Chat with Chris Low
Low joined ESPN.com in 2007 after 10 years with The (Nashville) Tennessean covering the University of Tennessee and SEC. The Rock Hill, S.C., native lives with his wife in Knoxville and has three sons.
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Chris Low (1:01 PM)
Hope everybody has their Christmas shopping done ... or close to done. Let's chat.
Scott (Austin, TX)
Chris, in Oklahoma's only loss this season, Texas consistently put pressure on him, and although he threw for 5 TDs he also tossed 2 picks. How would you expect Florida to bring pressure?
Chris Low (1:04 PM)
Brandon Spikes is a key, because they Gators will line him up in different spots and bring him from different places. He'll come off the edge and is also a good middle blitzer. Remember, the Gators also ran a stunt on a key third down against Alabama in the fourth quarter and Jermaine Cunningham came free to sack John Parker Wilson.
Greg Ft. Smith, Ar.
What do you think Kiffin's chances on getting Marlon Brown from Memphis
Chris Low (1:06 PM)
He's supposed to visit the last weekend in January, but I'd say Georgia is the front-runner right now.
Gator (Suffolk, VA)
What are your spies telling you about Percy Harvin's ankle/heel? Will he be at 85% or better for the national championship game?
Chris Low (1:12 PM)
It's always something with Percy, isn't it? But no matter how injury-prone he's been, he's still one of the best playmakers out there. He's staying at Florida through Christmas to make sure his rehab/treatment schedule isn't interrupted. He's being doing work in the pool and the trampoline and the next step is running on hard surfaces. He's not limping nearly as bad as he was. He won't be 100 percent, but he'll play and still be effective. He's been less than 100 percent before and still given teams fits.
What is really up with Kiffin vs. Spurrier? Is Spurrier just using these jabs as a welcome party for Kiffin or are there really hard feelings?
Chris Low (1:14 PM)
Spurrier and the South Carolina staff were upset with what they alleged was David Reaves using a South Carolina phone to call players committed to the Gamecocks that Reaves wasn't even personally recruiting. Reaves says that's not true. There's always hard feelings when it comes to recruiting in the SEC.
Who has impressed you more this season. A.J. Green or Mohamed Massaquoi?
Chris Low (1:16 PM)
Massaquoi has had a super senior season and has played his way into being an attractive NFL prospect. But Green is a special talent who I think will be the best receiver to ever play at Georgia before he's done.
Matt: (Gainesville, Florida)
Has there been a definite descision made about Cornelious Ingram's status for the BCS game yet? and if he plays could it hurt the rythem the offense has found?
Chris Low (1:17 PM)
Coach Meyer said Ingram will not play in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game. He's made progress on his knee, but it's too early after the surgery to risk him coming back and doing further damage when he has a pro career ahead of him.
Chris: Happy Holidays! 2010 or 11 before UT is back in the national title hunt?
Chris Low (1:19 PM)
The Vols might want to start with the SEC title hunt first. Put it this way: If Kiffin's not in the SEC Championship Game by 2011, he'll start catching some heat.
Larry M (Athens, Ga)
Chris, do you think it's going to be a cold splash of water to the face for Kiffin to get out there recruiting in the SEC? He's going to be up against Saban, Richt, Meyer, Nutt, Spurrier, etc. It will be a far cry from his days at USC when he could simply get whomever he wanted out west with the lure of playing for national titles every year, playing for Pete Carroll, and having virtually no competition in the Pac-10.
Chris Low (1:22 PM)
Yes, I definitely think there's going to be a learning curve, adjustment period or whatever you want to call it. I think you're already seeing that happen to an extent. He's proven he can recruit ... at USC. Now, he's got to prove he can recruit in the SEC at a school that has to historically go into other states to get players.
Hey Chris, Who do you think will have a better NFL carrer Knowshon Moreno or Shonn Greene?
Chris Low (1:32 PM)
Moreno, because I think he will be more versatile -- can run inside, outside, catch the ball, could even return kicks.
No one is giving the Spartans a chance against Georgia. Do you think Ringer and Company can run against the Bulldog D like 'Bama did earlier in the year? I think this going to be a lot closer game than people think.
Chris Low (1:35 PM)
Georgia's defense didn't stop anybody down the stretch,and it didn't matter if that team ran the option, threw the ball, whatever. The Bulldogs can score with anybody. But if they don't play better on defense, this has a chance to be a scoring match.
Clarion Ledger in Jackson, MS confirmed the hire of Les Koenning for MSU to be part of Mullen's offensive team. What role specifically do you think he will coach?
Chris Low (1:38 PM)
Quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator maybe. You know that Mullen is going to be heavily involved in coordinating the offense, although I don't know that he will call plays. Former North Alabama head coach Mark Hudspeth will likely head up the passing portion of the Bulldogs' offense.
Do you think Tim Tebow would have a good NFL career?
Chris Low (1:40 PM)
It's hard to imagine Tebow as a quarterback in a normal NFL style offense. I just don't think he's a good enough passer on all the throws he'd have to make. But he's such a competitor that he'll find a role somewhere in the NFL. I quit doubting Tebow a long time ago.
