SEC: Reshad Jones

SEC underclassmen pondering the draft

December, 29, 2009
Here’s an updated list of underclassmen in the SEC who’ve either sent in their paperwork to see where they project in the NFL draft or are thinking about coming out early. Beside each player, I make my best guess as to whether they’re staying or leaving:


LB Rolando McClain -- Leaving

CB Kareem Jackson -- Staying


QB Ryan Mallett -- Leaving


OT Lee Ziemba -- Staying


S Ahmad Black -- Staying

DE Carlos Dunlap -- Leaving

CB Joe Haden -- Leaving

TE Aaron Hernandez -- Leaving

C Maurkice Pouncey -- Leaving

G Mike Pouncey -- Leaving

RB Chris Rainey -- Staying

S Major Wright -- Leaving


LB Rennie Curran -- Leaving

S Reshad Jones -- Leaving


LB Kelvin Sheppard -- Staying

S Chad Jones – Leaving (baseball)


DE Pernell McPhee -- Staying


DE Kentrell Lockett -- Staying

DT Jerrell Powe -- Staying

QB Jevan Snead -- Leaving


S Chris Culliver -- Staying

DE Clifton Geathers -- Staying

TE Weslye Saunders -- Staying


S Eric Berry -- Leaving

TE Luke Stocker -- Staying

Lunchtime links: Coker fights back

December, 29, 2009
Checking on what's making headlines around the SEC:

  • Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead should stay put for his senior season, writes Rick Cleveland of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
  • LSU offensive tackle Joe Barksdale explains the tweet that went out right before Christmas saying he was unhappy at LSU and says somebody else did it using his account.

SEC position rankings: Defensive backs

August, 27, 2009
Posted by's Chris Low

The SEC has some outstanding players in the secondary, but there are also a few holes to fill around the league:

1. Florida: The real question with the Gators is how many of their second-team players could start for other teams in the league. They have eight or nine players who are SEC-ready. Joe Haden and Janoris Jenkins are the best cornerback combo in the country, and safety Ahmad Black had seven interceptions last season.

2. LSU: First-year defensive coordinator John Chavis loves what he inherited in the secondary, which should be the strength of the LSU defense. Patrick Peterson is one of the best cornerbacks in the SEC. Chad Jones has settled in at free safety where he belongs, and cornerback Jai Eugene is one of the most improved players on the team.

3. Tennessee: Any secondary that includes Eric Berry has to be ranked pretty high. But the Vols return four of their top six defensive backs from a year ago, and all four have multiple starts. Brent Vinson and Dennis Rogan are premier athletes, and freshman Janzen Jackson may end up starting somewhere before the season is over.

4. Alabama: The Crimson Tide were a little shaky last season with their cornerback depth opposite Javier Arenas, who's developed into one of the league's best lockdown corners. Safety Rashad Johnson was a huge part of the 2008 defense and will be missed, but the Tide have seven of their top eight DBs back plus talented freshman Dre Kirkpatrick.

5. Georgia: Had cornerback Asher Allen not left early for the NFL, the Bulldogs would really be set this season in the secondary. Senior cornerback Prince Miller and junior safety Reshad Jones are two of the top players at their positions in the league. Freshman cornerback Brandon Smith is also pushing to crack the rotation.

6. Vanderbilt: Some might be surprised to see the Commodores this high after losing a player the caliber of D.J. Moore early to the NFL. But Myron Lewis might be a better all-around corner than Moore, and senior free safety Ryan Hamilton is a three-year starter who intercepted four passes a year ago. Vanderbilt is also getting Jamie Graham on defense.

7. South Carolina: Talent isn't the problem for the Gamecocks, especially their young talent. Stephon Gilmore and DeVonte Holloman are future stars. But any time you have true freshmen playing such key roles in this league, it's trouble. Just ask Florida two years ago. Senior strong safety Darian Stewart has All-SEC potential.

8. Ole Miss: There aren't many question marks concerning the Rebels' front seven on defense, but the secondary isn't especially deep. Cornerbacks Marshay Green and Cassius Vaughn improved during the second half of last season, and senior safety Kendrick Lewis is a big hitter and a strong leader. All three were starters a year ago.

9. Auburn: Losing two experienced players like Aairon Savage and Mike McNeil is always a blow. Savage tore his Achilles during the offseason and is out for the season, and there's no timetable on when McNeil might return from a broken leg. The Tigers really like sophomore cornerback Neiko Thorpe, and senior safety Zac Etheridge returns after leading the team in tackles last season.

10. Kentucky: The Wildcats get a few extra props because senior cornerback Trevard Lindley is roaming around back there. He's the best corner in the league and a playmaking machine. But there's not much experience around him. Cornerback Paul Warford returns after being academically ineligible last season.

11. Arkansas: The Razorbacks brought in a couple of junior college players to help after giving up 22 touchdown passes last season. Anthony Leon and Rudell Crim will play big roles, but the loss of starting cornerback Isaac Madison to a season-ending knee injury in the preseason may be tough to overcome.

12. Mississippi State: The Bulldogs lost three starters in the secondary, with senior Marcus Washington being the lone returning starter. They struggled against the pass a year ago and will be leaning on several younger players in 2009. That said, sophomore safety Charles Mitchell is one of the league's brightest up-and-coming players.

