NCF Nation: Robert Elliott

Internal affairs in the SEC

September, 17, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

We go inside with our weekly "Internal Affairs" check of the conference. Not that it's a revelation to Tennessee, but the Vols had better be ready to see a lot of No. 1 this Saturday in Knoxville:

1. Putting more Green in the offense: There's one major problem with Georgia freshman receiver A.J. Green this season. He hasn't touched the ball nearly enough. The Georgia coaches have admitted as much this week, and they're going to try and get the ball in his hands more against Arizona State. Green is second on the team with eight catches for 141 yards and is averaging 17.6 yards per catch, but he's clearly their most explosive receiving threat ... and he goes and gets the football. One thing the Bulldogs may also do is whittle down their receiver rotation. They're playing too many guys right now.

2. Unleashing Percy: Look for Florida to add a new running back this week. Percy Harvin's not going to carry it 20 times, but he'll touch the ball more against Tennessee than he has all season. And a bunch of those touches will come with him lined up in the backfield. The Gators will hand it to him, pitch it to him and toss it to him. He's healthier than he's been, bigger than he's been (205 pounds) and ready to get back to what he was last season -- one of the most dynamic playmakers in college football. The Gators will also have a few misdirection plays involving Harvin, plays the Vols have struggled to defend in recent years.

3. Burns-ing quarterback issues: This whole thing with Kodi Burns and the Auburn quarterback situation doesn't sound promising for the Tigers. Tommy Tuberville admitted that he met with Burns' parents following the Southern Miss game when Chris Todd was announced as Auburn's starter. Burns didn't play at all in the Mississippi State game, but remains in the Tigers' plans for the LSU game, Tuberville said. One of the holdups, according to Tuberville, is that he doesn't want Burns pegged as just a running quarterback and wants him to be ready to run the whole spread offense. Tuberville insists that he believes in Burns. But does first-year offensive coordinator Tony Franklin?

4. Williams moving to end: Tennessee has moved Gerald Williams from outside linebacker to defensive end for the Florida game, and the 6-4, 240-pound Williams is likely to stay there for the rest of the season after playing primarily on special teams the first two games. It's no secret that the Vols need to pressure Tim Tebow, get to him early and keep him boxed in as much as possible. Tennessee only has two sacks in its first two games and is looking for guys who can finish on the outside. The Vols hope Williams can be that guy, and he's also fast enough to pursue the ball and make plays on the perimeter.

5. Shaking it up in Starkville: Mississippi State offensive coordinator Woody McCorvey wishes he had a magic wand, but a few adjustments will have to do. The first thing the Bulldogs are going to do is give Tyson Lee a few more chances at quarterback. Coach Sylvester Croom had gone back and forth on that, but the plan now is to play Lee some against Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs also plan to get running back Robert Elliott a lot more involved, especially with Anthony Dixon questionable with a groin injury. Elliott gives them a chance for bigger plays. Mississippi State didn't have a play longer than 13 yards in the 3-2 loss to Auburn.

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