Texas A&M Aggies: J.J. McGrath
The SEC spring meetings in Destin, Florida, are winding down, but college football news from around the conference continues to roll out. As always, we've got you covered.
- Get ready for a great kickoff to the SEC Network. The Aug. 28 game between South Carolina and Texas A&M is shaping up to be a “big production.”
- Two fast-paced offenses will go head to head in 2016 when Auburn hosts Arkansas State.
- Auburn’s defense got a bit of good news when coach Gus Malzahn announced that linebacker Anthony Swain has been reinstated to the team. The junior missed all of the spring with an issue unrelated to injury.
- Pressure? For whatever the reasons, Florida coach Will Muschamp has all the confidence he needs heading into the season.
- Georgia safety Tray Matthews has had a rocky go of it of late. But coach Mark Richt believes he’s “on a turning point of maturing ... and becoming a very dependable guy.” And if you’re wondering whether Keith Marshall might redshirt, Richt answered that as well.
- LSU may not love its annual game with Florida, but the Gators’ athletic director doesn’t feel the same way.
- Jacob Coker has yet to start a college football game under center, but his former coach at Florida State believes Alabama is getting a future NFL draft pick at quarterback.
- Michigan didn't work out for J.J. McGrath. Now the transfer could end up filling a need for Mississippi State at kicker.
- One phone call makes all the difference. LSU was Breeland Speaks' dream school, but he landed at Ole Miss because "a phone call was missed."
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- Boise State President Bob Kustra vowed to fight NCAA reforms, saying, "We think they’re excessive. ... This is about leaving the Boise States behind and making sure the Alabamas and the Tennessees and whoever they are can march right along."
- Here's something cool slated for the SEC Network (if you can get it): Classic games dating back to the 1960s.
- Louisville continues to be a top destination for SEC transfers. The latest are a pair of former high school teammates -- DB Shaq Wiggins, who went to Georgia, and WR JaQuay Williams, who was previously at Texas A&M.
- After reaping the recruiting rewards of a loaded state of Louisiana, LSU might take more of a national approach this year.
- Head coach Will Muschamp says he's counting on Florida's veteran players to lead a successful offseason.
- The career of reserve linebacker Brandon Burrows, a senior who's had a few injury issues, is finished at Georgia.
- Former Michigan place-kicker J.J. McGrath tweets that he's headed to Mississippi State.
- Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says Rebels great Wesley Walls "is very deserving of [his Hall of Fame] honor." Gamecocks everywhere have fond memories of Sterling Sharpe's brilliance as well.
- Want a true indication that we're already in the dog days of summer? People are discussing whether Alabama coach Nick Saban should be liked or disliked. One cartoonist says there are four reasons why Saban is so reviled. Here's another important issue in the state of Alabama: Is native son Channing Tatum a Tide or Tigers fan? Inquiring minds want to know!
Saturday's top plays in the SEC
12:00 PM ET Eastern Kentucky Florida 12:00 PM ET Charleston Southern 10 Georgia 12:00 PM ET South Alabama South Carolina 3:30 PM ET 8 Ole Miss Arkansas 4:00 PM ET Western Carolina 1 Alabama 7:00 PM ET Samford 14 Auburn 7:30 PM ET 20 Missouri Tennessee 7:30 PM ET Vanderbilt 4 Mississippi State