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  1. Jake Fromm has announced his plans to forgo his senior season at UGA and enter the 2020 NFL Draft. Also More news: Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays has entered the transfer portal. That's a shocker, to be honest. Mays was set to be the starting left tackle as a junior in 2020 and NFL prospect for the 2021 draft.
  2. 2. Luke Doty (South Carolina) National QB Rank: No. 4 (No. 65 overall) What You Need to Know: Doty chose the Gamecocks more than a year ago. An in-state recruit, Doty is a capable drop-back passer, but also has the speed to wreak havoc on a defense. He’s bonding well with new USC coordinator Mike Bobo and could have an excellent battle with Ryan Hilinksi next fall. (VIEW FULL ARTICLE) Good read enjoy!!
  3. Obviously, Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher has a massive buyout, coming in at over $68 million. Here’s where the other SEC coaches stand in terms of their buyout figures: Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M — $68,125,000 Nick Saban, Alabama — $33,600,000 Gus Malzahn, Auburn — $32,143,750 Kirby Smart, Georgia — $27,917,500 Will Muschamp, South Carolina — $18,650,000 Mark Stoops, Kentucky — $15,625,000 Chad Morris, Arkansas — $12,500,000 Dan Mullen, Florida — $12,000,000 Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee — $11,780,000 Ed Orgeron, LSU — $5,291,667 Barry Odom, Mizzou — $1,912,500 Matt Luke, Ole Miss — $0 Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State — $0 Derek Mason, Vanderbilt — Unknown
  4. South Carolina projects to be an underdog the rest of the season, and that started Sunday. The Gamecocks are 10-point underdogs to Texas A&M as they head to College Station to wrap SEC play. The over/under is 50 1/2 points. South Carolina has never won in the five years they’ve been permanent cross-division Rivals. USC (4-6) is coming off an upset loss to App. State and is 5-5 against the spread. The Aggies are coming off a bye and 5-4 ATS.
  5. THE FINAL WORD: SEC’s head of officiating speaks about referee performance in South Carolina-Florida game Nov. 06, 2019 The SEC’s head of officials has finally publicly addressed the officiating situation that came up in October’s South Carolina-Florida football game. Steve Shaw didn’t go into specifics about the game that had both Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp and Ray Tanner emotional but said the crew that day graded out “solidly.” He also talked about the process or review and speaking to the school in that situation. “That game, and I’m going off memory here, there were 188 plays officiated in that game, and we evaluate all 188,” Shaw said. “We give the school an accounting, especially on things they have questions on. We don’t go public on what we consider incorrect calls or correct calls. But we’re very specific with the coach and athletic director when they ask and we give them feedback from the game. “I can say overall in that game, the crew from a grading perspective graded out solidly. That doesn’t talk to individual plays.” Shaw noted they have never had a perfect game. Their aim is to eliminate incorrect calls in what he called critical situations. “We did have communication with the schools,” Shaw added. “They know exactly how the evaluations were.” There were several questionable calls that had Muschamp steamed. Late in the game he received an unsportsmanlike conduct call and was critical of how it was delivered, breaking out he phrase “gutless.” Both Muschamp and Tanner said they spoke to Shaw and SEC commissioner Greg Sankey in the week after that game. The most notable pair of questionable officiating moments came on a 75-yard touchdown run that tied it 17-17. There appeared to be a missed false start from the Gators right tackle. Then, corner Israel Mukuamu was blocked well downfield with the receiver holding a handful of jersey. Later in the game, the Gators scored a touchdown on a pick play where an offensive player appears to start blocking a defender well before the pass was completed. That is acceptable when the pass is caught behind the line, but not ahead of it. Shaw declined to speak to any questions about accountability after that game, but did speak to how officials are held accountable in general. “There is high accountability in every one of these,” Shaw said. “Your individual and your crew scores impact if you’re going to work and if you do work, what types of games you get. High accountability on that, and it does have impact on the schedule and availability of those officials.”
  6. Several Gamecocks among SEC's most productive players Oct. 05, 2019 Several Gamecocks are among the most productive players in the SEC. South Carolina’s open week could affect the standing for a few of those guys, but they’ll still remain among the league’s best when play resumes next weekend in Athens, Ga. Where senior running back Rico Dowdle and a few of his teammates sit after five games? Let’s take a look at their standing in some of those individual stat categories. We’ve also got updates on a few team numbers. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  7. Comparing Muschamp's buyout terms to the rest of the SEC Sept. 25, 2019 Very good read here recommend all to read. Gives you a very good view what today coaches receive in these contract deals. The face of Collage football is turning into a pro stile business and the ever growing popular pay to play will totally take it to this level. South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp has six years, including this one, on a contract that expires on December 31, 2024. Should the school terminate his contract, he would be owed 75 percent of his remaining contract. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE / 247SPORTS
  8. SEC Football Head Coaches Teleconference - 9.18.19
  9. 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
  10. 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?
