.”

27. How does the NFL view former Alabama nose guard Jesse Williams and the hundreds of tattoos covering his body? ”I haven’t had any negative comments about them or it affecting anything to do with the Draft or why people view me.”

28. Peter King thinks four of the top five picks will come from the SEC.

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29. Bruce Feldman: “A source at a big BCS school I spoke with Saturday night told me he’s heard (NCAA president Mark) Emmert won’t keep his job.”

30. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio on what NFL teams want to know about a certain Notre Dame’s linebacker: “Teams want to know if Manti Te’o is gay.”

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Four SEC Footballers Named To “The Freak List”

Somehow missed this one earlier in the week, but Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com has compiled what he calls his “Freak List,” the 10 craziest athletes in college football.  And by crazy, he means “the top workout warriors or players who amaze their teammates and coaches whith what they can do in the weight room, on the track or in some other ‘wow” aspect of athleticism.

You can get the full explainers right here.  We’ll just tell you that four SEC players made this year’s list with three other just missing the cut.  And those super-skilled athletes are…

 

2.  Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina

3.  Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

6.  Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas

8.  Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn (transfer from Northwestern)

 

Just missing the list were:

 

Eric Reid, DB, LSU

Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

Lerentee McCray, LB, Florida

 

(You can tell its May when people start posting all their different lists.  It’s not football or basketball season… it’s list season.)

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Alabama Signs Former Vol Douglas

Offensive lineman Aaron Douglas from Arizona Western Community College in Yuma, Ariz., has signed a national letter of intent with Alabama.

Douglas, who will begin classes at Alabama in January, will have a chance to start right away on Alabama’s offensive line.

Douglas began his career at Tennessee when he signed with the Vols out of Maryville (Tenn.) High School in 2008. He started at right tackle for UT as a redshirt freshman in 2009.

Douglas decided to transfer from UT after Lane Kiffin left for Southern Cal in January. UT coach Derek Dooley wouldn’t release Douglas from his scholarship if he chose a school within eight hours of his home. That’s why Douglas chose Arizona Western. He was free to sign with any school he wanted after he attended a junior college.

Douglas isn’t the only prospect from Arizona Western expected to help Alabama right away. The Crimson Tide has a commitment from defensive tackle Jesse Williams, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 1 junior college prospect by Rivals.com.

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