Friday, July 25, 2008

Around the SEC (7/25)

A bunch of links to pass along as newspapers across the South analyze day two of the SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. In case you missed it last night, check out The Sports VU's own recap, which lists 10 things we learned from Thursday.

The media released it's preseason predictions, and they're exactly the same as mine, which probably does not bode well for me. Florida was an overwhelmingly favorite to win the East, while Auburn was predicted to win the West.
SEC East
1. Florida (45) 98
2. Georgia (23) 121
3. Tennessee (2) 222
4. South Carolina 266
5. Kentucky 356
6. Vanderbilt 407

SEC West
1. Auburn (48) 99
2. LSU (21) 12
3. Alabama 228
4. Mississippi State 299
5. Ole Miss (1) 338
6. Arkansas 386

Also, congratulations to Vanderbilt cornerback D.J. Moore, who earned first-team honors.

Asked why he hadn't read "The Blind Side," Ole Miss left tackle replied, "I didn't need to. I lived it." Great response. Oher did admit that he'd see the movie, however.

Underrated running back Arian Foster sits on the cusp of UT immortality, writes Brett Hait.

Alabama coach Nick Saban won't put a timetable on winning titles, writes the AJC's Tony Barnhart.

The Crimson Tide have high expectations for their freshman class, particularly WR Julio Jones, writes The Birmingham News' Ian Rapoport.

I'm tired of the subpoena story, but I liked this line from Kevin Scarbinksy: "By refusing to confirm that he'd received a subpoena in Wendell Smith's defamation lawsuit against the NCAA, Fulmer was splitting hairs when he could've been cracking skulls."

The SEC will be getting tough on unsportsmanlike conduct, helmet-to-helmet hits and sideline violations in 2008, reports the Press-Register.

Mark Richt expects QB Matthew Stafford to return for his senior season.

In Vanderbilt news, former offensive tackle Chris Williams said his back injury is not serious. Williams was pulled from practice Thursday was back staff, but he said they were just being cautious.

Finally, in possibly his last Double-A start, David Price turned in a quality start on Wednesday, scattering three runs on seven hits in six innings. Price is expected join Triple-A Durham later this week.

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