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SEC’s top returning QB’s:

1. Aaron Murray, Georgia
2012 stats: 249 of 386 for 3,893 yards, 36 TDs, 10 INTs and 174.82 rating2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
2012 stats: 295 of 434 for 3,706 yards, 26 TDs, 9 INTs and 155.32 rating3. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss
2012 stats: 235 of 368 for 2,994 yards, 22 TDs, 17 INTs and 142.69 rating

4. AJ McCarron, Alabama
2012 stats: 211 of 314 for 2,933 yards, 30 TDs, 3 INTs and 175.28 rating

[Saturday Down South]


SEC commitment comparison:

Team Tot 5* 4* 3* 2* NR Pts Avg
South Carolina302100113.67
Texas A&M1006400363.60
Ole Miss904311283.11
Mississippi State10010033.00


[ College Football Scoop ]


Fall questions for UGA:

1. Starting quickly:  A defense that must replace 12 key performers was a pleasant surprise this spring. But can Todd Grantham’s rebuilt defense reload quickly enough to hold its own against the likes of Clemson, South Carolina and LSU? Georgia faces all of those teams before the end of September. Grantham’s defense underperformed a season ago despite a wealth of NFL-ready talent. The talent is still there, but the defensive coaches have their work cut out with so many inexperienced players needing to be ready for the season-defining early schedule. 2. Offensive line rotation:  With Burnette out for the entire spring and offensive tackle  John Theus  out for the first half of the practices, offensive line coach Will Friend had plenty of reason to shuffle his lineup — and that’s exactly what he did. Friend’s group returns everyone from last season, including four players who started all 14 games, but he did not seem prepared to guarantee any starting jobs at the end of the spring. It’s possible that the shuffling could continue in August, and he might allow a greater number of linemen to play once the season begins.

3. Sack specialists:  Jones led the nation with 24.5 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles last season while serving as the Bulldogs’ top pass-rusher. Sophomore Jordan Jenkins appears to be first in line to replace him — and he has already informed his predecessor that he intends to eventually break his school sack record — but Jones set an awfully high bar for Jenkins to attempt to clear. In order to make Grantham’s 3-4 defense function correctly, the Bulldogs need Jenkins and some of the defensive linemen who will be stepping into larger roles to keep applying pressure to opposing quarterbacks.



Shaq Wiggins is confident:

”I’m going to get me a spot.”

….”People always doubt you, from parents, other coaches, high school teams, things like that. You really can’t help that. That kind of thing is going to happen with anything you do so I try not to pay attention,” Wiggins said. “But it is a good feeling when you prove somebody wrong. Just going to the University of Georgia, a lot of people don’t get those opportunities so I’m very satisfied.” ( Anthony Dasher, Rivals )

This bit of confidence is hardly new coming from Wiggins and, if I were the betting kind, I wouldn’t dare bet against him doing precisely what he’s setting out to do;  I’ve been saying it for months  and I’ll say it again, Wiggins has the goods. What he lacks in overall size, he more than makes up for in pure instincts and ball skills. He’s a smart player with a knack for being where he needs to be, when he needs to be there, and if he does get beat (which isn’t often), it’s not going to be due to any lack of effort on his part.

[The Lady Sportswriter]


 It’s all about the “D”:

We were a defensive front away from a NC. Wore our butts out and MaCarron hitting a deep one on our secondary who had no choice but to cheat and play the run.No rebuilding excuse this year for either side of the ball. Grantham is in year 4 and has HIS coaches in place. Richt has HIS coaches in place on the opposite side. Head coach and Assistant Head Coach should be ready to rock.



Murray understands the challenge of a tough start:

“It’s going to be a huge start to the season,” Murray said. “It’s very similar to two years ago when we started off with Boise State and South Carolina [both losses]. Obviously that didn’t turn out too well. The season turned out well, but we definitely want in any season to start off strong.“To get those first couple of wins is always tough, to get that train rolling, and we know we have a tough task ahead of us and we have to be ready. It’s not like we can walk in there and have a game or two to warm up. It’s right off the bat and we’ve got to be ready to go.”

Murray and Georgia’s offense set a new school record by scoring 529 points last season. If they can somehow score enough to run the table against one of the nation’s most difficult September schedules, the Bulldogs’ only true SEC road games come against Tennessee and Auburn, who combined to win eight games last season. Survive September and UGA will be in the thick of the national championship conversation — and Murray could firmly be in the Heisman Trophy talks.

He is already the first quarterback in SEC history to pass for 3,000-plus yards in three straight seasons. By the end of this season, he could own league career records for passing yards, touchdowns, completions and passing attempts.



Rambo getting chance with Skins despite past problems:

“We thoroughly checked him out,” Shanahan said. “We would not have drafted him if we thought there was a chance of a problem.“You have to talk to a lot of people. You have to do that to actually check out somebody’s background and to see how he lives. You want to find out how he handles himself. I feel very good about that.”

“I can’t go back and change anything,” Rambo said Sunday. “But when they [coaches] ask me about it, I just tell them I grew from it. Hopefully, they can realize and see that.. . . If they could see me from Point A to Point B, they would see how much I’ve grown, how it made me a better person, and how I’ve changed my lifestyle.”

On the field, Rambo is off to a good start. He worked at both safety positions during the rookie minicamp.

“I feel like I can get there [to the football] and create turnovers,” Rambo said after practice. “I want to be the greatest at my position.”

“I just believe in myself,” Rambo said. “I have confidence in myself and I know what I can do. I know I’m not the best. But I can be the best.”

[Washington Post]

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It will not go away, Honey Badger:

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[The Big Lead]


Silly rule:


The system and its overlord:

The NCAA advances these false claims of poverty so it can argue that its member schools can’t possibly afford to spend more money on sports, much less pay their athletes. O’Bannon’s lawyers put the lie to this, too, invoking foundational truths of economics dating to Adam Smith and David Ricardo: “Redistributing rents does not change true economic costs. It simply takes money from one person or group and shifts it to another.” Translation: Paying athletes wouldn’t result in schools spending additional money on sports. They would just spend less of it on coaches and facilities and more on students.In truth, if the NCAA’s cartel were finally broken, the college-sports world of tomorrow would look . . . well, it would look a lot like the college-sports world of today. More student- athletes might decide to stay in school rather than gambling on the draft (a bad thing?). Maybe some second-tier schools would take a run at joining the first tier — not by shelling out $100 million for a new field house, but by spending a lot less on a few five-star recruits.

And that’s about the extent of it. The same schools that invest heavily in their sports teams now would continue to do so, much as the top recruits would continue to gravitate toward the biggest, richest programs. Most of all, fans would continue to watch the games.

The NCAA’s lawyers have one final chance to respond to O’Bannon’s request that the case be certified as a class action before the judge rules in June. Whatever happens from here, the O’Bannon case has already performed a valuable service: It has exposed a system whose sole purpose is to deny the value of talented athletes. That system and its overlord — the NCAA — both deserve to be die. You pick

[ Alamogordo News ][[h/t Get The Picture ]

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