Internal affairs in the SEC, Week 1

September, 3, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

With the second week of games beginning Thursday night with South Carolina traveling to Vanderbilt, we take an inside look around the conference at some of the comings and goings and shuffling going on. We'll do this weekly and dub it "Internal Affairs."

Todd the man: Chris Todd still has to prove he can be what Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin are looking for in a quarterback, but the plan now is for Todd to take this job and run with it. There was always a feeling among the Auburn staff that Todd was more equipped to be the kind of passer the Tigers want in this new spread offense. But he was damaged goods in the spring with a sore throwing arm. Now that he's healthy, he'll get every chance to prove that he's the man in his first start this Saturday against Southern Miss. That doesn't mean the Auburn coaches are forgetting about Kodi Burns, but nobody wants to be going back-and-forth between two quarterbacks all season. That's a recipe for disaster.

Boling returns: Now that his one-game suspension is up, Clint Boling returns to the Georgia starting lineup not at right guard, where he started 10 games last season, but at right tackle. Josh Davis, who started at right tackle in the Bulldogs' opener, will move over to the left side to back up Kiante Tripp at left tackle. The Bulldogs feel they're better up front with Boling at tackle. Plus, it gives them a three-man rotation on both sides. Even with the preseason injury to left tackle Trinton Sturdivant, the Bulldogs have eight guys (with Boling back) that they plan to play in the offensive line this season.

Jones comes through: There were a few eyebrows raised among Kentucky fans when starting cornerback Paul Warford was ruled academically ineligible before the start of the season. The coaches hated to lose the depth, but they weren't fretting. Senior David Jones showed why last Saturday with a strong performance in his first start at cornerback. Jones, who started his career at receiver, was one of the most improved players on the team in the spring. The Kentucky coaches felt then that he had the strength and size to overpower receivers, and he more than held his own against the Cardinals. Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said it was the best Jones has played since he's been at Kentucky.

Crompton on the move: Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton wasn't very effective throwing the football in the Vols' 27-24 overtime loss to UCLA, and especially struggled any time he felt pressure. One thing the Vols didn't do was move him around much, but that's going to change. Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said they would look for ways to get Crompton out of the pocket, possibly letting him roll out more. One of the biggest things Crompton needs to improve on, according to Fulmer, is getting the ball out on time.

Jefferson's debut: LSU coach Les Miles definitely wants to play true freshman quarterback Jordan Jefferson this season, and so does offensive coordinator Gary Crowton. What that means is that Jefferson, who didn't play in the opener, will probably get in next week against North Texas. If not, then you start to wonder if Miles will "hold him in abeyance" (yes, that's Les-speak) for the rest of this season and play it by ear. Miles wants to be sure Jefferson is ready before they put him into a game, and that's understandable. Plus, it was important to get Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee as many snaps as possible last week. Jefferson's running ability is especially enticing to Crowton.

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