  11. Southern Pigskin's ranking of the top five SEC backfields for 2019 May 20, 2019, | southernpigskin.com 1. Alabama -- Tua Tagovailoa, the likely number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, now holds college football's single-season passer rating record at 199.4. Remarkably, he completed 69% of his passes for 3,966 yards with 43 touchdowns and just six interceptions this past year. The powerful Najee Harris was the Crimson Tide's second-leading rusher last fall, rushing for 783 yards and averaging an impressive 6.7 yards per carry. Alabama, among all the five-stars, added Trey Sanders in its latest recruiting class, the number one running back prospect in the nation. 2. Georgia -- A very strong argument can be made for the Bulldogs having the top offensive backfield in the SEC and certainly a top three group nationally. After finishing 8th in the nation in passer rating as a true freshman, Jake Fromm jumped to 5th as a sophomore. He has averaged nine yards per pass attempt both years and improved to 30 touchdown passes in 2018. From mid-October on, dynamic running back D'Andre Swift had over 100 yards in each of the five games where he had double digit carries. As usual, Georgia has incredible running back depth with the likes of James Cook, Brian Herrien and Zamir White. 3. Florida -- The Gators are stacked at running back with the return of Lamical Perine, Dameon Pierce and Malik Davis, all of whom are capable of being featured offensive playmakers. Perine has 15 rushing touchdowns the last two years. Quarterback Feleipe Franks improvement dramatically under Dan Mullen, throwing 24 touchdown passes and rushing for seven more. Franks was named Offensive MVP of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. There is also excitement around reserve signal caller Emory Jones. 4. Mississippi State -- Stepping in for Nick Fitzgerald due to injury, Keytaon Thompson has done a very nice job the past few years. He, as a dual-threat talent, scored ten total touchdowns in 2018, with only one interception. Thompson should continue his progression into a prominent front-line starter. Kylin Hill is an explosive running back who averaged nearly 6.3 yards per carry last fall. Reserve Nick Gibson can be a home run threat. 5. Missouri -- Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant brings quite the resume to the Tigers of the SEC East, most notably a 15-1 record in games he has both started and finished. Bryant scored 24 total touchdowns in 2017. Larry Rountree III should pair quite well with Brant. With 1,216 yards, Rountree just recorded the third-highest single-season rushing total in Missouri history. He rushed for 458 yards over the team's final three games. In career games where Rountree has topped 90 yards, the Tigers are 7-1.
  12. Southern Pigskin's ranking of the top five SEC receiving corps for 2019 May 20, 2019, | southernpigskin.com 1. Alabama -- Not many programs in history have returned production like this. Jerry Jeudy, Jaylen Waddle, Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith are back after combining for 202 receptions for 3,597 yards and 38 touchdowns last season. Remarkably, they all ranked in the top eleven in the SEC yards per catch. Jeudy was the 2018 winner of the Biletnikoff Award given to the best receiver in the nation. With all of the aforementioned talent, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returns after setting the game's single-season passer rating record. 2. Florida -- There is great depth in Gainesville, where the Gators' top six receivers all return. After transferring from Ole Miss, Van Jefferson led Florida with 35 catches, 503 yards and six touchdowns. Ohio State-transfer Trevon Gimes added 26 grabs. Exciting playmakers dot the rotation, including veterans Tyrie Cleveland, Josh Hammond and Freddie Swain, 18.9 yards per reception and five scores, and the versatile Kadarius Toney. Expectations are high for athletic rising tight end Kyle Pitts. 3. LSU -- Justin Jefferson is one of the nation's most talented receivers. His sophomore production, 54 catches for 875 yards and six touchdowns, speak to that ability. Jefferson had two big scores in the Fiesta Bowl victory over Central Florida. Stephen Sullivan is a major matchup problem at 6'7'', one of many notable athletes on the perimeter. Ja'Marr Chase is fresh off an impressive freshman debut. 4. Missouri -- Albert Okwuegbunam is college football's best tight end. Even after missing late last season due to injury, he has 72 catches and 17 touchdowns the past two years. With 1,896 career yards, Johnathon Johnson is one of the most productive receivers in the SEC. Jalen Knox leads a talented young core of pass-catchers. The Tigers have also added Arkansas-transfer Jonathan Nance, who led the Razorbacks with 37 grabs, 539 yards and five touchdowns in 2018. 5. Texas A&M -- A number of talented rising juniors will lead the way for the Aggies out wide. Quartney Davis, Camron Buckley, Jhamon Austin, Kendrick Rogers and Hezekiah Jones combined for 152 catches in 2018. Seven of Davis' 45 receptions went for touchdowns. Quarterback Kellen Mond will have plenty of options on the perimeter, proven producers ready for even more.
