NCF Nation: Torrey Davis
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Making the rounds in the SEC:
- Arkansas is shuffling offensive linemen around this spring to get the best five on the field.
- On the same day Florida coach Urban Meyer said there was a chance defensive tackle Torrey Davis could return to the team, Davis was arrested Wednesday for violating his probation.
- Columnist Ray Melick of The Birmingham News writes that it's laughable that Auburn coach Gene Chizik is closing practices to protect his players from added pressure.
- Former South Carolina safety Emanuel Cook apologizes to fans for his failure in the classroom last season.
- Georgia adds a third late signee to its 2009 class, a junior college kicker the Bulldogs hope can handle their kickoff duties.
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Let's take a look at what's making headlines around the SEC:
- Safety Reshad Jones could be the fourth Georgia player to turn pro, following in the footsteps of Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno and Asher Allen.
- Florida defensive tackle Torrey Davis hopes to build off his starring role in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game.
- Robert Gillespie becomes the fifth assistant to leave South Carolina's staff during the offseason.
- Tennessee's staff payroll is beginning to take shape as Lane Kiffin continues to piece his staff together.
- The odds of a proposed early signing period passing in college football aren't very good.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
MIAMI -- The red eyes in the Oklahoma locker room were to be expected.
Another loss in a BCS bowl game -- the Sooners' fifth in the past six seasons -- was a bitter pill for a team that felt it was going to shock the world by upsetting Florida.
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|Missed opportunities in the red zone hurt the Sooners on Thursday night.|
That didn't work out in the Sooners' 24-14 loss to Florida because of one major reason: Oklahoma simply made too many critical mistakes inside the Florida 20-yard line to expect to be able to win.
"We moved the ball well, but just kept shooting ourselves in the foot over and over," Oklahoma wide receiver Manny Johnson said. "It hurts, because we moved the ball but we just couldn't make the plays when we needed them. We felt like it's our own fault."
And it was. The Sooners were turned away on two drives inside the Florida 6-yard line in the first half when they easily could have seized the game's momentum.
Oklahoma was stopped twice inside the Florida 1 midway through the second quarter. Tailback Chris Brown was stuffed on consecutive plays by sophomore Florida defensive tackle Torrey Davis, who had provided only five tackles all season coming into the game.
Brown, who rushed for a team-high 110 yards, might have been tired. He carried the ball on all five plays in the drive until he was turned away on fourth down.
"They bit down on us," Brown said. "They stopped us and they came up with some key plays when they really needed them. It was disappointing because I felt like I could get there [the end zone]."