SEC: Mitch Petrus
Here's the entire list:
- S Deon Grant (Tennessee)
- QB Eli Manning (Ole Miss)
- OG Mitch Petrus (Arkansas)
- DE Justin Trattou (Florida)
- OT Tony Ugoh (Arkansas)
- RB D.J. Ware (Georgia)
- CB Corey Webster (LSU)
Also, offensive tackle Stacy Andrews (Ole Miss), receiver Michael Clayton (LSU) and linebacker Jonathan Goff (Vanderbilt) were on the Giants' injured reserve list.
Grant, Trattou and Clayton joined an exclusive club. They've now won a national championship in college football and a Super Bowl championship in pro football. Webster had already accomplished that feat. He was a part of the Giants' 2007 Super Bowl championship team.
Grant played on Tennessee's 1998 national championship team. Trattou played on Florida's 2008 national championship team, while Clayton and Webster were both on LSU's 2003 national championship team.
- Georgia coach Mark Richt will decide later this week on how to punish redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Mettenberger for his alcohol-related arrest. Georgia athletic department policy mandates that Mettenberger will be suspended for at least one game.
- South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia will be looking to avoid sacks during the 2010 season.
- The Reveiz family knows the value of heart screens, writes Dave Hooker of The Knoxville News-Sentinel.
- Florida coach Urban Meyer is set to return to the restocked Gators, writes Robbie Andreu of The Gainesville Sun.
- Former Alabama noseguard Terrence Cody brings a little sunshine to an Alabama fan battling cancer.
- Former Arkansas offensive guard Mitch Petrus continues to raise his draft stock with another solid workout at the Hogs' pro day.
A few might have hurt themselves, too.
Auburn running back Ben Tate had a super workout session. Weighing 220 pounds, he turned in the third fastest 40-yard dash time among the running backs (4.43), was second among the running backs with a 40.5-inch vertical leap and tied for the most reps on the bench-press among running backs with 26. He also had a 10-4 broad jump, which tied Tennessee's Montario Hardesty for first among the running backs.
Hardesty, who had bulked up to 225 pounds, ran a 4.49 40-yard dash and did 21 reps on the bench.
The defensive linemen and linebackers are working out on Monday, and Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens set the bar pretty high on the bench-press with 44 reps. His teammate, Geno Atkins, did 34 reps. As a comparison, Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh did 32 reps.
Kentucky linebacker Micah Johnson put up 31 reps Monday morning.
The strongest former SEC player of the combine was Arkansas offensive guard Mitch Petrus, who did 45 reps over the weekend. That tied a combine record (since 2000).
The fastest former SEC player was LSU return specialist Trindon Holliday, who ran a 4.34 40-yard dash.
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow didn't throw at the combine. He'll show off his new delivery at the Gators' pro day on March 17, but he did demonstrate what kind of athlete he is. He ran a 4.72 40-yard dash, fourth fastest among the quarterbacks, and tied Josh McCown's record for quarterbacks with a 38.5-inch vertical leap. Tebow's hands (10 1/8) also measured the largest of the quarterbacks.
One of the biggest surprises of the combine so far was that Ole Miss' Dexter McCluster didn't turn in a faster 40 time. Weighing 172 pounds, McCluster ran a 4.55, but did show off his strength with 20 reps on the bench-press.
LSU receiver Brandon LaFell also had a disappointing 40 time (4.6), while Ole Miss' Shay Hodge was even slower (4.63).
Some players chose not to run the 40 and/or work out because they were injured or simply wanted to wait until their school's pro day. Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez had a strained back and didn't run.
The defensive backs work out on Tuesday.
- Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow defends his upcoming Super Bowl anti-abortion advertisement despite growing criticism.
- Ellis Johnson, South Carolina's assistant head coach for the defense, is about to get a raise that would take him to $700,000 per year, reports Joe Person of The State newspaper.
- Ole Miss offensive coordinator Kent Austin is leaving to take the Cornell head coaching job.
- Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has still yet to sign a memorandum of understanding, but his focus has been recruiting.
- Former Arkansas offensive guard Mitch Petrus has turned some heads during the early practices at the Senior Bowl.
- Former Alabama star Jeremiah Castille works to strengthen personal and spiritual lives as the Crimson Tide's team chaplain.
- Former Auburn defensive end Antonio Coleman gets a belated invite to the NFL combine.
Other SEC players on the East roster include Ole Miss kicker Joshua Shene, Mississippi State linebacker Jamar Chaney, LSU tight end Richard Dickson, LSU defensive end Rahim Alem, Alabama safety Justin Woodall, Arkansas offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, Florida linebacker Ryan Stamper, South Carolina safety Darian Stewart and Tennessee offensive tackle Chris Scott.
