SEC: Clifton Geathers

Lunchtime links: Different paths to the NFL

February, 24, 2010
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Checking on what's making headlines around the SEC:

SEC underclassmen added to combine list

February, 2, 2010
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As expected, several SEC underclassmen have been added to the list of NFL combine invitees. Also, Auburn senior defensive end Antonio Coleman was added after inexplicably being omitted on the initial list.

Here are the newest invitees broken down by team:

ALABAMA

CB Kareem Jackson

LB Rolando McClain

AUBURN

DE Antonio Coleman

FLORIDA

DE Carlos Dunlap

CB Joe Haden

TE Aaron Hernandez

C Maurkice Pouncey

S Major Wright

GEORGIA

LB Rennie Curran

S Reshad Jones

DT Jeff Owens

LSU

S Chad Jones

MISSISSIPPI STATE

LB Jamar Chaney

OLE MISS

QB Jevan Snead

SOUTH CAROLINA

DE Clifton Geathers

TENNESSEE

S Eric Berry

CB Dennis Rogan

Alabama's Jackson turning pro

January, 16, 2010
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Alabama cornerback Kareem Jackson has joined teammate Rolando McClain in declaring for the NFL draft.

There were rumblings out in California during practice for the BCS National Championship Game that Jackson was leaning that way, and he admitted Friday that he'd already made up his mind before the game. That's despite Alabama coach Nick Saban advising him to come back for his senior season.

With Jackson turning pro, that leaves the Crimson Tide with only one returning starter in the secondary -- safety Mark Barron.

Jackson and South Carolina defensive end Clifton Geathers were the two most recent players from the SEC to declare for the draft. The deadline was Friday.

Here's the list of SEC underclassmen entering the draft:

ALABAMA

CB Kareem Jackson

LB Rolando McClain

FLORIDA

DE Carlos Dunlap

CB Joe Haden

TE Aaron Hernandez

C Maurkice Pouncey

S Major Wright

GEORGIA

LB Rennie Curran

S Reshad Jones

LSU

S Chad Jones

OLE MISS

QB Jevan Snead

SOUTH CAROLINA

DE Clifton Geathers

TENNESSEE

S Eric Berry

Lunchtime links: Willis following Tuberville?

January, 12, 2010
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Making the rounds in the SEC:

More injuries for South Carolina's defense

November, 14, 2009
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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's defense can't get a break on the injury front.

Defensive lineman Melvin Ingram went down earlier in the Florida game, but was able to return. Cliff Matthews came in for a few plays, but the Gamecocks hope to use him only sparingly. He's still battling a shoulder injury he suffered a couple of weeks ago against Tennessee.

So far, Clifton Geathers has shown up for the Gamecocks and gotten some pressure on Tim Tebow. Geathers will be a key component for South Carolina if it's going to stay in this game.

Gamecocks not fretting defensive line losses

August, 27, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's depth at defensive line will take a hit in the opener against NC State.

Tackle Ladi Ajiboye is suspended for the first three games, and end Clifton Geathers is suspended indefinitely following his arrest last week.

Still, Ellis Johnson feels good about where the Gamecocks are right now on the defensive line. Johnson, the assistant head coach for the defense, said redshirt freshman Devin Taylor was already pushing Geathers at one of the end spots. And from a pure talent standpoint, the South Carolina coaches think freshman end Chaz Sutton is potentially one of their best players.

Johnson points out that the Gamecocks have long since been planning to be without Ajiboye these first three games.

Junior Travian Robertson and senior Nathan Pepper will start at tackle, with sophomore Melvin Ingram rotating in with that first group. The guy the Gamecocks need to come through this season is redshirt freshman tackle Kenny Davis.

Geathers injured his eye (a cracked orbital bone) while fighting with a bouncer and struggling with police last week, which led to his arrest. It's doubtful that his suspension will be lifted in time for the opener. But physically, it's possible that he could still play. His helmet has been fitted with a shield to protect his eye, and he would also have to be cleared by doctors after suffering a slight concussion in the fight.

Right now, South Carolina is planning to play without him.

Particularly on passing downs, the Gamecocks could wind up using a three-down linemen set against the Wolfpack with outside linebacker Eric Norwood walking up to the line as a standup end.

Lunchtime links: Tide meets with NCAA

August, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Making the rounds in the SEC:

At least one member of Alabama's compliance staff has flown to Indianapolis to meet with NCAA enforcement officials concerning the fishing trip involving Julio Jones and Mark Ingram, The Tuscaloosa News' Cecil Hurt and Tommy Deas report. Alabama has not self-reported any violations.


Police saw Auburn running back Eric Smith knock another Auburn student unconscious last week, according to police documents. Smith has been hit with a third-degree assault complaint and surrendered to police Monday. He has not been allowed to practice with the football team since the incident.


Florida senior safety Dorian Munroe, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, had another procedure on his knee Monday and will be out five to six weeks.


South Carolina starting defensive end Clifton Geathers remains suspended and will miss the opener against North Carolina State after suffering a eye injury in a fight at a Columbia nightclub.


After being the most penalized team in the SEC last season, Georgia is getting tough on penalties.


Vanderbilt senior running back Jared Hawkins, who's been sidelined for much of preseason camp with a surgically repaired foot and sore hamstring, says he doesn't plan on giving up the starting job.


Mississippi State running back Arnil Stallworth has fought back from an ACL injury this past spring to give the Bulldogs another option in a loaded backfield.


Some of the Auburn receivers are beginning to separate themselves, and one of them is true freshman DeAngelo Benton.

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