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SEC RapidReport Roundup, 8/29: QB starters named

Posted on: August 29, 2011 12:24 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2011 2:42 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Running down everything you need to know from the weekend's news in the SEC, courtesy of our RapidReporters.

LSU: Not that it took anyone by surprise, but Les Miles officially named senior Jarrett Lee the starter for Saturday's season opener against Oregon. For his part, Ducks head coach Chip Kelly doesn't expect the Tigers to be any less formidable for Lee getting the nod. (Per our Oregon RapidReporter Chris Hansen, Kelly also called LSU "“the most talented team we play all season.”)

Interestingly, Miles said he suspended the arrested Jordan Jefferson not as a disciplinary measure, but so Jefferson could tend to his legal troubles. "It's absolutely correct for him to be free at this point to tend to his personal business," Miles said. "If he were playing on this football team, it would be too much." Jefferson has changed his legal representation in the wake of his arrest.

ARKANSAS: In an announcement even less surprising than Lee's, Bobby Petrino finally named Tyler Wilson the Hogs' starting quarterback for their season debut against Missouri State, ending the non-suspense. Petrino said sophomore Brandon Mitchell will see playing time, possibly as early as the second quarter. (If Mitchell still sees time against opponents more dangerous than the Bears, that will be a development worth watching.)

Injured running back Knile Davis has promised he'll do everything he can to help his team from the sideline. As for replacing him, senior DeAnthony Curtis may get a shot after looking impressive following his move from cornerback.

ALABAMA: Still no sign of JUCO wideout Duron Carter at practice, with Nick Saban telling reporters he "has information" on Carter's status but that he'll believe his arrival "when he sees it." Saban also seemed to confirm that the Tide will begin the year with a rotation between quarterbacks Phillip Sims and A.J. McCarron. "“I don't want either guy … to think that if they go in the game and make a mistake, that's when the other guy gets to go in," he said. "That's not how it's going to get managed."

In positive news, long snapper Carson Tinker is close to fully recovered from injuries suffered in the spring tornado that killed his girlfriend, Ashley Harrison.

GEORGIA: Mark Richt announced a surprising change to his defensive starting lineup, confirming that safety Bacarri Rambo (the team's leading tackler in 2010) would start the year second-string behind Sanders Commings and Shawn Williams. Even with corner Branden Smith "day-to-day" with a foot injury, Richt said former corner Commings would not switch positions to cover for Smith.

The Dawgs are banged-up elsewhere as well, with JUCO nose tackle Johnathan Jenkins struggling with a hamstring injury and tailback Richard Samuel not yet at full speed despite practicing Saturday.

SOUTH CAROLINA: He's still Steve Spurrier: the Ol' Ball Coach said that both Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw would play in the Gamecocks' opener against East Carolina, and added that neither has won the starting job yet. Giving the understudy Shaw meaningful playing time could be a dangerous move against the Pirates, whose pass-heavy attack could exploit a Gamecock secondary that struggled in 2010 and could be without starting corner Akeem Auguste; Auguste has a foot injury and missed practice at the end of last week.

Could second-team All-American Devin Taylor see time on offense? Garcia told reporters the Gamecocks have been working on a package including the 6'7" defensive end.

ELSEWHERE: At Auburn, star sophomore running back Michael Dyer says he's 100 percent healthy after a nick earlier in fall camp. On the other side of the ball, defensive coordinator Ted Roof said the Tigers' depth will result in them playing more than their typical 18-to-20 players ... Florida running back Jeff Demps admitted his track obligations put him behind the curve when it came to learning the Gators' new offense ... Tennessee has moved corner Prentiss Waggner to safety to cover for the dismissal of Janzen Jackson, who will transfer to FCS McNeese State, that school announced.


Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2011 2:48 am

SEC RapidReport Roundup, 8/29: QB starters named

Wouldn't expect anything else from a climson fan.  Its your job to root against USC.  No worries though, USC fans hope climpson loses all theor games, too. 

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:17 pm

SEC RapidReport Roundup, 8/29: QB starters named

Well wasn't this weekly report just chock full of good news?  Georgia's banged up already and the season hasn't started and though I already figured they'd lose to Boise, it doesn't bode well for my prediction that they go undefeated after that.  Throw in the Bama QB rotation, a situation that almost NEVER works out very well, and the only 2 teams I like in the sec might have more trouble than I thought.  Of course, the news about Shaw getting playing time in SC isn't a surprise when you have a drunk QB--I still think Gerogia will take them easily enough, but now ECU might too.  As for LSU, well I guess Miles has to make the best of a bad situation, but it's hard to hype a guy who threw 16 INTs and rode the pine behind a QB as average as Jefferson--I think they will likely lose to Oregon now, though I originally thought that they'd win.  

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:06 pm

SEC RapidReport Roundup, 8/29: QB starters named

The old coaching addage is true.. " If you have two starting quarterbacks..then you don't have one good one."

I have East Carolina beating USCe in Charlotte.... I stand by that opinion . Go Pirates.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 6:11 pm

SEC RapidReport Roundup, 8/29: QB starters named

same as chizic hes what 22-5 with a young team that will only get better with 2 top ten recruiting classes dont believe the 6-6 crap AUBURNS coaches staff as a whole gets paid as much as anyone thats why the tigers will be a winner

Since: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 4:55 pm

SEC RapidReport Roundup, 8/29: QB starters named

Thats why you get paid the big bucks to coach? We are waht 36 and 5 over the last 3 seasons? Let Saban do the coaching and we the fans can just sit back and enjoy.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 4:11 pm

SEC RapidReport Roundup, 8/29: QB starters named

 Sigh ..... I hate QB rotations. "“I don't want either guy … to think that if they go in the game and make a mistake, that's when the other guy gets to go in," WTF does it mean then? Sure he might not go right in after a mistake but If the other guy starts outplaying him , of course he's gonna stay in. Fck that, pick a guy and win or lose with him unless you just want to use the 1 Kent St game to see who may play better. Other than that  1 QB system ... 

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