Monday, April 14, 2014
Looking back at SEC spring games
By Chris Low
Five SEC teams -- Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt -- played their spring games on Saturday. Here's a quick recap:
South Carolina: Fifth-year senior Dylan Thompson exits the spring as the Gamecocks' clear starter at quarterback, but coach Steve Spurrier is still trying to settle on his backup. Thompson saw limited action in the spring game and finished 8-of-11 for 129 yards to lead the Black to a 28-10 victory over the Garnet in front of a crowd of 36,412 at Williams-Brice Stadium. Battling for the backup job are Connor Mitch and Brendan Nosovitch. Mitch threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to running back Shon Carson. For stats and interviews from the game, go to South Carolina's official web site.
Tennessee: The Vols' fans came to last Saturday's Orange and White spring game excited about some of the freshmen enrolled early and were treated to a show by freshman receiver Josh Malone, who caught six passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns. The "old" man of the receiver group, Marquez North, had five catches for 106 yards and caught a 50-yard touchdown pass. Josh Dobbs had the best day of the quarterbacks and made up some ground on Justin Worley and Riley Ferguson, but coach Butch Jones was not pleased with the defense as a whole in the game and called it "unacceptable." For more on the Vols' spring game, which drew a crowd of 68,548, go to Tennessee's official web site.
Vanderbilt: The Commodores, in their first spring game under new coach Derek Mason, didn't show a lot by design. But freshman running back Ralph Webb was hard to miss with his 114 yards on 14 carries, including a 60-yard touchdown run. The defense held the offense to two touchdowns, and it appears that the quarterback competition will extend into the summer. Mason gave the edge on Saturday to redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary, but sophomore Patton Robinette also had his moments. For stats and more from the game, which drew 8,400 fans, go to Vanderbilt's official web site.
Check out Jeff Barlis' piece for a closer look at Florida's spring game, and Edward Aschoff was on hand for Georgia's spring game.