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Wow Weekend Headlines 4/6/2013

In the NCAA Tournament semi-finals, Louisville defeats Wichita State 72-68…
Michigan defeats Syracuse 61 to 56…
Louisville and Michigan meet Monday night in the championship game
Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs says school will review charges of multiple NCAA violations…
Auburn is accused of fixing players’ grades and of paying players money to bypass the NFL and stay in school
ESPN investigation claims a dozen players on Auburn’s 2010 football team failed tests for synthetic marijuana
Investigation claims schools officials knew results but kept it secret
Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will miss the rest of spring practice after having knee surgery
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Wow Headlines 4/5/2013

Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs says school will review charges of multiple NCAA violations…
Auburn is accused of fixing players’ grades and of paying players money to bypass the NFL and stay in school
ESPN investigation claims a dozen players on Auburn’s 2010 football team failed tests for synthetic marijuana
Investigation claims schools officials knew results but kept it secret
Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will miss the rest of spring practice after having knee surgery
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Knee Surgery For Georgia Receiver Mitchell, Expected Back In August

malcolm-mitchell-247-ugaGeorgia’s top returning receiver will miss the rest of spring practice. Malcolm Mitchell was scheduled to have knee surgery this morning.  He suffered an injury during last Saturday’s scrimmage and will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He’s expected to ready in August for preseason camp.

Despite playing cornerback early in the season last year, Mitchell had 40 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns.  He missed the 2012 opener with a foot injury and three games in 2011 with a hamstring injury. He’s the second Georgia receiver to miss time this spring.  Michael Bennett is recovering from a torn ACL suffered last season.  He’s been running on the side in spring practice.

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Wow Evening Headlines 12/18/2012

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is the Associated Press Player of the Year…
The Texas A&M quarterback is the first freshman to ever win the award
Georgia coach Mark Richt says two-way player Malcolm Mitchell will no longer play defense, just wide receiver
The average college football assistant coach makes $200,000 a year in salary
Alabama’s coaching staff is the highest paid in the country
Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease says he had “minimal conversations” with Kentucky when UK was conducting its coaching search
Missouri freshman safety Ka’ra Stewart has been dismissed from the football team following second arrest for pot possession
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Top 5 Freshman Wide Receivers

Every school is looking for the next A.J. Green or Julio Jones.

They were freshmen wide receivers who stepped into the SEC in 2008 and became difference makers right away. Truthfully, they’re difficult to find.

But that doesn’t mean players can’t help a passing attack right away. Malcolm Mitchell did last year at Georgia. Justin Hunter became a deep threat as soon as he arrived at Tennessee in 2010.

Who might emerge this year as the next great receiver in the SEC? Let’s see.

Here are the top five freshman wide receivers in the SEC.

1. Dorial Green-Beckham – Missouri

Missouri junior cornerback E.J. Gaines called Green-Beckham a “freak” last week at SEC media days. Gaines, a first-team All-Big 12 member last year, has seen some talented receivers in his two years in college. Green-Beckham still has work to do to learn Missouri’s offense, but he’s too talented to leave on the sideline. Green-Beckham (6-6, 220), who veteran receive T.J. Moe lauded for his offseason work, is one of the nation’s best athletes, and Tigers coach Gary Pinkel knows it. He’s had a plan since the day Green-Beckham signed with Missouri.

2. Eddie Williams – Alabama

He’s a special athlete who could help immediately on offense or defense. Not exactly the same, but think Malcolm Mitchell at Georgia. Williams could walk onto Alabama’s campus and help on either side. The Crimson Tide has an opening at wide receiver, and Williams will likely grab one of the spots. Williams (6-4, 215) has great size to go with his elite athleticism. He will have plenty of competition from his own signing class at receiver – Chris Black and Amari Cooper can both play. But competition shouldn’t hurt Williams’ chances of finding the field.

3. Amari Cooper – Alabama

Nick Saban said last week at media days that Cooper was impressive during spring drills. Saban wouldn’t talk up Cooper unless he had shown he could play. Cooper arrives at Alabama at a great time as the Tide is looking for someone who can help stretch the field. Cooper should help fill that role. Cooper (6-1, 183) is a great complement to Williams and Black. Black isn’t on this list, but like Williams and Cooper, he should help Alabama sooner rather than later. Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron should have plenty to be excited about. So should Alabama fans.

