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  1. Gamecocks lands 4 on coaches’ All-SEC preseason teams August 15, 2019 Four Gamecocks were named to the 2019 Preseason Coaches All-Southeastern Conference Football Team, the SEC announced Thursday. They are Wide receiver Bryan Edwards and defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw earned second-team honors. Linebacker TJ Brunson and defensive back Jaycee Horn were named to the third team. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. Here’s the full list (* - ties): FIRST TEAM PRESEASON ALL-SEC OFFENSE TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri OL Andrew Thomas, Georgia Alex Leatherwood, Alabama Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama* Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms, Missouri* Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn* C Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia Najee Harris, Alabama AP Jaylen Waddle, Alabama DEFENSE DL Raekwon Davis, Alabama Derrick Brown, Auburn Rashard Lawrence, LSU Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M LB Dylan Moses, Alabama Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State Cale Garrett, Missouri DB C.J. Henderson, Florida Grant Delpit, LSU J.R. Reed, Georgia Trevon Diggs, Alabama* Kristian Fulton, LSU* SPECIAL TEAMS PK Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia P Braden Mann, Texas A&M RS Jaylen Waddle, Alabama SECOND TEAM PRESEASON ALL-SEC OFFENSE TE Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt OL Damien Lewis, LSU Logan Stenberg, Kentucky Solomon Kindley, Georgia Isaiah Wilson, Georgia C Darryl Williams, Mississippi State WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama Bryan Edwards, South Carolina QB Jake Fromm, Georgia RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt Lamical Perine, Florida AP Lynn Bowden, Kentucky DEFENSE DL Jabari Zuniga, Florida Marlon Davidson, Auburn Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina Nick Coe, Auburn LB Anfernee Jennings, Alabama De’Jon Harris, Arkansas David Reese II, Florida DB Xavier McKinney, Alabama Patrick Surtain II, Alabama DeMarkus Acy, Missouri Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State SPECIAL TEAMS PK Evan McPherson, Florida P Tommy Townsend, Florida RS Jashaun Corbin, Texas A&M* Marquez Callaway, Tennessee* THIRD TEAM PRESEASON ALL-SEC OFFENSE TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia OL Yasir Durant, Missouri Ben Cleveland, Georgia Matt Womack, Alabama Marquel Harrell, Auburn* Mike Horton, Auburn* C Drake Jackson, Kentucky WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama Lynn Bowden, Kentucky* Justin Jefferson, LSU* QB Kellen Mond, Texas A&M RB Larry Rountree, Missouri Kylin Hill, Mississippi State AP Jashaun Corbin, Texas A&M DEFENSE DL McTelvin Agim, Arkansas Chauncey Rivers, Mississippi State Tyler Clark, Georgia LaBryan Ray, Alabama* Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt* Jordan Elliott, Missouri* LB Michael Divinity, LSU T.J. Brunson, South Carolina* Darrell Taylor, Tennessee* Jacob Phillips, LSU* DB Daniel Thomas, Auburn Nigel Warrior, Tennessee Shyheim Carter, Alabama Kamren Curl, Arkansas* Jaycee Horn, South Carolina* Javaris Davis, Auburn* SPECIAL TEAMS PK Tucker McCann, Missouri* Anders Carlson, Auburn* P Zach Von Rosenberg, LSU RS Lynn Bowden, Kentucky
  2. The SEC Media has spoken July 19, 2019 South Carolina’s football team will open 2019 with expectations for a middle-of-the-pack finish in its division. The Gamecocks were picked to finish fourth in the SEC East by the conference’s media. The preseason media poll came out Friday as a cap to SEC Media Days. USC received one vote to be SEC champion. Will Muschamp’s team was picked to finish behind Georgia, Florida and Missouri. The Gamecocks are coming off a 7-6 season in 2018, one fraught with injuries and a schedule that proved harder than most predicted. USC had been picked to finish second in the East and even got eight first-place votes before finishing fourth. The Gamecocks again face a difficult schedule, with Alabama as a crossover opponent and seven opponents that won nine or more games last season. Georgia and Alabama were picked to repeat as division champions. East 1 Georgia 2 Florida 3 Missouri 4 South Carolina 5 Tennessee 6 Kentucky 7 Vanderbilt West 1 Alabama 2 LSU 3 Texas A&M 4 Auburn 5 Miss State 6 Ole Miss 7 Arkansas SEC champ Alabama
