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SEC To Provide Big Ten For NFL

Todd McShay of ESPN.com has spat forth his latest mock NFL draft and 10 first round picks — he believes — will come from the SEC.

Here’s his latest projection:


1.  Carolina Panthers — Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
4.  Cincinnati Bengals — AJ Green, WR, Georgia
5.  Arizona Cardinals — Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
7.  San Francisco 49ers — Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
8.  Tennessee Titans — Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
10.  Washington Redskins — Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
15.  Miami Dolphins — Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
19.  New York Giants — Mike Pouncey, C/G, Florida
27.  Atlanta Falcons — Justin Houston, LB, Georgia
29.  Chicago Bears — Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State


No offense to Dareus, but Fairley dominated the SEC and the BCS Championship Game.  He may be a head case — and that’s apparently the issue as teams have been unimpressed with his interviews — but the guy can play when he’s motivated.

When push comes to shove, we believe some team will roll the dice on his talent well before pick #8.

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Breaking Down Tennessee

Tennessee

Signees/Enrollees: 27

5-stars: 0
4-stars: 12
3-stars: 14

DeAnthony Arnett, WR, MI ****
Allan Carson, DT, AL **
Cameron Clear, OL, TN ****
Justin Coleman, DB, GA ****
Maurice Couch, DT, KS****
Mack Crowder, OL, TN ***
Vincent Dallas, ATH, GA ***
Brendan Downs, TE, TN ***
Christian Harris, LB, GA ***
Marcus Jackson, OL, FL ****
AJ Johnson, LB, GA ****
Kyler Kerbyson, OL, TN ***
Marlin Lane, RB, FL ****
Izauea Lanier, ATH, MS ****
Curt Maggitt, LB, FL ****
Pat Martin, DB, SC ****
Byron Moore, DB, CA ****
Geraldo Orta, DB, GA ***
Alan Posey, OL, GA ***
Brian Randolph, DB, GA ***
Antonio Richardson, OL, TN ****
Trevarris Saulsberry, DT, FL ***
Tom Smith, RB, FL ***
Tino Thomas, ATH, TN ***
Jordan Williams, DE, FL ***
Justin Worley, QB, SC ***
Devrin Young, RB, TN ***

Notes:

* The Volunteers closed fast and filled holes on the defensive line (four signees) and in the secondary (five signees).  Tennessee also added six more offensive linemen.

* Derek Dooley signed seven players from both Tennessee and Georgia.

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Breaking Down Mississippi State

Mississippi State

Signees/Enrollees: 22

5-stars: 0
4-stars: 1
3-stars: 21

Dee Arrington, DB, MS ***
Taveze Calhoun, WR, MS ***
Justin Cox, ATH, MS ***
Devin Fosselman, WR, MS ***
Johnathan Harris, DE, FL ***
Zachary Jackson, ATH, MS ***
PJ Jones, DT, MS ****
Daniel Knox, OL, MS ***
James Maiden, DT, MS ***
Justin Malone, OL, MS ***
Kendrick Market, DB, MS ***
Benardrick McKinney, ATH, MS ***
Derrick Milton, RB, VA ***
Joseph Morrow, WR, MS ***
Shaquille Perry, LB, MS ***
Dak Prescott, QB, LA ***
Nick Redmond, OL, MS ***
Josh Robinson, RB, LA ***
Darius Slay, DB, MS ***
Preston Smith, DE, GA ***
Joey Trapp, OL, CA ***
Rufus Warren, TE, MS ***

Notes:

* Landing one 4-star and 21 3-star prospects isn’t bad at all… but State’s class was passed by Ole Miss.  That has to be frustrating for a coaching staff that has bested the Rebels in back-to-back Egg Bowls.

* Of MSU’s 22 signees, 16 came from within the Magnolia State.

