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SEC Headlines 4/19/2014

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1. Here’s a wish list of 10 coaches that Missouri could pursue. It includes the name of a former Tennessee coach.

2. Wichita columnist on Gregg Marshall -  ”the Mizzou job might be a fit.”

3. Did Frank Haith seek an extension at Mizzou before departing to Tulsa?  A.D. Mike Alden: “I wouldn’t want to get into those personnel type of discussions…” Haith gets seven-year deal at reported $1.85 million average salary.

4. Where will Tennessee target?  ”History tells us that UT basketball tends to aim for an up-and-comer from a program in a mid-major conference. ”

5. Bruce Pearl on Cuonzo Martin’s departure: “I’m grateful to Coach Martin as a former Tennessee head basketball coach, and a Vol for life.”

Spring Games

6. Signs point to a Blake Sims/Jacob Coker showdown at quarterback this fall at Alabama.

7. A big question heading into the spring game at Auburn - who will replace Heisman finalist Tre Mason at running back?

8. Challenge at Missouri - replacing all but four receiving touchdowns from a year ago.

SEC Football

9. Did Peyton Manning and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase’s visit to Alabama violate the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement? Nick Saban: “I never said we sat down together.”

10. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn on why he didn’t allow quarterback Nick Marshall to work out with QB guru George Whitfield: ”We believe strongly in what we do and how we coach it.”

11. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on defensive end Bud Dupree: “I don’t want to use the term that everybody uses, ‘freak,’ but athletically, he does things very easy.”

12. When it comes to turnover margin, LSU has been the best in the conference the last three years, Arkansas the worst.

13. Left guard at Georgia is one position still up in the air.

14. New NCAA rules allow for eight hours of required preparation for the coming season. Includes up to two hours of film study with coaches.

SEC/NFL

15. Mel Kiper projects LSU’s Zach Mettenberger as the fourth quarterback taken in the draft.

16. Is this year’s quarterback crop closer to Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton?

SEC Basketball

17. Kentucky’s Marcus Lee returning along with Willie Cauley-Stein. With James Young going pro, there are still five Wildcats with decisions to announce.

18. Tennessee State’s M.J. Rhett is transferring to Ole Miss.

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Top Five Running Back Signees For 2014

This was a difficult group to rank.

The SEC signed some of the nation’s top talent at running back, which is expected to happen each year. The 2014 class is no different.

The biggest upset of the list: Alabama isn’t represented. That doesn’t mean the Crimson Tide failed to sign a top back. Bo Scarbrough is one of the nation’s best and should make a big impact at Alabama.

His absence here shows the strength of the SEC’s 2014 running back class.

Here are the top five running back signees in the SEC in the 2014 class.

1. Leonard Fournette – LSU

Fournette (6-1, 224) is already talking about winning the Heisman Trophy his freshman season at LSU. He also mentioned the national championship as a goal for year one. Those are high expectations for a guy who’s still in high school, but there’s a reason he believes it. The hype surrounding Fournette has exploded. With Jeremy Hill gone to the NFL, Fournette will have a chance to start at LSU right away. He expects it to happen.

2. Sony Michel – Georgia

Michel has it all. He has size (5-10, 205) to go with his speed, which makes him a dangerous threat every time he touches the ball. Michel will have a chance to help Georgia right away. Todd Gurley will return for his junior year, but Keith Marshall is still recovering from a knee injury. Gurley won’t be able to do it all by himself.

3. Roc Thomas – Auburn

Thomas seems like the perfect replacement for Tre Mason, who left Auburn early for the NFL draft. Thomas (5-11, 202) is a big-play talent who will be able to help the Tigers as a runner and receiver. Auburn made a move for Thomas before in-state rival Alabama did. The move paid off for the Tigers.

4. Jalen Hurd – Tennessee

Did you see Derrick Henry against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl? Tennessee hopes Hurd (6-3, 227) can run like Henry (6-3, 238) from day one. Hurd enrolled early at Tennessee and will battle for the starting position this fall. He should be the home run back Tennessee’s offense has lacked in recent years.

5. Nick Chubb – Georgia

Chubb (5-10, 215) already looks like an SEC running back. He’ll have plenty of competition when he arrives on campus thanks to the Georgia running backs mentioned above. But Chubb has plenty of ability and at the very least can help the Bulldogs fight for tough yards. He has everything needed to be an every-down back in the SEC.