  13. Steele's transfer "a colossal disaster" for Gators: SDS CHRIS STEELE’S DECISION TO LEAVE FLORIDA TOOK COURAGE, AND IS A COLOSSAL DISASTER FOR THE GATORS As if losing Bowman weren’t bad enough, the Gators received even more awful news earlier Thursday when the story broke that Chris Steele, the crown jewel of Florida’s 2019 recruiting class and one of the most promising players in spring practice, announced he would transfer without ever playing a down in Gainesville. Steele entered the transfer portal, citing, according to the Gainesville Sun’s Zach Alboverdi, a dispute with the coaches over a roommate situation, as the reason. The roommate? Jalon Jones. Alboverdi reported, and SDS confirmed through multiple sources, including one with the University Police Department,that Steele had concerns about Jones that predated the early April sexual battery incidents wherein Jones was implicated. Steele, who is listed in the police reports as a prospective witness on account of living with Jones, expressed concern about Jones’ behaviors to the Florida coaching staff as early as late January, per SDS sources. According to Alboverdi’s report, Steele asked to be assigned a different roommate, citing his own concerns about getting into trouble by association. The staff punted on the request, telling Steele they would move him in the summer. As it turns out, Steele was right, and the summer was too late. The whole incident infuriated Steele’s family, who encouraged him to come home to California. If you are Chris Steele or his family, the decision makes sense, both financially and from a common-sense safety standpoint. From a safety perspective, Steele’s family entrusted Mullen and the coaching staff with their son’s well-being, future and safety. Steele sensed danger and asked the staff to remove him from what he viewed as the problem. The staff, mystifyingly, declined to act. From a financial perspective, Steele is a high-level defensive back prospect likely destined for the NFL in 3 seasons. The last thing a player like that needs is NFL teams asking character questions at draft time simply because his name popped up in a sexual battery investigation. Steele, sensing a problem, asked to be removed from that danger. It’s difficult to blame Steele for perceiving Florida’s lack of action as a sign that Florida didn’t necessarily value Steele’s future. Make no mistake: This is a colossal disaster for Mullen and Florida. From a football standpoint, Steele was going to play early and often next season. Florida lacks secondary depth, as Georgia exposed last fall, and Steele showed all spring that he was simply too fast and too good to keep on the sideline for long. But forget the football piece. Mullen arrived in Gainesville talking about restoring the “Gator standard,” not only on the field, but off it. Mullen inherited a broken culture in the wake of a credit card scandal that rocked the roster the year before. Restoring Florida’s credibility off the field mattered and, to parents entrusting coaches with their children, was critical. The Steele fiasco is a setback. When Scott Stricklin speaks about “making Florida football fun again,” he’s doubtlessly referencing the Spurrier era, which had its share of barbs and bravado, but always on a foundation of integrity. Where I come from, that matters. Maybe that type of cultural rebuild was never in the cards for Mullen, who is, after all, an Urban Meyer protégé. Mullen was instrumental in Florida winning two national championships under Meyer, to be sure, but was also in Gainesville during a time of substantial off-field discontent, plagued by a string of off-field incidents and arrests. The Gator Standard needs to be better than it was under Meyer. From the looks of it, the Gator Standard needs to look like Chris Steele. His decision to ask to have his roommate changed took character and it took courage. It’s the type of decision the Gator Standard should be about. When that was met with procrastination, Steele’s worst fears were confirmed. Now Steele is gone, and Mullen will pay the price. Will he learn from it?
  14. OAYP: 2019 SEC Linebacker Rankings By Jim Johnson SouthernPigskin.com Now it’s time for the linebackers. Thanks to the departure of Devin White, the SEC LB throne is up for grabs. There are a couple of front runners, one that’s pretty obvious, one not as much, but a deep second tier, as well, from which a contender could emerge. So, just as we’ve done with all the other position groups, let’s tier the SEC linebackers into Superstars (marginal OAYP >1.0), the second tier (marginal OAYP between 0.5-1.0), and potential breakout stars. *marginal OAYP scores in parentheses* Superstars -Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State (1.34) If you were expecting to see Dylan Moses’ name here… so was I. We’ll get to the Alabama standout shortly, but Erroll Thompson deserves his due. Other than White, Thompson was probably the best coverage linebacker in the league last year. Among SEC players at the position, with at least 200 snaps in coverage, Thompson’s 56.2 allowed passer rating on throws into his coverage ranked first, and his two interceptions tied for first among the group. He also sits in the top five among returning SEC linebackers in tackles and the top ten in tackles for loss, even including edge defenders. For some historical context, according to CFB Reference, just five linebackers since 2000 had