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SEC Headlines – 10/10/11 Part Two

1.  In the SEC this season, Alabama and LSU are a class apart.

2.  Here’s an update on several Crimson Tide injuries.

3.  Auburn is looking for answers on offense.

4.  Defensive coordinator Ted Roof says his squad has “made strides every week.”

5.  Arkansas’ defense made Auburn work for its yards and points on Saturday night.

6.  The Razorbacks are 5-1 entering their well-timed open date.

7.  A special season is in the works at LSU.

8.  At his media gathering today, Les Miles talked John Chavis’ return to Tennessee, his defense, and the difference between “faux pas” and “fupa.”

9.  Mississippi defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix says he’d like to find a way to play with 12 men against Alabama.

10.  With Randall Mackey at quarterback, this writer says Ole Miss could record “an SEC win or two.”

11.  Mississippi State’s defense gets a “thumbs up” for its performance on Saturday.

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AU’s Malzahn Ready To Give Dyer More Carries

Most of the talk following the end of Auburn’s 17-game win streak has surrounded Ted Roof’s porous defense.  But offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn feels he needs to make some changes, too.  Namely, he needs to get Mike Dyer even more carries:

“You look at your strengths and you look at what you’re good at, and (Dyer is) playing very good football now.  We’re looking at a lot of different things, but that is one of them.  He’s one of our strengths.  And we definitely need to build upon our strengths.”

Dyer has carried the ball 48 times this season for a total of 358 yards and six touchdowns.  That’s an average of 7.5 yards per attempt.  He’s also been consistent against BCS competition the last two weeks:

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Dyer’s 119 yard-per-game average is second only to Marcus Lattimore on the SEC rushing chart and he leads the SEC with four rushes of 30 yards or more.

No wonder Malzahn wants to get him the ball more.

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SEC Headlines – 9/19/11 Part One

With all eyes on expansion, we’re keeping the headlines short and sweet today.  Here are the big stories out of the SEC West:

1.  Alabama’s offense will get its first SEC test Saturday versus Arkansas.

2.  Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof isn’t running away from the Tigers’ defensive woes.  (Three games = 1,600 yards allowed?  Wow.)

3.  Gene Chizik says the Tigers weren’t playing “Auburn football” at Clemson.

4.  Arkansas stumbled a bit in its tune-up for Bama.

5.  New Hog basketball coach Mike Anderson is out pushing his message to the UA faithful.

6.  LSU’s defense is setting some awfully high standards early in the season.

7.  Up next is a tilt with West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.

8.  Houston Nutt says Mississippi’s offense needs to be simplified.

9.  Dan Mullen is trying to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive in Starkville.

10.  And the SEC has named its Players of the Week.

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SEC Headlines 4/10/11

1. Source: no violation in Brent Calloway’s recruitment at Alabama.

2. Christian Robinson will be the face of the Georgia defense. Bulldogs secondary is banged up.

3. Kentucky’s defense dominates Saturday’s scrimmage.

4. Is QB Morgan Newton the next Andre Woodson at Kentucky?

5. Florida QB John Brantley 4 of 14 for 45 yards in Saturday’s Orange and Blue spring game. The offense will look different this fall with wide receiver Quinton Dunbar playing a key role.

6. While Brantley struggles, Tim Tebow steals the show.

7. No QB controversy at LSU – Jordan Jefferson is the starter – for now.

8. But what about Zach Mettenberger? Dennis Dodd: “Boy can he can light up a stadium.”

9. Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley on Saturday’s scrimmage:  ”One of the most discouraging days this spring, for sure.”

10. Tigers defensive coordinator Ted Roof not ready to name starters.

11. Nick Saban liked the play of both of his quarterbacks on Saturday.

12. Suspended but not forgotten QB Stephen Garcia is still the buzz of South Carolina while wide receiver DeAngelo Smith was the star of the show on Saturday.

13. The buzz out of Arkansas continues to be the Razorbacks defense.

14. Less than a week now from Saturday’s Grove Bowl and Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt is not happy.

15. Banged up in Baton Rouge. 15 players sit out LSU’s spring game – including six potential starters on defense.

16. 36,000 fans in the stands for Mississippi State’s Maroon-White spring game.

17. Bulldogs defensive tackles dominate.

18. Derek Dooley on the Tennessee defense: “We don’t have 11 first-teamers.” But he likes the progress on the offense.

19. Does Vandy’s offense have some big-play potential?


20. College athletes and endorsements.  The sponsors would benefit.  The school would benefit.  Athletes would remain unpaid.

21. St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Had (Cuonzo) Martin found a way to fend off scandal-ridden Tennessee for 48 hours or so instead of taking the job, he might well have been named Mizzou’s coach last week.”


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SEC Headlines – 3/28/11 Part One

1.  True freshman running back Dee Hart is already making an impact at Alabama.

2.  Nick Saban hasn’t been thrilled with the Tide’s passing game this spring.

3.  Heading into tomorrow’s NIT semifinals, Bama’s Trevor Releford knows Colorado’s star guard well.

4.  Anthony Morgan is moving back to running back at Auburn.

5.  Ted Roof says the move of Neiko Thorpe to safety is “a win-win” for both the player and the Tiger defense.

6.  Mike Anderson had to face some gate-crashing Missouri media members at his Welcome to Fayetteville presser on Saturday.

7.  It was all puppy dogs and ice cream, happy thoughts and rainbows as Arkansas’ “natural fit” was introduced.  (Especially compared to the crickets and yawns that will be heard during Tennessee’s coach-revealing presser this afternoon.)

8.  Les Miles was pleased with his team’s defensive showing in a weekend scrimmage.

9.  The receiving corps at LSU likes the idea of more passing.

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BCS Championship Headlines

1.  Wes Byrum made an easy kick for the ages to win the BCS crown for Auburn last night.

2.  Cam Newton was mortal… but he’s still a champion.

3.  Mike Dyer powered Auburn to victory in the fourth quarter.

4.  Auburn’s defense rose up when the Tigers needed it.

5.  Many years of frustration add to Auburn’s celebration.

6.  Gene Chizik says he’s finished done celebrating the BCS championship.  (That’s not much of a way to live if he’s telling the truth.)

7.  Auburn = Team of Destiny.

8.  Last night’s BCS Championship Game will likely go down as the most viewed program in cable television history.

9.  Chizik picked up four national championship trophies today before leaving Arizona.

10.  Here’s a full transcript of last night’s postgame comments.

11.  Ted Roof’s defense ruled the night.

12.  Here’s AU’s Sports Illustrated cover.

13.  It was a perfect ending to a perfect season for the Tigers.

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