Florida Gators: Ernest Payton
Recuperated from yesterday's U.S.-Ghana match at the World Cup yet? Check out this snippet of video that one of my media cohorts in Baton Rouge, Ross Dellenger, shot at the Varsity Theatre shortly after the Americans scored the winning goal. LSU folks know how to celebrate ... that's for sure.
Here are today's SEC links:
Here are today's SEC links:
- South Carolina officials are working out the details for a George Rogers statue and “Heisman Plaza” outside Williams-Brice Stadium.
- Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes said Monday that Ole Miss transfer Austin Golson will likely redshirt this season before becoming eligible to play in 2015.
- Carl Lawson's uncertain status for 2014 is “an opportunity for somebody else to step up" on Auburn's defensive line, according to position coach Rodney Garner.
- Missouri confirmed Monday that cornerback Ernest Payton and defensive tackle DeQuinton Osborne had voluntarily left the football program.
- The legacies keep coming in recruiting for Tennessee – there are five sons of ex-Vols football players in this year's signing class – and that trend will apparently continue beyond this season.
- LSU associate athletic director Brian Broussard told The Advocate in Baton Rouge that the school expects to distribute a record 73,000-plus season tickets this season at newly expanded Tiger Stadium.
- The Tennessean's Jeff Lockridge ran an interesting profile of Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams over the weekend.
- Larry Dupree, one of the toughest running backs in Florida history, passed away on Sunday at age 71.
- Athlon teamed up with some bloggers and other media members from around the SEC to rank the stadiums from 1-14.
- Remember Jeremiah Masoli, Marshay Green and Brandon McRae? They're among 13 players from Mississippi schools who are playing in the CFL, which opens the season on June 26.
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- Alabama's offensive line continues to shuffle, but optimism is prevailing about the group's ability to establish chemistry.
- School is back in session and the Auburn football program is back in its normal routine as well. With a little more than a week remaining, Gus Malzahn has begun the process of preparing for Washington State. So far, he's impressed with what he sees.
- The injury bug has hit Arkansas often of late. This week it stung again, taking a wide receiver out of the fold for an extended period.
- Florida's passing game is still evolving under offensive coordinator Brent Pease, who is hoping to bring more balance to the Gators attack this season.
- It doesn't feel like that long ago that Mark Richt was taking over the Georgia football program. Now, though, he's the dean of the SEC.
- Kentucky looks to be improving on defense, but a secondary that lacks depth and size could be a concern.
- Playing neutral site games comes with added benefits. For LSU, Les Miles likes the exposure, the quality of opponent and the ability to go into the Houston market for recruits.
- Ole Miss' schedule this season is downright brutal, with four of its first seven opponents ranking in the top 25. Next year should be somewhat of a reprieve as the Rebels face a more balanced calendar.
- Oklahoma State provided Mississippi State with plenty of bulletin-board material when it claimed that the Bulldogs wouldn't be able to keep up with the Cowboys offense. On Wednesday, the team responded to the question of conditioning.
- Safety wasn't the right fit for Ernest Payton at Missouri. Though he certainly looked the part, a move to cornerback was necessary. There he can play with the aggressiveness he wants.
- South Carolina got some good news when senior defensive end Chaz Sutton announced that only an act of God would keep him off the field for the Gamecocks' season opener against North Carolina.
- Get ready to find out who the next starting quarterback of the Tennessee Vols will be. Butch Jones will use practices Thursday and Friday to determine a winner.
- Vols runnning back Marlin Lane believes that "if you stare in the past, you're always going to be brought down." After missing the final week of spring practice because of a suspension, Tennessee's promising tailback has a different mindset.
- "They allowed him too much freedom," former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown said of Texas A&M's handling of Johnny Manziel.
- They call him "Black Death." It's not a name that's taken lightly. Texas A&M's strength and conditioning coach takes his job seriously.
- Four former Vanderbilt players pleaded not guilty to rape charges, and wide receiver Chris Boyd pleaded not guilty to a lesser charge. Boyd's attorney said the district attorney did not mislead the family.
Kirk Herbstreit's Gameplan Breakdown
12:00 PM ET South Carolina 21 Clemson 12:00 PM ET 16 Georgia Tech 9 Georgia 12:00 PM ET Kentucky 22 Louisville 3:30 PM ET Florida 3 Florida State 3:30 PM ET 4 Mississippi State 19 Ole Miss 4:00 PM ET Tennessee Vanderbilt 7:45 PM ET 15 Auburn 1 Alabama