Dan Mullen sees advantages and disadvantages in LSU’s canceled game

Andy Johnston | Posted on September 9, 2015

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen. (Streeter Lecka/ Getty Images) Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen told reporters during the SEC weekly teleconference on Wednesday that there were advantages and disadvantages for the Bulldogs in facing an LSU team that had its first game canceled last week. “I think it’s a push,” Mullen said. “I think there’s advantages for them because we don’t get to see what they’re doing this year. ...

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South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier still confident in QB Connor Mitch

Andy Johnston | Posted on September 9, 2015

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier. (Getty Images) South Carolina’s Connor Mitch struggled to lead the Gamecocks to a victory over North Carolina in a nationally televised game last Thursday. Naturally, Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier was asked about that during Wednesday’s SEC Teleconference He said Mitch is doing “Okay.” Spurrier also noted the receiving corps needs to do a better job of getting open, and that the offensive line is ...

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Hugh Freeze says Robert Nkemdiche is ‘daunting’ with ball in his hands

Andy Johnston | Posted on September 9, 2015

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze prepares his team. (Doug Pensinger/ Getty Images) Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze spoke with reporters during the weekly SEC teleconference on Wednesday and covered a myriad of topics. Eventually, the conversation shifted to Robert Nkemdiche, one of the Rebels’ top defensive players, who scored his first career touchdown this weekend on a screen pass. When asked what kind of athlete the defensive lineman was, ...

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Nick Saban says Derrick Henry can be “workhorse” for Alabama

Andy Johnston | Posted on September 9, 2015

Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs for a touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers in the third quarter during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Derrick Henry’s high school team had a simple strategy: Toss him the ball out of the backfield. That worked well for Yulee (Fla.) High School, but it did not provide Henry with a well-rounded skill ...

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Tennessee starter indefinitely suspended

Andy Johnston | Posted on September 9, 2015

Vols coach Butch Jones. (Getty Images) Junior defensive lineman Danny O’Brien has been suspended for this week’s Oklahoma game for a violation of team rules, Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced on Wednesday. There is no timetable for O’Brien’s return. O’Brien started 12 of 13 games last season, collecting 23 tackles with 4.5 TFL and a sack. O’Brien started for the Vols in their season opener and picked up two ...

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LSU’s Les Miles thinks 25 SEC teams should be ranked in the Top 25

Andy Johnston | Posted on September 9, 2015

LSU coach Les Miles. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) A record 10 SEC teams were selected in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll, but that wasn’t enough to satisfy LSU coach Les Miles. Miles thought that the SEC should have had a few more teams represented in the AP Top 25, according to theadvocate.com’s Scott Rabalais. “I thought we should have 25 teams in,” Miles joked during the SEC teleconference on Wednesday. “They didn’t rank the ...

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AJ McCarron’s little brother returns to Alabama on Saturday

Andy Johnston | Posted on September 9, 2015

AJ McCarron #10 and Corey McCarron #47 of the Alabama Crimson Tide walk off the field after their 52-0 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Alabama fans count former quarterback AJ McCarron as one of the school’s greats, and it’s tough to argue with the current NFL backup’s college accomplishments: Back-to-back national championships, two ...

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Oklahoma linebacker takes jab at SEC

Andy Johnston | Posted on September 8, 2015

Vols coach Butch Jones. (Getty Images) Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has been known to take some shots at the SEC. Apparently it’s rubbing off on his players as well. Senior linebacker Eric Striker was asked on Tuesday if he gets amped up when his team plays the SEC. His response: “Why is everyone blowing gas up their ass,” he said, according to NewsOK.com’s Jason Kersey.   Well, it could be the fact that the SEC posted the best record ...

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Ole Miss defensive tackle Issac Gross to have season-ending surgery

Andy Johnston | Posted on September 8, 2015

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (Chris Graythen/Getty Images) The vaunted “land-shark” defense at Ole Miss took a hit on Tuesday when it was announced that senior defensive tackle Issac Gross would have season-ending neck surgery. Gross played in the Rebels’ 76-3 victory over UT-Martin but plans to take a redshirt this season and return for a fifth year at Ole Miss, according to reports. The defensive tackle started six games ...

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Dak Prescott, Brandon Harris renew high school rivalry in major SEC matchup

Andy Johnston | Posted on September 8, 2015

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris will start for the Tigers against McNeese State (Ray C. Cox/Getty Images) LSU fans are hoping for a big win and a whole lot of revenge against Mississippi State this Saturday. On a personal level, Brandon Harris is looking to notch a huge victory over his friendly rival, Dak Prescott. Harris, LSU’s starting quarterback, has been watching the Bulldogs’ All-SEC quarterback since their high school days in Shreve...

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