SEC: Chas Henry

SEC NFL draft snubs

May, 4, 2011
It’s got to be a little nerve-racking for the guys we’re about to talk about. Undrafted players have always had a chance to sign with NFL teams following the draft. They might not have been the lengthiest contracts, but at least players could get into camp to try to earn a spot.

Now, with the NFL in disarray, undrafted players are forced to play the waiting game. Drafted players can't even have contact with their new teams, and teams can’t make offseason moves. Everyone seems to think there will be a 2011 season, but there has to be a sense of nervousness circulating through the minds of players who didn’t hear their names called over the weekend.

Here is a list of some SEC snubs who will be waiting for the league to get its act together:

Darvin Adams, WR, Auburn
Not only was he one of Auburn’s top playmakers in 2010, but in his last two seasons with the Tigers, he grabbed 112 receptions for 1,960 yards and 17 touchdowns. The knock on him is that he has average height and speed to be a productive receiver in the NFL, but that didn’t keep him from making plays at Auburn. Once the league resumes, expect him to get into camp somewhere.

Chas Henry, P, Florida
Punters aren’t the biggest commodities in the draft, but Henry was the best at his position last year. He won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter and was a consensus All-American, averaging 45.1 yards per punt and pinning 18 of his 50 kicks inside the 20-yard line. He also kicked field goals last season.

Derrick Locke, RB, Kentucky
Locke was a major part of Kentucky’s offense at times, but he did have injury issues during his career. Locke has great speed and is a tough runner who accumulated 2,618 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns during his career at Kentucky.

Terrence Toliver, WR, LSU
Toliver has great size and speed at receiver, but didn’t hear his name called over the weekend. He caught 126 passes for 1,820 yards and 12 touchdowns during his four years at LSU. Ninety-four of those catches came in his last two seasons.

Ladi Ajiboye, DT, South Carolina
He was one of the Gamecocks’ top interior linemen, and while he doesn’t have great size, he was very fast off the line. He had back-to-back 40-plus-tackle seasons at South Carolina and recorded nine tackles for loss in that time.

Chris Walker, DE/OLB, Tennessee
He has battled injuries throughout his career, but had a solid last two years with the Volunteers. He totaled 87 tackles (14.5 for loss) and had nine sacks. He’s got good speed and has some room to bulk up a little more. When allowed to, he should field a few calls from teams.

Nick Reveiz, LB, Tennessee
Reveiz doesn’t have great size for a linebacker, but he almost always seemed to find himself around the ball in 2010. He was fifth in the SEC with 108 tackles last season. He has natural leadership skills and should get invited to a camp when (if) the lockout ends

Final Senior Bowl update

January, 31, 2011
The South defeated the North 24-10 in the Senior Bowl on Saturday thanks to a pair of touchdown passes from Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder.

Here's a wrap-up from the Scouts Inc. guys on what former SEC players helped themselves and those who maybe didn't help themselves last week in Mobile, Ala.:
  • Georgia offensive guard Clint Boling, Alabama offensive tackle/guard James Carpenter, LSU linebacker Kelvin Sheppard and Tennessee tight end Luke Stocker were among the players Todd McShay listed whose draft stock is on the rise coming out of the Senior Bowl. Boling and Stocker exceeded expectations, according to McShay.
  • Specifically about Boling, the Scouts Inc. guys had this to say, "Boling has shown good inline power and nice awareness all week, especially in the open field where he has done a great job of adjusting on the move to cover up targets. He's made himself some money this week."
  • Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod and Arkansas offensive tackle DeMarcus Love failed to improve their draft stock, according to the Scouts Inc. crew.
  • Love's limitations athletically plagued him, according to the Scouts Inc. guys. He struggled with speed rushers and might have to transition to guard in the NFL. He appears to be a mid-round selection at this point.
  • During the game, Sherrod did a nice job in pass protection. Despite his limitations with lateral agility, the Scouts Inc. crew thinks he has the frame strength and balance to become an effective right tackle in the NFL.
  • Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy looked NFL-ready with his drops, mechanics and going through his progressions, but his lack of arm strength and overall tools will cause him to drop.
  • Florida's Chas Henry established himself as the No. 2 punter in this draft class. His directional skills and how quickly he gets the punt off were what set him apart last week.
  • LSU place-kicker Josh Jasper demonstrated good accuracy inside 40 yards, but wasn't as consistent on longer field goals. His hang time on kickoffs was good, but he was average to below average with his distance.

