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LSU Guard Williford Suffers Concussion; Freshman Receiver Peterson Likely Out For Season

alabama-lsu-trenchesLSU starting guard Josh Williford suffered a concussion at practice Thursday.  According to a report at, the injury could be career-threatening to Williford, who missed the Tigers final seven games of 2012 with a concussion.

Williford, the only senior starter on LSU’s offensive line,  was unconscious for about five minutes in Thursday’s practice.  His concussion last season came in the Florida game.

Meanwhile, LSU freshman wide receiver Avery Peterson is likely out for the season after breaking his ankle.  

“I don’t think he’ll be back this season; (at best) until the back end of the regular season,” said coach Les Miles after practice.

Peterson is the younger brother of former LSU All American cornerback Patrick Peterson.

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Cooper Leaves LSU For NFL; Coaching Carousel Keeps Spinning

Round and round and round it goes.  The SEC’s coaching carousel just can’t seem to come to a stop this offseason.  The latest change: Ron Cooper is leaving LSU’s staff.

The Tigers’ secondary coach for the past three seasons has resigned to take a position on Greg Schiano’s new staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Whether it was the talent he had to coach or his coaching that improved his players’ game, Cooper certainly did right by Les Miles.  Under Cooper’s tutelage, Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne all racked up major awards.  (And we’re talking All-America honors, Bednarik Awards and Thorpe Awards… not leg lamps.)

It’s a little late in the hiring/firing cycle, but don’t expect Miles to have too much trouble luring in a good replacement for Cooper.  Recruiting Louisiana is a breeze and inheriting a Heisman candidate like Mathieu will cause any defensive backs coach to look seriously at LSU’s opening.

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LSU Recruit Teases Coaches Before Signing

LSU signee Avery Johnson — the little brother of former Tiger star Patrick Peterson — tried to have a little fun with the coaches in Baton Rouge today.  Apparently the wide receiver doesn’t realize that said coaches live and die with the promises, commitments, signatures and de-commitments of teenagers like himself.

Les Miles just shared the following anecdote with ESPNU:


“Avery Johnson, we know him well.  He’s certainly been to our camp and he’s been around Pat, and he’s family.  He got (assistant coach Steve) Kragthorpe on the phone and he said to Steve, ‘I’m going to another school that where’s red.’  And Steve said, ‘Are you serious?’  All the blood left his face.  ‘Yeah, really, I’m signing with that other school.’  And Steve said to Frank Wilson, ‘Take the phone, I don’t think I’m gonna make it.’  It was shortly thereafter that Avery said, ‘No, I’m coming.  You guys received my fax, didn’t you?’  We checked the fax machine and it was just arriving, so good fun being had.  Now, I can also say during freshman two-a-days there’ll be some extra sprints for him.”



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SEC Headlines – 4/28/11 Part Two

1.  The draft stock of former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson is on the rise.

2.  Les Miles thinks his Tigers will be “one of those teams” competing for a national crown this fall.

3.  Here’s a look at Mississippi State’s draft hopefuls.

4.  MSU has also released renderings of a potential stadium expansion project at Davis-Wade Stadium.

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SI’s Banks: 6 Of First 8 NFL Picks Will Come From SEC

NFL writer Don Banks of — one of the best in the business, by the way — has posted his latest mock draft for tomorrow’s this week’s NFL selection party.  Among the first eight picks, he expects six ex-SEC names to be called.

His SEC first-round picks:

1.  Carolina Panthers — Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

2.  Denver Broncos — Marcell Dareus, DE-DT, Alabama

4.  Cincinnati Bengals — AJ Green, WR, Georgia

6.  Cleveland Browns — Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

7.  San Francisco 49ers — Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

8.  Tennessee Titans — Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

15.  Miami Dolphins — Mike Pouncey, G-C, Florida

28.  New England Patriots — Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

29.  Chicago Bears — Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

Nine SEC players in a 32-pick first-round?  Sounds about right.  The Southeastern Conference usually accounts for about one-third of the first round selections.

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SEC Headlines – 4/7/11 Part Two

1.  Nick Saban doesn’t want his team to get a sense of entitlement this year.

2.  Bama receiver Brandon Gibson wants to have a season to remember.

3.  Alfred McCullough knows the Tide’s system better than Aaron Douglas in their battle at left tackle.

4.  Ken Carter wants to be “that guy” on Auburn’s defensive line. 

5.  Quindarius Carr wants to go from role player to starting receiver on The Plains.

6.  Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley are still friends despite their quarterback competition.

7.  Arkansas’ leading returning scorer — Rotnei Clarke — has told Mike Anderson that he’ll be back in Fayetteville next season.