  3. #SECMD19: Auburn coach Gus Malzahn (AUDIO) July 18, 2019 Auburn coach Gus Malzahn Gus Malzahn is entering his 7th season at Auburn, where enough never seems to be enough, especially in a state where Alabama is clearly king. Malzahn has averaged nine wins a season over the last three years, yet he’s on the “hotseat” once again because he’s not Nick Saban. And to his credit, Malzahn isn’t happy with eight and nine win seasons. He knows the expectations of his fanbase and agrees with them. And he knows 3-5 n the league isn’t going to cut it. Malzahn has to find a new quarterback this season, but he feels his defense will be the best of his tenure, so that could by him some time with the offense. The Tigers will open their season August 31st against Oregon in Dallas. Gus Malzahn at SEC Media Days Audio Player Audio: https://sportstalksc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/gus-malzahn.mp3?_=1 Auburn at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller) Overall Conference Auburn Tigers 8-5 3-5 Won Music City Bowl against Purdue Gus Malzahn 7th season 53-27 28-20 Offense 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank Points Per game 30.9 8 48 Rushing Yards per game 167.5 10 68 Passing yards per game 222.5 9 75 Total yards per game 389.9 11 78 Defense Points allowed per game 19.2 5 15 Rushing yards allowed per game 136.4 6 32 Passing yards allowed per game 219.5 7 58 Total yards allowed per game 355.8 8 38 The Tigers return 17 starters, 8 on offense, 7 on defense, and the Kicker and Punter. Statistical Leaders Returning RB Games Yards TD AVG JaTarvious Whitlow 13 960 8 5.8 Kam Martin 11 522 1 4.6 WR Games Yards TD REC Seth Williams 10 534 5 26 Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks Marlon Davidson 46 4.5 0 2.5 Nick Coe 26 13.5 0 7.0 Derrick Brown 48 10.5 0 4.5 Jeremiah Dinson 64 4.0 2 1.0 Daniel Thomas 74 2.0 2 0 Returning Starters Offense RB JaTarvious Whitlow RB Kam Martin WR Seth Williams LT Prince Wanogho LG Marquel Harrell C Kaleb Kim RG Mike Horton RT Jack Driscoll Returning Starters Defense DE Marlon Davidson DE Nick Coe DT Derrick Brown CB Noah Igbinoghene CB Javaris Davis S Jeremiah Dinson S Daniel Thomas Special Teams K Anders Carlson P Arryn Siposs Key Losses QB Jarrett Stidham FB Chandler Cox WR Ryan Davis WR Darius Slayton DT Dontavius Russell LB Deshaun Davis LB Darrell Williams CB Jamel Dean
  4. #SECMD19: Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason (AUDIO) July 18, 2019 Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason These are exciting times at Vanderbilt. The baseball team finished off the 2018 athletic year winning the national championship and the football program plans to build on that momentum. Derek Mason believes he has his best team in Nashville and will be seeking a second straight bowl trip. The Commodores won their last two regular season games last season to qualify for a bowl, then lost to Baylor in the Texas Bowl. Mason has shown progress in building his program with two bowl trips in the last three seasons, and he’s looking for that breakthrough year. He thinks it might come this season though he has to face Georgia, Purdue and LSU in the first three games. Last season USC handled Vandy in Nashville 37-14. The Commodores visit Columbia November 2nd. Derek Mason at SEC Media Days Vanderbilt at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller) Overall Conference Vanderbilt Commodores 6-7 3-5 Lost Texas Bowl to Baylor Derek Mason 6th season 24-38 9-31 Offense 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank Points Per game 28.5 11 71 Rushing Yards per game 167.6 9 66 Passing yards per game 243.7 6 55 Total yards per game 411.3 8 60 Defense Points allowed per game 26.6 10 60 Rushing yards allowed per game 194.7 12 94 Passing yards allowed per game 244.2 10 85 Total yards allowed per game 438.9 13 99 The Commodores return 12 starters; 6 on offense, 5 on defense, and the Kicker. Statistical Leaders Returning RB Games Yards TD AVG Ke’Shawn Vaughn 12 1414 14 8.3 WR/TE Games Yards TD REC Kalija Lipscomb 13 991 10 87 C.J. Bolar 11 464 2 34 Jared Pinkney 13 774 7 50 Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks Dayo Odeyingbo 28 4.5 0 0.5 Dmitri Moore 84 3.5 0 1.0 Frank Coppet 30 0.5 3 0 Tae Daley 45 5.5 0 1.5 Returning Starters Offense RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn WR Kalija Lipscomb WR C.J. Bolar TE Jared Pinkney LG Cole Clemens RT Devin Cochran Returning Starters Defense DE Dayo Odeyingbo DT Drew Birchmeier LB Dimitri Moore CB Frank Coppet S Tae Daley Special Teams K Ryley Guay Key Losses QB Kyle Shurmur RB Khari Blasingame LT Justin Skule RG/C Bruno Reagan RG Egidio DellaRipa LB Josh Smith LB Jordan Griffin CB Joejuan Williams CB Donovan Sheffield S LaDarius Wiley
