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SEC Headlines – 10/14/11 Part One

1.  The NCAA is considering cutting the number of scholarships in football from 85 to 80.  (Such a move would further help smaller schools catch up to bigger schools.  But it would also make it easier for those big schools to provide full-cost scholarships.)

2. Florida’s Jacoby Brissett will get the start against Auburn, but Jeff Driskel is expected to get some time at quarterback, too.

3.  The Gators have been plagued by penalties this season.

4.  Mark Richt wants his team to do a better job of finishing games.

5.  Freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell didn’t know how “much pressure is on you” in the SEC.

6.  Kentucky’s Joker Phillips had praise this week for tailback Brandon Gainer, a player who could help replace injured tailback Josh Clemons.

7.  Carolina — and sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw — will kick off a streak of three straight road games tomorrow in Starkville.

8.  The Cocks will look to build off of last week’s strong offensive effort.

9.  With LSU on tap this week, Tennessee players have had to re-live the agony of last year’s loss.

10.  Cuonzo Martin says his Vol basketball team must do five things if it’s to surprise some people this season.

11.  Chris Marve isn’t the only Vanderbilt linebacker who’s been playing well.

12.  Vandy will show of its basketball team to fans tonight.

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SEC Headlines – 10/12/11 Part One

Due to a trip to the doctor this afternoon, we’re going to go a little skimpy on the headlines today.  Sorry ’bout that but we’ll be posting a rather lengthy piece tonight to make up for it.

Until then, here are the top stories from around the conference:

1.  Quarterback Jeff Driskel was back at practice for Florida yesterday.

2.  Backup linebacker Dee Finley is planning to transfer from the Gator program.

3.  Mark Richt hopes the best is yet to come for Georgia’s improved defense.  (And now I’ll have this in my head all day.)

4.  Could the Dawgs be going to more of a ball control approach?

5.  Linebacker Alec Ogletree was back at practice for UGA yesterday (in a green no-contact jersey).

6.  Kentucky offensive coordinator Randy Sanders says he gave Morgan Newton a hug to help console the downtrodden QB.

7.  With tailback Josh Clemons now out for the year with a knee injury, UK has lost its most productive weapon.

8.  Tony Barnhart says yesterday wasn’t one of Steve Spurrier’s better days.

9.  Darrin Horn isn’t worried about positions, he just wants his five best players to be on the floor this season.

10.  Derek Dooley says freshman Tennessee linebacker AJ Johnson is a baller.

11.  The Vols’ coach doesn’t expect his team’s running game to suddenly turn a corner.

12.  Vanderbilt’s secondary has been getting the spotlight, but linebacker Chris Marve is off to a strong start, too.

13.  The Dores’ offense is last in the nation in third down conversion percentage.

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SEC Headlines – 8/19/11 Part Two

1.  Sophomore defensive back Jerrell Priester is leaving the Kentucky program… making him the third defender in the last two weeks to depart Lexington.

2.  True freshman running back Josh Clemons is in position to see a lot of action this fall.

3.  The intensity level of UK’s freshman receivers is “unreal.”

4.  This practice report reveals that Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw was able to do some throwing yesterday, despite a thumb injury.

5.  Stephen Garcia says he’s got plenty of speedy playmakers to get the ball to this fall.

6.  Darrin Horn’s basketball team will face Final Four contenders North Carolina and Ohio State this season.

7.  Tennessee has moved two defensive backs to receiver to help with depth issues.

8.  The Vols are also a bit banged up at running back.

9.  Tailback Toney Williams is transferring from UT to Ball State for more playing time.

10.  Vanderbilt’s Wesley Tate is fine with his move from tailback to receiver.

11.  Zac Stacy is making a good run at the Dores’ starting running back gig.

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Kentucky Lands Georgia Running Back

Kentucky has received a commitment from running back Josh Clemons from Fayette (Ga.) Whitewater High School.

Clemons chose the Wildcats over Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Maryland and Northwestern.

Kentucky has commitments from 20 prospects for the 2011 class.

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