Texas A&M Aggies: Neal Brown
A few SEC teams were in action last night, the first of the college football season, including a thrilling battle between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. Looking back at last night and forward to this weekend's, here are some reads to get you through your Friday:
- There was a lot of offseason buildup for South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate, but his performance in the Gamecocks' 27-10 win over North Carolina lacked sizzle.
- Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews was resilient, fighting through cramps and taking big hits yet still delivering an impressive performance in the Commodores 39-35 loss to Ole Miss.
- With his father -- who traveled all day to make it -- watching, Jeff Scott's 75-yard touchdown run helped the Rebels to a thrilling win over the Commodores, leading Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze to say "We stole one."
- While there are experienced returnees at several key positions for defending BCS champion Alabama, the Crimson Tide have a rebuilt offensive line, which includes three players who will make their first career starts on Saturday vs. Virginia Tech.
- It has been a long road for LSU senior safety Craig Loston. He reflects on his journey as he readies for his final season in Baton Rouge.
- Despite a "rough" camp that leaves them with just six scholarship players at the position, Arkansas receivers say they're ready for their season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.
- Quarterback James Franklin and new offensive coordinator Josh Henson are ready to show everyone what's in store for Missouri's offense in 2013.
- Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown, a disciple of the "Air Raid" offense, discusses his offense and even diagrams a few plays on video.
- Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is restless and ready for some football.
- When looking back at the family history of Heisman Trophy quarterback Johnny Manziel, one thorough, exhaustive piece was "fundamentally flawed," according to the San Antonio Express-News.
It's Friday. Coast through the rest of your work week by catching up with what's happening around the SEC.
- Texas A&M University System chancellor John Sharp defended Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel and attacked NCAA regulations that prevent athletes from selling their signatures.
- It wasn’t exactly a surprise, but Missouri coach Gary Pinkel announced Thursday that James Franklin will be his starting quarterback for the Aug. 31 opener against Murray State.
- South Carolina’s coaching staff feels good about its situation at quarterback with Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson as the season nears.
- After a couple of notable games in which it blew late leads last season, LSU will work more on closing out wins with its four-minute offense during preseason practice.
- Converted quarterback Kiehl Frazier is already showing off impressive physicality in Auburn’s secondary.
- Florida coach Will Muschamp emphasized that his staff is seeking bigger players on the recruiting trail.
- Tennessee’s players are buying into new coach Butch Jones’ many quirks.
- Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown is rotating Zach Myers and Zach West at center to determine which player will start at center and be the “quarterback of the O-line” for the Wildcats.
- Freshman Alvin Kamara is out of Alabama’s running back competition for at least the next couple of weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
- Safety Nick Glass on Thursday became Georgia’s fourth 2014 prospect to back off of his commitment to the Bulldogs.
Saturday's top plays in the SEC
Final Eastern Kentucky 3 Florida 52 Final Charleston Southern 9 10 Georgia 55 Final South Alabama 12 South Carolina 37 Final 8 Ole Miss 0 Arkansas 30 Final Western Carolina 14 1 Alabama 48 Final Samford 7 14 Auburn 31 Final 20 Missouri 29 Tennessee 21 Final Vanderbilt 0 4 Mississippi State 51