  5. #SECMD19: Kentucky coach Mark Stoops (AUDIO) July 18, 2019 Kentucky coach Mark Stoops Kentucky fans now have more to look forward to than just their annual run at a basketball championship. Their football program broke thru last season with its first ten win season in 40 years. And they won five SEC games, their most in the six years under Mark Stoops. They culminated the season with a win over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl. The Wildcats return quarterback Terry Wilson but must find a way to compensate for the loss of outstanding running back Benny Snell to remain competitive in the SEC East. Last season the Wildcats defeated USC for a fifth straight time 24-10. The teams will play in Columbia this season on September 28th. Mark Stoops at SEC Media Days Kentucky at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller) Overall Conference Kentucky Wildcats 10-3 5-3 Won Citrus Bowl against Penn State Mark Stoops 7th season 36-39 17-31 Offense 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank Points Per game 26.6 12 85 Rushing Yards per game 202 6 35 Passing yards per game 161.5 14 117 Total yards per game 363.5 12 103 Defense Points allowed per game 16.8 2 6 Rushing yards allowed per game 146.8 8 46 Passing yards allowed per game 186.3 4 18 Total yards allowed per game 333.2 4 21 The Wildcats return 9 starters; 4 on offense, 4 on defense, and the Punter. Statistical Leaders Returning QB Yards TDS INT PCT Terry Wilson 1889 11 8 67.2 RB Games Yards TD AVG Terry Wilson 13 541 4 4.0 WR Games Yards TD REC Lynn Bowden Jr. 13 770 5 67 Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks Calvin Taylor 26 6.0 0 1.0 Jamar Watson 24 5.0 0 5.0 Kash Daniel 84 7.5 0 1.0 Returning Starters Offense QB Terry Wilson WR Lynn Bowden Jr. LG Logan Stenberg C Drake Jackson Returning Starters Defense DE Calvin Taylor DT Quinton Bohanna LB Jamar Watson LB Kash Daniel Special Teams P Max Duffy Key Losses RB Benjamin Snell Jr. TE C.J. Conrad LT E.J. Price RG Bunchy Stallings RT George Asafo-Adjei LB Jordan Jones LB Josh Allen CB Derrick Baity S Mike Edwards S Darius West K Miles Butler
  6. #SECMD19: Arkansas coach Chad Morris (AUDIO) July 17, 2019 Alabama coach Nick Saban Alabama’s Nick Saban held court Wednesday morning at SEC Media Days and shared his opinions on last year’s loss to Clemson in the national championship game, team building, the strive for perfection and the transfer portal, among other topics. Saban is expected to have another national championship contender this season with many pundits expecting a rematch with Clemson in the title game. Saban’s numbers at Alabama truly are staggering…in 12 seasons he’s lost a total of 21 games and only 13 in the SEC. And this season he will bring his team back to Columbia to face USC on September 14th. The Crimson Tide will open the season in Atlanta August 31st against Duke. Nick Saban at SEC Media Days Alabama at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller) Overall Conference Alabama Crimson Tide 14-1 8-0 Lost National Championship to Clemson Nick Saban 13th season 146-21 83-13 Offense 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank Points Per game 45.6 1 3 Rushing Yards per game 198.4 7 42 Passing yards per game 323.6 2 6 Total yards per game 522.0 1 6 Defense Points allowed per game 18.1 3 12 Rushing yards allowed per game 123.9 3 19 Passing yards allowed per game 201.6 5 33 Total yards allowed per game 325.5 3 16 The Tide return 16 starters, 7 on offense, 7 on defense, and the Kicker and Punter. Statistical Leaders Returning QB Yards TDS INT PCT Tua Tagovailoa 3966 43 6 69.0 RB Games Yards TD AVG Tua Tagovailoa 15 190 5 3.3 WR Games Yards TD REC Jerry Jeudy 15 1315 14 68 Henry Ruggs 14 741 11 46 Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks Raekwon Davis 55 5.5 0 1.5 Dylan Moses 86 10.0 0 3.5 Shyheim Carter 43 3.5 2 0 Xavier McKinney 74 6.0 2 3.0 Returning Starters Offense QB Tua Tagovailoa WR DeVonta Smith WR Jerry Jeudy WR Henry Ruggs LT Alex Leatherwood RG Matt Womack RT Jedrick Wills Jr. Returning Starters Defense DE Raekwon Davis LB Dylan Moses LB Anfernee Jennings CB Shyheim Carter CB Patrick Surtain CB Trevon Diggs S Xavier McKinney Special Teams K Joseph Bulovas P Mike Bernier Key Losses RB Damien Harris TE Irv Smith Jr. LT Jonah Williams C Ross Pierschbacher DE Isaiah Buggs DT Quinnen Williams LB Mack Wilson CB Saivion Smith CB Deionte Thompson
