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SEC Headlines 3/1/2014

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1. “I had nothing to do with the idea of the 10-second rule,” says Alabama coach Nick Saban. Also says, “I don’t think coaches should be making this decision.”

2. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on the first day of spring practice: “It’s just the first day. We’re running around in our underwear.”

3. Sumlin says defensive tackle Isaiah Golden and linebacker Darian Claiborne remain suspended indefinitely.

4. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says he hopes to have his support staff complete by the end of next week.

5. Why the left tackle spot will be a source of intrigue along the Georgia offensive line.

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6. Auburn’s Pro Day on Tuesday will include 15 players.

7. NFL analyst Charles Davis projects three Auburn players to go in the first round of the draft.

8. Missouri’s Henry Josey improved his draft stock with 4.43 40-yard time at the NFL Combine.

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9. ESPN’s Andy Katz on Bruce Pearl:  ”I can’t tell you 100 percent that he’s not stirring the pot [at Tennessee], but I don’t think he is.”

10. Missouri attendance on pace for its lowest level since 2007-2008.  Sophomore forward Ryan Rosburg: “You do notice.” Biggest drop in SEC.

11. Last time LSU faced a No. 1 ranked team was against Kentucky in 2012 in the SEC Tournament.

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12. College Football Talk: Is James Franklin Waking A Sleeping Giant At Penn State?

13. Randy Moss’s daughter scores 63 points in DIII basketball game.

14. NBA to LeBron James – please stop wearing the black mask.

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USC’s Clowney Is Back And Faster Than Ever

When you look at plays like the one below, you probably find yourself wondering just how dang fast South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney really is.

 

Jadeveon Clowney's Top Play: Hit vs. Michigan

 

Well, if ESPN.com’s Tom Rinaldi is correct, the All-American and future #1 NFL pick ran a 4.5 40-yard dash during Carolina’s winter workouts.  This for a guy who’s 6-6, 272 pounds according to the Gamecocks’ official website.

According to the Yahoo! Sports’ Dr. Saturday blog, only 22 players at the recent NFL combine ran a faster time than Clowney.  None were defensive linemen.

Now normally would we say two things about Clowney’s reported 40-time.  First, all it takes is a friendly trigger on the stopwatch to help someone’s time.  Second, football isn’t run on a track, it’s played on turf, in pads, with a lot of other guys running at and around you.  But we’ll not make those points in relation to Clowney because we know that he does play just fast on the field.  You saw it above.  And if you follow recruiting, you probably remember the first play from Clowney’s highlight reel below, too.

 

Jadeveon Clowney Senior Highlights

 

Clowney is as much a freak at the defensive end position as Randy Moss was as a receiver.  If his career progresses as everyone believes it will, folks will be saying “this end reminds me of Clowney,” the way they’ve said it about wideouts and Moss for a decade.  And we’re talking about on-field athletic ability, not off-field tomfoolery.

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