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Breaking Down Florida

Florida

Signees/Enrollees: 18

5-stars: 0
4-stars: 10
3-stars: 8

Mike Blakely, RB, FL ****
Clay Burton, DE, FL ***
Kyle Christy, K, IN ***
Jeff Driskel, QB, FL ****
Jabari Gorman, DB, FL ****
Chris Johnson, DB, FL ***
Tommy Jordan, OL, CT ***
Hunter Joyer, RB, FL ***
AC Leonard, TE, FL ****
Javares McRoy, WR, FL ****
Louchiez Purifoy, DB, FL, ****
Marcus Roberson, DB, FL ****
De’Ante Saunders, DB, FL ***
Valdez Showers, DB, MI ***
Graham Stewart, LB, CT ****
Ja’Juan Story, WR, FL ****
Trip Thurman, OL, DE ****
Tevin Westbrook, DE, FL ***

Notes:

* The Gators didn’t close as strongly as they usually do — which was to be expected with a new staff — but they did bring home 10 4-star recruits.

* Of Florida’s 18 signees, 13 came from inside the Sunshine State.

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Breaking Down Auburn

Auburn

Signees/Enrollees: 24

5-stars: 1
4-stars: 13
3-stars: 10

Angelo Blackson, DL, DE ***
Quan Bray, RB, GA ****
Sammie Coates, WR, AL ***
Jaylon Denson, WR, AL ****
Reese Dismukes, OL, AL ****
Erique Florence, DB, AL ****
Kiehl Frazier, QB, AR ****
Kris Frost, LB, NC *****
Brandon Fulse, TE, FL ****
Justin Garrett, LB, GA ***
Keymiya Harrell, DE, AL ***
Chris Landrum, LB, AL ***
Tre Mason, RB, FL ****
JaBrian Niles, DE, AL ***
Thomas O’Reilly, OL, GA ***
Greg Robinson, OL, LA ****
Jonathan Rose, DB, AL ****
Devaunte Sigler, LB, AL ***
Anthony Swain, DB, AL ***
Robenson Therezie, DB, FL ****
CJ Uzomah, TE, GA ***
Christian Westerman, OL, AZ ****
Jermaine Whitehead, DB, MS ****
Gabe Wright, DT, GA ****

Notes:

* Auburn is still waiting for Cyrus Kouandjio — who committed to AU today — to sign his letter of intent.  Alabama is still in the picture as well.

* Auburn nabbed 10 players from the state of Alabama.

* The Tigers also signed eight lineman to replace the many starters departing from last year’s championship squad.

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2011 Heisman Hopefuls From The SEC

Going into 2010, Mark Ingram and Ryan Mallett were the Heisman favorites in the SEC.  But by December, Cam Newton had gone from nowhere (Blinn Junior College) to the history books.  It’s possible next year’s Heisman winner will come from off the hot lists, too.

But for now, those hot lists are starting to turn up on the big, national sports sites.  Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com posted his pre-2011 favorites list yesterday and the SEC is represented as follows:


* Mike Dyer, RB, Auburn — One of the Dodd’s 10 favorites for the award.  “With all the talk about Newton and Nick Fairley, wasn’t it Dyer who won the national championship game in the fourth quarter?”

* Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama — Another of Dodd’s 10 favorites.  “While playing in the shadow of Ingram the past two years, Richardson has run for 1,451 yards while averaging 5.4 yards per rush.”

* Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas — Labeled as “the next level” down from Dodd’s top 10.  “The Next Big Thing at tailback in the SEC.”

* Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina — Also in “the next level.”  “With three of his starting offensive linemen returning, Lattimore shoudl become a 1,500-yard runner in ’11.”

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NFL Lures 15 From The SEC (Updated)

The announcements have come and gone and all told the SEC will lose twelve underclassmen to April’s NFL draft.  So much for coaches warning their players about an impending lockout in the pro league.  Looks like agents’ warnings of a rookie salary cap coming with the next collective bargaining agreement carried more weight.  Better to get your deal now — and sit — than to risk injury in 2011, then go pro under a cap.

Below are the SEC’s departing fourteen.  Obviously, a lot of talent is walking out the door.


