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SEC Headlines 2/25/2013

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1. In Tennessee’s four-overtime victory Saturday against Texas A&M, there were several under the radar key moments.

2. Tennessee had plenty of alums on hand to watch the win.  “We have a huge Tennessee fan base in Dallas-Fort Worth. It’s one of the strongest chapters in all of the United States.”

3. Biggest win of any bubble team Saturday?  Kentucky. Andy Katz: “Don’t sweat, Kentucky and North Carolina.”

4. So what were Missouri’s Phil Pressey and Kentucky’s Archie Goodwin chatting about late in the game Saturday night?

5. What do Missouri’s five true road losses that came down to a final possession have in common? “A bad decision by Pressey costing the Tigers down the stretch.”

6. “Compared to the other visiting SEC schools this season, Missouri fans had the biggest contingent in Rupp Arena and the Lexington area in general…”

7. Maybe coach Johnny Jones should have been at LSU a long time ago. ”Considering the start Jones has had, there is no telling how far along LSU’s basketball program might be now had he been hired in 2008.”

8. Florida’s Michael Frazier II suffered a concussion Saturday against Arkansas – coach Billy Donovan says he’s out for tomorrow’s game. 6’6″ Casey Prather may play some center against Tennessee.

9. Tennessee’s Trae Golden SEC Player of the Week - Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein the SEC Freshman of the Week.

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10.  We told you this morning Jay Graham is leaving Tennessee to join Jimbo Fisher’s staff at Florida State.  He’ll join former Tennessee assistants Randy Sanders and Sal Sunseri.

11. Georgia doesn’t appear to be in any hurry to replace Rodney Garner as recruiting coordinator.  Mark Richt: “I don’t have any plans on naming anybody recruiting coordinator.” A spring preview of the Bulldogs offense.

12. New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn tried to convince defensive end Corey Lemonier to stick around for his senior year instead of entering the NFL draft.  ”They were trying to convince me like crazy.”

13. Auburn will have 18 defensive linemen on the roster this fall.

14. Best one-two punch at quarterback in the SEC?  South Carolina with Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson.

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15.  Former Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is never shy about voicing an opinion.  “I see myself as the top pick, not a top-10 pick.”

16. Neither is former Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner: ““I feel like I am the best DB in this draft.”

17. Biggest draft-status threat for former Alabama players appears to be Eddie Lacy’s hamstring problems.

18. Dismissed for multiple failed drug tests, former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu says he’s learned his lesson.  ”To go back down that road? Not a chance in this world. Not a chance in this lifetime.”

19.. LSU defensive ends Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo have a $5,000 bet on which player will get selected first.

20. Former Mississippi State defensive tackle Josh Boyd did 32 reps on the 225 lb bench press – fourth best among defensive linemen.

21. Former Arkansas running back Knile Davis ran a 4.37 forty.  “I think the thing that sets me apart is the size, speed, agility combination.” Former teammate Chris Gragg “most surprising” tight end?

22. Former Auburn running back Ontario McCalebb’s official 40-yard dash time – 4.34 seconds.  That’s tied for the second-best in the 2013 combine.

23. Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson ran a 4.42, fellow wide receiver Justin Hunter ran a 4.44.  Quarterback Tyler Bray has added 24 pounds.

24. NFL analyst on Bray: “If you are an elite quarterback, you force guys around you to be better. And to me, Bray just doesn’t seem to have that innate ability to lead at this point.”

25. Former Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe was the slowest wide receiver timed in the forty-yard dash but he also did the most repetitions in the bench press.

26. Vanderbilt’s Zac Stacy is projected as a late-round pick.  “There are a lot of great quality backs here. For the most part they have a chip on their shoulder just like I do.”

27. How does the NFL view former Alabama nose guard Jesse Williams and the hundreds of tattoos covering his body? ”I haven’t had any negative comments about them or it affecting anything to do with the Draft or why people view me.”

28. Peter King thinks four of the top five picks will come from the SEC.

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29. Bruce Feldman: “A source at a big BCS school I spoke with Saturday night told me he’s heard (NCAA president Mark) Emmert won’t keep his job.”

30. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio on what NFL teams want to know about a certain Notre Dame’s linebacker: “Teams want to know if Manti Te’o is gay.”

