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Early Signees And Early Enrollees — Tennessee

TENNESSEE UPDATEButch Jones’ 2014 class was expected to be big.  Houston Nutt big.  Thirty-plus new players and a heckuva lot of talk about oversigning.  Well, it’s already shaping up big thanks to 14 early enrollees.  Here are the folks who’ve enrolled early and/or signed today with the Volunteers…


Aaron Medley, K

Derrell Scott, RB

Rashaan Gaulden, DB

Vic Wharton, WR

Dillon Bates, LB

Todd Kelly, DB

Dontavius Blair, OL

Neiko Creamer, Ath

Daniel Helm, TE,

Jalen Hurd, RB

Jakob Johnson, LB

Josh Malone, WR

Dimarya Mixon, DE

Emmanuel Moseley, DB

D’Andre Payne, DB

Von Pearson, WR

Ray Raulerson, OL

Coleman Thomas, OL

Owen Williams, DL

Ethan Wolf, TE

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Vanderbilt’s Signee Tracker… Still A Big Ol’ Blank

VANDERBILT UPDATEThanks to the departure of James Franklin and a number of the quality commitments, National Signing Day figures to be a quiet one.  As of now, it’s a very, very quiet day.  As in no faxes in to date.  According to the Commodores’ official athletic site, new coach Derek Mason is still waiting for his first signee of the day.  (As of 8:22am ET.)

UPDATE — Dallas Rivers, RB is on the board for Vandy

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Not Again: LSU Could Lose Several Juniors To The NFL

NOSTALGIA © 1998 PhotoSpin www.powerphotos.comLSU fans must cringe whenever the NFL draft is mentioned.  Not only do the Tigers lose their share of graduating seniors each year, but they also see their ranks decimated by early-departees.  Last season, for example, LSU lost 10 underclassmen to the pro ranks and that’s not even counting dismissed/suspended junior Tyrann Mathieu.

Why bring this up now?  Because Jim Kleinpeter of The Baton Rouge Advocate points out that it could be a case of deja vu on the Bayou this January.

The Tigers could lose underclassmen:


Odell Beckham, WR

La’El Collins, LT

Ego Ferguson, DT

Jeremy Hill, RB

Kenny Hilliard, RB

Anthony Johnson, DT

Jarvis Landry, WR


Running back Alfred Blue was just granted a medical hardship year but sources at LSU tell Kleinpeter he’s going to turn pro anyway.

Les Miles can’t be happy with the idea of losing 18 underclassmen — 19 if you count Mathieu — in a two-year period.  As we’ve seen with LSU’s defense this year, it’s not easy to continually turnover players and put freshmen and sophomores onto the field before they’re ready.

Perhaps Miles should call John Calipari for advice.  If all of the juniors above leave early, LSU will be well on its way to becoming the football equivalent of Kentucky’s baskeball program — Early Exit U.

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Congrats To Meilinger, Wuerffel On College Football Hall Of Fame Honors

college-football-hall-oF-fameThe 2013 College Football Hall of Fame class was announced today and two more ex-SEC’ers are headed for enshrinement.

Steve Meilinger, a defensive end at Kentucky from 1951 through 1953, and Danny Wuerffel, Florida’s quarterback from 1993 to 1996, will both be inducted into the Hall of Fame in New York City in December.  While the ceremonies are in the Big Apple, a brand new College Football Hall of Fame will open in Atlanta — probably on one of the city’s 462 Peachtree Streets — in 2014.

Meilinger was a member of Paul “Bear” Bryant’s final three squads in Lexington.  Wuerffel won the Heisman Trophy and led Steve Spurrier’s Gators to the national championship in 1996.

Also voted in this year:


Ted Brown, RB, North Carolina State

Tedy Bruschi, DE, Arizona

Ron Dayne, RB, Wisconsin

Tommie Frazier, QB, Nebraska

Jerry Gray, DB, Texas

Orlando Pace, OT, Ohio State

Rod Shoate, LB, Oklahoma

Percy Snow, LB, Michigan State

Vinny Testaverde, QB, Miami (FL)

Don Trull, QB, Baylor

Wayne Hardin, Coach, Navy and Temple

Bill McCartney, Coach, Colorado


Congratulations to all of those being honored.

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SEC Early Entrants 2013

nfl-draft-podium-tightThe NFL early entry deadline had come and gone and SEC teams took quite a hit.  Not surprising considering the SEC leads the nation in recruiting rankings every February and in NFL draft picks every April.  With that much talent in SEC programs, there will always be a number of stars leaving prior to their senior seasons.

