SEC: Bobby Hebert
- LSU All-America cornerback Morris Claiborne is leaving early for the NFL draft.
- Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News writes that Jim McElwain went out in style as Alabama's offensive coordinator.
- Arkansas linebackers coach Reggie Johnson and two grad assistants are headed to UAB to join former Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee's staff.
- Offensive tackle prospect Patrick Miller switches his commitment from LSU and is now enrolled at Auburn for the spring semester.
- Former Ohio State coach John Cooper says the NCAA should "look into" Alabama.
- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says the Gamecocks accomplished yet another goal by finishing the season ranked ninth in the Associated Press poll -- the highest ranking ever by a South Carolina team.
- Recruiting is the first step for Auburn's new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.
- With the 2011 season officially over, Arkansas now turns its attention to national signing day in February.
- New Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease has "some gunslinger in him."
- Radio host Bobby Hebert defends his rant against LSU coach Les Miles following the Tigers' 21-0 loss to Alabama in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game.
- Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham shoots down rumors swirling about him and says he wants to stay at Georgia a "very long time."
- Kentucky offensive lineman Chandler Burden and cornerback Anthony Mosley will play in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz., next week.
- Mississippi State has its eye on Georgia high school quarterback Nick Schuessler after JUCO standout Bo Wallace committed to Ole Miss over the Bulldogs.
- Defensive back Tino Thomas is back on campus with Tennessee after a torn labrum forced him to grayshirt in 2011.
- Tennessee could be close to filling a hole on its coaching staff, but also close to seeing another position open up.
- Vanderbilt coach James Franklin defends his recruiting practices, saying he doesn't guarantee playing time.
John Brantley, QB, Florida: John Brantley III played quarterback at Florida in 1977 and 1978 and led the Gators in passing during the 1978 season.
Jabo Burrow, OG, Vanderbilt: Mike Burrow was an All-SEC offensive lineman at Auburn in 1978 and was drafted in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills.
Emory Blake, WR, Auburn: Jeff Blake was a quarterback for seven different NFL teams. His best season came in 1995 with the Cincinnati Bengals when he was selected for the Pro Bowl. “Shake-N-Blake” retired following the 2005 season with the Chicago Bears.
Drew Butler, P, Georgia: Kevin Butler is one of the most decorated place-kickers in college football history and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He was a two-time All-American at Georgia and played for both the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals professionally, ending his career with 1,208 points -- the sixth most in NFL history among kickers.
Jessel Curry, LB, Auburn: Buddy Curry was a two-time All-Pro linebacker with the Atlanta Falcons and named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1980. Curry played collegiately at North Carolina.
T-Bob Hebert, C, LSU: Bobby Hebert, nicknamed the Cajun Cannon, was a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback with the Atlanta Falcons in 1994 and 1995 and led the New Orleans Saints to their first playoff appearance prior to that in 1991. Hebert is still as popular as ever in New Orleans and does a radio talk show in New Orleans on WWL, the Big 870.
Brandon Henderson, TE, Mississippi State: Keith Henderson was a running back at Georgia in the mid 1980s and went on to play four seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers.
Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama: Mark Ingram Sr. was an NFL wide receiver who played for 10 seasons in the league and four different teams. He was one of the heroes for the New York Giants in their Super Bowl XXV victory over the Buffalo Bills with his memorable catch and run on a third-and-13 play.
Greg Meisner, FB, Kentucky: Greg Meisner played 11 seasons in the NFL as a defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants. Meisner played collegiately at Pittsburgh and was a senior on that talent-laden 1980 team that produced seven first-round draft choices and three Pro Football Hall of Famers.
Jared Mitchell, WR, Ole Miss: Stump Mitchell played eight seasons in the NFL as a running back for the St. Louis Cardinals. His best season came in 1985 when he rushed for more than 1,000 yards. He’s also been an assistant coach in the NFL and takes over in 2010 as the head coach at Southern University.
Morgan Ogilvie, QB, Alabama: Major Ogilvie was a fixture in Alabama’s wishbone offense in the late 1970s. He scored 25 career touchdowns and was a part of two national championship teams while playing under the legendary Bear Bryant.
Nick Reveiz, LB, Tennessee: Fuad Reveiz was a kicker for 11 seasons in the NFL, playing for the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings, and kicked a school-record 71 field goals during his career at Tennessee. He kicked a 60-yarder against Georgia Tech during the 1982 season.
Sam Robey, C, Florida: Rick Robey was a two-time All-American in basketball at Kentucky and one of the stars on the Wildcats’ 1978 national championship team. He went on to play professionally for the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns.
Corey Simmons, TE/DE, South Carolina: Clyde Simmons was a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end with the Philadelphia Eagles and led the NFL in sacks in 1992 with 19.
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The LSU offensive line is starting to take shape, and there could be a familiar name to Louisianans at center.
Sophomore T-Bob Hebert, the son of former New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Bobby Hebert, is one of the guys battling for Brett Helms' old job.
Hebert is being held out of contact this spring after injuring his knee last season, but LSU coach Les Miles said Thursday that Hebert has stayed mentally sharp and will be one of the main ones competing for the center job in the fall.
The younger Hebert might want to get ready to be critiqued by his dad, who's now a sports talk show host for WWL Radio in New Orleans.
Center is the only position on the Tigers' offensive line that appears to be wide open at this point. Senior Ciron Black returns at left tackle and junior Joe Barksdale at right tackle. Senior Lyle Hitt returns at right guard, and the LSU coaches have been impressed with sophomore Josh Dworaczyk's work at left guard after stepping in for departed All-American Herman Johnson.
"They look good, especially our tackles," LSU senior defensive end Rahim Alem said. "All the games we've played, I haven't seen a team that had two tackles or as good a combination as we do. Our tackles are excellent. We're just trying to find a center, but everything else is sewed up."