  7. #SECMD19: Arkansas coach Chad Morris (AUDIO) July 17, 2019 Arkansas coach Chad Morris Second year Arkansas head coach Chad Morris is widely regarded as an offensive genius, largely based off his Clemson years when he directed an offense led by Deshaun Watson. He parlayed that into a head coaching job at SMU where he went 14-22 in three seasons. But Arkansas was not distracted by those numbers. Rather, the administration there believed Morris could bring the same explosive offense to Fayetteville that he built at Clemson. It didn’t happen last season as the Razorbacks struggled to a 2-10 record, 0-8 in the SEC. In six of those losses, Morris saw his team score 17 points or less. But he feels he learned a lot from last season’s problems and he’s expecting a bounce back in 2019. By the way, Morris has a staff with a heavy Palmetto State influence. John Chavis of Dillon is the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach, Joe Craddock, who worked at Clemson, is the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, Ron Cooper, former USC defensive coordinator, is the secondary coach, Dustin Fry, a former Clemson offensive lineman, is the offensive line coach, and Justin Stepp, a former Furman receiver, coaches receivers. Arkansas will open the season at home August 31st against Portland State. Chad Morris at SEC Media Days Arkansas at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller) Overall Conference Arkansas Razorbacks 2-10 0-8 Chad Morris 2nd season 2-10 0-8 Offense 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank Points Per game 21.7 14 114 Rushing Yards per game 143.3 13 99 Passing yards per game 191.8 12 99 Total yards per game 335.1 13 118 Defense Points allowed per game 34.8 13 108 Rushing yards allowed per game 167.8 11 70 Passing yards allowed per game 245.3 11 87 Total yards allowed per game 413.2 11 79 The Razorbacks return 12 starters, 5 on offense, 5 on defense, and the Kicker and Punter. Statistical Leaders Returning RB Games Yards TD AVG Rakeem Boyd 12 899 2 6.2 WR/TE Games Yards TD REC C.J. O’Grady 8 400 6 30 Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks McTelvin Agim 45 10.0 0 4.5 T.J. Smith 26 3.5 0 3.5 De’Jon Harris 118 9.0 0 2.0 Kamren Curl 53 0 0 0 Returning Starters Offense RB Rakeem Boyd WR Deon Stewart TE C.J. O’Grady LT Colton Jackson LG/C Ty Clary Returning Starters Defense DE McTelvin Agim DT T.J. Smith LB De’Jon Harris CB Jarques McClellion S Kamren Curl Special Teams K Connor Limpert P Reid Bauer Key Losses QB Ty Storey WR La’Michael Pettway LG/C Hjalte Froholdt RG Johnny Gibson Jr. RT Brian Wallace DE Armon Watts DE Randy Ramsey LB Dre Greenlaw CB Ryan Pulley S Santos Ramirez
  8. #SECMD19: Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead (AUDIO) July 17, 2019 Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead Joe Moorhead had a successful debut as head coach at Mississippi State last season winning eight games, going 4-4 in the SEC including a win over arch-rival Ole Miss and playing in the Outback Bowl. His goal this season is continued improvement and upward movement in the SEC West. The Bulldogs open their season at Louisiana on August 31st. Joe Moorhead at SEC Media Days Mississippi State at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller) Overall Conference Mississippi State Bulldogs 8-5 4-4 Lost the Outback Bowl to Iowa Joe Moorhead 2nd season 8-5 4-4 Offense 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank Points Per game 28.5 10 69 Rushing Yards per game 223.6 2 20 Passing yards per game 173.8 13 112 Total yards per game 397.4 10 71 Defense Points allowed per game 13.2 1 2 Rushing yards allowed per game 95.8 2 3 Passing yards allowed per game 168.0 1 6 Total yards allowed per game 263.8 1 1 The Bulldogs return 13 starters, 7 on offense, 4 on defense, and the Kicker and Punter. Statistical Leaders Returning RB Games Yards TD AVG Kylin Hill 11 910 8 6.5 WR Games Yards TD REC Osirus Mitchell 10 427 4 26 Stephen Guidry 12 440 3 19 Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks Eroll Thompson 87 10.0 2 4.0 Leo Lewis 45 3.0 0 0 Willie Gay 48 5.5 2 5.0 Cameron Dantzler 43 2.5 2 1.0 Returning Starters Offense RB Kylin Hill WR Osirus Mitchell WR Stephen Guidry LT Greg Eiland LG Michael Story C Darryl Williams RT Stewart Reese Returning Starters Defense LB Eroll Thompson LB Leo Lewis LB Willie Gay CB Cameron Dantzler Special Teams K Jace Christmann P Tucker Day Key Losses QB Nick Fitzgerald C Elgton Jenkins RG Deion Calhoun DE Montez Sweat DE Gerri Green DT Jeffery Simmons CB Jamal Peters S Johnathan Abram S Mark McLaurin
  9. South Carolina's SEC Media Day schedule: The Gamecocks' Today SEC Media Days with Will Muschamp and the team's three representatives. scheduled for Wednesday afternoon starting at 2:30 p.m. ET. They'll each take their turn bouncing from room to room, radio show to radio show and doing a few different TV spots here and there. Will Muschamp Jake Bentley TJ Brunson Bryan Edwards Will Muschamp SEC Network, Marty and McGee: 2:30-2:50 p.m. Main room (televised on the SEC Network): 4-4:30 p.m. SEC Radio: 4:30-4:40 p.m. SiriusXM Radio: 4:40-4:50 p.m. SEC Network set: 4:55-5:10 p.m. Jake Bentley SEC Radio: 3:30-3:40 p.m. SiriusXM: 3:40-3:50 p.m. TJ Brunson SEC Radio: 4:10-4:20 p.m. SiriusXM: 4:20-4:30 p.m. Bryan Edwards SEC Radio: 3:55-4:05 p.m. SiriusXM: 4:05-4:15 p.m.
