Monday, July 28, 2008

Around the SEC (7/28)

A few Southeastern Conference links to pass along on this Monday evening...

Shortly after three-star tailback Zac Stacy committed to Vanderbilt, another running back, the 5-foot-10, 191-pound Warren Norman, did the same.

“(Vanderbilt has) great coaches,” Norman told the AJC. “They just want to win. They feel like they need a couple of great players to win, and they said I’m one of them.”'s Chris Low answers an interesting question: Who are the SEC's best fantasy players? Low lists his top-10 (some Tebow guy is No. 1) along with 10 sleepers. No Commodores are mentioned.

Low also ranks the 25 best SEC players after The Gainesville Sun did the same. While Vanderbilt CB D.J. Moore is No. 17 on The Sun's list, he is nowhere to be found on Low's.

The Sun also ranks the receiving corps of each SEC school and the Commodores are 10th, ahead of Kentucky and Mississippi State.

The Birmingham News has some fun predicting what the SEC will look like in 25 years. Among the changes:
After openly gay athletes come forward in professional leagues, the trend trickles down to colleges, even in the South. Vanderbilt, before leaving the SEC and being replaced by Louisville, produces the SEC's first openly gay athlete in a major sport.

Tennessee tailback Arian Foster is relishing his leadership role, writes Drew Edwards of the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

2008 looks like it will be the year of the center in the SEC.

With the allure of the spread offense, college football is now full of more Tim Tebows than Matt Staffords, which might have an impact on the NFL.

Lastly, Eric Crawford of the Louisville Courier-Journal takes a look at the number of student-athletes smoking marijuana and makes this suggestion: standardize testing and procedures.

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