Steve Spurrier might not have noticed that Tim Tebow’s name was missing from his pre-season All-SEC ballot. But he made sure that A.J. Green’s name was on it.
The South Carolina coach said the Georgia receiver was one of just two names he noticed on the ballot, which he said was filled out by an aide, before hastily signing off on it.
“I can tell you two guys that were on there, A.J. Green and [Florida defensive end] Carlos Dunlap,” Spurrier said at SEC Media Days. “Those were the only two names I saw. I said, “That’s fine.’”
– One more leftover from last week’s circus in Hoover, Ala.: Mark Richt was asked about preparing to face Oklahoma State’s defense, which last season ranked 93rd among the 119 Division I-A teams in total defense (allowing 405.5 yards per game) and 76th in scoring defense (allowing 28.1 points per game) but enters this season with a new coordinator, the veteran Bill Young. “You look at where he’s been, and if it’s consistent [what he did] at Kansas and Miami [his two most recent stops] then schematically you know that is probably what he likes to do,” Richt said. “But as you’re studying his scheme, you’re not studying his personnel. And if you’re studying Oklahoma State’s personnel, it’s in a system that they’re probably not going to be running. Coaches don’t like the unknown, and we don’t know for sure what’s going to happen.”
– And on to a new week: This is the last week before preseason practice starts in Athens. So it’s time for the Greater Atlanta Bulldog Clubs’ annual “Celebration of Georgia Athletics” event tonight at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Social at 6 p.m.; program at 7 p.m.; free admission. On the program: Damon Evans, Richt, Mark Fox, gymnastics coach Jay Clark and equestrian coach Meghan Boenig. Should be fun. You planning to be there?