  10. Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher Don’t look now but Jimbo Fisher has Texas A&M on the fasttrack to national prominence again. One year after his nasty departure from Florida State, Fisher flashed his coaching skills once again guiding the Aggies to a 9-4 record, 5-3 in the SEC, and a win over NC State in the Gator Bowl. The Aggies won their last four games and are being projected as a top 12 team for this coming season. Football fans in South Carolina will get a double-dose of the Aggies again this season. Last year they lost at home to Clemson 28-26 and won at USC 26-23. This season they will play at Clemson September 7th and will host the Gamecocks November 16th.. Jimbo Fisher at SEC Media Days Texas A&M at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller) Overall Conference Texas A&M Aggies 9-4 5-3 Won Gator Bowl against NC State Jimbo Fisher 2nd season 9-4 5-3 Offense 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank Points Per game 36.0 4 19 Rushing Yards per game 219.0 3 21 Passing yards per game 252.6 5 44 Total yards per game 471.6 4 15 Defense Points allowed per game 25.3 8 47 Rushing yards allowed per game 95.2 1 2 Passing yards allowed per game 253.2 12 98 Total yards allowed per game 348.4 7 32 The Aggies return 12 starters, 6 on offense, 4 on defense, and the Kicker and Punter. Statistical Leaders Returning QB Yards TDS INT PCT Kellen Mond 3107 24 9 57.3 RB Games Yards TD AVG Kellen Mond 13 474 7 3.2 WR Games Yards TD REC Quartney Davis 12 585 7 45 Kendrick Rogers 9 336 5 27 Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks Justin Madubuike 40 10.5 0 5.5 Buddy Johnson 34 6.0 0 0.5 Charles Oliver 31 4.0 1 0 Returning Starters Offense QB Kellen Mond WR Quartney Davis WR Kendrick Rogers LT Dan Moore Jr. LG Jared Hocker RT Carson Green Returning Starters Defense DT Justin Madubuike LB Buddy Johnson CB Charles Oliver S Derrick Tucker Special Teams K Seth Small P Braden Mann Key Losses RB Trayveon Williams TE Jace Sternberger C Erik McCoy DT Kingsley Keke DE/LB Landis Durham LB Otaro Alaka LB Tyrel Dodson S Donovan Wilson S Deshawn Capers-Smith
  11. Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt Jeremy Pruitt looks to continue the rebuild at Tennessee this season. In year one, Pruitt won five games, but only two in the SEC. However, that was two more than his predecessor, Butch Jones, won in 2017. Pruitt believes the people and the pieces are in place for the Vols to return to their once lofty status as an SEC and national power, from the new president to athletics director Phillip Fulmer, the longtime Vols’ coach who won a national championship in 1998. Pruitt also is high on his coaching staff which has new coordinators in Jim Chaney (offense) and Derrick Ansley (defense). The Vols lost at USC last season 27-24 and will host the Gamecocks October 26th. They will open their season at home August 31st against Georgia State. Jeremy Pruitt at SEC Media Days Tennessee at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller)
  12. Ole Miss coach Matt Luke The two years of NCAA probation at Ole Miss are over and Matt Luke and the Rebels now have a chance to compete for bowl games and more. Luke, a former Ole Miss offensive lineman, kept the program from sinking during probation going 11-13 during those two seasons. Now armed with new coordinators, including former Clemson OC Rich Rodriguez, and a highly touted redshirt freshman quarterback in Matt Corral, Luke is excited about what his team might accomplish this season. The Rebels will be out to snap a five game losing streak when they open the season at Memphis August 31st. Matt Luke at SEC Media Days Ole Miss at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller)
  13. Georgia coach Kirby Smart The Georgia Bulldogs in 2019 again will be considered as contenders for SEC and national honors. Kirby Smart led the Dogs to the national championship game in 2017 and just missed out on the playoffs last season after losing to Alabama 35-28 in the SEC title game. The Bulldogs were 11-3 last season and 7-1 in the SEC, that lone defeat a 20 point loss at LSU. The Dogs came to Columbia last season and spanked USC 41-17 and will host the Gamecocks October 12th. They open the season at Vanderbilt August 31st. Kirby Smart at SEC Media Days
