Linking our way around the SEC:
- The SEC is loaded with talented running backs this season, writes Mike Herndon of The Mobile Press-Register.
- Defense remains Tennessee's chief concern.
- Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower feels like he's back to his old self.
- Former Kentucky running back Derrick Locke is headed to the Philadelphia Eagles.
- The excitement over James Franklin's arrival at Vanderbilt hasn't translated to increased ticket sales.
- LSU coach Les Miles expects junior receiver Russell Shepard to play in the opener.
- Miles' huge buyout could be negated by the NCAA violations that LSU is being penalized for, reports Glenn Guilbeau of Gannett Louisiana News.
- South Carolina gets a commitment from offensive lineman Joe Harris, one of the top prospects in the state of Georgia.