More memorable SEC moments from 2010

January, 18, 2011
As I said earlier today, you can’t pick just 10 memorable moments from an SEC season. So I’m going to cheat and give you 10 more that deserve mention:
  • Cam Newton’s 49-yard touchdown run against LSU was truly mesmerizing. A 6-6, 250-pound quarterback isn’t supposed to be able to run that fast, with that kind of acceleration and with those kind of moves.
  • If you’re into acrobatic catches, check out A.J. Green’s one-handed touchdown catch against Colorado in his first game back after a four-game suspension. Green went up high and snatched the ball with his left hand, landing hard on his back in the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown.
  • Florida punter Chas Henry, filling in as the Gators’ place-kicker, kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime to lift Florida to a 34-31 win over Georgia, but only after the Bulldogs called timeout and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was caught on camera yelling at Henry that he was going to choke and giving him the choke sign. Henry later admitted that he probably escalated the whole thing by taking his helmet off and blowing Grantham a kiss during the timeout.
  • After falling behind 20-7 in the third quarter and Razorback Stadium bursting at the seams in one of the better environments you’ll ever see at a college football game, Alabama came charging back in the fourth quarter to deal Arkansas a heartbreaking 24-20 loss and stretch its winning streak to 18 straight games.
  • Kentucky’s Randall Cobb popped wide open in the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown catch with 1:15 to play, capping the Wildcats’ frantic comeback from a 28-10 halftime deficit to stun South Carolina 31-28 the week after the Gamecocks knocked off No. 1 Alabama. It was Kentucky’s first win over a Steve Spurrier-coached team after 17 straight losses to the Head Ball Coach.
  • The crowd at Scott Field for the Arkansas-Mississippi State game observed a moment silence in memory of Mississippi State’s Nick Bell, who died earlier that month following a battle with cancer. That silence was broken by Bell’s mother, Linda, ringing her cowbell, setting off a teary-eyed scene where cowbells clanged away throughout the stadium in a moving tribute to Bell.
  • It’s not a moment that anybody at Ole Miss will remember fondly. But just a day after quarterback Jeremiah Masoli won his appeal with the NCAA and was cleared to play, the Rebels opened the season by losing a 49-48 shocker to FCS foe Jacksonville State in double overtime in what was easily the upset of the year in the SEC.
  • In one of the funnier moments of the season, LSU coach Les Miles was caught on camera eating grass in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 24-21 win over Alabama. Afterward, LSU receiver Russell Shepard cracked, “He says there’s a lot of protein in it.”
  • Arkansas did everything it needed to win the Allstate Sugar Bowl there at the end with the exception of picking up the ball. The Hogs’ Colton Miles-Nash blocked an Ohio State punt in the final minutes, and it squirted back inside the Ohio State 20. With a host of Arkansas players around the ball, freshman Julian Horton fell on it instead of trying to scoop it up and score. A few plays later, Ryan Mallett threw an interception, and the Hogs fell 31-26 to the Buckeyes -- Ohio State’s first-ever win over an SEC team in a bowl game.
  • If it wasn’t the best defensive play of the year in the league, it might have been the most important. Not only did Nick Fairley sack Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy right before the half with the Crimson Tide about to go up 31-7, but Fairley forced McElroy to fumble and was able to scramble and recover the fumble himself. That play kept Auburn in the game, gave the Tigers some momentum heading into halftime and paved the way for the greatest comeback in Iron Bowl history.

SEC players in the Senior Bowl

January, 3, 2011
Here’s a tentative list of the SEC players scheduled to play in the 2011 Senior Bowl. Players could be added and/or subtracted to this list as we get closer to the Jan. 29 game in Mobile, Ala.