as many tackles, TFL’s, sacks, and picks in a single season as Thompson -- a shortlist that includes the likes of Deion Jones and Rolando McClain. Everyone talked about Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons last year, and with good reason, but Mississippi State didn’t have one of the best defenses in the nation last year because of just two guys. The linebacking corps, one of whom we’ll talk about shortly, led by Thompson, was nasty in its own right. Second Tier -Dylan Moses, Alabama (0.94) -De'Jon Harris, Arkansas (0.78) -TJ Brunson, South Carolina (0.67) -Cale Garrett, Missouri (0.6) -Willie Gay, Mississippi State (0.59) This could really be split into two tiers, given how close Moses is to that 1.0 mark, with Brunson, Garrett, and Gay a notch below, and Harris straddling the line. I would be remiss not to point out that while the individual OAYP formula does seem to do a pretty good job of ranking players straight up, players’ value to their respective teams do factor into the equation. For the record, I don’t think Thompson is a better pure linebacker than Moses, and OAYP doesn’t necessarily either. I do, however, agree with the formula that he is significantly more valuable to Mississippi State than Moses to Alabama, and given how close their on-field play is, I think the ranking is justifiable. Of course, that 0.94 marginal OAYP speaks pretty highly of the Butkus Award finalist, so I don’t think I should feel compelled to make excuses. Moses is a genuinely special athlete that could probably play just about position for any defense in the country with great success. He and Thompson had almost identical production in 2018. He had just one fewer tackle, the same number of sacks, and one more tackle for loss. And though he wasn’t as elite as Thompson was in coverage, he has all the athletic tools to be even better. If he takes a step forward in that respect, he’ll be the best linebacker in the country this season. De’Jon Harris has been a personal favorite player of mine for a couple of years now. In just three seasons, and 33 games, he’s amassed 270 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks. One of just ten SEC players to hit all of those marks since the turn of the century, his 33 games to do it are the fewest of the group -- a group that features names like C.J. Mosley, Rolando McClain, Brandon Spikes, and Devin White. The other three, Brunson, Garrett, and Gay, are solid, pretty much all-around, but you could combine each one’s elite traits for the ultimate linebacker. Take the phyiscality and tenacious run defense of TJ Brunson, the sure-tackling of Cale Garrett, and the pass rush ability of Wille Gay and, well, you’ve basically got Devin White. None of them have put it all together yet, but any and all of them have the potential to threaten Thompson and Moses for the title of ‘best linebacker in the SEC’. Potential Breakout Stars -Buddy Johnson, Texas A&M (0.53) -Jamar Watson, Kentucky (0.34) -Deandre Square, Kentucky (0.28) -James Houston, Florida (0.24) Texas A&M loses a ton of talent from the front seven, returning just one qualifying OAYP candidate in Justin Madubuike. Of all the new faces, though, Buddy Johnson appears most poised to bear the leadership burden. He’s got more than a few meaningful reps under his belt now, and has flashed in big games over the past two years, most specifically at LSU in 2017 and Mississippi State in 2018, and in the Aggies’ bowl win over NC State last year. Looking to carry that postseason momentum into 2019, Johnson has a chance to make a name for himself around the SEC. Kentucky obviously had an upper echelon defense a season ago, but having to replace Josh Allen, not to mention the entire secondary, is less than ideal. However, with Watson and Square, alongside Kash Daniel, the dropoff may not be as severe as some people anticipate. James Houston is also worth keeping an eye on. A natural playmaker, if he can earn more snaps in 2019, he could do a lot in the way of replacing Vosean Joseph’s production. Full Marginal OAYP Rankings for Qualifying SEC Linebackers 1. Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State (1.34) 2. Dylan Moses, Alabama (0.94) 3. De'Jon Harris, Arkansas (0.78) 4. TJ Brunson, South Carolina (0.67) 5. Cale Garrett, Missouri (0.6) 6. Willie Gay, Mississippi State (0.59) 7. Michael Divinity, LSU (0.36) 8. Mohamed Sanogo, Ole Miss (0.21) 9. Jacob Phillips, LSU (0.19) 10. Tae Crowder, Georgia (0.18) 11. Kash Daniel, Kentucky (-0.14) 12. Daniel Bituli, Tennessee (-0.22) 13. Sherrod Greene, South Carolina (-0.29) 14. Leo Lewis, Mississippi State (-0.37) 15. Darrin Kirkland, Tennessee (-0.54) 16. Monty Rice, Georgia (-0.66) 17. Dmitri Moore, Vanderbilt (-0.74) 18. David Reese, Florida (-0.75) 19. Will Ignont, Tennessee (-1.05) 20. Willie Hibbler, Ole Miss (-1.08)