It's interesting to realize that over the past 10 seasons (1999-2008), Florida has only had four seasons of double digit wins. I'll bet most college football fans would think it was twice that many. Just shows what media hype and a reputation, like the one Florida has, can do for the perception of your program. It also helps that in two of those four seasons they were lucky enough to have the stars align for them that they could play for national titles.
Chris Low (1:43 PM)
In this system, luck has a lot to do with it. There's bad luck. Just ask Texas this year and Auburn in 2004, and there's good luck. Just ask LSU last year. As far as the stars aligning for the Gators, there are a lot of fans around the country that would love to have the stars align at their school the way they have at Florida the last four years under Urban Meyer. He's got it rolling down there in Gainesville.
Does Ole miss have a realistic shot in the cotton bowl??
Chris Low (1:45 PM)
Sure, as long as the Rebels play the way they did the last five or six games and don't turn the ball over the way they did in losses to Vanderbilt and South Carolina. The Ole Miss cornerbacks will have to play as well as they have all season, because Texas Tech throws so many receivers at you and gets rid of the ball so fast that it's hard to get pressure.
Is Rhoads a good hire for ISU?
Chris Low (1:46 PM)
A better question might be: Who of the Auburn and Iowa State fans think they got the better end of that trade?
What does Georgia need to do to become better on Defense?
Chris Low (1:48 PM)
Tackle better, for one. They missed a bunch of tackles this season, were out of position on a bunch and just didn't finish plays. That's bad news against a runner like Ringer. In the Dogs' defense, they missed tackle Jeff Owens, who hurt his knee in the first game.
Scott (Atlanta, GA)
Do you really think Florida is prepared to see an offense like Oklahoma? How do they prepare for that?
Chris Low (1:48 PM)
Honestly, I don't know that either defense is prepared to see the kind of offense it's going to face in Miami. That's what is going to make this game so much fun.
Don (Columbia, SC)
I have seen where the Outback Bowl is the most favorite pick of all the bowls for one team (Iowa) to beat the other (SC). I know SC has not shown much offense so far, but I think it will be vastly improved for the bowl. With such a very good defense, why are so many people writing SC off? Thanks
Chris Low (1:50 PM)
Probably because of how poorly South Carolina played to end the season. The Gamecocks were awful against both Florida and Clemson, whereas Iowa won four of its last five games, including a win over then unbeaten Penn State.
Hypothetically what do you think would happen if a team hired Urban Meyer and drafted Tim Tebow and they tried to run the Florida style offense in the NFL with NFL personel surrounding Tebow? Could it be successful or would Tebow take too much of a pounding?
Chris Low (1:52 PM)
I can't see any player in the NFL -- with the size and speed of defenders in that league -- lasting at quarterback and taking the amount of hits and type of hits Tebow has taken the last two years at Florida. Remember, he was beat to death at the end of his sophomore season.
Will Julio Jones be the best WR in the nation next season?
Chris Low (1:53 PM)
He'll be one of them. In fact, he and A.J. Green both will be right up there at the top of the list.
Do you feel that Florida will be Will be on even footing with Georgia and Tennessee when Tebow leaves..He elevates the play of others and singlehandedly led his teams to wins where most qb's couldn't!
Chris Low (1:55 PM)
I'll say this: I don't think there are any other Tim Tebows out there. You're right. He's meant more to that progam than anybody will ever know. That said, Meyer has recruited well and I see the Gators being really good as long as he's there. They just won't have Superman at quarterback.
joe, new orleans
Chris, what candidates have you heard for LSU defensive coordinator? Seemed like we all heard John Chavis, but not so much recently.
Chris Low (1:56 PM)
The latest thing I've heard is that Les Miles has his eyes on a couple of guys in the NFL. Not sure who.
Do you think Russell Shepard will come in and play right away?
Chris Low (1:57 PM)
I think he'll come right in and compete for the starting job, especially with him coming in at midterm and going through spring practice.
Scott (Miami, FL)
What makes the southeast "the place" to recruit top class speed out of high school? Is it the type of game they plan? The weather? The competition they face? I just have a hard time believing they are genetically superior in speed, yet it seems to be a proven fact.
Chris Low (1:58 PM)
I think the weather has something to do with it. Kids are outside more, running and developing their skills.
John (Birmingham, AL)
How does the bowl picture look to you?
Chris Low (1:59 PM)
I'm going to break out my first picks on Chrismas Eve, but I think the SEC has some tough matchups.
Who do you think is a better all-around QB. Jonathan Crompton or Nick Stephens?
Chris Low (2:00 PM)
Steiny, did you stay up all night coming up with some of these questions?
Chris Low (2:01 PM)
To answer your question, I don't think either is an SEC-caliber quarterback.
Dewayne (Little Rock, AR)
How well do you see Ryan Mallett doing for Arkansas next year?
Chris Low (2:02 PM)
I know Bobby Petrino is excited by what he's seen from Mallett, and he has a nice cast of promising young players around him like D.J. Williams, Greg Childs, Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Dennis Johnson.
Do you see Arkansas as next year's Ole Miss?
Chris Low (2:03 PM)
Yes, Arkansas is my pick as next year's breakthrough team.
Chris Low (2:04 PM)
I'm stepping aside now and want to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas. Thanks for all the great questions.
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