  • Linebacker Josh Bynes
  • Offensive tackle Lee Ziemba
  • Safety Ahmad Black
  • Punter Chas Henry
  • Offensive guard Marcus Gilbert
  • Center Mike Pouncey
  • Offensive tackle Clint Boling
  • Defensive tackle Drake Nevis
  • Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard
  • Defensive end Pernell McPhee
  • Offensive tackle Derek Sherrod
  • Linebacker K.J. Wright
  • Defensive tackle Jerrell Powe

Six from SEC All-Americans

December, 27, 2010
If you missed it while unwrapping Christmas gifts, the 2010 All-America team was unveiled over the weekend, and six SEC players made the cut.

On offense, Auburn's Cam Newton was the quarterback, South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery was one of the receivers and Kentucky's Randall Cobb was the all-purpose player.

On defense, Auburn's Nick Fairley was one of the tackles, and LSU's Patrick Peterson was one of the cornerbacks.

And on special teams, Florida's Chas Henry was the punter.

SEC places 19 on AP All-America team

December, 15, 2010
The SEC placed 19 players on the Associated Press All-America team, including five on the first team.

The first-teamers were Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Kentucky all-purpose player Randall Cobb, Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson and Florida punter Chas Henry. Cobb was the first Kentucky player to be named first-team All-American by the AP since Derek Abney in 2002 as a kick returner.

Alabama and Auburn each had four players make one of the three teams.

Here's a look at the complete list of SEC players earning AP All-America honors:

First-Team Offense
QB – Cam Newton, Auburn
AP – Randall Cobb, Kentucky

First-Team Defense
T – Nick Fairley, Auburn
CB – Patrick Peterson, LSU
P – Chas Henry, Florida

Second-Team Offense
T – Lee Ziemba, Auburn
T – Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State
WR – Julio Jones, Alabama
WR – Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina

Second-Team Defense
T – Drake Nevis, LSU
LB – Justin Houston, Georgia
SAF – Mark Barron, Alabama
SAF – Ahmad Black, Florida
P – Drew Butler, Georgia

Third-Team Offense
G – Barrett Jones, Alabama
C – Ryan Pugh, Auburn
TE – D.J. Williams, Arkansas

Third-Team Defense
T – Marcell Dareus, Alabama
CB – Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina

Recapping the SEC awards

December, 10, 2010
It's been a banner year for SEC players and coaches on the national award circuit.

The big one is still to come when Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton is the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York City.

Here's a recap so far:
  • Maxwell Award (Best all-around player) -- Newton, Auburn
  • Davey O'Brien Award (Best quarterback) -- Newton, Auburn
  • Walter Camp Player of the Year Award -- Newton, Auburn
  • John Mackey Award (Best tight end) -- D.J. Williams, Arkansas
  • Disney Spirit Award (Most inspirational player) -- Williams, Arkansas
  • Chuck Bednarik Award (Best defensive player) -- Patrick Peterson, LSU
  • Jim Thorpe Award (Best defensive back) -- Peterson, LSU
  • Rotary Lombardi Award (Best lineman) -- Nick Fairley, Auburn
  • Ray Guy Award (Best punter) -- Chas Henry, Florida
  • CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-American of the Year -- Greg McElroy, Alabama
  • Frank Broyles Award (best assistant coach) -- Gus Malzahn, Auburn
  • Home Depot Coach of the Year Award -- Gene Chizik, Auburn

More honors for SEC players

December, 9, 2010
Auburn's Cam Newton, LSU's Patrick Peterson and Florida's Chas Henry all picked up national awards Thursday night as part of The Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

Newton won the Maxwell Award as the best all-around player in college football. He was also named the Walter Camp Player of the Year.

Peterson picked up two honors of his own, the Chuck Bednarik Award as the best defensive player in college football and the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back.

Henry received the Ray Guy Award, which is presented annually to the top punter in college football.

Andrea Adelson talks with Florida punter Chas Henry about Urban Meyer’s resignation.

