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A couple of weeks ago, we listed several SEC players who were candidates to be drafted despite not being invited to the NFL combine. Add Auburn's Corey Grant to that list. On Tuesday, Grant ran times in the 40-yard dash that scouts attending Auburn's pro day clocked between 4.18 and 4.32 seconds. That would have been the best time by a running back at the combine, had Grant been in Indianapolis. Perhaps his absence was understandable since he was largely an afterthought in Auburn's running game in 2014 while Cameron Artis-Payne led the SEC in rushing. Nonetheless, there was buzz about how fast Grant would run on Tuesday, and he didn't let anybody down -- even if he said afterward that his goal was to run a 4.1. He wasn't the only Tiger who didn't go to the combine who was trying to turn scouts' heads on Tuesday. Here's a recap of the results that Auburn released once the workouts were complete.
Chad Kelly, formerly of Clemson and East Mississippi Community College, is apparently willing to go to Haiti and back to prove to Hugh Freeze that he should be Ole Miss' next quarterback. Freeze said Tuesday that he suggested to the troubled quarterback that he join him on a spring-break trip to Haiti -- where they will reportedly help provide villagers gain access to fresh water -- and Kelly agreed. He'll still have to beatDeVante Kincade andRyan Buchanan for the job, but the trip will provide Kelly with an opportunity to get to know his new coach better. Making Freeze more comfortable with him as a person is a smart move for Kelly, who left Clemson under unpleasant terms and who was arrested after a bar fight in his hometown, Buffalo, New York, shortly after signing with the Rebels last year.
Around the SEC
Three new assistant coaches -- John Chavis, Aaron Moorehead and Dave Christensen -- brought a new energy to Texas A&M's practices as the Aggies opened spring practice this week.
Steve Spurrier's appearance on Twitter garnered plenty of attention on Monday, but it makes perfect sense. Social media provides a direct line of communication between coaches and recruits (among other folks).
The Jackson Clarion Ledger's Michael Bonner gives us some things to watch during Mississippi State's pro day on Wednesday.
TideSports.com's Aaron Suttles takes a look at Alabama's need to solidify the safety position and some candidates to help in that capacity.
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