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Auburn Wins, Ohio State Loses; Tigers Bound For BCS Title Game

postgame-links-150x1501Auburn 59 – Missouri 42. Video Highlights

1. Auburn clinches SEC title behind historic performance from running back Tre Mason - 304 yards on 46 carries.

2. Record-setting night for Auburn’s offense.  677 total yards, 545 rushing yards. Tre Mason for the Heisman?

3. Matt Hayes: “This is your future until someone learns to stop the Auburn run game.”

4. Tony Barnhart: “Auburn completed the most improbable story of worst-to-first that you will ever see…”

5. Bernie Miklasz: “Let’s be blunt here: Mizzou defensive coordinator Dave Steckel’s game plan – whatever it was – got ripped into 59 pieces by Auburn head coach Guz Malzahn.”

6. Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy: “Our game plan was great.”

7. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel on stopping Auburn’s offense: “I’m the wrong guy to ask.” Watch Pinkel’s postgame news conference.

8. Missouri running back Henry Josey finishes with 123 yards.  Night ends when pushed into motorized cart. 

BCS Championship

9. BCS standings will be released tonight at 8:30 E.T.  Jerry Palm’s projected standings – Florida State 1, Auburn 2, Alabama 3.

10. “If this year were next year, bedlam wouldn’t be a rivalry game in Oklahoma. It would be a daily fact of life for the rest of the month in Alabama.”

11. Auburn gets shot at title game after Michigan State drops Ohio State 34-24.   Auburn fans celebrate at Toomer’s Corner.

12. Kevin Scarbinsky: “No team in college football has played and beaten more quality opponents this season than Auburn.”

13. Florida State vs. Auburn?  Seminoles likely a touchdown favorite.

14. BCS era will end with no Mizzou appearances.  Tigers likely headed to Cotton or Outback. The Capital One Bowl also a possibility.

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RB Mason Off To A Quick Start At Auburn

Mike Dyer and Onterio McCalebb are expected to be the featured backs at Auburn this year, but the man who filled in for those two in a weekend scrimmage is angling for playing time, too.

True freshman Tre Mason — who had three long touchdown runs in a scrimmage last Wednesday — had a solid outing during Auburn’s second scrimmage on Saturday.  So solid that running backs coach Curtis Luper was left to dole out plenty of praise:


“He’s cat-quick.  He’s smart.  He’s tough.  He’s going to be better than people think.”


Mason hasn’t learned enough of the quarterback protections for Gene Chizik to say that he’s fully arrived, but you can bet Gus Malzahn is dreaming up ways to get the 5-10, 190-pound speedster onto the field.

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SEC Headlines – 8/9/11 Part One

1.  Alabama is ready to put on the full pads.

2.  Dee Milliner is using experience to help land a starting quarterback job.

3.  Here’s a UA practice report.

4.  Gene Chizik was happy with effort (but not technique) after Auburn’s first day in full pads.

5.  Freshman running back Tre Mason is hoping to make a name for himself.  (His father was in the group De La Soul.)

6.  The Tigers’ O-line is fighting through injuries.

7.  Arkansas continues to toy with a five-man front on defense.

8.  The Hogs had cooler temperatures for their first day in full pads.

9.  Colton Miles-Nash says he’s OK with moving from defensive end back to tight end.

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Auburn Adds Two To Class Of 2011

Auburn’s first commitment on Wednesday came from defensive end Devaunte Sigler from B.C. Rain High School in Mobile, Ala.

Sigler made the announcement at his school, choosing Auburn over LSU and Mississippi State.

I’ve had a lot of time to think about it, and now I know,” Sigler said, according to the Mobile Press-Register.

Sigler’s goals are high as he prepares to enter college. He said he plans to be the “next Nick Fairley,” referring to the former Auburn defensive tackle expected to be drafted near the top of April’s NFL Draft.

Auburn might have also found the next running back to make an instant impact in Gus Malzahn’s offense. Tre Mason from Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Fla., committed to Auburn over Ole Miss.

It was the place that felt the most like home to me,” Mason told ESPN.com. “The coaching staff is great. The players were cool. Everything was great.”

Mason became Auburn’s 21st commitment for the class of 2011.

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