  15. OAYP: 2019 SEC Safety Rankings By Jim Johnson SouthernPigskin.com There are some bonafide studs returning to the league at this spot. In fact, because the top player’s score is so high, it hurts everyone else’s marginal numbers. When they’re adjusted relative to the entire nation, don’t be surprised if two or three of the “second tier” guys cross that “superstar” threshold. Regardless, just as we’ve done with all the other position groups, let’s tier the SEC safeties into superstars (marginal OAYP >1.0), the second tier (marginal OAYP between 0.5-1.0), and potential breakout stars, relative to their conference peers. *marginal OAYP scores in parentheses* Superstars -Grant Delpit, LSU (2.71) -Xavier McKinney, Alabama (1.72) -J.R. Reed, Georgia (1.27) Grant Delpit is not of this world. He can play center field like Andruw Jones, strap up receivers like any number of NFL cornerbacks that LSU has put in the league over the years, come up in the box like a heat seeking missile, and even rush the passer when Dave Aranda’s feeling particularly cruel. He may also be able to fly, breathe underwater, and shoot laser beams out of his eyeballs. His power is limitless. Delpit led the SEC in interceptions last year, and finished second in total pass defensed. Those nine breakups were the sixth most among FBS safeties in 2018, he had even more quarterback pressures than batted balls -- 13 to be exact, which was fifth. Factor in his 9.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks, both of which led all SEC defensive backs, and there’s no debate as to who the best safety in the entire country is. It wasn’t necessarily a surprise to see Xavier McKinney ranked where he is, but I was taken aback by just far ahead of the next tier that he ended up. Alabama was very inexperienced in the secondary last season after losing its top six tacklers from the 2017 defensive backfield. Opposite McKinney, Deionte Thompson dominated out of the gates and continued to do so for the rest of the regular season. McKinney had a slower start, relatively speaking, but seemed to get better every week. Then, as Thompson floundered in the College Football Playoff and gave up some uncharacteristic big plays, McKinney was arguably the Tide’s second most consistent defender in the postseason, behind Quinnen Williams. Like Delpit, McKinney is supremely versatile, and was especially strong in coverage last year, allowing a mere 46.5 passer rating on throws into his coverage with no touchdowns and two interceptions, which is the best among returning SEC safeties, just ahead of the aforementioned LSU standout. If I was doing the rankings based on gut reaction, I would probably flip McKinney and Reed. In some ways, particularly from a defensive back standpoint, the OAYP formula is as much a playmaker index as anything else. Reed doesn’t necessarily fill out a box score like McKinney or Delpit, but his impact is unmistakable, and certainly felt. According to Pro Football Focus, Reed graded out as the SEC’s best safety in coverage last year, and, thanks to that late season dropoff from Thompson, actually ended up as the top graded safety overall. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time and never gives up big plays, which helped allow Georgia to play as bend-don’t-break as they did, whilst still ranking second in yards per pass attempt allowed to teams that ended up with a winning record. Second Tier -Richard LeCounte, Georgia (0.76) -JaCoby Stevens, LSU (0.76) -Daniel Thomas, Auburn (0.52) As mentioned above, the sheer dominance of Delpit hurts these guys’ marginal scores. When it’s all said and done, and the national averages are tallied, LeCounte and Stevens could both fall in the superstar category. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to see all of these safety duos in the top two tiers. Like Andre and Big Boi, what can be great on its own, is even better together. These complementary pieces are more than the sum of their parts. Reed’s coverage dominance pairs very nicely with LeCounte’s athleticism and rare instincts. His 22 stops, or tackles that constitute a win for the defense, last year are tied for first among returning SEC safeties with Delpit, even ahead of McKinney. After playing, like, 100 different positions throughout the early part of his career at LSU, JaCoby Stevens finally broke out in their quarter safety spot last year, eventually realizing all that potential that made him a five-star recruit out of high school. With versatility to rival that of McKinney and his teammate Grant Delpit, the best is yet to come. The Auburn pair of Thomas and Dinson are similar to Georgia’s Reed and LeCounte. Each highly productive in his own right, Thomas provides elite coverage skills -- he led the league in 2018 in coverage snaps per reception allowed -- to go along with Dinson’s superior versatility and natural playmaking ability. Potential Breakout Star -Jaquarius Landrews, Mississippi State (0.92) Landrews stepped up in a big way last year when slot corner Brian Cole was forced to miss time with an injury, and one of the nation’s most dominant defenses didn’t miss a beat. In ten games, overcoming some injury issues of his own, and on a limited sample size at that, the JUCO product notched 4.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 5 pass breakups. Now poised to fill the strong safety void left behind by first round draft pick Johnathan Abram, a full season at the level he played last year could see him follow in his predecessor’s footsteps. Landrews’ teammate C.J. Morgan and Jared Mayden from Alabama are also a couple of names worth keeping an eye on. Full Marginal OAYP Rankings for Qualifying SEC Safeties 1. Grant Delpit, LSU 2.71 2. Xavier McKinney, Alabama 1.72 3. J.R. Reed, Georgia 1.27 t4. Richard LeCounte, Georgia 0.76 t4. JaCoby Stevens, LSU 0.76 6. Daniel Thomas, Auburn 0.52 7. Jeremiah Dinson, Auburn 0.46 8. Brad Stewart, Florida 0.34 9. Donovan Stiner, Florida 0.28 10. Todd Harris, LSU 0.16 11. Nigel Warrior, Tennessee 0.1 12. Davonte Robinson, Kentucky -0.08 13. Jeawon Taylor, Florida -0.26 14. RJ Roderick, South Carolina -0.38 15. Myles Hartsfield, Ole Miss -0.71 16. Tae Daley, Vanderbilt -0.74 17. Larry Pryor, Texas A&M -0.89 18. Frank Coppet, Vanderbilt -0.95 19. Tyree Gillespie, Missouri -1.07 20. Khalil Oliver, Missouri -1.1 21. Kamren Curl, Arkansas -1.34 22. CJ Miller, Ole Miss -1.58
