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SEC Headlines – 12/17/10 Part Two

1.  As Florida’s players get used to a new coach, one says he saw Urban Meyer lose some fire last season.

2.  The basketball Gators are feeding the ball to Vernon Macklin.

3.  Georgia footballers Washaun Ealey and Michael Gilliard came to the aid of a driver whose bus had hydroplaned into a tree.

4.  UGA needs help at the nose tackle position.

5.  The decision to stay or go is “weighing heavy” on Kentucky junior receiver Randall Cobb.

6.  Sources say South Carolina redshirt sophomore receiver Tori Gurley is “strongly considering a jump to the NFL.”

7.  Tennessee returned to practice yesterday and the team wasn’t as rusty as Derek Dooley expected.

8.  Vol basketballer John Fields will be carrying a grudge into tonight’s game at Charlotte.

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SEC Headlines – 10/19/10 Part One

1.  Tomorrow’s game in Jacksonville is a must-win game if Florida is to reach Atlanta.  (Not necessarily.)

2.  This Gainesville writer takes Georgia… big.  Though he admits it’s a bit of reverse psychology.

3.  The Gator basketball team whipped Florida Tech 92-58 in an exhibition opener last night.

4.  Florida will need to protect its quarterback from Georgia’s Justin Houston.

5.  Washaun Ealey’s injured knee bears watching.

6.  It’s put up or shut up time for Kentucky linebacker Ridge Wilson.

7.  UK will try to avoid a West sweep when they face Mississippi State tomorrow.

8.  South Carolina has one of the best running back/receiver duos in the nation.

9.  Tori Gurley is developing as a solid #2 to Alshon Jeffery.

10.  Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms was limited at practice yesterday by a sore knee.

11.  Derek Dooley says Marcus Lattimore “wears you down over time.”

12.  Bruce Pearl is working to set his team’s line-up.

13.  Vanderbilt’s defensive tackles coach could have been a high chief in American Samoa.  (What do you want from me?  This is the coverage Vandy gets in football.)

14.  Linebacker Nate Campbell is thankful that he got a second chance to play for the Commodores.

15.  VU b’baller John Jenkins wants to be more than just a shooter.

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Georgia Writers Split Over Dawgs’ Chances

Florida’s three-game losing streak and Georgia’s three-game winning streak give the appearance that UGA is primed to kick a little Gator tail when they face UF tomorrow in Jacksonville.

But the big question is this: Do you believe Florida’s open date and all that went with it (tweaks to the offense, Chris Rainey’s return, healing time for Jeff Demps and crew) will fix what has ailed Urban Meyer’s team?

If you do, then you scoff at the Vegas bookmakers who made Georgia a favorite.

Count The AJC’s Jeff Schultz among the scoffers. 

“Not seeing is not believing,” he writes of Georgia 3-17 record against Florida over the last two decades.  “Until then: Give me the 2.5 points.  But I won’t need them.  Gators, Gators, Gators.”

If you believe Florida’s offense is too messed up to fix in a single bye week, then you tab the Dawgs.  The AJC’s Tony Barnhart is among the Dawg-tabbers. 

“Georgia has better players at quarterback (Aaron Murray), wide receiver (AJ Green), running back (Washaun Ealey) and the offensive line is way better.”

Our take?  Florida has the better defense and defense usually trumps offense in the SEC.  While we really like Murray — the kid’s a future All-American — and Green, Ealey and Caleb King have a tendency to fumble at bad times.  And at some point, Meyer will finally adjust his offense to fit John Brantley’s skills.  Won’t he?

We’ll roll the dice that Meyer has made the proper fixes this week.  Take Florida.

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Ealey Expected To Play With Slight MCL Sprain

In addition to the five touchdowns tailback Washaun Ealey collected against Kentucky last Saturday, he also left Lexington with a Grade 1 sprain of the MCL in his right knee.  But the slight injury is not expected to keep him out against Florida this weekend.

“It’s really nothing,” Ealey told The Athens Banner-Herald.  “It’s basically just a bruise.  It’s 100 percent.  I’ve been running on it.  Just trying to get it from being stiff and to get it back to its strength.”

So is it 100% or is it below full strength?

Caleb King will be back from a two-game suspension should Ealey have any struggles with the knee on gameday.

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