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Posted on: August 29, 2011 11:07 am
Edited on: August 29, 2011 2:34 pm
 

CBSSports.com Preseason Freshman All-America team

Posted by Bryan Fischer

CBSSports.com has released it's annual preseason All-America Team in college football, voted on by staff, writers and bloggers from CBSSports.com. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck headlines the the list after throwing for 32 touchdowns last season. With a talented freshman class expected to make an impact, the preseason freshman All-America Team is listed below.

The SEC had the most players on the team with eight players, followed by the Pac-12 with six players.

CBSSports.com Preseason All-America Team

Offense

QB -- Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
RB -- Isaiah Crowell, Georgia
RB -- Savon Huggins, Rutgers
WR -- Sammy Watkins, Clemson
WR -- Marqise Lee, USC
TE -- Nick O'Leary, Florida State
OL -- La'El Collins, LSU
OL -- Tyler Moore, Nebraska
OL -- Mitch Smothers, Arkansas
OL -- Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
C -- Reese Dismukes, Auburn

Defense

DE -- Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
DE -- Aaron Lynch, Notre Dame
DT -- Viliami Moala, Cal
DT -- Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
LB -- Tony Steward, Clemson
LB -- C.J. Johnson, Mississippi State
LB -- Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
DB -- Marcus Roberson, Florida
DB -- Wayne Lyons, Stanford
DB -- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
DB -- Enrique Florence, Auburn

Special teams

K -- Andre Heidari, USC
P -- Pablo Beltran, Navy
All-Purpose -- De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon


Posted on: July 22, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Houston Nutt at SEC Media Days

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Houston Nutt opened his SEC Media Days comments by admitting last year's 4-8 campaign was "disappointing." That disappointment might explain why Nutt wasn't quite as animated at the podium as the "Right Reverend" has been in the past.

But that doesn't mean he didn't still have plenty to say. Here's the highlights, by topic:

Mississippi State. Nutt's Starkville counterpart Dan Mullen has done his best to claim ownership of Mississippi following two straight Egg Bowl victories, with "Our State" billboards and calling State the "people's university." Nutt never once mentioned State or Mullen by name, but was clearly rankled by his rivals' Rebel-baiting.

On recruiting, he mentioned in his opening statement the Rebels had landed "the best players out of Mississippi." Asked about the Egg Bowl's recruiting effect again later, he responded with "You checked recruiting this past season, right? It didn't affect us. We had the best recruiting in the state of Mississippi."

On the billboards, Nutt said "Ole Miss has never been to Atlanta ... I feel like I know the road map to get there. And to waste your time and energy on something like that, it's a waste of time. You better be concentrating on recruiting, and concentrating on winning."

Asked about the SEC West, Nutt said "You better buckle up. Both chin straps," and proceeded to praise every team in the division (his own included) ... with the single exception of Mississippi State. We doubt that was coincidental.

And finally, asked directly about the Bulldogs for what must have been the fourth or fifth time, Nutt said this: "The reason they're loud right now is they've won the last two years ... I do understand the Egg Bowl. It's a real rival. And our players and coaches understand that. And there's only one thing to do about it."

Quarterback. Nutt claimed the Rebels' offensive woes are being overblown, saying "We averaged 30 points a game last year now. We were in just about every game. We had one or two bad games on offense. Too many times when we didn't take care of the ball."

Which is why he doesn't seem worried about his quarterback situation in the wake of Jeremiah Masoli's departure. "I think we have a good situation," he said. "We just have to figure out who's going to stay away from the problems, the disasters."

West Virginia transfer Barry Brunetti will be the No. 1 quarterback entering fall camp, but Nutt was far from declaring him a starter. "If we were playing tonight ... he would probably go out there first," Nutt said. "But that's why you have two-a-days."

SEC Media Days
Defense. The key to the Rebels' defensive improvement after a terrible 2010 effort? "We want to be better tacklers," Nutt said. "Our first two years I thought we really played with that passion, that energy to get to the ball," he said, "and I just didn't feel like we did that last year."

To that end, five-star linebacker recruit C.J. Johnson will have "every opportunity" to get early playing time, epsecially after the injury to starting MLB D.T. Shackelford. "He doesn't look like a guy just coming out of high school," Nutt said. "By default, he'll line up second team on Day 1."

2010. So what happened last year? Nutt said the Rebels' 2008 and 2009 campaigns might have led to some complacency. "After two seasons of success, we got in that mood of assuming," Nutt said. "'I just assume I can roll my helmet out there and go through the motions.'"

But he also said that those two years of Cotton Bowl victories were key to maintaining the Rebels' success on the recruiting trail. "I know we're on the right track. I believe it," Nutt said. 'Back-to-back January 1's, no doubt in my mind, that's what caused these young men to say "Coach Nutt, I know you didn't have a good year this past year, but we're coming with you' ... they see it."
Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Ole Miss signee Johnson deletes Twitter account

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

C.J. Johnson hasn't even participated in his first official practice for the Ole Miss team he signed with in February, but he's already made quite the name for himself when it comes to social media ... the kind of name Rebel compliance officials would rather he'd shunned.

Johnson caused a major stir this weekend when Sports by Brooks published a screencap of a handful of sexually graphic, profane tweets from his Twitter account (that link is here, and is safe-for-work image-wise, but please be advised of some NC17-rated language). Not surprisingly, it wasn't long before Johnson had a talk with Ole Miss officials, with predictable results:
The incoming freshman linebacker deleted his Twitter account "after speaking with our staff," Ole Miss spokesman Kyle Campbell said Monday.

Ole Miss officials said Monday they did not force Johnson, who was considered Mississippi's top prospect last season after starring at Philadelphia High School, to delete his account.

"That's something he did on his own," said Jamil Northcutt, associate athletics director for internal operations. "That was in his best interest to do that. I never had any conversations about him taking this down or anything like that."

Of course, you didn't, Jamil. We're sure you just discussed the weather and local politics and calmly asked oh-by-the-way could you not tweet racially-charged obscenities over your nationally-monitored public account, please and thanks? That'd be swell.

To be fair, Johnson's tweets might have gone unnoticed if he hadn't already had a high-profile run-in with social media back in the spring, when Johnson decommitted from Mississippi State and pledged to the Rebels. As way of explanation, he blamed Facebook-stalking Mississippi State fans for spreading accusations about his mother and making his recruitment "a living nightmare."

To also be fair to the Ole Miss officials trying to put the fire out before it spreads any farther, the Rebels have social media policies in place and will offer "social media training" to all incoming athletes, football players included; part of that training will be signing the policy agreement, violations of which could result in suspensions.

The only problem?

The training takes place at the beginning of fall semester, rather than in the summer.

So it's too late to keep this particular cat in the bag. But as long as Johnson keeps his social media missteps to two rather than three, his play on the field this fall -- where  the five-star linebacker could make an immediate impact for the LB-starved Rebels -- will eventually become the bigger headline.

 
 
 
 
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