Fact and fiction in choke-gate

November, 3, 2010
Even by SEC standards, it’s been interesting watching the arguments go back and forth concerning Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham giving Florida kicker Chas Henry the choke sign last Saturday prior to Henry booting the game-winning field goal in overtime.

Has it been overblown some? Perhaps. Anybody who’s been on a sideline in an SEC football game knows that things are done and said all the time that are lot worse than what Grantham did. The difference here is that he was caught on camera doing it.

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Paul Abell/US PresswireDefensive coordinator Todd Grantham must keep his unit together without two injured starting linebackers.
Was it embarrassing, classless and juvenile for a grown man making more than $700,000 per year to be yelling at a college kid and telling him that he was going to choke? That would be a yes on all three fronts.

Does it make Grantham a bad person or some kind of detriment to Mark Richt’s coaching staff? No, and anybody who’s met Grantham or been around him knows so.

Is it possible that Henry might have helped ignite the situation by saying some things to people on the Georgia sideline first? Yes, there have been rumblings of that coming from the Georgia camp.

Should Grantham have apologized publicly? Yes. Better yet, should Richt have come out and apologized? That would be a more emphatic yes. Richt has a son playing college football. Wonder how he would feel if the exact same thing had happened to his son?

Does the fact that Florida coach Urban Meyer allowed Chris Rainey to play in this game have anything to do with this whole choking business? Absolutely not. Sure, it was awfully convenient that Rainey would return for the Georgia game, and the fact that Meyer allowed him to return to the team in the first place after sending a women a text message telling her it was “Time to die (expletive)” is a decision Meyer has to live with. But to somehow try and tie the two incidents together is nonsense. The Georgia fans’ real issue with Rainey is that he was a big reason the Gators beat the Bulldogs for the 18th time in the last 21 meetings.

Would the Georgia fans be raising immortal "you know what" if this same thing had happened with one of the Florida coordinators yelling at Blair Walsh right before he was about to kick the game-winner in overtime? I think we all know the answer to that.

And, finally, is it possible that the Florida-Georgia rivalry is simply one of those nasty rivalries that brings out the worst in people? I’ll answer this last question with a few of my own. Didn’t the Brandon Spikes’ eye-gouging incident happen in this game a year ago? Didn’t Meyer call two timeouts in the final seconds of a 49-10 rout just to rub it in two years ago? Didn’t Georgia’s whole sideline race into the end zone and start dancing, at the behest of Richt, and draw a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the Bulldogs’ first touchdown three years ago?

One thing we can all agree on is this: It ain’t a picnic when these two teams get together to play a football game.

Never has been and never will be.

SEC lunch links

November, 2, 2010
Scanning the SEC for football news:

SEC Players of the Week

November, 1, 2010
The SEC league office has released its top performers for Week 9:


Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett: He completed 27-of-44 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in Arkansas’ 49-14 win against Vanderbilt. Mallett’s 409 passing yards broke his own school record. The total was also the highest for any player in the SEC this season.


Mississippi State linebacker Chris White: He posted a career-high 15 tackles with one tackle for loss and one interception in Mississippi State's 24-17 win against Kentucky. White led a Bulldogs defense that allowed only 89 rushing yards on 43 attempts (a 2.1-yard average).


Florida punter/place-kicker Chas Henry: His 37-yard field goal in overtime was the game-winner for Florida in its 34-31 victory against Georgia. He also punted six times for a 46.8-yard average and dropped two inside the 20-yard line.

Auburn cornerback Demond Washington: He returned five kickoffs for 176 yards, including a 95-yard return for a touchdown in Auburn’s 51-31 win at Ole Miss. Washington has already broken the Auburn single-season record for kickoff return yardage. He now has 806 yards.


Mississippi State tackle Derek Sherrod: He paved the way for the Mississippi State offense to rush for 214 yards and average 5.5 yards per carry in the Bulldogs' 24-17 win against Kentucky. Sherrod finished with a 91 percent blocking grade, the seventh time he's eclipsed the 90 percent mark this season, and had five knockdown blocks.


