Archive for August, 2013

Shorter undaunted by tough schedule

Phil Jones knew that Shorter’s move to Division II would be difficult, but in the best interest of the program. This season’s schedule is part of the process.

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South Carolina, Ole Miss score big on opening night

Jeff Scott scores on a 75-yard run to help Ole Miss beat Vandy. (AP)

Jeff Scott scores on a 75-yard run with just more than a minute left to help Ole Miss beat Vandy. (AP)

If you’re shrugging off the effects of an SEC hangover this morning, nobody will blame you for staying up late to watch Ole Miss’ tremendous victory over Vanderbilt.

And if you made it to the end of Fresno State’s 52-52 OT win over Rutgers, then more power to you for somehow pushing back the covers and rising only a few hours after it ended.

But let’s focus on the SEC.

South Carolina showed an ability for big plays in its 27-10 defeat of North Carolina, but more folks are talking about Jadeveon Clowney’s “conditioning” than anything today. He’ll be even more heavily scrutinized as the season progresses and won’t be able to take plays off without receiving a huge amount of criticism as he waits for next year’s NFL Draft.

I was impressed with the Gamecocks’ defense and look forward watching to next week’s game against Georgia. (What do y’all think?)

If the rest of the SEC …

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Artis-Payne could be next big thing at Auburn

He’s got the name. And many say he has the game. But will Auburn’s Cameron Artis-Payne steal enough carries away from Tre Mason this year?

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Clemson’s Boyd top QB in ACC

Clemson's Tajh Boyd is the best QB in the ACC. (AP)

Clemson's Tajh Boyd is the best QB in the ACC. (AP)

There’s nothing like the SEC to stir a lot of great discussion. I guess we’ll all agree to disagree about the best teams and best QBs in the SEC.

To be fair to the ACC, I’ll run down the best QBs in the conference, starting with …

1. Tajh Boyd, Clemson — He’s inconsistent at times, but Boyd is far beyond the other ACC QBs. He’ll likely finish his career with the most TD passes in ACC history and more than 10,000 yards passing.

2. Bryn Renner, North Carolina — He’s flourished under Larry Fedora, impressed everybody at the Manning Passing Academy and might be one of the first QBs picked in next year’s NFL Draft.

3. Stephen Morris, Miami –He finally took a step forward last year and possesses perhaps the best skill set of any QB in the ACC. NFL teams certainly will be looking at him.

4. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech — Great size and athleticism, but he regressed last year. Can he rebound in his senior year?

5. Chase Rettig, Boston …

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Herbstreit likes Alabama to win another national title

ESPN host Kirk Herbstreit likes Alabama to bring home another national championship and Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater to win the Heisman Trophy.

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SEC loaded at top, but McCarron is best QB

When it comes to QBs, the SEC is loaded at the top, but Alabama’s A.J. McCarron is the best.

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SEC coaches pick Murray ahead of Manziel, McCarron

There are five Alabama players on the SEC coaches preseason team, just released by the conference, but the real surprise at quarterback, where Georgia’s Aaron Murray was selected ahead of Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel (second team) and Alabama’s A.J. McCarron (third team).

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Tennessee faces arduous season

Tennessee faces a long season, but first, coach Butch Jones must decide on a starting QB.

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SEC schedule day becoming own holiday

Like Signing Day, the first day of March Madness and MLB’s Opening Day, the day when the SEC announces its crossover football games and conference schedules for the next season, is becoming bigger than the Internet itself.

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No surprise: Valdosta State begins year at No. 1

Valdosta State, which won its final 10 games on the way to the Division II national title last year, is the No. 1 team in the American Football Coaches Association preseason poll.

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