Tag:Shon Coleman
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:49 am

SEC RapidReport Roundup, 8/10: Dooley unhappy

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

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

TENNESSEE: Derek Dooley was less-than-thrilled with the Volunteers' first scrimmage of fall camp, saying of the offense "they just weren't working together, they looked like 11 individuals out there." And though quarterback Tyler Bray had his moments, Dooley wanted more out of his sophomore signal-caller.

"He made some throws, made a couple of big plays," Dooley said. "But the consistency was nonexistent, it's enough to drive you crazy." For the scrimmage, Bray went 13-of-29 for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Former blue-chip receiver Da'Rick Rogers had a productive scrimmage, catching six balls for 77 yards and a touchdown.

GEORGIA: The Bulldogs have named their three new starters on the offensive line, joining senior holdovers Cordy Glenn at tackle and Ben Jones at center: sophomore guards Kenarious Gates (left) and Chris Burnette (right), and senior left tackle Justin Anderson. Of thre three, only Gates made a start in 2010; Anderson was playing on the defensive line.

Two names impressing in the early going are converted linebacker Richard Samuel at running back -- at 6'2, 243 now a much more imposing physical presence than in his first stint at RB -- and wide receiver Marlon Brown. "“Coach (Mark) Richt asked me the other day if I could name one receiver that’s caught my eye," said quarterback Aaron Murray. "I said Marlon. He’s having a tremendous camp. He’s making plays, looks fluid and is real consistent.”

But the highlight of yesterday's practice? 6'4", 330-pound nose tackle Johnathan Jenkins taking an interception back for a score. Also, starting CB Brandon Boykin and potential starting S Jakar Hamilton continue to be held out of practice with hamstring inuries.

AUBURN: Gene Chizik confirmed yesterday that after offseason shoulder surgery, five-star linebacker signee Kris Frost will miss the entirety of the season. Frost likely would have began his Auburn career on the two-deep at outside linebacker. He becomes the second five-star Tiger recruit in as many seasons to miss his freshman year, following tackle Shon Coleman's leukemia diagnosis in 2010.

It doesn't sound like fan favorite fullback Ladarious Phillips will be a major contributor anytime soon for the Tigers; Chizik said he hasn't "bought any stock in his development yet" and that Phillips "has a long way to go."

ALABAMA: To hear wide receiver Brandon Gibson tell it, the rest of the Tide offense isn't taking sides in the QB battle between A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims. " “They both come out with a great attitude, they help each other out, and they're both competitive," Gibson said. "So with either one of them, we're going to be fine.”

As for third quarterback Blake Sims, Nick Saban said he could see the field as the Tide's designated Wildcat quarterback, or even at tailback. After missing Monday's practice with a leg injury, backup offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio (brother of five-star Tide tackle signee Cyrus Kouandjio) participated in drills Tuesday.

AND ELSEWHERE: Starting senior guard Grant Cook was held out of Tuesday's Arkansas practice with a leg injury, but Bobby Petrino doesn't believe the injury is serious. True freshman Brey Cook (no relation, we think) is filling in with aplomb ... At South Carolina, No. 1 overall recruit Jadeveon Clowney returned to practice after a one-day absence due to a "personal matter." Clowney ran with the Gamecocks' first-team line in practice ... The Florida offensive line wants under-fire quarterback John Brantley to know they've got his back. And though we're not sure about the thoughts of speed-backs Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey on the switch, Gator powerback Mike Gillislee likes the move to a pro-style scheme ... Sixth-year defensive end Kentrell Lockett sat out Tuesday's practice as Rebel coaches exercised caution with their oft-injured star. Houston Nutt also praised JUCO quarterback transfer Zack Stoudt, saying that after his spring game suspension he had done what he needed to do over the summer.

Posted on: March 23, 2011 11:07 am

Auburn suffering from major roster attrition

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

If Auburn wants to repeat as national or SEC champions -- or just get back to nine wins, even -- they're going to have to do it the hard, thin way.

Because it's safe to say after the events of the past couple of weeks, depth is not going to be the Tigers' strong suit in 2011. First the four players involved in the March 11 arrests for armed robbery were all booted from the team, and now Auburn's spring roster has been released without several more names : wide receivers Phillip Pierre-Louis and Derek Winter, tight end Robert Cooper, and offensive lineman Andre Harris.

None of those names will be familiar to anyone but Auburn diehards, since only fourth-year junior Winter -- as a member of the Tiger special teams -- made any real on-field contribution to the Tigers' national championship season. But the collective departure of eight scholarship players in the span of two weeks has made an already tricky rebuilding situation even trickier, as the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer's Andy Bitter explains (emphasis added):
[The attrition] means there are 36 scholarship players gone from the roster that won the national championship a little over two months ago.
Those 36 players represent a whopping 42 percent of Auburn's 2010 roster. Even with a top-10 class of 24 recruits poised to arrive this offseason, the re-arrival of former Florida State transfer Aubrey Phillips after two years spent battling a medical condition, and the enrollment of 2010 signee Shon Coleman (who is not expected to participate in drills as he continues to recover from leukemia), Auburn will go into the 2010 season with only 74 or 75 scholarship players ... some 10 below the 85-scholarship limit.

With none of the recently departed players expected to play a major role this season, the latest burst of attrition hasn't condemned Auburn to disappointment just yet. But it's fair to say that Gene Chizik's options for replacing his boatload of departing seniors have dwindled, and that the Tigers are more vulnerable to injury than ever. Following up 2010 was never going to be easy, and the offseason to-date has only made it more difficult.
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