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SEC Headlines 9/25/2012

SEC East

1. In the past 20 years, four quarterbacks have beaten Tennessee at least three times.  Georgia’s Aaron Murray can join that group with a win Saturday.

2. Georgia’s offense leads the nation with 35 plays 20 yards or longer.

3. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley on Georgia’s John Jenkins: “That sucker is a pretty good nose guard, and he is big.”

4. Big difference between last year and this year’s Florida teams?  Will Muschamp says it’s the depth to withstand injuries. The up-and-down career of Andre Debose.

5. Resetting expectations at Mizzou – and why this weekend’s game at UCF is key to a winning season.

6. Mizzou quarterback James Franklin on pain in his shoulder: It’s almost like I’m worried about doing it (delivering throws) because the pain is going to be there and I doubt that I’ll be able to put something on this throw or make that type of throw.”

7. Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith is day-to-day – “who is UK’s next best quarterback?”

8. What should Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart do about Joker Phillips?  Nothing, until the Wildcats lose seven games.

9. Big problem facing Vanderbilt? Lack of size.

SEC West

10. Dan Mullen and the 4-0 Mississippi State Bulldogs have their goals set high: “The opportunity could be there for championships.”

11. Pat Dye on Auburn’s defense Saturday night: “It was one of the most amazing transitions I’ve seen.”

12. Nick Saban on the 2012 version of his team: ”We probably have a team that doesn’t have as many defined stars as we’ve had in the past.”

13. Ole Mis coach Hugh Freeze on Alabama: “They’re the gold standard in football right now.”

14. Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace: “The shoulder is tight, but I’m optimistic.”

15. Les Miles on chewing out players during a game with TV cameras rolling: “We occasionally have a conversation that cannot wait until I get to the confines of a locker room.”

16. Miles took three questions about left tackle Josh Dworaczyk in Monday’s press conference.

17. Jim Harris on John L. Smith:” Hog fans may want him returned to Utah yesterday, but one can’t help but laugh with him or at him, or both. Or maybe cry for him.”

18. Why Texas A&M should still worry about the Razorbacks: “It’s the freedom that can come with utter failure.”

SEC/College News

19. Auburn student coach Joseph Bagwell  – who passed away Saturday -“was born with literally half a heart — without a right ventricle.”

20. Harvey Updyke arrested for an incident involving a returned lawn mower.

21. What rights do college athletes retain when signing NCAA paperwork?

22. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher on the Heisman Trophy.  “Like I say, that’s for show dogs.”

23. More than $1 billion spent on stadium refurbishments in the state of Texas.

24. FBS football players - 17 percent less likely to graduate then their male peers.

25. The Pac-12 fired three refs that have found work in the NFL.

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SEC Headlines 10/8/2011 Part Two

Auburn at Arkansas

1. Jon Solomon’s message to Arkansas: “If you want to beat Auburn tonight, you better deliver the kill shot.”

2. Auburn freshman quarterback Kiehl Frazier grew up loving the Razorbacks: “It’s definitely kind of a dream come true to get to play in that stadium.”

3. Watch out for Auburn running back and Arkansas native Michael Dyer tonight.

4. Auburn’s goal is to make the Razorbacks offense one-dimensional.

Georgia at Tennessee

5. Georgia linebacker Christian Robinson: “It looks as if this will be the turning point.”

6. The matchup to watch tonight? Aaron Murray vs. the Tennessee secondary.

7. The milestone they’re reluctant to talk about.  A victory tonight would be the 100th of Mark Richt’s coaching career.

8. Tennessee running back Tauren Poole is a Georgia native who wasn’t recruited by the Bulldogs but he takes no offense. ““I don’t take it as an insult or anything.”

9. Georgia has the best chance to win the SEC East.  Says who?  Says the father of Tennessee’s coach.

Vanderbilt at Alabama

10. Vanderbilt’s theme (prayer?) tonight – keep it close and make the end of the game count.

11. It’s the number-one ranked scoring defense vs. the 117th ranked total offense.

12. Alabama’s offensive line is starting to gel.

13. Vandy needs its Alabama natives to step up tonight.

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