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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.

 

ALABAMA — 3

DJ Fluker, OT

Eddie Lacy, RB

Dee Milliner, CB

 

ARKANSAS — 2

Alvin Bailey, OG

Knile Davis, RB

 

AUBURN — 1

Corey Lemonier, DE

 

FLORIDA –4

Matt Elam, S

Sharrif Floyd, DT

Jelani Jenkins, LB

Jordan Reed, TE

 

GEORGIA — 3

Kwame Geathers, DT

Jarvis Jones, LB

Alec Ogletree, LB

 

KENTUCKY — 0

 

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

 

MISS. STATE — 0

 

MISSOURI — 1

Sheldon Richardson, DT

 

OLE MISS — 0

 

S. CAROLINA — 2

Marcus Lattimore, RB

Ace Sanders, WR

 

TENNESSEE — 4

Tyler Bray, QB

Justin Hunter, WR

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR

Darrington Sentimore, DT

 

TEXAS A&M — 2

Luke Joeckel, OT

Damontre Moore, DE

 

VANDERBILT — 0

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Wow Evening Headlines 11/30/2012

Jon Gruden’s agent on reports his client had received an offer from Tennessee: “This, to me, is just a fantasy world.”
Florida State AD Randy Spetman won’t comment on rumors tying FSU coach Jimbo Fisher to Auburn and to Tennessee
Jimbo Fisher: ” I have not spoken with Dave Hart”
Florida coach Will Muschamp says he’s not worried about losing staff members this offseason
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive says he’s “comfortable” at 14 teams but “would never say never” when asked about further expansion
Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will leave school school early and enter 2013 NFL draft
Missouri basketball guard Michael Dixon will transfer after two rape allegations have come to light
Florida basketbal arena may get $50 million makeover
A competency hearing has been scheduled for alleged tree-poisoner Harvey Updyke
SEC Championship Game Saturday.  MrSEC Pick – Alabama 28 – Georgia 20
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Wow Evening Headlines 11/27/2012

Missouri basketball player Mike Dixon accused of rape but no charges were filed after Columbia, MO police determined there was insufficient evidence
Kentucky hires Florida defensive coordinator Mark Stoops as its new football coach
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he’s “very happy” in Tallahassee despite rumors tying him to Auburn and Tennessee
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops says he loves his current job, despite rumors tying him to Tennessee
Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn says he’s not looking to leave, despite rumors tying him to Auburn
NC State athletic director Debbie Yow says Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is not a coaching candidate in Raleigh
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel says he expects defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to leave for the NFL draft
Ole Miss fined $5,000 by the SEC office after fans rushed the field following last week’s win over Mississippi State
Florida coach Will Muschamp was given a one-year contract extension earlier this fall
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Vanderbilt Crushes Tennessee, Syracuse Rallies At Missouri, Texas A&M & Kentucky Get Wins

Vanderbilt 41 – Tennessee 18

1. For the first time since 1935, Vanderbilt has won five SEC games.

2. Three interceptions for the Commodores defense.  Quarterback Jordan Rogers: “The defense played unbelievable.”

3. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray temporarily benched in second quarter. Did he stare down Vandy bench or an official after Vols first TD?  Derek Dooley: ”If I had seen it, I would have addressed it.”

4. Volunteers eliminated from bowl contention – lose in Nashville for the first time since 1982.

Syracuse 31 – Missouri 27

5. Wide open Syracuse receiver scores game-winning touchdown with 20 seconds left.  Half the Mizzou secondary in man-to-man coverage, half in zone.  

6. Tigers lose starting quarterback James Franklin to injury again, bowl game hopes come down to Texas A&M game.

7. What was suspended defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson doing when Syracuse took the lead? Tweeting.

Texas A&M 47 – Sam Houston State 28

8. Quarterback Johnny Manziel accounts for 367 yards and five touchdowns. 

9. Close 7-0 game turns into a 34-0 halftime blowout as Aggies defense stiffened.

Kentucky 34 – Samford 3

10. Joker Phillips and his seniors leave Commonwealth Stadium on a winning note.

11. Samford coach Pat Sullivan appreciative of Phillips’ decision to take a knee at the end of the game” ”You know, there are not many people in college football that are doing those things. I told him at the end of the game that it was really a class thing and I wish him well.”

