SEC 360: League Roundup 8-18-08

by Chris Bahn  on Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 8:41 am  

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Tailback Glenn Coffee wants to transition from player to play-maker, something Alabama's offense could allow him to do this season. Coffee has emerged as the top running back option and has the sort of hands needed so the Crimson Tide can add the backfield to its passing game.

Practices are now closed for the Razorbacks as they begin final preparation for the Aug. 30 season opener against Western Illinois. Coach Bobby Petrino and Arkansas players did offer some insight into a private scrimmage held Saturday and the usual suspects performed well.

Sophomores like Auburn safety Mike McNeil generally aren't full-fledged leaders on a college football team. Sophomores don't usually log 13 games and 35 tackles like McNeil did as a true freshman, either. McNeil figures heavily into the Tigers' plans in the defensive backfield even though he's just a second-year player.

There was a time Tigers running back Keiland Williams was considered one of the best prep prospects in the country. He spurned offers from Florida and Southern California to stay in his home state, but has yet to live up to the hype that surrounded him as a recruit. Williams is working to change that this year.

Remember wide receiver Co-Eric Riley, Arkansas fans? He caught 10 passes for 208 yards against the Razorbacks last season as a junior college transfer. And that was without knowing much of the Bulldogs' offense. Riley said he better understands his role as a wide receiver this year now that he better understands the offense. That can't be a good thing for opposing defenses, who allowed Riley 33 catches, 510 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2007.

ESPN SEC writer/blogger Chris Low caught up with Rebels Coach Houston Nutt, formerly of Arkansas. Low primarily touches on topics pertinent to Ole Miss in PART I of the Q&A, but the discussion turns to Nutt's former team in PART II. Whether your are a "Hugger", a "Hater" or just a fan of SEC football, Low's blog is always worth a read.


While rehabbing a torn ACL, Florida running back Mon Williams couldn’t bear to watch Gator games. Emotionally, it was too tough for Williams, who missed all of 2007. Williams hopes to do more than watch this season.

Want to know why the national polls have Georgia the consensus No. 1 in college football, but writers from the Bulldogs’ own conference pick them SECOND in the SEC West? Mr. College Football Tony Barnhart does a great job explaining why Georgia is good, but probably not good enough to live up to expectations this season.

Wildcats Coach Rich Brooks relishes his status as the elder statesman of SEC coaches. Brooks turns 67 on Wednesday and still believes he can hold his own with the rest of the conference.

Less is more. That’s the feeling Steve Spurrier has when evaluating where his offense stands. Spurrier is paring down the offense in an effort to help players understand what they’re supposed to be doing. Can’t you just hear Spurrier explaining the “K.I.S.S. Method” — Keep It Simple, Stupid — to his players and coaches.

Freshman tailback Tauren Poole has yet to hit the wall in two-a-days like many of his classmates. Poole continues to impress coaches with his knowledge of the offense and ability to make plays.

To redshirt or not to redshirt? That’s the question coaches face with most incoming freshmen. Vanderbilt’s Bobby Johnson has tried to redshirt up to three-fourths of his freshmen classes each year and The Tennessean’s Maurice Patton takes a look at which Commodores are candidates for playing this year.



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