In all, 33 players from the league submitted their paperwork to the NFL for early entry into the draft.  More could have changed their mind at the last minute, but for now we know of 33.  That number includes former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu who did not play with the Tigers in 2012 due to a suspension.



DJ Fluker, OT

Eddie Lacy, RB

Dee Milliner, CB



Alvin Bailey, OG

Knile Davis, RB



Corey Lemonier, DE



Matt Elam, S

Sharrif Floyd, DT

Jelani Jenkins, LB

Jordan Reed, TE



Kwame Geathers, DT

Jarvis Jones, LB

Alec Ogletree, LB




LSU — 11

Chris Faulk, OT

Michael Ford, RB

Bennie Logan, DT

Tyrann Mathieu, CB (already off team)

Barkevious Mingo, DE

Kevin Minter, LB

Sam Montgomery, DE

Eric Reid, S

Tharold Simon, CB

Spencer Ware, RB

Brad Wing, P





Sheldon Richardson, DT





Marcus Lattimore, RB

Ace Sanders, WR



Tyler Bray, QB

Justin Hunter, WR

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR

Darrington Sentimore, DT



Luke Joeckel, OT

Damontre Moore, DE



Post Comments » Comments (13) Stat Analysis: Playmakers 10/25/12

Regular readers of — as opposed to you irregular readers — know that we like to look inside the numbers on Thursdays.  Usually, we look at team-based stats, but today we want to examine the work of individual performers.

This stat’s pretty simple, really: Which offensive players are responsible for the most yards per touch?  We call it our Playmakers measure.

We take rushing yards, passing yards and receiving yards and then divide that number by the total number of touches for a given player.  We include only those players who’ve touched the ball — run, pass or catch — at least 30 times against SEC defenses only.

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Wow Morning Headlines 9/6/2012

Injured LSU left tackle Chris Faulk won’t play against Washington Saturday – could force shuffling along the Tigers’ offensive line
QB Connor Shaw to be gametime decision for South Carolina vs East Carolina
WR Cobi Hamilton expected to start for Arkansas vs Louisiana-Monroe
Georgia’s Mark Richt won’t name RB starter vs Missouri… or say who’s suspended
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive will conduct the coin toss at both the Texas A&M/Florida and Mizzou/Georgia games Saturday
Tennessee walk-on WR Jacob Carter given scholarship after 1-catch performance vs NC State
Which SEC Teams will finish September undefeated?  Log on to to see our exclusive breakdown

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WOW Evening Headlines – 9/5/12

QB Connor Shaw to be gametime decision for South Carolina vs East Carolina
WR Cobi Hamilton expected to start for Arkansas vs Louisiana-Monroe
Georgia’s Mark Richt won’t name RB starter vs Missouri… or say who’s suspended
Tennessee walk-on WR Jacob Carter given scholarship after 1-catch performance vs NC State
Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu officially enrolled as student at LSU, hopes to play in 2013
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Four SEC Footballers Named To “The Freak List”

Somehow missed this one earlier in the week, but Bruce Feldman of has compiled what he calls his “Freak List,” the 10 craziest athletes in college football.  And by crazy, he means “the top workout warriors or players who amaze their teammates and coaches whith what they can do in the weight room, on the track or in some other ‘wow” aspect of athleticism.

You can get the full explainers right here.  We’ll just tell you that four SEC players made this year’s list with three other just missing the cut.  And those super-skilled athletes are…


2.  Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina

3.  Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

6.  Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas

8.  Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn (transfer from Northwestern)


Just missing the list were:


Eric Reid, DB, LSU

Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

Lerentee McCray, LB, Florida


(You can tell its May when people start posting all their different lists.  It’s not football or basketball season… it’s list season.)

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Mock Draft: Top Of NFL Draft Might Be SEC-Light Next Year

Will next year’s NFL draft be less SEC-centric than its recent predecessors?  At least at the top of the draft it might.

Andrew Perloff of has posted his first 2012 mock draft and only one SEC player is listed among the first 11 picks.  Considering last week’s draft produced five SEC picks in the first six selections, going one for eleven would be quite a dry spell.

Overall, Perloff sees nine league players being taken in next year’s first round.  That’s certainly more in tune with the league’s usual production.  Year-in and year-out you can expect nearly 30% of the NFL’s first-round picks to come from the SEC.

Here are the conference players he expects to get first-day calls next April:

8.  Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama — Raiders

12.  Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina — Lions

15.  Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama — Jaguars

16.  Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU — Texans

17.  Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas — 49ers

18.  Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama — Buccaneers

21.  Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina — Ravens

22.  Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama — Patriots

27.  Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina — Chargers

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