Wednesday, August 6, 2014
SEC lunchtime links
By Sam Khan
With training camps in full swing now across the conference, there are plenty of interesting stories around the SEC. From talk about quarterbacks to injuries and more, here's a sampling via Wednesday's lunch links:
- LSU junior defensive tackle Quentin Thomas, who is expected to start this season, has overcome significant off-the-field obstacles from the time he was a teenager in order to reach this point in his football career.
- Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, who will miss the season opener because of a suspension, appears to be bouncing back after an eventful offseason, with coach Hugh Freeze saying he "couldn't be more pleased" with Nkemdiche.
- Georgia is discussing options for erecting an indoor practice facility on campus.
- Dan Mullen said he wants Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott to drive the Bulldogs' offense like a sports car.
- The Bulldogs secondary remains a work in progress, according to new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. He said, "I feel like right now I’ve got one guy who’s playing the way it’s supposed to be played in the secondary."
- Alabama coach Nick Saban said he has been pleased with the play of all his quarterbacks in training camp and that the Crimson Tide offense is showing a "little more maturity."
- Auburn sophomore Montravius Adams is working at defensive tackle in Tigers' training camp but could see some time at defensive end as well.
- Arkansas is eager to get on the field and get the bad taste out of its mouth after a 3-9 showing last year. Running back Jonathan Williams said, "You'll see Aug. 30 how bad we want to prove people wrong."
- Florida had 17 players suffer season-ending injuries last season. Sixth-year senior receiver Andre Debose is one of them and like the rest of those who missed time, he is eager to return to the field.
- After Monday's practice, Mark Stoops seemed unhappy with his receivers' ability to catch the football. On Tuesday, offensive coordinator Neal Brown sung a slightly different tune.
- Missouri is looking for several receivers to step into new roles this season, returning just three who have a caught a pass in their collegiate careers.
- South Carolina is depending on freshman cornerbacks to be ready to play -- and possibly start -- their season opener against Texas A&M.
- Tennessee receiver Cody Blanc tore an Achilles' tendon in practice Tuesday and will miss the season, Butch Jones said.
- Texas A&M has a solid special teams group, but coordinator Jeff Banks is looking for improvement in the return game.
- Vanderbilt's quarterback competition between Patton Robinette and Steven Rivers is the focus, but there are other notable storylines coming out of Commodores camp.