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Friday, March 7, 2014
SEC's lunchtime links
By David Ching
Here we are at the end of another week, but thankfully a small taste of football is temporarily returning.
Let's take a look around the SEC as some schools have already opened spring practice and some are preparing for their first workout.
Short on defensive linemen and flush with talented linebackers, South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward says he will
tinker with a 3-4
new contract at Missouri
pushes him over the $3 million salary threshold and runs through 2020.
Georgia's Hutson Mason is focused on
improving his mechanics and footwork
as he approaches his lone season as the Bulldogs' starting quarterback.
Arkansas' Bret Bielema told reporters on Thursday that
he will not waver on his opinion
that slowing down college offenses will improve player safety.
Butch Jones says
continuity is extremely valuable
as his Tennessee program prepares to open spring practice.
Ole Miss' Deterrian – formerly D.T. – Shackelford hopes to
make the most of his his rare sixth season
of NCAA eligibility.
The Advocate's Scott Rabalais writes that LSU's new quarterbacks
will bring a Johnny Manziel-like quality
to the Tigers' offense that didn't exist when Zach Mettenberger was under center.
Texas A&M's Manziel has agreed to
an endorsement deal with Nike
, by the way.
Kentucky's new special teams coach Craig Naivar
brings a Texas connection
to the Wildcats' recruiting efforts.
Eleven former SEC players were among those
listed on the ballot
for this year's College Football Hall of Fame class.
In ranking the
most talented rosters in college football
for 2014, Athlon found that Alabama, Florida, LSU, Auburn and Georgia all rank in the top 10.
AL.com's Brandon Marcello examines Heisman Trophy finalist
Tre Mason's potential successors
in Auburn's backfield.
Surgeon Dr. James Andrews has examined
former Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio's knee
and says it is not in the bad shape several recent reports have claimed.
Most SEC athletic directors prefer playing an
eight-game conference schedule
, but the league's presidents will have their say in the decision.