Rounding up some weekend SEC news
August, 6, 2012
By Edward Aschoff | ESPN.com
Each SEC team completed its first weekend of fall practice, so let's take a look at some things that came out of team camps:
- It looks like Georgia won't be down one of its top defensive backs after all. Coach Mark Richt announced that cornerback Branden Smith won't face suspension to start the season after Smith was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession in March. Richt said he felt Smith didn't deserve to be suspended after he reviewed all of the facts of Smith's incident. This is a big break for the Bulldogs because it not only adds some much-needed depth in their defensive backfield but Malcolm Mitchell could now get back to offense earlier. And that's something Richt would like to see. For more from Georgia's camp, check out ESPN.com's DawgNation.
- LSU didn't receive such great news over the weekend, as coach Les Miles confirmed that incoming freshman receiver Avery Johnson and offensive lineman Fehoko Faniaka won't enroll at LSU until January. "Both guys will be delayed in their reporting date based on qualification issues," Miles told reporters. "We would expect they would be here in January without any loss of eligibility. It's not optimal but it certainly isn't bad news. It's survivable." Johnson said he won't enroll this fall because the SAT score he was waiting on didn't qualify and he is headed to Hargrave Military Academy. For more from LSU's camp, check out ESPN.com's GeauxTigerNation.
- Texas A&M will be down a couple of players this fall as well. Coach Kevin Sumlin announced on Friday that sophomore running back Will Randolph left the program. Randolph has played in one career game, where he rushed for 37 yards on 10 carries. Sumlin also said that freshman defensive lineman Edmond Ray didn't qualify academically and is headed down the junior college route. Junior tight end Hutson Prioleau has left the program after he met with Sumlin over the weekend. For more notes from Aggies camp, check out ESPN.com's GigEmNation.
- Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard might have undergone two hernia surgeries during the offseason, but it hasn't slowed him in practice early on. Hubbard said he was limited in the conditioning department for about a month over the summer, but he's full go to start fall practice. "Everyone always thinks a hernia is a big deal, but I got back in probably a month," Hubbard said. "Right now it doesn't bother me anywhere." For more from Alabama's camp, check out ESPN.com's TideNation.
- Missouri running back Henry Josey is being awfully optimistic about his chances of playing this season. Josey, who suffered a devastating knee injury in Week 9 of the 2012 season, said that there's a "good chance" he'll play this fall. Others around him might not be so ready to back Josey's statements, but Josey says he's "70-80" percent healthy right now. Josey ran some sprints, but watched most of practice with a red non-contact jersey on.
- Ole Miss watched as four projected starters all went down with injuries Sunday, as safety Charles Sawyer (knee), defensive end C.J. Johnson (foot) and wide receivers Donte Moncrief (thigh) and Collins Moore (shoulder) all got banged up. Sawyer's injury will be monitored closely, as coach Hugh Freeze said there's an indention where the muscle pull is. "That can be something that could last all year if we don't get it well, so we'll try to make sure we get it well," Freeze said. "You just want to make sure it's nothing he'll miss significant time from." Moore could be out several days, but the other injuries aren't expected to be serious.
12:00 PM ET UAB Arkansas 3:30 PM ET 1 Mississippi State Kentucky 4:00 PM ET Vanderbilt Missouri 7:15 PM ET 3 Ole Miss 24 LSU 7:30 PM ET South Carolina 5 Auburn 7:30 PM ET 4 Alabama Tennessee