  16. SEC Post-Spring Reset By Matt Smith SouthernPigskin.com As we reach the midway point of the offseason, let’s review where things stand and what’s left to shake out before toe meets leather in late August. Spring practice wrapped up in the SEC a week ago with Georgia’s annual G-Day “game”. We now enter what The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) sportswriter Marc Morehouse has aptly dubbed “the horse latitudes” of the college football calendar. The horse latitudes are, in addition to a song by The Doors, subtropical regions of the Earth with little wind and little precipitation. In other words, not much is going on. That’s the next two-and-a-half months, a time in which no news is good news before the start of “talkin’ season” come mid-July. Unless you’re one of those weirdos who hates warm weather (and if you are, you probably don’t live in SEC country) late spring and early summer will ultimately fly by, and it’ll be time for preseason training camp before you bat an eye. As we reach the midway point of the offseason, let’s review where things stand and what’s left to shake out before toe meets leather in late August. Quarterback Competitions Ten SEC quarterbacks should feel pretty safe about their starting roles. Eight of the 10 are returning starters, while a ninth, Missouri’s Kelly Bryant started 18 games at Clemson over the past two seasons before being displaced by wonder boy Trevor Lawrence. Here are the 10: Alabama: Tua Tagovailoa (Jr.) Florida: Feleipe Franks (Jr.) Georgia: Jake Fromm (Jr.) Kentucky: Terry Wilson (Jr.) LSU: Joe Burrow (Sr.) Ole Miss: Matt Corral (So.) Missouri: Kelly Bryant (Sr.) South Carolina: Jake Bentley (Sr.) Tennessee: Jarrett Guarantano (Jr.) Texas A&M: Kellen Mond (Jr.) If you’re smarter than a fifth grader, you know that leaves four SEC teams who will have quarterback battles into August camp. Three of the four are extensions from the spring. Arkansas will add in Texas A&M transfer Nick Starkel in the summer to compete with SMU transfer Ben Hicks, who has two legs up from playing for head coach Chad Morris with the Mustangs and having gone through spring drills in Fayetteville. Arkansas: Ben Hicks (Sr.) vs. Nick Starkel (Jr.) Auburn: Joey Gatewood (rFr.) vs. Bo Nix (Fr.) Mississippi State: Keytaon Thompson (Jr.) vs. Jalen Mayden (Fr.) Vanderbilt: Riley Neal (Sr.) vs. Deuce Wallace (Jr.) My predictions? I’ll take Thompson, Neal, Hicks and Gatewood. Nix is the future at Auburn and is likely to see meaningful playing time this fall, but I’ll mention one of my favorite quarterback-related anecdotes: The last SEC true freshman quarterback to start a season opener was Tennessee’s Brent Schaeffer in 2004. That was 15 years ago. It’s a rarity, so I’m not going to predict it until it happens again. New Coordinators All 14 head coaches are back from last season, but there were some significant staff overhauls, with 11 new coordinators coming onboard or receiving promotions. Alabama: Steve Sarkisian (Offense), Pete Golding (Defense) Auburn: Kenny Dillingham (Offense) Georgia: James Coley (Offense), Dan Lanning (Defense) Kentucky: Brad White (Defense) Ole Miss: Rich Rodriguez (Offense), Mike MacIntyre (Defense) Tennessee: Jim Chaney (Offense), Derrick Ansley (Defense) Vanderbilt: Gerry Gdowski (Offense) Many of the new coordinators were on staff last year, including both at Georgia, but Sarkisian, Dillingham, Rodriguez, MacIntyre, Chaney, and Ansley all were elsewhere in 2018. Sarkisian was, of course, the interim coordinator for the Crimson Tide in the 2016 season’s national championship game loss to Clemson, but left Tuscaloosa for the NFL just prior to Tua Tagovailoa’s arrival on campus. The biggest visible differences will likely come at Ole Miss. Rodriguez made his mark on the sport with his zone-read game, and he’ll bring that to a Rebels offense that saw a gutting of its passing game after last season. On the other side of the ball, MacIntyre has implemented a new base 3-4 scheme to help what has been the league’s worst defense over the past three seasons. Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia probably won’t look much different than in years past due to the preferred identities of their respective head coaches, even with Tigers’ defensive boss Kevin Steele the only coordinator returning among the six from a year ago. Tennessee is the wild card. Both Chaney and Ansley have previously worked at Tennessee, while Ansley spent time with Jeremy Pruitt at Alabama in 2016 and 2017. Expect more tight end usage from the Volunteers offense under Chaney, but Pruitt is a Nick Saban protégé, so his freedom may be restricted. Spring Standouts Southern Pigskin released its all-SEC Spring Game Team earlier this month, but I’ll highlight a few names that shined and raised their expectations heading into the season. -Georgia CBs Tyson Campbell and Eric Stokes: Someone has to replace first-round NFL Draft pick Deandre Baker. These two sophomore both have proven to be capable options as No. 2 corners, but it can be different taking over the No. 1 role. Stokes stood out