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SEC Headlines 8/11/2013

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1. A question about the Johnny Manziel investigation: “Will the NCAA expedite a case in order to deem its biggest star eligible? And why does it need to?” Former NCAA enforcement director recommends Aggies don’t play Manziel at the start of the season: “No one wants to play an athlete who’s later determined to be ineligible…”

2. New York Post writer on the Alabama – Texas A&M game: “On that day, a focused Alabama team will remove a distracted Manziel from Heisman consideration.”

3. A long day Saturday for Texas A&M coaches and players.  Aggies attend funeral of defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu in a Fort Worth suburb and then back to College Station for practice.

4. Three former Vanderbilt players have been booked on rape charges.  Search continues for 19-year Brandon Banks.

5. Investigation at Vanderbilt is ongoing.  ”Clearly, the case is not closed.”

6. Arkansas grants Mekale McKay his scholarship release. Sophomore wide receiver will transfer.

7. JUCO transfer Duron Singleton cleared by the NCAA.  Will start practice Monday at Missouri.

8. Is this the best group of cornerbacks at Florida since 2008?

9. Can wide receiver Travin Dural be a true deep threat for LSU?  Les Miles: “I think that Travin could easily be one of our best receivers.”

10. The race to replace Marcus Lattimore at South Carolina has grown by one – add sophomore Shon Carson to the mix.

11. Mississippi State is counting on JUCO transfer Jeremey Chappelle to make an impact at wide receiver.

12. Eligible for the first time in his career, Georgia’s Kolton Houston is battling John Theus for the starting right tackle offensive spot.

13. Georgia defensive linemen are making the adjustment from Rodney Garner to Chris Wilson.

14. Of Gus Malzahn’s last 10 quarterbacks, only two of them have rushed for more than 200 yards: Arkansas State’s Ryan Aplin and Cam Newton.

Practice Reports

15. Jadeveon Clowney sits out South Carolina’s Saturday scrimmage with a sore shoulder.

16. After an 85- play scrimmage Saturday, Auburn looking to narrown down the quarterback race.  Gus Malzahn: ”You can’t keep repping four guys at quarterback and properly evaluate them as it gets closer.” Freshman Jeremy Johnson not making the decision easy.

17. Tigers make the punt and kick game “live” and open to tackling Saturday.

18. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron suffers a bruised foot late in a scrimmage; some freshmen Crimson Tide defensive backs struggle.

19. Freshman Robert Nkemdiche sits out Saturday’s scrimmage at Ole Miss with a strained groin. Hugh Freeze not happy with the offense: “I don’t think we had our kids ready to go from the start.”

20. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops liked what he saw from his team Saturday night: “Offensively, much sharper, much more physical. They did a nice job all the way around.”

21. Tennessee coach Butch Jones liked what he saw Saturday from running back Rajion Neal: “Rajion ran with a purpose today.” Senior defensive tackl Mo Couch has a calf strain.

22. Arkanass coach Bret Bielema likes what he says from his Razorbacks: “I couldn’t be happier with their football IQ growth.”

23. Missouri quarterbacks coach Andy Hill on James Franklin’s performance Saturday: “He’s fully healthy this year. He’s sharp.”

24. Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels: “We have one of the top defenses in the country and I believe we have one of the top offenses in the country.”

SEC/College News

25. Missouri A.D. Mike Alden makes the argument for an extra division in college sports:  ”I think that there are 60-70 schools that are different than everybody else in Division I.”

26. Tony Barnhart on the commissioners of the Big Five conferences: “It has become pretty clear that they now have some leverage to get the kind of change they ultimately want.”

27. “If the women’s rowing team is cheating, who isn’t?”


28. “There are only two situations: Roll Tide situations and not Roll Tide situations. It is bed time. Roll Tide.”

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Carolina’s Secondary Gets A Little Younger, Thinner Due To Injury

South Carolina officials announced Monday that senior cornerback Akeem Auguste and redshirt freshman running back Shon Carson will both be out indefinitely due to injuries.  No offense to Carson, but the loss of Auguste — a starter — is the bigger concern for Gamecock fans.

Auguste suffered a torn muscle in his right thigh during a weekend scrimmage.  He underwent a procedure Sunday afternoon and is expected to miss the first month of the season before being re-evaluated by doctors.  Auguste missed most of last season with a foot injury.

Auguste had already been kept out of much of the Cocks’ fall camp with an injury in his groin area, but he was cleared to return on Friday.  Then on Saturday he aggravated the injury, leading to the “procedure.”

For Carolina, the secondary had only one returning starter — senior safety DJ Swearinger — entering camp.  With Auguste out of commission, new defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward will have to rely on youngsters and inexperienced upperclassmen to fill the slots around Swearinger.

Next Thursday in Nashville, Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers will most definitely try to exploit what on paper looks to be the Gamecocks’ biggest defensive weakness.  That makes the pass rush provided by guys like Jadeveon Clowney all the more important to protect the back end of Carolina’s defense.

As for Carson, he underwent surgery on his left wrist.  But Marcus Lattimore and Kenny Miles are 1-2 on Steve Spurrier’s depth chart.  That injury — while unfortunate — the Cocks can afford.  The one to Auguste?  A much bigger deal.

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USC’s Spurrier Says Lattimore Should Be Ready To Juke And Jive

South Carolina star tailback Marcus Lattimore is expected to be back to full strength by the time the Cocks open practice later this summer.  The Heisman candidate is coming off surgery to repair ligament and cartilage damage to his left knee, an injury that cost Lattimore about half of the 2011 season.

Steve Spurrier said yesterday that he thinks his star should be fine:


“Marcus, again, is about a month or two away from full speed, but he should be 100 percent in August… I watched him during spring practice, he ran on the sideline, ran straight ahead.  And I think the month of May, he’s going to start making some cuts and planting and so forth.  But from watching him run straight ahead, I don’t think it will be a problem when he starts cutting and juking and jiving and so forth.”


Carolina’s coach also said that Shon Carson — a key backup to Lattimore — is recovering nicely from his own ACL tear last September.

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South Carolina Baseball Announces 2010 Signing Class

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South Carolina Baseball Announces 2010 Signing Class

National Champion South Carolina inked 17 high school standouts during the November early signing period. The class includes three of Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects: #23 Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, North Augusta, SC (North Augusta); #76 T.J. Costen, SS/OF, Virginia Beach, VA (First Colonial); and #81 Shon Carson, OF, Lake City, SC (Lake City). Carson did not sign a Letter of Intent (LOI) this month, but is a verbal commitment to the Gamecock football team as a RB and will be on a football scholarship should he ultimately attend classes in Columbia. There is some speculation that he will play professional baseball after high school.

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