  14. Florida coach Dan Mullen Florida returned to a level of national prominence last season with a 10-3 record and a win over Michigan in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. The Gators went 5-3 in the SEC to finish tied for second in the East in Dan Mullen’s first season back in Gainesville as the head coach. He won 69 games in the previous nine seasons at Mississippi State. Last season the Gators defeated USC in Gainesville rallying in the 4th quarter to win 35-31. They will play at USC October 19th. The Gators open their season against Miami in Orlando August 24th in a game that will also recognize the 150th season of college football. Dan Mullen Gators at a glance (Compiled by Menachem Muller) 2018 Overall 2018 Conference Florida Gators 10-3 5-3 Won Peach Bowl against Michigan Dan Mullin 2nd season 10-3 5-3 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank Points Per game 35 5 22 Rushing Yards per game 213.2 4 27 Passing yards per game 213.5 10 83 Total yards per game 426.8 6 42 Defense Points allowed per game 20 6 20 Rushing yards allowed per game 159.8 10 60 Passing yards allowed per game 178.9 2 12 Total yards allowed per game 338.7 6 27 The Gators return 16 starters; 6 on offense, 8 on defense, and the Kicker and Punter. Statistical Leaders Returning QB Yards TDS INT PCT Feleipe Franks 2457 24 6 58.4 RB Games Yards TD AVG Lamical Perine 13 996 8 6.8 Feleipe Franks 13 362 7 3.2 WR Games Yards TD REC Van Jefferson 11 503 6 35 Josh Hammond 12 401 5 28 Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks Jabari Zuniga 45 11 0 6.5 David Reese 2nd 81 2.5 0 0 C.J. Henderson 38 5 2 3 Donovan Stiner 49 1 2 1 Returning Starters Offense QB Feleipe Franks RB Lamical Perine WR Van Jefferson WR Josh Hammond WR Tyrie Cleveland C Nick Buchanan Returning Starters Defense DE Jabari Zuniga DT Kyree Campbell DT Adam Shuler LB David Reese 2nd CB C.J. Henderson CB Marco Wilson (injured 2018) S Donovan Stiner S Brad Stewart Jr. Special Teams P Tommy Townsend K Evan McPherson Key Losses RB Jordan Scarlett TE C’yontai Lewis LT Martez Ivey LG Tyler Jordan RG Fred Johnson RT Jawaan Taylor DE Cece Jefferson DE/LB Jachai Polite LB Vosean Joseph CB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
  15. Missouri coach Barry Odom Missouri is coming off an 8-5 season, 4-4 in the SEC. The Tigers lost to Oklahoma State in the Liberty Bowl. Barry Odom is going into his fourth season at his alma mater. He is 19-19 overall and 10-14 in SEC play. Last season the Tigers a thriller at USC 37-35. The Gamecocks will play at Mizzou on September 21st. Barry Odom at SEC Media Days Missouri at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller) Overall Conference Missouri Tigers 8-5 4-4 Lost Liberty Bowl to Oklahoma State Barry Odom 4th season 19-19 10-14 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank Points Per game 36.6 3 18 Rushing Yards per game 202.4 5 32 Passing yards per game 279.4 3 22 Total yards per game 481.8 3 13 Defense Points allowed per game 25.5 9 51 Rushing yards allowed per game 126.5 4 22 Passing yards allowed per game 262 14 111 Total yards allowed per game 388.5 10 61 The Tigers return 14 starters; 7 on offense, 6 on defense, and the Kicker. Returning Starters Offense Statistical Leaders Returning RB Games Yards TD AVG Larry Rountree 13 1278 11 5.3 Damarea Crockett 11 797 8 5.0 WR/TE Games Yards TD REC Johnathon Johnson 13 745 5 59 Albert Okwuegbunam 9 466 6 43 Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks Cale Garrett 106 6 0 1 DeMarkus Acy 30 1 3 0 Christian Holmes 36 1.5 2 0 Tyree Gillespie 48 1.5 0 1 Returning Starters Offense RB Larry Rountree WR Jalen Knox WR Johnathon Johnson TE Albert Okwuegbunam LT Yasir Durant C Trystan Colon-Castillo RG Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms Returning Starters Defense DE Chris Turner DT Akial Byers LB Cale Garrett CB DeMarkus Acy CB Christian Holmes S Tyree Gillespie Special Teams K Tucker McCann Key Losses QB Drew Lock WR Emanuel Hall LG Kevin Pendleton RT Paul Adams DT Walter Palmore DT Terry Beckner Jr. LB Brandon Lee LB Terez Hall S Cam Hilton
  16. LSU coach Ed Orgeron LSU was 10-3 in 2018 including 5-3 in the SEC. The Tigers played in one of the most bizarre games in college football history, a 74-72 loss to Texas A&M in seven overtime periods. The Tigers rebounded from that to defeat Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl. Ed Orgeron is 25-9 in three seasons in Baton Rouge, 15-7 in SEC games. Ed Orgeron at SEC Media Days Overall Conference LSU Tigers 10-3 5-3 Won the Fiesta Bowl against UCF Ed Orgeron 4th season 25-9 15-7 Offense 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank Points Per game 32.4 7 38 Rushing Yards per game 173.6 8 60 Passing yards per game 228.5 7 67 Total yards per game 402.1 9 69 Defense Points allowed per game 21.8 7 27 Rushing yards allowed per game 138.6 7 35 Passing yards allowed per game 200.1 6 38 Total yards allowed per game 338.7 5 26 The Tigers return 17 starters, 8 on offense, 8 on defense, and the Punter. Statistical Leaders Returning QB Yards TDS INT PCT Joe Burrow 2894 16 5 57.8 RB Games Yards TD AVG Clyde Edwards-Helaire 13 754 7 4.8 Joe Burrow 13 399 7 3.1 WR Games Yards TD REC Justin Jefferson 13 901 6 54 Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks Rashard Lawrence 54 10 0 4 Jacob Phillips 87 5.5 1 1 Grant Delpit 74 9.5 5 5 Michael Divinity Jr. 54 9.5 1 4 Glen Logan 45 5 0 4 Returning Starters Offense QB Joe Burrow RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire WR Justin Jefferson WR Ja’Marr Chase LT Saahdiq Charles C Lloyd Cushenberry 3rd RG Damien Lewis RT Austin Deculus Returning Starters Defense DE Rashard Lawrence DE Glen Logan DT Breiden Fehoko LB Jacob Phillips LB Michael Divinity Jr. LB K’Lavon Chaisson CB Kristian Fulton S Grant Delpit Special Teams P Zach Von Rosenberg Key Losses RB Nick Brossette TE Foster Moreau LG Garrett Brumfield LB Devin White CB Greedy Williams S John Battle K Cole Tracy