4. Alton Howard – Tennessee

Howard’s versatility will make him a valuable part of Tennessee’s offense. Howard, who saw time at running back while participating in January’s Under Armour All-American Game, can be effective as a slot receiver or option out of the backfield. Howard (5-8, 185) doesn’t have a lot of size but has great speed and quickness. He will miss fall camp after having foot surgery earlier this month, but expect him to find a place on the field when he returns to health.

5. Shaq Roland – South Carolina

How ready is Roland to play this fall? That’s a question being asked by every Gamecock fan as August nears. South Carolina needs playmakers to emerge with the departure of standout receiver Alshon Jeffery, who decided to forego his senior season to enter the NFL. Roland (6-1, 180) is a great athlete who could help in several ways. Junior Ace Sanders will receive a lot of attention, which should create opportunities for Roland. South Carolina will do its best to make sure he’s ready to take advantage.

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Report: Two More UGA Defenders Suspended

Here’s what we already knew: Starting cornerback Sanders Commings has been suspended for Georgia’s first two football games due to an offseason arrest.  Fellow starting corner Branden Smith has a marijuana possession charge hanging over his head that could also lead to a suspension.

Now reports say that two more Bulldogs — including another starter in the secondary — are facing multi-game suspensions.  All-American safety Bacarri Rambo and starting inside linebacker Alec Ogletree have been suspended “two to four games” for unspecified violations of team rules according to Dawgpost.com – the Scout site covering Georgia.

If you’re a Missouri fan, you have to be liking your chances of winning your SEC opener against Georgia more and more.  In addition to what might be three secondary starters out for the Dawgs, an additional pair of defensive backs were dismissed from the team in January.

To make up for the lack of depth in his secondary, Mark Richt has had to move his best receiver — Malcolm Mitchell — to corner this spring… much to the chagrin of offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

UGA opens the season with a home game against Buffalo.  Missouri hosts Southeastern Louisiana in its opener.  Then on September 8th the Tigers welcome the Dawgs — what’s left of ‘em — to Faurot Field for MU’s first-ever SEC game.  Of course, Mizzou might have its own issues to worry about as quarterback James Franklin is out for the spring after undergoing shoulder surgery.  He’s expected back by fall.

Either way, Georgia at Missouri is for now shaping up as the Attrition Bowl.

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SEC Headlines – 2/14/12

1.  Alabama won at Arkansas last night without three of its best players.  (Anthony Grant’s tough disciplinary stance seems to be paying off or his suddenly tough Tide.)

2.  Trevor Lacey went down just 10 minutes into last night’s game with an ankle injury.

3.  Arkansas is just 1-5 during its current late-season slide.

4.  LSU players know their tournament future is riding on a road trip to Ole Miss tomorrow.

5.  Florida’s Will Yeguete will have a screw inserted into his broken left foot today.

6.  Gator footballers are going from speed-first training to Olympic-style power work.

7.  Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell will “experiment” at cornerback this spring.

8.  Mitchell’s expanded role is part of Mark Richt’s focus on versatility.

9.  Kentucky’s mission tomorrow: Defend super Vandy shooter John Jenkins.

10.  Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon stepped up his effort against Ole Miss on Wednesday.

11.  Think Maryland regrets bringing in Randy Edsall instead of promoting James Franklin as was initially the plan?  

12.  Vandy’s Kevin Stallings says Kentucky’s second half at MSU this week was “about the most impressive thing I’ve seen in college basketball this year.”  (Guess he doesn’t read Thayer Evans.)

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SEC Headlines 10/15/2011 Part Two

Florida at Auburn

1. Florida needs a win against Auburn to stay alive in the SEC East race.

2. Florida’s offensive and defensive lines haven’t been performing at a high enough level.

3. Florida’s a young football team that’s still looking for leaders to emerge.

4. Auburn’s quarterback play will be a key for the Tigers against Florida’s athletic defense.

5. Both teams have a 4-2 record and mirror each other as they enter today’s game.

Georgia at Vanderbilt

6. Georgia still needs to show it can put teams away at the end of games.

7. Georgia has to replace leading receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who’s out with a hamstring injury.

8. Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray has been good this season, but he sees where he can be better.

9. It should help Vanderbilt to return home, where the Commodores last beat Ole Miss 30-7.

10. Vanderbilt has quarterback issues but also needs to improve its running game.

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