South Carolina defensive end Devin Taylor: He returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter in South Carolina's 38-24 win against Tennessee. Taylor also recovered two fumbles for the Gamecocks.


Auburn running back Mike Dyer: He rushed for a career-high 180 yards on 21 carries in Auburn's 51-31 win against Ole Miss.

Florida quarterback/running back Trey Burton: He rushed for 110 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns, caught five passes for 35 yards and was 2-for-2 passing for 26 yards in Florida’s 34-31 overtime win against Georgia.

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore: He rushed for 184 yards on 29 carries and one touchdown and had two catches for 26 yards in South Carolina’s 38-24 win against Tennessee.

SEC helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 31, 2010
Now that we’ve put the ninth week of the season in our rear-view mirror, it’s time to pass out the SEC helmet stickers:

Auburn cornerback Demond Washington: The Tigers’ pass defense has taken its lumps this season, but Washington had a key interception at the Auburn 2-yard line in the second quarter after Ole Miss had recovered a fumble deep in the Tigers’ territory. Washington, a 5-9, 182-pound senior, tied for second on the team with six tackles and broke the game open just before halftime with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Washington now has 806 yards in kickoff returns on the season, which is a new Auburn record.

Florida place-kicker Chas Henry: If anybody deserved something good to happen to him, it was the hard-luck Henry. After missing both of his field-goal attempts two weeks ago in a 10-7 loss to Mississippi State, Henry drilled the game-winner Saturday in overtime, a 37-yarder that lifted Florida to a 34-31 win over Georgia and kept the Gators alive in the Eastern Division race.

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett: Two weeks removed from suffering a concussion against Auburn, Mallett broke his own school record with 409 passing yards in the Hogs’ 49-14 victory over Vanderbilt. Mallett finished 27-of-44 and threw three touchdown passes. The Hogs scored 43 unanswered points after trailing 14-6 early.

Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz: His defense didn’t play up to his expectations, or anybody’s expectations, last week in a 29-24 win over UAB. But the Bulldogs came back Saturday and held Kentucky’s explosive offense to two touchdowns in a 24-17 victory, extending Mississippi State’s winning streak to six games. The Bulldogs forced four turnovers and have held four of their five SEC opponents this season to 17 points or less. Diaz has done a terrific job with this defense.

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore: Returning to full speed from a sprained ankle, Lattimore rushed for a career-high 184 yards in South Carolina’s 38-24 win over Tennessee. He also scored his 13th touchdown, which is tied for the fifth most by a freshman in SEC history. He’s three shy of the South Carolina single-season record.
Florida place-kicker Caleb Sturgis re-injured his back this week in practice and didn't make the trip to Alabama, according to a report by The Gainesville News.

With Sturgis out, that means punter Chas Henry will also handle the field goals and extra points for the Gators. Henry was also the holder on field goals.

SEC position rankings: Special teams

July, 29, 2010
Coaches will tell you that shoddy special teams play will lose you a game quicker than anything.

At the same time, superior special teams play can be the difference in playing to get to a nice bowl game and playing for championships.

Here’s a look at the top special teams units in the SEC heading into the 2010 season:

1. Georgia: Try finding a better place-kicker/punter combination anywhere in the country than Blair Walsh and Drew Butler. You won’t. Walsh was 20-of-22 on field goals. Butler averaged 48.1 yards a punt. The Bulldogs also led the league in net punting, and Brandon Boykin is back after tying an SEC record last season with three kickoffs returned for touchdowns. He’s not the only dangerous return man on the roster, either.

2. Florida: The Gators have consistently had the best special teams in the league since Urban Meyer arrived in 2005. That's not a coincidence. They will be right there at the top again this season. Nobody’s better than Florida at blocking kicks or covering kicks. Caleb Sturgis has unlimited range on field goals, and senior punter Chas Henry is back after averaging 43.4 yards a kick last season. Chris Rainey will see his role expand in the return game.