  17. Coach Muchamp: What top questions will he be asked at this week SEC Media Days July 15, 2019 WHEN & WHO WILL BE THERE: Muschamp and Gamecocks players Jake Bentley, Bryan Edwards and T.J. Brunson will speak between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Here are a few of the top questions he can expect to field. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  18. Where will SEC writers rank USC heading into 2019? Here’s our prediction for the East July 06, 2019 It may not feel like it, but football season is not far away. In fact, SEC Media Days, the unofficial start of the season for media members who cover the sport, starts July 15 in Hoover, Alabama. With that in mind, here’s a look at how the media might pick the SEC East finish. FIRST PLACE Writers’ Pick: Georgia. My Pick: Georgia This won’t be unanimous because some joker(s) will always want to be different, but the Bulldogs are the clear choice this season. Joe Cool quarterback Jake Fromm is back for his third season, the offensive line is probably the best in the country and there are still plenty of NFL-caliber running backs. The defense might actually create some quarterback pressure this year, too.(CLICK TO VIEW FULL ARTICLE) THE STATE
  19. Gamecocks 9th, 11th, and 7th. Who’s too high? Who’s too low?
  20. MBB: SEC Men's Basketball Summer Teleconference, June 27Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019Order of Appearance (All Times Central):10:00 a.m. Jerry Stackhouse, Vanderbilt 10:07 a.m. Michael White, Florida 10:14 a.m. Frank Martin, South Carolina 10:21 a.m. Tom Crean, Georgia10:28 a.m. Will Wade, LSU10:35 a.m. John Calipari, Kentucky10:42 a.m. Rick Barnes, Tennessee10:49 a.m. Eric Musselman, Arkansas10:56 a.m. Nate Oats, Alabama11:03 a.m. Bruce Pearl, Auburn11:10 a.m. Kermit Davis, Ole Miss11:17 a.m. Ben Howland, Mississippi State11:24 a.m. Cuonzo Martin, Missouri11:31 a.m. Buzz Williams, Texas A&M
  21. JUNE 20, 2019 | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW 2019 Opponent Preview: Will Muschamp Looks To Stay Perfect Against The Vols OPPONENT: Tennessee Volunteers WHEN: Saturday, October 26th WHERE: Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, TN) ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Tennessee leads 25-10-2 LAST MEETING: South Carolina beat Tennessee 27-24 in Columbia 2018 RECORD: 5-7 (2-6) Head Coach… Jeremy Pruitt Out with the old, in with the new. That’s exactly what Tennessee did last off-season when it decided to fire Butch Jones and bring in highly successful defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Pruitt was solid in year one, picking up two wins over ranked opponents (Auburn and Kentucky) and helping bring stability back to Knoxville. Now, he looks to build on a top-15 recruiting class and embrace the high expectations of Volunteer fans as UT looks to get back to being a challenger in the SEC East. Returning Starters… OFFENSE (8) WR Marquez Callaway (Sr.) WR Josh Palmer (Jr.) WR Jauan Jennings (Sr.) LG Jahmir Johnson (Jr.) TE Dominick Wood-Anderson (Sr.) QB Jarrett Guarantano (Jr.) RB Ty Chandler (Jr.) DEFENSE (7) OLB Darrell Taylor (Sr.) ILB Daniel Bituli (Sr.) ILB Darrin Kirkland Jr. (Sr.) CB Bryce Thompson (So.) CB Baylen Buchanan (Sr.) CB Alontae Taylor (So.) S Nigel Warrior (Sr.) How did they fare in 2018? It was a rough start on Rocky Top a season ago, as the Vols were crushed by West Virginia 40-14 in Charlotte to open the season. Tennessee’s biggest win of the year came in an upset at Auburn, beating the Tigers 30-24. However, the Vols lost four of their last six games, finishing 5-7 and missing out on bowl eligibility in Pruitt’s first season. The game in Columbia, SC came down to the wire, as South Carolina stormed back to steal a win over UT by a final score of 27-24. Best Returning Player… Ty Chandler A true “do it all” type player for the Vols. Chandler led Tennessee in rushing touchdowns (4) and tied for the lead in receiving touchdowns (3) a season ago and will be the focal point of the UT offense yet again. Chandler has shown great explosiveness out of the backfield and “game breaking” ability in the biggest moments as well. While there are other playmakers on this Tennessee offense, none are quite as important to the Vols success in 2019 as #8. Overall Outlook… Is Tennessee primed for a surprise season in 2019? Many experts believe so, picking the Vols to win as many as 8+ games in 2019 and push the SEC East’s elite. Additions of new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and