in the spring game with an early pick-six of Jake Fromm. -Kentucky RB Kavosiey Smoke: Benny Snell is gone, and the redshirt freshman looks to have a big role in replacing the former Wildcats star after averaging 26 yards per carry in the Wildcats’ spring game. -Alabama WR John Metchie: Oh look, Alabama has a stud true freshman wide receiver. After Jerry Jeudy in 2017 and Jaylen Waddle last year both dazzled as first-year players, we may be able to expect the same from Metchie after an MVP performance in the Crimson Tide's A-Day game. Metchie caught five passes for 133 yards, but will face an absolutely loaded depth chart in the fall with Jeudy, Waddle, Devonta Smith, and Henry Ruggs III. -Texas A&M TE Baylor Cupp: With Jace Sternberger off to the NFL, Cupp has the opportunity to play right away. After leading the team with 88 yards in the Aggies’ spring game, he is well on his way to starting as a true freshman this fall. Way-too-Early Predictions With four months until the season, here’s how I envision the SEC divisions shaking out: SEC East 1. Georgia 2. Florida 3. Missouri 4. South Carolina 5. Tennessee 6. Kentucky 7. Vanderbilt SEC West 1. Alabama 2. LSU 3. Texas A&M 4. Auburn 5. Mississippi State 6. Ole Miss 7. Arkansas I believe South Carolina is the third-best team in a muddy middle tier of the SEC East, but they draw both Alabama and Texas A&M from the West, while Missouri gets Arkansas and Ole Miss. In addition, the head-to-head meeting between the Gamecocks and Tigers is in Columbia West. I whiffed on Kentucky last season, and I may be making the same mistake again, but the Wildcats just have too much to replace to replicate their 10-3 2018 season. There’s a pretty clear dividing line in the SEC West between No. 4 and No. 5. Both Mississippi State and Ole Miss had four players selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, so there is some serious star power that has to be replaced in the Magnolia State after disappointing 8-5 and 5-7 seasons respectively in 2018. What’s Next SEC Spring Meetings take place in Sandestin, Florida, beginning on May 28. That event generated plenty of news in the early part of the decade when expansion, scheduling, the SEC Network, and the College Football Playoff were all major topics. As those issues have moved to the back burner, expect minimal developments to come out of the Florida panhandle that week. SEC Media Days return to their longtime home in the Birmingham area after a one-year stint at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The four-day event begins July 15 at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Alabama. The SEC will take part in “Week 0” for the first time since pre-Labor Day weekend games resurfaced in 2016. Florida will renew its old rivalry with Miami (FL) on Aug. 24 in Orlando. The teams haven’t played annually since the ‘80s, but they have met six times since 2000, with the Hurricanes winning five of them.
  17. 2019 All-SEC Spring Game Team By Southern Pigskin Staff SouthernPigskin.com An all-conference style team comprised of the SEC's best players during each school's respective spring games. OFFENSE QB Feleipe Franks, Florida RB Kavosiey Smoke, Kentucky RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU WR Trevon Grimes, Florida WR Freddie Swain, Florida WR Jay Urich, South Carolina TE Baylor Cupp, Texas A&M OT Isaiah Wilson, Georgia OG Darryl Williams, Mississippi State C Donell Stanley, South Carolina OG Ryan McCollum, Texas A&M OT Noah Gatlin, Arkansas DEFENSE DE Qaadir Sheppard, Ole Miss DL Phidarian Mathis, Alabama DT Daevion Davis, Vanderbilt EDGE Andre Anthony, LSU LB Michael Divinity, LSU LB Shane Lee, Alabama LB Eric Gregory, Arkansas CB Clifford Chattman, Texas A&M CB Eric Stokes, Georgia CB Moses Reynolds, Texas A&M S Jaylen McCollough, Tennessee S John Huggins, Florida SPECIAL TEAMS K Chance Poore, Kentucky P Braden Mann, Texas A&M AP Charles Olatunji, Auburn
  18. Wow Right off the bat do not agree with this outcome. 1. This isn’t the first year we’ve played without Deebo, 9-4 2. There is zero chance our defense isn’t much better this year 3. Some of this has to do with the fact that we have the hardest schedule in the country 4. I love the underdog role
  19. SEC: The toughest nonconference schedules ranked April 21, 2019 LSU and South Carolina face the toughest nonconference schedules in the SEC heading into the 2019-20 football season. Here are the rankings from toughest to easiest: 1. LSU Aug. 31 Georgia Southern; Sept. 7 at Texas; Sept. 14 Northwestern State; Oct. 5 Utah State Overview: LSU is coming off its first 10-win season since 2013 with the Tigers winning five nonconference games including wins over ranked teams in Miami and UCF. Ed Orgeron’s team travels to Austin for the first time since the mid-1950s with the Tigers looking to snap a four-game road losing streak to the Longhorns with the last road win coming in 1938. 2. SOUTH CAROLINA Aug. 31 vs. North Carolina (Charlotte); Sept. 7 Charleston Southern; Nov. 9 Appalachian State; Nov. 30 Clemson Overview: This is the third time in the last six seasons in which South Carolina has opened up the season against rival North Carolina. The Gamecocks have won three straight in the series and six out of the last seven meetings. The out-of-conference schedule wraps up with a home contest against in-state rival Clemson with the Tigers winning five straight in the series. 