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Happy Tuesday! It's combine, combine and more combine talk around the league, as SEC athletes make news in their NFL pursuits. Also, spring football is starting soon -- on Friday for Texas A&M -- so there's a sprinkling of that as well in today's lunch links:
If you haven't already heard (unlikely as it may be), South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds. For a defensive end who is 6-foot-5 and 266 pounds, that's darn impressive.
Someone not so impressed with Clowney? Auburn's Dee Ford. He said he's better than Clowney, who plays "like a blind dog in a meat market." Ford later clarified his comments and expanded on them but stood behind them and stuck to his original assessment.
Missouri's Michael Sam has been focus of much attention since announcing he is gay and on Monday got the chance to perform for scouts at the NFL combine. The on-field results Monday weren't quite what he hoped and are what one draft analyst called "concerning."
Kentucky linebacker Avery Williamson has had a strong showing at the combine, and also gives some insight into the 2014 Kentucky Wildcats here.
Ole Miss receiver Donte Moncrief helped his draft stock by running a fast 40 time, 4.40 seconds.
Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews also opened some eyes with his 40 time of 4.46.
Looking for spring football? Here's a glance at what's ahead for Missouri's secondary.
Texas A&M had two defensive starters -- defensive tackle Isaiah Golden and linebacker Darian Claiborne -- arrested over the weekend and it puts a cloud over spring football, which starts this week for the Aggies.
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