Monday chat wrap

August, 6, 2012
8/06/12
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It's our first Monday chat wrap of the preseason. Good to be back chatting it up with all of you.

Here's a taste if you decided to watch the Olympics instead:

jon (paducah)
with the addition of jay prosch in the backfield what chance do you think Auburn has of being in the top of the league in terms of rushing yards per game

Edward Aschoff (12:04 PM)
Well, while I think that Prosch is a big addition to the backfield, I'm not sure his arrival means Auburn will average more yards rushing. I think he'll certainly help out a lot in the blocking department, but he might help even more in the passing game because it will free up Lutz. I think you have to look at LSU, Alabama, Arkansas and South Carolina before you look at Auburn for most rushing yards a game.

Jacob (Charlotte)
With the distractions going on at both Georgia and Arkansas, do you think this might help out the Gamecocks? So far, no real distractions going on in Columbia.

Edward Aschoff (12:06 PM)
It certainly helps South Carolina's chances. All those distractions at Georgia forced me to pick the Gamecocks to win the East at SEC media days. I also wonder what Arkansas' team will look like by the time it heads to Columbia. South Carolina has a tough enough schedule that it can't worry about those two until it plays them, though.

Aggie Fishfinder (Republic of Texas)
The Aggie RB's look great as they start camp. With the uncertainty at QB in College Station, do you think that the Sumlin/Kingsbury offense will be greater than 50% rushing plays? Also, if he stays healthy, do you see C-Mike reaching 1200 yards?

Edward Aschoff (12:08 PM)
If Michael is 100 percent, like Sumlin says he is, I think you'll see him carry the rock as much as his body will let him. With young QBs Michael is going to have to do more than ever to help out this team. That line is good enough to make him a 1,000-yard rusher, so he just has to do the rest. I think you'll see this be a more run-friendly offense in its first year and as the QBs gain experience you'll see the offense open up more.

Tony 02 UK allumni (Jackson TN)
After reading into the UK quarterback battle in Lexington...Uk really has 4 QB's that could win the job. How rare is that.. Also the true freshman Mobley the all time leading rusher in TN may win the job at RB....Thoughts

Edward Aschoff (12:09 PM)
I still think this is a two-man race right now. Maxwell Smith is the leader, with Morgan Newton right behind him. If Newton can get back on track he'll challenge Newton every step of the way. But Patrick Towles is talented enough to swoop in. Joker Phillips won't hesitate to put him in during the season if the first two falter.

Tony (Richmond, CA)
Will any of the highly touted receivers on the Gator roster be able to step up this year and help out Florida's young quarterbacks?

Edward Aschoff (12:11 PM)
The coaches expect a lot more out of Quinton Dunbar and were very pleased with Latroy Pittman this spring. Andre Debose has a ton of talent, but he is so inconsistent during games. But can they turn the corner this fall? No one is quite sure yet. I think the most important passing weapon for those QBs is tight end Jordan Reed. He's going to help this team with the shorter passes and those are going to make the QBs much more comfortable early.
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