Darvin Adams, WR, Auburn

Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky

Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

AJ Green, WR, Georgia

Tori Gurley, WR, South Carolina

Will Hill, FS, Florida

Justin Houston, LB, Georgia

Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

Jerrell Powe, DE, Ole Miss

Stevan Ridley, RB, LSU


(Typed the list and done and went and left Nick Fairley’s name off.  Sorry.  It happens.  Also added Darvin Adams, whose decision has now been reported by two sites.  Also added Jerrell Powe’s name to the list.)

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Dan McCarney’s departure part of reason for Jeoffrey Pagan’s decommitment

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Four-star DE Jeoffrey Pagan decommitted from Florida on Monday, changing his mind in part because of the departure of defensive line coach Dan McCarney for North Texas.

Danny Wilkins, Pagan’s high school coach at Asheville (N.C.) High, said, “I think he’s concerned about the distance from home a little bit more as time approaches, too, for signing.”

The Gators had honored their offer after Pagan tore his PCL and MCL earlier this month. He has since had surgery under the direction of Dr. James Andrews, one of the most renowned sports surgeons in the country.

“His knee’s doing much better,” said Wilkins. “It was not as severe as they thought. He’s in rehab and doing well. And they expect a full recovery.”

Pagan’s decommitment leaves Florida with 17 recruits in the 2011 class. They are:

Player School Hometown Pos. Ht. Wt. Stars (Rivals/Scout)
De’Ante Saunders Deland Deland,Fla. DB 6 180 3/3
Jeff Driskel Hagerty Oviedo, Fla. QB 6′3″ 225 4/5
Javares McRoy Lakeland Lakeland, Fla. WR 5′9″ 170 4/4
Hunter Joyer Tampa Catholic Tampa, Fla. RB 6′ 245 3/3
Tommy Jordan Ridgefield Ridgefield, Conn. OL 6′5″ 280 3/4
Ryan Shazier Plantation Plantation, Fla. LB 6′3″ 205 4/4
Kyle Christy Brownsburg Brownsburg, Ind. K 6′2″ 175 2/3
Ja’Juan Story Nature Coast Brooksville, Fla. WR 6′3″ 190 4/4
Trip Thurman Dover Dover, Del. OL 6′6″ 302 4/3
Louchiez Purifoy Pine Forest Pensacola, Fla. DB 6′ 170 4/3
Chase Hounshell Lake Catholic Kirtland, Ohio OL 6′5″ 242 3/3
Nick Waisome South Lake Groveland, Fla. DB 5′10″ 171 4/4
Valdez Showers Madison Madison Heights, Mich. DB 5′11″ 181 4/4
Chris Johnson Trinity Catholic Ocala, Fla. DB 5′10″ 186 3/3
A.C. Leonard University Christian Jacksonville, Fla. TE 6′2″ 232 4/4
Clay Burton Venice Venice, Fla. LB 6′3″ 230 3/3
Mike Blakely Manatee Bradenton, Fla. RB 5′9″ 190 4/4


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Black and Gold Land 2nd QB Commitment and 3rd RB From Same HS

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Sorry I haven’t kept up with the football recruiting scene but as you all well know, Vandy football, even thinking about it, has been very depressing lately. Also I don’t know what these verbals will really mean until we know who the coach will be next year. Anyway here are some recent commitments that we have gotten recently…..

1) QB Shaun White – Commies got a commitment last night from the 6’0, 195 dual threat Florida QB. White is a 3-star according to Rivals but hasn’t been evaluated by ESPN.com.
2) RB Marquis Sumler – Also from Pensacola Catholic, Sumler is a 5’9, 180 RB. Like White he is a 3-star recruit by Rivals and yet to be rated by ESPN.com. Sumler joins J.J. Keels and Mitchell Hester as the 3rd RB verbal.
3) DB Derek King – a few weeks ago CRC and his staff got a commitment from local 3-star product Derek King out of Brentwood. ESPN.com lists King as a 78 and the 27th rated CB recruit.

These last three commitments bring the total verbal commitment # to 13. The numbers break down to 2 QB’s, 3 RB’s, 5 O-lineman, 2 DE’s and 1 DB. But due to the uncertainty of the coaching staffs future AND the bunching of commitments to just 5 positions, it would be smart to assume that the group that ends up signing in February could be very different, making the “Verbal” commitment even more fluid than normal.

