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Down Early, Both Arkansas And Ole Miss Rally For Double-Digit Victories

Arkansas 49 – Jacksonville State 24

1. Quarterback Tyler Wilson sets the school record for passing yards in a season opener.

2. A healthy Knile Davis returns to action – 18 carries for 70 yards.

3. Areas to address – “careless ball handling, missed tackles, shoddy pass defense, inconsistent offensive line play…”

4. John L. Smith: “Our expectations are to do better than we did.”

Ole Miss 49 – Central Arkansas 27

5. Rebels have to rally – down 20-14 at half.

6. Offensive coordinator Dan Werner: “I thought we played really well in the second half.”

7. 35-7 second half binge.  Hugh Freeze at halftime: “I want our offense to score 35 points in the second half and I want our defense to shut them out.”

8. An emotional day for the new head coach: “I was a bit overwhelmed by the Walk of Champions.”

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SEC Headlines – 10/20/11 Part Two

1.  Tennessee AD (and former Alabama assistant AD) Dave Hart says the Alabama-Tennessee game must be preserved because “the history that rivalry has produced is unparalleled in my mind.”

2.  Speaking of Alabama and Tennessee, the loss of offensive lineman Aaron Douglas is still being felt by people with ties to both programs.

3.  It sounds like Bama players will be enjoying victory cigars if they roll the Volunteers on Saturday.

4.  The Tide’s Trent Richardson remains grounded despite the hype surrounding him.

5.  How will Clint Moseley stack up against previous first-time starting quarterbacks at Auburn?

6.  Auburn’s homecoming game against Samford will be televised on pay-per-view.

7.  The guys on Arkansas’ offense believe they’ve still got a lot of room to improve.

8.  Quarterback Tyler Wilson is one of 10 finalists for the Unitas Award.

9.  This season, LSU has been wearing teams down in the second half.

10.  Ole Miss’ freshman class says “Be patient, we’re coming.”  (Soon enough to save Houston Nutt?)

11.  With the Rebels preparing to face Arkansas’ high-flying offense, Nutt says of his secondary, “We’re out of bodies.”

12.  Film work is paying off for Mississippi State’s D-linemen.

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SEC Headlines – 9/14/11 Part Two

1.  CBS analyst Gary Danielson talks about a number of SEC teams and topics right here.

2.  Scheduling for a 13-school league won’t be easy… in any sport.

3.  Gene Chizik says his team has played “very average football” in its first two games.

4.  Quarterback Barrett Trotter is looking forward to his first road start for the Tigers.

5.  Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris will be going against his mentor when Gus Malzahn rolls into town this weekend.

6.  Alabama likes using defensive lineman Brandon Lewis in the H-back/fullback/tight end role.

7.  A pair of hotshot signees are making their presence felt on Bama’s special teams units.

8.  Bobby Petrino says he’s got to get Joe Adams more touches.

9.  Quarterback Tyler Wilson practiced yesterday, but two other Hog starters did not.

10.  Arkansas and Auburn will be featured in a new ESPN series called “Depth Chart.”

11.  Could the past two months of adversity give LSU an edge on the field?  (Yep.  See: Oregon game.)

12.  Les Miles says the Tigers’ 11-game win streak over MSU won’t mean a thing tomorrow night in Starkville.

13.  LSU’s D-line will be a big test for Mississippi State’s run-first attack.

14.  After spending time at Oregon this offseason, Dan Mullen is now using placards to signal in offensive plays.  (ESPN’s Erin Andrews is featured on one card, prompting Mullen to say, “Everybody’s favorite play, right?”)

15.  Through two games, Ole Miss’ highly-touted offensive line has underachieved.

16.  Starting tailback Brandon Bolden was back at practice yesterday, but things don’t look as good for linebacker Mike Marry.

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