Tuesday, December 31, 2013
SEC's lunch links
By Greg Ostendorf
The SEC bowl season kicked off Monday with a win by Ole Miss in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. The league will now play five bowl games over the next two days so get caught up with the latest news and notes in the last lunch links of 2013.
- Auburn leaves for California on Tuesday, but in the weeks leading up to the trip, studying film on Florida State has proven difficult for the Tigers.
- Freshman defensive end Carl Lawson, ranked No. 2 in the ESPN300, came to Auburn with high expectations. It’s taken time to adjust to the level of play in the SEC, but he’s playing beyond his years for this AU defense.
- It’s been a difficult season for Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix, both on and off the field, but he’s learned from his mistakes and moved past them.
- When South Carolina played in the Capital One Bowl two years ago, it was Lorenzo Ward’s debut as defensive coordinator.
- LSU will play a Big Ten opponent in the Outback Bowl this week, and despite coaching in the SEC, Les Miles still remembers his days in the Big Ten. He’s a Michigan man at heart.
- Missouri and Oklahoma State have plenty of high-profile players, but the biggest star of this season's Cotton Bowl is the venue, AT&T Stadium.
- The Georgia coaching staff has dealt with plenty of injuries this season, especially at running back and wide receiver, but the coaches continue to mentor the available players and get the most out of them.
- Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin is a bona fide star in the coaching profession, but his rise to prominence did not come without some bumps along the way.
- Sophomore Taveze Calhoun has emerged as the next great defensive back for Mississippi State by following in the footsteps of former MSU star Johnthan Banks.
- After posting six catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in the Music City Bowl, Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief said he plans to decide next week whether he’ll declare for the NFL draft.