wide receivers coach Tee Martin have Vols fans optimistic about the future of its offensive production. Defensively, UT will have to replace all of its production up front from a season ago, losing 150 tackles, nine sacks and 15.5 TFL from last years group. This fall will mark the 37th meeting between South Carolina and Tennessee, with the Gamecocks winning the last three in a row. The biggest question is this: can Rocky Top finally end its woes against USC head coach Will Muschamp? The Vols have never beaten Muschamp, going 0-7 during his stints at both Florida and now Carolina. While there’s no doubt the Vols will be improved in 2019, this won’t be the year UT fans get the answer they’re hoping for. 2019 SEASON PROJECTION: 7-5 (3-5)
  22. 2019 Opponent Preview: South Carolina Hosts Gators In “Measuring Stick” Game For Both Programs June 18, 2019, | by CHRIS, | THESPURSUPSHOW OPPONENT: Florida WHEN: Saturday, October 19th WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium (Columbia, SC) ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Florida leads 27-9-3 LAST MEETING: Florida beat the Gamecocks 35-31 in Gainesville, FL 2018 RECORD: 10-3 (5-3) Head Coach… Dan Mullen The Gators football program got a boost of energy a year ago when former assistant Dan Mullen was named head coach. Year one was successful for Mullen and co., leading the Gators to a 10-3 (5-3) overall record, capped off by an impressive 41-15 win over Michigan in the Peach Bowl. Now, Mullen looks to make another big jump in year two and get the Gators closer to the promises he made upon his hiring. Returning Starters… OFFENSE (5) WR Van Jefferson (Sr.) WR Tyrie Cleveland (Sr.) WR Josh Hammond (Sr.) C Nick Buchanan (Sr.) QB Feleipe Franks (Jr.) DEFENSE (7) DE Jabari Zuniga (Sr.) NT Adam Shuler (Sr.) DT Kyree Campbell (Jr.) LB David Reese II (Sr.) CB CJ Henderson (Jr.) STAR Trey Dean III (So.) S Donovan Stonier (Jr.) How did they fare in 2018? The Gators surpassed expectations in Dan Mullen’s first season, winning 10 games capped off by a huge win over Michigan in the Peach Bowl. The year didn’t come without some bumps and bruises along the way, however. Florida lost to Kentucky for the first time in over two decades, sending fans in Gainesville into panic mode early on. UF rebounded nicely, winning five in a row before suffering back to back losses to Georgia and Missouri. Once again, Florida bounced back, winning four straight games, leading to an off-season full of optimism and hope heading into the 2019 season. Best Returning Player… Felipe Franks While highly criticized at times, Franks truly is the engine that makes Florida go. Franks quietly had a nice year for the Gators, throwing for just under 2,500 yards, 24 TD and just 6 INT. Now, heading into his junior season, he will look to take another major step and establish himself as one of the best signal callers in the SEC. Overall Outlook… To nobodies surprise, the Gators enter this season with sky high expectations in Dan Mullen’s second season. It’s been an interesting off-season for Florida to say the least, led off by Chris Steele’s decision to transfer which spurned a lot of moving around in Gainesville. Mullen has been very outspoken this off-season as well, getting in daily jabs at his archival UGA, Tennessee and others. Now, for the Gators trip to Columbia. First of all, don’t even get me started on last years game… South Carolina had Florida dead, leading by 17 with just under five minutes to play in the 3Q before the Gators stormed back for a 35-31 win. Now, the Gamecocks will look for revenge in what should prove to be a “measuring stick” type game for both programs this October. Still the question remains: what can we expect from this Gators team? Some have them listed as high as a Top 10 team in the pre-season, while some have UF taking a step back. Count me amongst those who are skeptical of the Gators in year two of the Dan Mullen era. UF comes back down to Earth a bit in 2019, including in their week eight match-up in Columbia. 2019 SEASON PROJECTION: 8-4 (4-4)
  23. Independence Bowl SEC cutting after this season SEC cutting after this season. Picking up Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa and Las Vegas Bowl. That would make the 7-5 season seem a bit better you think?
  24. Statement after SEC Meetings from Ray Tanner:"The public sale of alcohol in SEC venues has been a discussion item for several years and there had never been enough momentum to change the policy until this year. While we have discussed this inside the athletics department, now that the ban has been rescinded, we need fully to vet the impact for us with our campus leadership, including the President and the Board of Trustees, as well as campus, local and state agencies. We value the customer experience in all of athletic venues and will not do anything to negatively impact that."
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