3. LSU: The Tigers have one of those clutch senior place-kickers that proves so valuable in the tight games. Josh Jasper was 6-of-8 on field goals over 40 yards. After missing a 52-yarder against Auburn, he connected on his last seven attempts. LSU was also first in the league in kickoff coverage and third in the league in net punting with Jasper and Derek Helton sharing those duties. Trindon Holliday is gone, but watch out for Patrick Peterson and Russell Shepard in the return game.

4. South Carolina: The Gamecocks struggled in kickoff coverage last season, but they’re strong everywhere else on special teams. It starts with senior Spencer Lanning, who handles the place-kicking and punting chores. He only missed once inside 40 yards, that lone miss coming in the first game, and he averaged 41.9 yards a punt. Stephon Gilmore will return punts, and he’s one of the most electrifying athletes in the SEC.

5. Auburn: Senior place-kicker Wes Byrum took his game to another level last season, making 15 of his 16 field goals. He doesn’t have the biggest leg in the league, but inside 45 yards he was automatic. The Tigers also return the SEC’s top kickoff returner, Demond Washington, who averaged 31.1 yards to rank sixth nationally. Washington had a 99-yard return for a touchdown. Senior Ryan Shoemaker will battle true freshman Steven Clark for the punting job. Clark was one of the top punter prospects in the country .

6. Vanderbilt: Anybody who kicks the ball to Warren Norman this season had better beware. He returned three kickoffs for touchdowns last season as a freshman on his way to leading the league in all-purpose yardage. Sophomore place-kicker Ryan Fowler made a nice recovery after a rocky start a year ago and has range up to 50 yards. The Commodores were fourth in kickoff coverage last season, but have to replace dependable punter Brett Upson.

7. Ole Miss: The first order of business is replacing place-kicker Joshua Shene, a four-year starter. Sophomore Bryson Rose and junior David Hankins both have big legs, but Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt is looking for consistency. The Rebels are strong everywhere else. Tyler Campbell was one of the best freshman punters in the country last season, averaging 44 yards a kick, and Jesse Grandy took two kickoff returns back for touchdowns.

8. Kentucky: If the Wildcats had a proven place-kicker, they’d probably be ranked several spots higher. Junior punter Ryan Tydlacka will also do the kicking this season. He tied for ninth in the league in punting last season and has excellent hang time. He hopes to give the Wildcats some consistency on field goals after Lones Seiber’s up-and-down career. Where Kentucky will be outstanding is the return game with Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb, both of whom had touchdowns last season.

9. Alabama: Just about all the key components from Alabama’s special teams units last season are gone, including All-America kicker Leigh Tiffin and record-breaking return man Javier Arenas. It looks like the Crimson Tide will have both a true freshman place-kicker (Cade Foster) and true freshman punter (Jay Williams). Alabama wasn’t particularly good in kickoff coverage last season, finishing 10th in the SEC. Julio Jones should give the Crimson Tide some pop in the return game.

10. Mississippi State: The Bulldogs still have a little battle going on as to whom will be doing their kicking and punting this season. There were times when they struggled in both departments last season and finished 11th in the league in net punting. However, junior Derek DePasquale took over the field goal duties midway through the season and ended up 10-of-12. The Bulldogs should be set in the return game with the Leon Berry-Chad Bumphis combo.

11. Tennessee: Tennessee and Arkansas were the only teams in the league to finish in the bottom four in both net punting and field goal kicking a year ago. The Vols were also next to last in kickoff coverage. Obviously, there’s a new staff in place, and Tennessee also has two new freshman kickers. More than anything, the Vols need to make a few field goals (or just keep them from being blocked), and that’s where high school All-American Michael Palardy comes in.

12. Arkansas: Inconsistency has plagued senior place-kicker Alex Tejada throughout his career, and it reared its head again this spring. The Hogs were also last in the SEC in net punting a year ago. The coverage units have improved with the addition of John L. Smith, the former Louisville and Michigan State head coach, to the staff. Dennis Johnson is one of the more dangerous return men in the league.



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