SEC: David Gordon

No such thing as a sure thing with freshmen

May, 20, 2010
We took a look Wednesday at 10 incoming true freshmen who may have an early impact next season in the SEC.

Even coaches admit it’s hard to predict who will play early and who won’t. Everybody adjusts to the college game at a different pace.

Soon after picking the 10, I started thinking about highly-rated guys who’ve come into the SEC in recent years and were expected to make a big impact early, but haven’t to this point for various reasons. Several have already bolted for another school.

In some instances, injuries have held them back, while other players were simply overrated, couldn’t cut it academically, ran into trouble off the field or just never adjusted to the whole college scene.

A few are still hanging in there, and perhaps this will be their season.

So before we get too caught up in who is supposedly a “can’t-miss” prospect, remember some of these guys, who are listed in alphabetical order:

Brendan Beal, LB, Florida: Said last week he plans to transfer after struggling with injuries and playing sparingly.

DeAngelo Benton, WR, Auburn: Still trying to work his way up the depth chart after catching just six passes as a freshman last season. Signed with LSU twice before landing at Auburn.

Bryce Brown, RB, Tennessee: Had a solid freshman season, but didn’t go through spring ball and plans to transfer. Several on the team thought Tauren Poole was better.

Gary Brown, DT, Florida: Dismissed from the team earlier this year following his arrest on battery charges. Redshirted last season after showing up overweight.

Marlon Brown, WR, Georgia: Hopes to see his role increase after catching just two passes last season as a true freshman.

Enrique Davis, RB, Ole Miss: Coming off a solid spring, Davis wasn’t a factor his first two seasons after arriving as the No. 1 prep school player in the country.

Torrey Davis, DT, Florida: Struggled with grades and off-the-field issues his whole career and left the program following the 2008 season.

Chris Donald, LB, Tennessee: Came to Tennessee as one of the top linebacker prospects in the country, but was never able to get on the field and transferred to Chattanooga.

David Gordon, CB, Arkansas: Showed some promise last season as a true freshman, but was arrested this month on drug charges and plans to transfer to Oklahoma State.

Omar Hunter, DT, Florida: Injuries have been his biggest problem, but he’s yet to live up to the hype. Remember how much Urban Meyer talked him up?

Alonzo Lawrence, CB, Alabama: A big-time defensive back recruit for the Crimson Tide who wound up transferring to Southern Miss.

Tyler Love, OT, Alabama: One of the top-rated offensive line prospects of the 2008 class. Love is still trying to crack the Tide’s rotation.

Nu’Keese Richardson, WR, Tennessee: Arrested on robbery charges and dismissed from the team. Caught just eight passes last season as a freshman.

Tyrik Rollison, QB, Auburn: Once thought to be Auburn’s future quarterback, Rollison is leaving the program and transferring to Sam Houston State.

Chris Strong, LB, Ole Miss: Academic issues derailed Strong’s career. He left school following his freshman season after making a few starts at middle linebacker.

Lunchtime links: Jackson leaving Alabama

May, 18, 2010
Some of what's making headlines around the SEC:

Lunchtime links: Stricklin takes over at MSU

May, 10, 2010
Making the rounds in the SEC:

Hogs' Gordon arrested on drug charge

April, 28, 2010
Sophomore cornerback David Gordon was one of two Arkansas players arrested Monday by police on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

According to a University of Arkansas police report, Gordon and walk-on defensive back Hunter Miller were lying in the back seat of a car Monday night when an officer approached the vehicle and could smell a strong odor of burnt marijuana.

A cloud of smoke rolled out of the vehicle when Miller opened the door and a plastic bag containing a "green leafy substance" was found inside the driver's side door panel, according to the report.

One of the odd things about the arrest was that Gordon was listed as David Lopez on the police report because he has an Oklahoma license that identifies him as David Lopez. Gordon is from Tulsa, Okla.

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino is aware of the arrest and was looking into the situation. Gordon didn't play in last Saturday's Red-White spring game after battling injuries this spring, but was being counted on to play a role in the Hogs' secondary rotation in the fall. He started in three games last season as a freshman, but missed the final part of the season after injuring his foot.

It remains to be seen what kind of punishment Gordon receives, but the Hogs do have some depth at cornerback. They just recently moved Rudell Crim from cornerback to safety. Junior Isaac Madison also returns after missing all of last season with a knee injury.