8.  The Razorbacks are building depth at defensive end.

9.  Tyler Wilson and Brandon Mitchell are still fighting for the starting QB job.

10.  Even without Patrick Peterson, LSU might have a special secondary in 2011.

11.  Brad Wing has some big shoes to fill as the Tigers’ punter this fall.

12.  Chris Faulk is getting used to playing on the left side of LSU’s O-line.

13.  Mississippi State is as deep as its ever been at wide receiver.

14.  Vick Ballard and LaDarius Perkins figure to be a 1-2 punch at tailback for the Bulldogs.

15.  This writer brings you seven observations at the midway point of Ole Miss’ spring practice.

16.  Matt Hall –  a transfer from Arkansas — is in the mix for a starting spot on the Rebels’ offensive line.

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LSU’s Wilson Opens Up About Recruiting

LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson needed just one year on the bayou to wrap up’s “Recruiter of the Year” title.  Now the Louisiana native is looking to put down roots after stops at Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Tennessee in recent years.

“I always aspired to have the opportunity to come back home and coach at LSU.”  And that’s just what he did after serving on Lane Kiffin’s short-lived staff in Knoxville.  In Baton Rouge, Wilson helped land a Top 10 signing class in his first season.

“Usually, people who are socially adaptive and like to engage with people are the guys who usually do a good job recruiting,” Wilson told LSU’s The Daily Reveille.  “Then the next piece of it is not just being a good recruiter but being a good talent evaluator.  It was just something I embraced.  I enjoy doing it.”

And what of NCAA rules that prevent coaches from buying players even the smallest gifts?

“It may appear that it’s silly, I mean, he got him a bottle of water or something of that case.  I guess unfortunately we’ve had a small group of the overall collegiate coaches that took advantage of those things.  That bottle of water became dinner and that dinner became a car and that car became a house.”

I would insert a joke about Kiffin here, but in light of the rumors swirling about Patrick Peterson, it’s probably best not to even josh about such things.

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LSU’s Peterson To Go Pro

LSU cornerback and star return man Patrick Peterson announced today that he will leave Baton Rouge early and enter the NFL draft pool.

“This press conference is not about leaving,” Peterson said.  “It’s about how great of an experience it was (at LSU).”

Les Miles backed his star’s decision.  “I agree with it completely, the decision that he makes is a quality one.”

Peterson is the eighth SEC underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft this year joining Marcell Dareus (Alabama), AJ Green (Georgia), Tori Gurley (South Carolina), Will Hill (Florida), Mark Ingram (Alabama), Julio Jones (Alabama), and Ryan Mallett (Arkansas).

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SEC Headlines – 1/4/11 Part Two

1.  Auburn’s Tigers arrived safely in the desert yesterday for next week’s BCS title clash with Oregon.

2.  Who gets the edge in kick returns in the title game?

3.  Break up the Tigers!  Tony Barbee’s team won its fourth game in a row last night with a 65-60 win over Florida State.

4.  Alabama whipped up on Toledo 83-41 last night in Tuscaloosa.

5.  Arkansas is ready for the spotlight in tonight’s Sugar Bowl…

6.  While Ohio State is just hoping to end its own SEC losing streak.

7.  This writer likes the Hogs in a 28-27 thriller.

8.  Ryan Mallett might be hitting the field as a Razorback for the last time tonight.

9.  No one doubts Bobby Petrino’s vision for the Arkansas program anymore.

10.  Patrick Peterson has gone the extra mile while playing at LSU…

11.  But will he go the extra extra mile and return for his senior season?  he says his NFL decision has been “almost burdensome.”

12.  Stevan Ridley won’t say what his academic issue was, just that he’s glad that maintaining his “innocence” paid off for him.

13.  Yesterday, John Chavis didn’t completely, 100% rule out the possibility of taking a job at Texas.

14.  Houston Nutt hasn’t ruled out the possibility of making changes on his Ole Miss staff.

15.  Former Indiana Hoosier Nick Williams has made a solid impact for the Rebels’ basketball team.

16.  One of Renardo Sidney’s former coaches says he needs to “get in shape and stay out of trouble.”

17.  Sidney will be back in action Saturday for MSU.

18.  Ever-excellent CBS analyst Gary Danielson says the SEC is as good now as it’s ever been.

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SEC Headlines – 1/3/11 Part One

1.  Alabama faces an uncertain future in 2011…

2.  Did we say “uncertain?”  We meant bright.

3.  Alabama will host Toledo tonight at Coleman Coliseum.

4.  Oregon was the first to arrive in Arizona for the BCS title game.

5.  Auburn (and the Ducks) are taking a business-like approach to the title game.  (As opposed to just partying up and ignoring the game?)

6.  Bobby Petrino and Jim Tressel met the media one last time this morning.

7.  Willy Robinson led the Razorbacks’ defense to a 50-spot jump in the national rankings this year.

8.  LSU players were awed by Cowboys Stadium at first sight.

9.  Junior corner Patrick Peterson says he’s made no NFL decision yet.

10.  Virginia topped the LSU basketball team 65-50 yesterday.

11.  Dan Mullen says it’s now time for Mississippi State to go from good to great.

12.  Rick Stansbury says he’s close to handing out penalties to Renardo Sidney and Elgin Bailey for their in-the-stands fistfight in Hawaii.

13.  Ole Miss had to come from behind to beat Southeastern Louisiana 69-58 yesterday.

14.  Andy Kennedy said the whole game was played at Southeast Louisiana’s pace.

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