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South Carolina Gamecocks Football: Online Video and College Football Fandom

South Carolina
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This is the final post in a series on how technology has changed the way we experience our college football fandom. Today’s topic is how online video makes it easier than ever to study the game. With online video, it’s now incredibly simple to watch game film that’s been put on some site or another, making it possible for us to become Manning-like students of the game from the comfort of our easy chairs. For football geeks like those of us who spend our free time roaming around on sports blogs, that’s a pretty sweet boon.

To demonstrate, let’s take a look at Youtube to get an idea of what we can learn from watching video. We’ve spent a fair amount of time discussing Stephen Garcia‘s problems making good reads out of the zone read offense, so let’s take a look at some footage of Garcia and Marcus Lattimore doing work to get a better idea of what’s going on here. The following video shows every Lattimore carry against Georgia, a game where we relied heavily on the zone read.

 

Please note that the music playing during this video is NSFW. I normally wouldn’t post this, but it gives us about the best look at our zone-read offense that you’ll find on the net. I’d just recommend turning the sound off.

There are a few plays here that a worth taking a look at. First of all, look at the play at around 30 second in. This is an example of the zone read run quite well. On a typical zone-read play, the offensive line will leave one DE unblocked and will focus on opening holes in the gut of the defense for the RB. The key on one of these plays is what that DE does. The QB has to watch the DE and decide whether or not to hand off to the RB or to keep it; the general idea is that the QB should keep the ball and run to the outside if the DE dashes for the RB and should hand off if the DE plays to contain the edge. On this play, as you can see, the DE gets caught wondering whether he should contain Garcia or crash Lattimore. If Garcia keeps it here, he might be able to get by the DE, but probably not. Instead, he hands off to Lattimore, who dashes into a big hole for a few yards and then gets a few more after breaking some tackles and falling forward into the pile. A job well done here by Garcia, Lattimore, and the offensive line.

On other plays, though, Garcia doesn’t make the right decision. Take a look at the play at about 2 minutes 37 seconds. This play is slightly different because we’re running out of a different formation with a WR running in motion behind the line before the snap. (I believe the player is Tori Gurley, but it’s hard to tell from the image.) This play sets up very well for Garcia to hold onto the ball for several reasons. First of all, the unblocked DE doesn’t even stop to think about Garcia running the ball, probably because by this point in the game Lattimore has run up a sizeable amount of yardage. He crashes immediately during the hand-off and makes the tackle on Lattimore. Check out how things are set up for Garcia on the right side of the field, though. Not only would he not have the DE to worry about; the entire side of the field is actually free because Georgia’s CB is worried about covering Alshon Jeffery. Moreover, Garcia has the motion man as a lead blocker here. Garcia would have gone for at least 10 yards on this play if he had kept it, and considering the he would have Gurley and Jeffery blocking for him, he may have gone for much more.

You’ll see a few more plays like this if you watch the rest of this video, and you’ll see more of them in other games, too. Garcia is perhaps worst about keeping the ball when we’re on the goal line. That’s never really come back to haunt us because Lattimore is so good at getting at least a couple of yards, but there have been a handful of zone read plays inside the five where Garcia could have walked in untouched if he hadn’t handed it off to Lattimore. I’ll never quite understand why Garcia seems reluctant to hold onto the ball in these situations. I’ve seen him run the play correctly enough times to make me believe he knows, at least to some degree, what he’s doing. Perhaps Spurrier is telling him not to keep it, or perhaps he’s grown accustomed to leaning on Lattimore. Whatever the case may be, I think this is an area in Garcia’s game that needs to be addressed during the off-season. Don’t let the success of our running game against Georgia fool you–if Garcia keeps it on the right plays, we get even more rushing yardage. This is perhaps the key to running this offense well, at least in addition to having the right personnel, of course. If you have a talented RB, a good line, and a QB who knows how to make his reads, you can run up a lot of rushing yardage with this approach.

Now, if only Garcia and Steve Spurrier were reading Garnet and Black Attack right now.


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