Monday, April 15, 2013
No real separation in Missouri QB battle
By Chris Low
At this rate, Missouri may go into the summer without knowing for sure who its starting quarterback will be next season.
Senior James Franklin and redshirt freshman Maty Mauk have been battling it out this spring, and there wasn’t any real separation between the two in last Saturday’s scrimmage.
The Tigers’ defense had its way in the scrimmage, and both Franklin and Mauk threw interceptions. They both had some nice throws, too. Franklin saved the best for last and threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham on Franklin’s last possession of the scrimmage. Mauk threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Lucas.
If you’re looking for a player in the SEC who makes the biggest leap from Year 1 to Year 2, Green-Beckham would be a prime candidate. He caught eight passes for 135 yards in Saturday’s scrimmage and has looked like the game-changer everybody predicted he would be when he signed a year ago with the Tigers as the No. 1-rated prospect in the country.
For more on Missouri’s scrimmage, read here and here.
Quarterback AJ McCarron and the Alabama defense had its way with a defense that was banged up in last Saturday's scrimmage.
McCarron passed for 319 yards and five touchdown passes. Sophomore receiver Amari Cooper just keeps getting better, which is scary for the defensive backs in this league. He caught four touchdown passes and has five touchdowns and 228 receiving yards in the Crimson Tide's first two scrimmages.
For more on Alabama's scrimmage, read here.
The Vols held their final major scrimmage of the spring last Saturday (prior to the Orange and White spring game) and did so without junior running back Marlin Lane.
Coach Butch Jones said Lane's absence was due to "disciplinary reasons." Lane also missed a couple of practices last week. One of those, Jones said, was to deal with an illness in his family. Lane rushed for 658 yards last season and averaged 5.5 yards per carry.
Tennessee is thin at running back, although redshirt freshman Alden Hill had a big scrimmage last Saturday with a couple of touchdowns.
For more on Tennessee's scrimmage, read here and here.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger said the Tigers would take a few more shots down the field under first-year coordinator Cam Cameron, and so far this spring, Mettenberger has put up big numbers throwing the football -- period.
He passed for six touchdowns in Saturday's scrimmage, although the defense was missing several starters -- end Jermauria Rasco, cornerback Jalen Mills and safety Ronald Martin.
Mettenberger threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry and a 36-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham, Jr. Also, running back Jeremy Hill gathered in a screen pass from Mettenberger and turned it into a 47-yard touchdown.
For more on LSU's scrimmage, read here and here.