Hamstring injury sidelines Georgia's Jones

August, 7, 2009

Posted by's Chris Low

After everything Georgia endured on the injury front last season, the last thing anybody in Athens wants to hear about this preseason is somebody being sidelined.

But that's already the case with starting strong safety Reshad Jones, who has a hamstring issue and will be out for an undetermined amount of time.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said Thursday that he expects Jones to recover in time to be ready to go for the Sept. 5 opener against Oklahoma State. Still, hamstring injuries can linger, which is precisely why the Bulldogs are going to shut Jones down for a while and not take any chances.

Junior Quintin Banks worked with the first team in Jones' absence Thursday. Banks battled knee injuries all last season.

He's one of more than 30 Georgia players who missed games last season because of injuries, and the Bulldogs had 13 players out this spring.

Georgia did get a bit of good news Thursday. Freshman defensive tackle Kwame Geathers was certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse and will report to camp Friday, meaning all of the Bulldogs' 2009 signees qualified.

Georgia spring wrap-up

May, 5, 2009

Posted by's Chris Low

Georgia Bulldogs
2008 overall record: 10-3

2008 conference record: 6-2

Returning starters

Offense: 7; Defense: 6; Kicker/punter: 1

Top returners

QB Joe Cox, WR A.J. Green, OT Clint Boling, OT Trinton Sturdivant, C Ben Jones, DT Geno Atkins, DT Jeff Owens, LB Rennie Curran, FS Reshad Jones

Key losses

QB Matthew Stafford, RB Knowshon Moreno, WR Mohamed Massaquoi, DT Corvey Irvin, LB Dannell Ellerbe, CB Asher Allen, P Brian Mimbs

2008 statistical leaders (* returners)

Rushing: Knowshon Moreno (1,400 yards)
Passing: Matthew Stafford (3,459 yards)
Receiving: A.J. Green* (963 yards)
Tackles: Rennie Curran* (115)
Sacks: Rennie Curran,* Jarius Wynn and Corvey Irvin (3)
Interceptions: Reshad Jones* (5)

2009 Schedule
Sept. 5 at Oklahoma State
Sept. 12 South Carolina
Sept. 19 at Arkansas
Sept. 26 Arizona State
Oct. 3 LSU
Oct. 10 at Tennessee
Oct. 17 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 31 Florida (Jacksonville)
Nov. 7 Tennessee Tech
Nov. 14 Auburn
Nov. 21 Kentucky
Nov. 28 at Georgia Tech
Spring answers

Confidence in Cox: Any doubts about fifth-year senior Joe Cox getting his first chance to lead the Georgia offense haven't resonated with the players. They believe in Cox's ability, believe in his ability to lead a team and believe that he gives them the best chance to win next season, even though highly touted freshmen Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger are already on campus and went through spring practice.

Versatility up front: The benefit of all the injuries in the offensive line last season is that offensive line coach Stacy Searels should have more flexibility and more depth than ever before next fall. Searels already cross-trains his players at different positions, and with Trinton Sturdivant coming back from a knee injury, the offensive line should be one of the strengths of the team.

No more stars: No knock against Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno, but the star system wasn't real successful last season in Athens. Everybody sort of stood around and waited for Stafford and Moreno to do their thing. Georgia coach Mark Richt will gladly tell you that the star next season will be the team.

Fall questions

Finishing the job: The Bulldogs are still looking for finishers on defense, guys who can get to the quarterback and finish the job. Sophomore defensive end Justin Houston looks the part. He had three sacks in the spring game, but other pass-rushers need to emerge. Keep an eye on redshirt freshman Cornelius Washington in the fall.

Looking for a King: It wasn't the most productive spring for sophomore tailback Caleb King, who's more talented than he's shown to this point. The Bulldogs are still waiting for him to turn it loose. Richard Samuel will be back after sitting out the spring with a wrist injury, and the star of the spring was redshirt freshman Carlton Thomas. So the race is on to replace Moreno.

Full bill of health? The number of green jerseys on the practice field this spring at Georgia was staggering. At last count, the Bulldogs have had 37 surgeries since preseason of last year. Just about all of those players are supposed to be ready to go in time for the start of preseason practice, but it's never ideal to have so many guys coming off surgery.

LSU's LaFell coming out, Georgia's Jones staying

January, 15, 2009

Posted by's Chris Low

LSU receiver Brandon LaFell announced his intention Thursday to enter the NFL draft, but said he has not hired an agent.

By not hiring an agent, LaFell still has 72 hours to change his mind and return to school if he so chooses. LaFell joins LSU teammate Ricky Jean-Francois as an early entry into the draft. Running back Charles Scott and offensive tackle Ciron Black both decided to bypass the draft and stay in school.

Meanwhile, Georgia safety Reshad Jones said he would return to school for his senior season after going back and forth with his decision the last few days. The Bulldogs had already lost three players to the NFL draft -- quarterback Matthew Stafford, running back Knowshon Moreno and cornerback Asher Allen.

Lunchtime links: Georgia could lose another junior

January, 15, 2009

Posted by's Chris Low

Let's take a look at what's making headlines around the SEC: