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SEC Headlines – 9/13/11 Part Two

1.  Alabama’s defensive coaches wanted more forced fumbles this year… they’re getting more forced fumbles this year.

2.  AJ McCarron has become Bama’s de facto starting quarterback, but Nick Saban still wants to get some playing time for Phillip Sims.

3.  Gene Chizik says Auburn took some “baby steps” against Mississippi State, but the Tigers still “have so many strides to go” to become a good football team.

4.  Senior tackle AJ Greene has worked himself all the way back from a serious injury to Auburn’s starting rotation.

5.  Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson says he learned a valuable lesson last week — “Probably try to get out of the way (of defenders) a little more.”

6.  There’s a chance running back Dennis Johnson will see his first action of the season on Saturday against Troy.

7.  LSU “didn’t have to take the punishment” from Northwestern State that Mississippi State had to take from Auburn… as both teams prepare their Thursday nighter.

8.  Les Miles wants his QBs to be able to sing the LSU alma mater.  Really. 

9.  Jordan Jefferson and Jimmy Johns got some of their shoes back yesterday, but police are still doing DNA testing on a few pairs.

10.  Juco transfer Zach Stoudt is comfortable in the starting quarterback’s role at Ole Miss.

11.  Defensive end Kentrell Lockett has been pretty quiet in the Rebels’ first two games.

12.  Dan Mullen says MSU fans are no longer happy with being competitive: “Our people expect us to win.”

13.  The Bulldogs’ coach is hoping his young linebackers are learning from their mistakes.

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SEC Headlines – 9/12/11 Part One

1.  The SEC has named its Players of the Week.

2.  No surprise… Alabama’s getting it done with defense.

3.  Nick Saban believes his O-line was “much better” this past weekend.

4.  Two games in and Auburn is still searching for a defensive identity.  (Better to be doing that at 2-0 than 0-2, however.)

5.  Heading to Clemson next, AU needs to start making some third-down stops.

6.  Arkansas’ offense made progress in a 52-3 win over New Mexico…

7.  But quarterback Tyler Wilson had to leave the game with concussion-like symptoms.

8.  There’s no time for rest in Baton Rouge as the Tigers must prepare for a Thursday night affair in Starkville.

9.  Sure they came against Northwestern State, but Jarrett Lee and Zach Mettenberger rolled up some pretty good passing numbers on Saturday.

10.  Houston Nutt says his team has shown flashes of being a good football team this season.

11.  Ole Miss hasn’t run the ball well and Vanderbilt — off to solid start defensively — is up next.

12.  Against Auburn, MSU lost a game it should have won.

13.  Dan Mullen now must quickly get his team to rebound from a tough loss in time for a Thursday game with a Top 5 team.

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SEC Headlines 9/11/2011

Kentucky 27 – Central Michigan 13

1, Fourth down stop turns the game around.

2. John Clay: “(M)aybe Morgan Newton can beat you with his legs.”

Tennessee 45 – Cincinnati 23

3. Tyler Bray joins Peyton Manning as the only Vol quarterbacks to  throw for more than 400 yards in a game.

4. Cincinnati gambles on fourth and short twice - and loses both times.

Alabama 27 – Penn State 11

5. Tide defense holds Penn State to 251 total yards on offense.

6. Kevin Scarbinsky: “If you were here in the stadium, one of the 107,846 patrons that made up the largest crowd ever to watch Alabama play football, you saw one team school the other over and over.”

7. Dennis Dodd:  (W)ith Alabama’s defense rising to 2009 — meaning, championship — levels, there really is no huge urgency for a developing quarterback.

Florida 39 – UAB 0

8. Gators open up the playbook a little wider.

9. Jeff Demps and Jordan Reed  ”suffering what seemed to be minor injuries.”

10. Florida moves on to SEC play. Pat Dooley: “Tennessee looks much scarier than it did at the start of the season, especially on offense.”

Arkansas 52 – New Mexico 3

11. Razorback running backs go for 252 yards. Receivers amass 475 all-purpose yards.

12. Tyler Wilson suffers concussion-like symptoms.

Ole Miss 42  Southern Illinois 24

13. Four touchdowns for Jeff Scott.

14. 11-point game with 6:39 to go.  QB Zack Stoudt replaced by Randall Mackey in second half.

Vanderbilt 24 Connecticut 21

15. Commodores rally late.

16. Quarterback Larry Smith sacked seven times. Vandy’s all-black unis.

LSU 49 Northwestern State 3

17. QB Zach Mettenberger sees action in the second half. 8  of 11 for 92 yards and a touchdown. 

18. Scott Rabalais: “It wasn’t so much a game for LSU as a checklist.”


19. USC – Utah final score was 17-14.  Then it was 23-14.  Line was 8 1/2.  Vegas sportsbook takes a bath.



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SEC Headlines 9/10/2011 Part Two

Southern Illinois at Ole Miss

Houston Nutt isn’t taking any chances against the Salukis – a FCS opponent: ”All you have to do is watch the film to know that they are a scary bunch.”

Will quarterback Zack Stoudt hold on to his job?

Alabama-Birmingham at Florida

Expect the Blazers to test the Florida secondary.

UAB is one only two FBS teams that have yet to a play a game.

The Blazers may be the perfect team to get the Gators ready for the SEC.

New Mexico at Arkansas (game in Little Rock)

The Arkansas ground game needs work before the SEC opener at Alabama.

Will the Razorbacks win by seven touchdowns or eight?

Connecticut at Vanderbilt

Vandy hasn’t had back-to-back victories since 2008.

They’ll face a Connecticut team with three “starting” quarterbacks.

Northwestern State at LSU

Some off-field questions for the Tigers as they prepare for their home opener tonight.

QB Zach Mettenberger could see his first action tonight.

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SEC Basketball Headlines 11/13/2010

1. Alabama defeats Florida A&M 76-37.

2. Auburn opens new arena with an overtime loss to UNC-Asheville 70-69.

3. Florida opens its season with a 77-60 victory over UNC Wilmington.

4. Georgia Bulldogs survive scare - beat Mississippi Valley State 72-70.

5. With no Enes Kanter, Kentucky beats East Tennessee State 88-65.

6. LSU opens with an 87-78 victory over Northwestern State.

7. Ravern Johnson’s career-high 32 points led Mississippi State to a 75-65 victory over Tennessee State.

8. Ole Miss rallies to beat Arkansas State 68-60.

9. Six players in double figures for South Carolina – Gamecocks beat Elon 94-79.

10. Tennessee beats Chattanooga 82-62.

11. A triple-double for Brad Tinsley as Vandy blows out Presbyterian 88-47.

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Friday’s SEC basketball schedule

Content provided by John Clay’s Sidelines.

With Friday marking the start of basketball season, that also means the start of the SEC basketball season.

Here are Friday’s slate of games, with all times Eastern:

UNC-Wilmington at Florida – 7:00 p.m.
East Tennessee State at Kentucky – 7:00 p.m.
Mississippi Valley State at Georgia – 7:30 p.m.
Northwestern State at LSU – 8:00 p.m.
Arkansas State at Ole Miss – 8:00 p.m.
Tennessee State at Mississippi State – 8:00 p.m.
Presbyterian at Vanderbilt – 8:00 p.m.
Florida A&M at Alabama – 8:30 p.m.
UNC-Asheville at Auburn – 9:00 p.m.
Chattanooga at Tennessee – 9:00 p.m.
Elon at South Carolina – 9:00 p.m. ET


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