Most of the teams in the SEC whipped through scrimmages last Saturday, some of them their final major scrimmage until the spring game.
Florida, LSU, Mississippi State and South Carolina will all hold their spring games this coming Saturday.
Among the highlights this past weekend:
AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims heated up their battle in the Alabama quarterback race, each throwing three touchdown passes. They received equal work with the first-team offense. Here's a link to Alabama's official website, which includes statistics from the closed scrimmage.
The first-team Arkansas defense won the day in the Hogs' first scrimmage. Coach Bobby Petrino says the Hogs' first-team offense has a ways to go to reach the consistency level he's looking for. Second-team quarterback Brandon Mitchell had a big scrimmage with 310 passing yards and five touchdowns against the second-team defense. Here's a link to Arkansas' official website, which has a report on the scrimmage. Here's another link that includes some scrimmage statistics.
It's way too close to call in the battle between Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley for the Auburn starting quarterback job. Reportedly, Trotter didn't have any touchdowns or any interceptions last Saturday. Moseley had two touchdowns and an interception. Quindarius Carr, whom Auburn receivers coach Trooper Taylor says has had a great offseason, caught a touchdown pass along with Emory Blake and Philip Lutzenkirchen. Auburn didn't hand out any official statistics. Here's a report from the scrimmage thanks to Andy Bitter of The Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer.
Georgia coach Mark Richt singled out tight end Orson Charles and receivers Michael Bennett and Marlon Brown as guys who caught his eye during last Saturday's scrimmage. It also sounds like sophomore nose guard Kwame Geathers might be one of the most improved players on the team. Here's a link to a report on the scrimmage from Georgia's official website.
Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton's command of the offense has improved this spring, and the Wildcats' offense got off to a quick start in last Saturday's scrimmage. On a defensive note, Winston Guy has moved from safety to a nickel linebacker. Martavius Neloms, previously a cornerback, will move into Guy's old strong safety spot. Here's a report from that scrimmage from The Lexington Herald-Leader's Chip Cosby.
LSU senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson tossed four touchdown passes in last Saturday's scrimmage, and coach Les Miles says it's been a different Jefferson with this decision-making and the way he's thrown the football this spring. Miles said senior Jarrett Lee would be the Tigers' second quarterback right now ahead of junior college newcomer Zach Mettenberger. Here's a report from the scrimmage from LSU's official web site.
A week into Ole Miss' spring practice, junior Randall Mackey is making a strong bid for the Rebels' starting quarterback job. After redshirting last season, Mackey has been able to make plays with his arm and his feet this spring. Here's a report from the Rebels' scrimmage last Saturday. Coach Houston Nutt was also pleased with his defense's toughness.
In its final scrimmage of the spring prior to this coming weekend's Maroon-White spring game, Mississippi State unleased several big offensive plays last Saturday. The biggest came on the first play from scrimmage when Chris Relf hit Chad Bumphis down the middle of the field for a 65-yard touchdown. Here's a report on the Bulldogs' scrimmage.
Senior quarterback Stephen Garcia had his best day of the spring, as South Carolina's offense scored touchdowns on its first four possessions in last Saturday's scrimmage and was then stymied from there. Sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw also led the offense on a pair of touchdown drives. Here's the report from the scrimmage from South Carolina's official website.
It was far from Tyler Bray's best day in last Saturday's scrimmage, but the news wasn't all bad for Tennessee's offense. Sophomore tailback Rajion Neal rushed for 152 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns. Neal, looking to help shore up the Vols' running game, broke loose on a 63-yard touchdown run early in the scrimmage. Here's the report on the Vols' scrimmage from their official website.
Sophomore receiver Jordan Matthews made a couple of acrobatic touchdown catches in Vanderbilt's scrimmage Saturday. First-year Vanderbilt coach James Franklin liked the way the Commodores ended the scrimmage with several big plays. The Vanderbilt defense forced two interceptions and also recovered a fumble. Here's the scrimmage report from Vanderbilt's official website.