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Mizzou Gets First SEC Win, South Carolina Edges Tennessee But Loses Lattimore To Knee Injury

Missouri 33 – Kentucky 10

1. Mizzou quarterback James Franklin entered the game in the third quarter with just a touchdown lead – Tigers scored next 16 points.

2. Missouri ran the ball 47 times.  

3. Tigers defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson returns a fumble 60 yards.  Gary Pinkel: ”For a 295-pound guy, he can run,” Pinkel said. “And he can stiff-arm, too.”

4. Kentucky running back Raymond Sanders: ”It was frustrating because we basically gave them the game.”

5. John Clay: “Joker Phillips had a bad day.”

South Carolina 38 – Tennessee 35

6. Up 21-14, South Carolina lost running back Marcus Lattimore on a running play with five minutes to go in the second quarter. Steve Spurrier:  ”I don’t know exactly where or how, but good things are going to happen for Marcus Lattimore.”

7. Lattimore out indefinitely.

8. Running back’s message to his teammates Friday night - play every game like it’s your last.

9. Vols come close but Jadeveon Clowney sacked their chances.  “We were one play away from getting that touchdown.”

10. David Climer: “Did you really think the Vols were going to score?”

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UGA’s Jones Lands SEC, National Honors

For those who missed it, Georgia’s Jarvis Jones showed Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson what “old man” football was all about during the Dawgs’ 41-20 win in Columbia on Saturday.  The outside linebacker recorded — get this — two sacks, five quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, an interception and nine tackles.

It was an amazing performance from one of the SEC’s true standouts.  If ever someone deserved the description “one-man wrecking crew,” it was Jones on Saturday.  And his actions have earned him the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Week award as well as the Walter Camp National Player of the Week honor.

Jones also wowed Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel with his explosive effort:

 

“He is a great player.  Going in, you try to contain the guy but he was all over the field and he is just a great player…

We saw him like that against everybody (on tape).  You try to adjust calls you make, you try to get yourself into a position to get rid of the football or run the football or do different things.  But give him credit.  He is a great football player.”

 

Indeed he is.  And he didn’t even have to trash talk about Missouri to the media in order to gain attention.  Perhaps Missouri’s Richardson should take note of that before he decides to pop off again.

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Wow Morning Headlines 9/4/2012

New AP Top 25 features six SEC Teams: #1  Alabama, #3 LSU,  #7 Georgia,  #8 Arkansas,  #9 South Carolina (tied with West Va), #24 Florida
Billboard in Gainesville taunts Florida Gators – “You’ve been annexed by Aggie Nation”
Family member says Tyrann Mathieu will enroll at LSU today as a student – football future uncertain
After “old man football” comments regarding Georgia, Mizzou defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson not allowed to meet with media on Monday
Tennessee’s new fast-paced offense produced 79 plays on Saturday, most since 2007
MrSEC.com’s Power Rankings released –  log on to MrSEC.com to see the results

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Shhhhh! MU’s Richardson Held Out Of Media Day After UGA Comments

Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson gave Georgia some extra bulletin board material this week and his head coach knows it.  In fact, in this day and age when coaches and players twist and turn anything they can into slights and insults and signs of disrespect, you can bet many an SEC coach will tell his team before it faces Mizzou: “They think you play some old man style of football and that nobody can touch them.”

For that reason, Gary Pinkel didn’t allow Richardson to meet with the press yesterday during Missouri’s media session.  According to a team spokesperson, the player “earned himself a vacation.” Better to not let him make matters worse with a follow-up.

His coach’s thoughts on the kerfuffle: “Well, you know we certainly want to say the right things, do the right things.  I think he just got carried away a little bit, but I handled that internally.”

Pinkel admitted that “anybody looks for things” to motivate themselves.  Then he added — and maybe you believe him, maybe you don’t — “(Richardson) felt sorry for saying it, he just got excited.  He’s got great respect for Georgia, as I do.  We’ll learn the lessons and move on.”

Pinkel handled this dustup as well as could be expected and it’s certainly not the first or last time a player will pop off and say something goofy in the press.  But to suggest Richardson has “great respect for Georgia,” uh, well, that seems a bit hard to believe considering his comments on Saturday night.

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