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Merry Christmas 2011! SEC Headlines

1. The 2011 Sportsman of the Year? Alabama lineman Barrett Jones – says  The Commercial Appeal in Memphis.

2. This Christmas won’t be the same for LSU running back Alfred Blue.  The family’s familiar gathering place – his grandmother’s house – burned to the ground in September.

3. Alabama center William Vlachos is a finalist for the Rimington Award and one tough dude.

4. Nick Saban celebrates Christmas, an anniversary and two kids’ birthdays - all in the month of December.

5. Georgia kicker Blair Walsh is just six points away from setting the SEC career points record.

6. The Bulldogs’ Bruce Figgins counts his blessings this Christmas  - he’s graduated from college and his mom is recovering from breast cancer.

7. Expect Vanderbilt’s slot receivers to have an impact against Cincinnati in the Liberty Bowl.

8. Can former Arkansas State defensive coaches – including a Kiffin - bring the same magic to Ole Miss?

9. Almost $1.5 million in coaching bonuses (all sports)  at Florida this year.

10. Florida’s Sharif Floyd is headed back to defensive tackle.

11. Five seniors who could have a big impact on Tennessee’s 2012 football season.

12. Two top signees in Auburn’s class of 2011 spent the season watching and waiting  - as redshirts.

13. SEC consensus All-Americans: two on offense, seven on defense and one on special teams.

14. Two Vanderbilt basketball players will celebrate Christmas with their coach  - just the way Kevin Stallings wants it.

15. Assuming the rankings hold, this will the first time since the 1993-1994 season that Kentucky and Louisville will meet on the basketball court both ranked in the Top 10.

16. A revamped Rupp Arena would have a different look – both inside and out.

17. Despite shooting just 40% from the floor,  Tennessee’s Trae Golden still leads the team in scoring.

18. Auburn goes for a third-place finish in the Diamondhead Classic tonight.

19. Jon Solomon: “We’ve reached American sports’ Catholic Church moment.”

SEC/NFL Extras

20. Cam Newton breaks Peyton Manning’s rookie passing record.

21. Get ready for a Tebow-Orton showdown.

22. The Detroit Lions are playoff bound and Matthew Stafford is a big reason why.

23. Sorting out the playoff picture.

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