SEC lunch links
February, 7, 2014
By Greg Ostendorf | ESPN.com
As the week comes to a close, there’s still a buzz around national signing day. For the latest SEC news and notes, take a look around the league with Friday’s lunch links.
- Nick Saban addressed comments made by AJ McCarron about certain five-star recruits, saying it was not an on-field issue because ‘none of those guys were playing.’
- As coach Bret Bielema heads into his second season at Arkansas and second season in the SEC, he made it a point of emphasis to add strength up front with the Hogs’ 2014 class.
- Auburn is losing three significant contributors in the secondary. To combat that, the coaches made it a priority in recruiting and focused on signing bigger defensive backs.
- Florida’s new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper has been on campus only a month, but he still had a profound impact on the Gators’ 2014 recruiting class.
- Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger was rising up draft boards this past season until a knee injury cut his senior campaign short. Now he has much to prove as he works towards recovery.
- Mississippi State might not have had the best recruiting class based on rankings, but Dan Mullen stands by his recruiting record and his history of success with undervalued players.
- In only its second season in the SEC, Missouri made it all the way to the SEC title game, so it’s no surprise that the Tigers’ latest recruiting class has some Southern flavor.
- The odds were stacked against new Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason, but he likes his 2014 class and a number of signees who can play multiple positions.
- The faxes poured in Wednesday as recruits made it official where they were going, but for some players, they’re already enrolled and taking classes. Here’s a look at the SEC early enrollees for 2014.
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Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State