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AU’s Bray Suspended For Game Arkansas Game

Last Thursday, Auburn receiver and punt returner Quan Bray was arrested for a violation of his driving permit and cited for loud music and possession of an open container of alcohol.  As a result, he’s now been suspended for this weekend’s game against Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Last year, Bray’s father admitted to killing his mother, which Gene Chizik referenced while announcing the suspension:

 

“I’m proud of the way in the last year and a half that he’s carried himself, and the way he’s overcome a lot of adversity.  Unfortunately, he made a bad decision this weekend.  What comes with that is consequences…

Part of our job as coaches is to help young guys grow up.  That’s part of my job, and, again, in a perfect world you don’t want any of these things to happen.  But my job — as well as winning football games — is to help young guys come in here as boys at 18 and great into men when they leave at 22.  That’s what our goal is with any guy who may make a decision that’s not what you want.”

 

Bray — a sophomore — was was driving on a suspended license that was only to be used to drive to work, to school or to his doctor.  Instead, he was visiting friends at the University of West Georgia when he was stopped.

According to The Opelika-Auburn News, Trovon Reed will get the first opportunity to fill in for Bray, who has 11 catches on the year.  Only Emory Blake and Philip Lutzenkirchen have more for the Tigers.  He has also returned four punts for 23 yards through four games.

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SEC Headlines – 12/27/11 AM Edition

1.  With the Chick-fil-A Bowl scheduled for later this week, things sure have changed since the last time Auburn visited the Georgia Dome.

2.  Tiger receiver Quan Bray might just be the “surprise” third running back on Saturday night.

3.  Alabama is ready to start implementing its gameplan for Game of the Century II.

4.  If Tide defensive back Robert Lester has a big game against LSU, he might leave early for the NFL.

5.  New Arkansas defensive tackles coach Kevin Peoples is fired up to be back on the field.

6.  This writer says the Razorbacks need a bowl win in the worst way.

7.  Christmas break behind them, LSU’s football players are back at work on the Bayou.

8.  By now, the Tigers are used to prepping for big games.

9.  A new football coach in place, Mississippi has turned its full attention to finding a new AD to replace Pete Boone.

10.  MSU has arrived in damp, dreary Nashville to “win a championship,” according to Dan Mullen.

11.  With Tyler Russell suffering from an MCL sprain, Chris Relf will get the start at quarterback for the Bulldogs in the Music City Bowl.

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Auburn WR Bray: Someone To Pull For In 2011

If you’re looking for a young man to pull for this fall, look no further than Auburn freshman receiver Quan Bray.  As Evan Woodberry of Al.com points out, Bray’s mother was murdered over the summer and his father was arrested and charged with the crime.

Imagine trying to overcome something like that… while starting college… and playing football.  That’s one reason AU receivers coach Trooper Taylor heaps praise on the young man:

 

“I tell you, I’m proud of that kid.  I’m probably breaking some rule, but the kid threw out all of (the distraction) and had a 3.5 GPA (in the summer).  He has learned all his assignments and is out there busting his tail.  You talk about life throwing you some curveballs.  Obviously that was personal for me because I recruited him and know his family really well.  That’s a chance and an opportunity for us to stand up on what family really means…

He’s going to be something special.  To go through that type of an ordeal and to still come out with over 3.5 and to be able to do the things that he’s doing on that football field, obviously he’s go a lot of motivation.  But it also tells you the type of character and the type of upbringing he had coming from that home.”

 

Here’s hoping fortune begins to shine on this young man.

 

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SEC Headlines 7/4/2011

1. Mother of Auburn freshman receiver Quan Bray shot and killed. Player and coach reaction.

2. When it comes to Auburn’s QB this fall, it’s back to Plan A. More here.

3. Alabama’s top pro prospect?

4. David Climer: “The events of last week prove that there is much, much more to James Franklin than a firm handshake and effervescent personality. He not only talks a good game; he also recruits a good game.”

5. John Adams: “At the risk of sounding provincial, I’m starting to wonder if the SEC has outgrown the NCAA.”

6. A South Carolina preview of Tennessee football.

7. An LSU preview of Mississippi State

8. Former Kentucky star Randall Cobb returns to his hometown.

9. When he was on the other sideline, Will Muschamp knew how to play defense against the Florida Gators.

10. An early look at Florida vs. Florida State and what some preseason magazines are saying about the Florida teams.

11. Potential impact freshman in the SEC.

Happy 4th of July!

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Will A Coin Decide Xzavier Dickson’s Future?

Defensive end Xzavier Dickson from Griffin (Ga.) High School has come up with an interesting approach to decide between Alabama and Georgia.

He’s going to flip a coin.

“I’m going to flip it five times and the one that comes up the most is the one I’m going to go with,” Dickson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “They both can provide me with what I need at the next level, so I can’t go wrong.”

Dickson will announce his decision tonight during the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. He’s one of eight players expected to make an announcement tonight.

Dickson swore to Chip Towers of the AJC that he will use the coin to decide his future. Of course, many people are skeptical of whether Dickson will actually stick with the plan. But Towers isn’t the only person to hear of Dickson’s plan.

“He told me that, too,” said athlete Quan Bray, who is Dickson’s roommate this week at the Under Armour game. “I’m in the room with him so I guess I’ll see. That’s exactly what he told me.”

Dickson is ranked the nation’s fifth-best defensive end and 22nd best player overall by ESPN.com. If Dickson chooses Georgia, he could be joining what coach Mark Richt hopes turns out to be a monster signing class.

Bray, who attends Troup High School in LaGrange, Ga., will also announced his college choice tonight. He is also considering Alabama and Georgia along with Auburn and Florida.

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