SEC: Artose Pinner
- There is no big top big enough for SEC media days.
- Athlon Sports has game-by-game predictions for LSU's 2013 season.
- Matthew Harris of The Baton Rouge Advocate writes that LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger missed a chance for growth by not participating in the Manning Passing Academy.
- Former Kentucky running back Artose Pinner publishes children's book.
- According to an AL.com analysis, Florida owns the easiest conference schedule since 1992, while Vanderbilt has the hardest.
- AJ McCarron and Johnny Manziel cross paths both on and off the field.
- Gus Malzahn's Springdale High team ignored rumors and pressure to become one of the best teams in Arkansas history.
- Walk-on A.J. Derby is important to Arkansas' quarterback race.
- Georgia added a commitment over the weekend, but also lost one.
- Georgia's recruiting class is already in number-crunching time.
- College Station commits to helping fund Kyle Field renovations.
- Junior college wide receiver Eric Lauderdale commits to Tennessee.
- Tennessee coach Butch Jones embraces his SEC media days debut.
- Missouri players are taking an ugly 2012 season personally.
- Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews ranks No. 12 on The Gainesville Sun's list of the top 25 players in the SEC.
- Here's a breakdown of Florida's defensive line.
- Here's a deep look at Mississippi State's linebackers heading into 2013.
- Defensive end Cameron Whigham ranks No. 26 on The Jackson Clarion-Ledger's countdown of the 75 most important Ole Miss Rebels in 2013.
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
In working on the story on Arkansas' amazing Michael Smith earlier this week, it dawned on me how many good dual-purpose running backs the SEC has produced.
Smith, the Hogs' mighty mite, has a chance to become the first player in SEC history to rush for 1,200 yards and catch 40 or more passes in the same season.
A long list of SEC running backs, though, have rushed for 1,000 yards and also caught 30 or more passes in the same season.
Florida has cranked out a bunch of those guys. Errict Rhett, Ciatrick Fason, John L. Williams, Neal Anderson, Fred Taylor and Robert Gillespie were all great run-and-catch guys. Rhett had 55 catches in 1992 and also rushed for 903 yards that season. Williams had 44 catches in 1985.
More recently, Kentucky's Rafael Little had seasons in 2007 and 2006 where he rushed for 1,000 yards and also caught 40 or more passes. The Wildcats' Artose Pinner had 1,414 yards rushing and 37 catches in 2002.
At Alabama, Johnny Musso, Siran Stacy and Dennis Riddle were all members of the 1,000-yard/30-catch club during a season. In 1970, Musso ran for 1,137 yards and caught 30 passes, which was rare in those days.
Who could forget Dalton Hilliard, Kevin Faulk and Gary James at LSU? And what about Arian Foster's season a year ago at Tennessee. He just missed having a 1,200-yard/40-catch season when he finished with 1,193 yards rushing and 39 catches. Stanley Morgan played wingback at Tennessee in the 1970s and is the only Vol to have 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving for his career.
One of the best ever was Arkansas' Gary Anderson, but he never played in the SEC. The Hogs were in the old Southwest Conference when he was doing his thing from 1979-82.
Let me know who all I've forgotten.