The SEC league office has announced its top performers from Week 9:
Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi State: Rushed for a school-record 252 yards and two touchdowns in Mississippi State’s 31-24 win at Kentucky. His 3-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the third quarter put the Bulldogs ahead to stay. Dixon now has 1,001 rushing yards on the season.
Walt McFadden, DB, Auburn: Tied a career high with five tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, and had two interceptions in the Tigers’ 33-20 victory over Ole Miss. He returned his first interception 29 yards for a touchdown, and his second interception sealed the game with Ole Miss driving in the final minutes.
Caleb Sturgis, PK, Florida: Booted a career-long 56-yard field goal in the first half against Georgia, while also completing a 44-yard attempt in the Gators’ 41-17 win against the Bulldogs. His 56-yarder was the second-longest field goal in school history and the longest field goal in the SEC this season.
Mitch Petrus, G, Arkansas: Led a Hogs' offensive line that didn't allow a sack in the 63-27 win over Eastern Michigan. The Hogs finished with 297 yards passing and 292 yards rushing.
Antonio Coleman, DE, Auburn: Recorded five tackles, while tying career highs with four tackles for loss, including two sacks, along with one forced fumble, four quarterback hurries and one blocked kick in the Tigers’ 33-20 victory over Ole Miss.
Janzen Jackson, DB, Tennessee: Collected seven solo tackles, forced a fumble and contributed two pass breakups in Tennessee’s 31-13 win over South Carolina. His big hit on the game’s third play from scrimmage resulted in a South Carolina fumble that Tennessee recovered and turned into seven points just two plays later.
With Halloween just around the corner and all the goblins sure to be out on Saturday night, I’ll take a stab at the 12 scariest players in the SEC.
These are guys you wouldn’t want to make mad and certainly wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley if they had an issue with you.
Here’s my list (Hope none of them are mad at me):
1. Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain
2. Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes
3. Mississippi State defensive end Pernell McPhee
4. Arkansas defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard
5. Kentucky linebacker Micah Johnson
6. Florida safety Major Wright
7. Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Trahan
8. Arkansas offensive guard Mitch Petrus
9. Vanderbilt linebacker Chris Marve
10. Tennessee offensive guard Vladimir Richard
11. Auburn offensive tackle Lee Ziemba
12. LSU defensive tackle Drake Nevis
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Checking in on what's happening around the SEC:
- Florida's Tim Tebow says there's a special chemistry about this team and the closest team he's played on at Florida.
- Tennessee heads to the Swamp with an offensive line that's banged up and virtually no depth behind the players who're injured.
- Alabama's kickoff coverage is still a sore point with Nick Saban after the Crimson Tide gave up returns for touchdowns in each of their first two games.
- Heralded freshman receiver Marlon Brown hasn't been a factor for Georgia in the first two games.
- The Arkansas offensive line is ready for its first real test of the season against Georgia.
- Vanderbilt gets some better news on the injury front. Running back Jared Hawkins returns to practice.
- LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson is looking to throw the deep ball a little more in these next few games.
- Kentucky's defensive line is still getting used to life without Jeremy Jarmon.
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Arkansas senior guard Mitch Petrus is not one to sugarcoat anything. He'll tell you so himself.
So when he says the Hogs' offensive line needs to be the most improved unit on the team, believe it.
When he says the offensive line is the "X factor" to this offense being one of the most explosive in the country, believe it.
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And when he says he's matured by leaps and bounds after having to sit out last season because he fell short in the classroom, believe it.
"It's important to see things the way they are," said Petrus, a second-team All-SEC selection two years ago. "The truth is that we have good players everywhere else. If the offensive line can hold its own and come through, we're going to be a really good team."
The Hogs return three starters on the offensive line from last season, and plugging Petrus back into the equation makes it four guys who've been full-time starters at some point.
"Mitch plays with a real good attitude," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "He's kind of nasty and mean and very, very aggressive. That kind of mentality helps the rest of our offensive line, being able to see that and having somebody with that personality playing with them."
It wasn't a pretty sight at times a year ago for anybody associated with the Hogs' offensive line. It allowed a staggering 46 quarterback sacks, which was the second-highest total among all FBS teams.
"It was not acceptable how many sacks we gave up," Petrus said. "We've got to improve, and we've been working hard to get it done. We're headed in the right direction, but we never can be satisfied with where we are.
"What our goal is and what we talk about is that we don't want to take one step forward and two steps back and go back and forth and back and forth and never be getting anywhere. We understand we're going to have bad practices some days, but it's important to not take steps back."
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low