3. MISSOURI Aug. 31 at Wyoming; Sept. 7 West Virginia; Sept. 14 Southeast Missouri; Oct. 5 Troy Overview: Missouri is 1-4 against Power 5 opponents in the three seasons under coach Barry Odom with the lone win coming against Purdue last season. The Tigers will look to improve on that mark when they host West Virginia for the first time since the mid-1990s. About a month later, the team hosts a Troy team coming off a 10-win season in 2018. 4. GEORGIA Sept. 7 Murray State; Sept. 14 Arkansas State; Sept. 21 Notre Dame; Nov. 30 at Georgia Tech Overview: Georgia has been outstanding against nonconference opponents in the three seasons under coach Kirby Smart with the Bulldogs putting together a 13-2 mark. The two losses were against Georgia Tech (2016) and Texas (2018). Notre Dame makes its first visit to Sanford Stadium looking to avenge a 20-19 home loss to Smart and the Bulldogs in 2017. 5. TEXAS A&M Aug. 29 Texas State; Sept. 7 at Clemson; Sept. 14 Lamar; Nov. 2 UTSA Overview: Clemson’s 28-26 win over Texas A&M was the closest the Tigers came to losing a game last season and the Aggies would like nothing better to shock the defending national champs early next season. The last time Jimbo Fisher beat a Dabo Swinney-led team in Memorial Stadium was back in 2014 when he was still at Florida State. 6. TENNESSEE Aug. 31 Georgia State; Sept. 7 BYU; Sept. 14 Chattanooga; Nov. 2 UAB Overview: Tennessee has been outstanding in its out-of-conference schedule over the past eight years, winning 31 out of the last 35 games including a 3-1 record in 2018. Year 2 under coach Jeremy Pruitt features a schedule that includes the first meeting with BYU in the second week and a showdown with a UAB program coming off a school-best 11-win season. 7. VANDERBILT Sept. 7 at Purdue; Sept. 28 Northern Illinois; Oct. 12 UNLV; Nov. 23 ETSU Overview: After losing five straight season-openers, Vanderbilt has won two straight games, both over Middle Tennessee. The Commodores, who were 1-4 on the road last season, open up next season away from Nashville at Purdue. Derek Mason’s team hosts Northern Illinois and UNLV hoping to extend a winning streak over Group of 5 teams to six games going back to 2015. 8. MISSISSIPPI STATE Aug. 31 vs. Louisiana (New Orleans); Sept. 7 Southern Miss; Sept. 14 Kansas State; Nov. 23 Abilene Christian Overview: Mississippi State hasn’t lost more than two nonconference games in a season since 2003 and the Bulldogs schedule in 2019 features just one Power 5 showdown against a Kansas State team coming off a disappointing 5-7 season and a coaching change. The last time the program lost a home game to an out-of-conference foe was 2016. 9. AUBURN Aug. 31 vs. Oregon (Arlington); Sept. 7 Tulane; Sept. 14 Kent State; Nov. 23 Samford Overview: This is the second straight year in which Auburn has opened up at a neutral site against a Pac-12 opponent. The Tigers knocked off No. 6 Washington in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta last season. This time around, Gus Malzahn’s team will face Oregon in a rematch of the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. 10. OLE MISS Aug. 31 at Memphis; Sept. 14 Southeastern Louisiana; Sept. 21 California; Nov. 9 New Mexico State Overview: The last time Ole Miss ventured north to Memphis, the Rebels left with a 37-24 loss to the Tigers in 2015. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak in the occasional series that dates back to 1921. Three weeks later, the team hosts a team from the Pac-12 for the first time in school history when Cal travels to Oxford. 11. FLORIDA Aug. 24 vs. Miami (Orlando); Sept. 7 UT Martin; Sept. 28 Towson; Nov. 30 Florida State Overview: Florida opens up a season away from the Swamp for the second time in three seasons when the teams travels to Orlando for an in-state showdown with Miami at Camping World Stadium. The Gators have lost seven out of the last eight meetings with the Hurricanes. Dan Mullen’s team looks to make it two-in-a-row after snapping a five-game losing streak to rival FSU. 12. ALABAMA Aug. 31 vs. Duke (Atlanta); Sept. 7 New Mexico State; Sept. 21 Southern Miss; Nov. 23 Western Carolina Overview: For the eighth straight year, Alabama kicks off a college football season at a neutral-site venue, this time in Atlanta against Duke. The Crimson Tide is 7-0 in those games, outscoring their opponents 271-91. This is the fifth time these programs have met with ‘Bama holding a 3-1 advantage. The Tide is 55-7 against nonconference opponents under Nick Saban with the last regular-season loss coming in 2007. 13. KENTUCKY Aug. 31 Toledo; Sept. 7 Eastern Michigan; Nov. 23 UT Martin; Nov. 30 Louisville Overview: Kentucky went undefeated in its nonconference schedule last season (5-0) for the first time since 2008. The Wildcats open things up with back-to-back matchups against Mid-American Conference opponents, looking to extend their 10-game winning streak against the league. Mark Stoops’ team wraps things up Thanksgiving weekend looking to make it two straight against Louisville. 14. ARKANSAS Aug. 31 Portland State; Sept. 14 Colorado State; Sept. 21 San Jose State; Nov. 9 Western Kentucky Overview: The Razorbacks are the only team in the SEC to face a nonconference slate that doesn’t feature a game against a Power 5 opponent. That’s good news for a program that is coming off a two-win season in 2018 with both of those wins coming out-of-conference.

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