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Friday, March 28, 2014
SEC lunch links
By Jeff Barlis
While college basketball teams are punching their tickets to the Elite Eight, the SEC's best quarterback of the last two seasons might have cemented his position as an elite talent in the NFL draft.
You might have heard a little something about Johnny Manziel's pro day workout in front of the entire NFL and a national cable TV audience. The consensus was that
it went really well for Johnny Football
Manziel had dinner with the Houston Texans
, who hold the No. 1 overall pick. He also is expected to
meet with the Jaguars, Raiders and Buccaneers
-- all picking in the top seven. Whatever happens, it's clear that Manziel has crossed over into the rare air of a pop-culture icon.
His performance predictably sent Twitter into a tizzy
Vanderbilt associate athletic director Rod Williamson said
VU has been and will continue to monitor the Northwestern football unionization case
. The NLRB ruling applies only to private schools. Coach Derek Mason
thinks it means changes are coming
for college football, but he'd rather not speculate on what they might be.
One South Carolina Gamecock already sees himself as a school employee, and coach
Steve Spurrier says he "can see their point
, a little bit." Spurrier is a
longtime proponent of increasing player stipends
no law in the state of Tennessee
allowing public university employees to unionize ... for now.
Kentucky opens spring practice on Friday, and the
Cats expect a boost from their redshirt players
Athlon's top 15 wide receivers on the rise for 2014
hail from the SEC, with Auburn's Sammie Coates high on the list. The Tigers have one less receiver, as
Trovon Reed moves to cornerback
Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper gushed over
how quickly QB Jeff Driskel is learning
the new offense.
LSU coach Les Miles has
no qualms about recruiting middle schoolers
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel likes his QB competition,
saying of Maty Mauk: "He's the starter right now
Mason anticipates a "baptism by fire"
in his first season in the SEC. The Nashville Predators will take it a little easier on Mason when they
officially welcome him
at their game on Sunday.
With the departure of C.J. Mosley, Alabama has a huge void at linebacker. Junior
Denzel Devall is excited about the Tide's new identity
. Another linebacker, Josh Dickerson, made waves during his spring break when he
dunked on his grandmother
Are Georgia's linebackers, with all four starters returning,
the best in the SEC?
Hey, remember ol' Ed Orgeron, the former Rebels coach? He resurfaced this week as
the featured speaker at Mississippi State's coaching clinic
South Carolina safety
Brison Williams is preparing to move to cornerback
where the Gamecocks are thin.
Ole Miss WR
Quincy Adeboyejo is moving
inside to slot receiver.