Skip to comments.2008 CFN (College Football News) SEC Preview
Posted on 08/07/2008 12:37:56 PM PDT by GOP_Raider
Oh sure, there have been some legendary SEC coaches from Shug Jordan to General Neyland to The Bear, but when the 2008 season kicks off itll be the start of a new era of SEC football. Call it the renaissance or call it everyone keeping up in the arms race, but make no mistake about it, this is the greatest collection of college coaches to ever occupy one league at the same time.
Five of the coaches (Phil Fulmer, Steve Spurrier, Les Miles, Urban Meyer and Nick Saban) have won national titles, Tommy Tuberville did everything but win the national championship in 2004, and Mark Richt has been hanging around the national title ever since he took over at Georgia and has the team to break through this season. Rich Brooks, Houston Nutt, Sylvester Croom and Bobby Johnson are SEC veterans who have all fielded strong teams over the last few seasons.
Forget about the apprenticeships and the grace periods and the old college try, this is an all-star collection with several future hall-of-famers and crusty veterans who know everything there is to know about the SEC. They know all the talent, all the fan bases, and theyve been through all the wars and have survived long enough to still have jobs in the more pressure packed of college conferences.
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Timing of the one loss is important, but sometimes I think its importance is overstated. Back in 1996, Florida lost the last game of the regular season and still played for the title. In 2001, Nebraska lost to Colorado (badly) at the end of the season, missed the Big 12 title game, and still got to play Miami for the BCS title in the Rose Bowl.
Loss timing does factor heavily into the at-large BCS selection. The SEC and Big 12 have had instances when a divsion winner loses the title game and the runner up gets the BCS at large pick. Last season, Tennessee beat Georgia (handily) and won the East. However, because they lost to LSU in the title game, Georgia ended up getting the BCS at-large pick. The same thing happened between Missouri and Kansas.
You heard right.
Andrew Hatch. Originally recruited by LSU's QB coach for BYU when the coach was at BYU and the kid was in high school in Nevada.
Went on a Mormon mission to Chile and hurt his knee playing soccer.
Came home for an operation. Went to Harvard for one year and played in the JV game against Yale with one running and one passing TD.
Walk-on at LSU last year and earned a scholarship. One game against Middle Tennessee with 1 for 2 passing and 27 yards running.
He hurt his shoulder and went redshirt, so this is his second season for eligibility.
After him are the 3 Freshmen with Jarrett Lee of Texas battling Hatch for the starting job.
After those two there is Jordan Jefferson. Think Jamarcus Russell less 50 pounds. Got a good gun and is a pro-type passer with 40 TD's and 7 INT's and a 21-0 W/L record his last two years St. Rose HS in Destrahan, LA, where his junior season was cut short by a broken wrist.
Then there is a another Freshman, T.C. McCartney from Boulder, CO, whom I know absolutely nothing about other than he is currently assigned unie #17.
Bayou Bengals reported last Sunday for camp and Les has his first media day report at 5:10CDT today, so it will be interesting to see how this week has things shaping up.
Other than that, it's 22 days, 6 hrs., 47 min., and 20 secs. to kick-off.
But who's counting?
Yep. Alcatraz on the Ashley can do that to people.
Besides, Annapolis doesn't have sand fleas on the parade ground.
There is a Middie who lives up the street from me and he and I get together and compare Kiwi black and Brasso stories.
He usually gets a disgusted look on his face when I tell him about El Cid and then says, "And you guys PAID to have that done to you?"
Although a true Buckeye fan would never use
the term M******N, but rather TSUN, I would
prefer all of the Big Ten to prosper as the
better competition would only make the Bucks
stronger and better prepared to face the SEC
in BCS games.
I’ve made a regular pilgramige to the Meineke Car Care Bowl for the last 3 years...it’s a lot of fun. That’ Navy/BC game was NUTS, it was so good from a fan perspective (unless you are a Navy fan, that is!). I still remember Navy’s last drive, fumble, and BC’s field goal.
Last year was also a good game, but not nearly as close. Still, it’s a chance to go with my adult son for a “Man’s weekend”. Good stuff!
Sorry, just had to........
My nephew went to the Harvard Law School a few years back when Harvard actually went undefeated and he said that Ivy League football was barely better than what he saw in Pennsylvania high school football.
Gee I don't know. I heard Russia has a general named Sherman. Could be bad for Georgia. LOL!
****I heard that Russian and Georgia are going at it hot and heavy****
Gee I don’t know. I heard Russia has a general named Sherman. Could be bad for Georgia. LOL!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS sic’em woof woof woof
Georgia football excels in classroom during summer semester
By Staff reports
ATHENS — A total of 53 Georgia Football players earned GPAs of 3.0 or better including 16 with perfect 4.0s during the recently completed Summer Semester, producing a 3.02 GPA for the football program during that academic period.
“I'm extremely proud of how our players performed in the classroom over the summer,” head coach Mark Richt said. “The fact that every scholarship player in our program was enrolled and we earned better than a 3.0 GPA as a team is a very significant achievement.”
Additional interesting facts produced during Summer Semester include:
— 42 scholarship players posted GPAs of 3.0 or higher
— 24 players earned spots on the Dean's List, achieved by posting a 3.50 GPA or higher on six or more hours with no grades below B
— 17 signees earned GPAs of 3.0 or better
— 11 signees posted perfect 4.0 GPAs.
Players who produced a GPA of 3.0 or better are listed below, with asterisks indicating those who also were named to the Dean's List.
The players who posted 4.0s were: Cameron Allen* (Canton), Brandon Boykin* (Fayetteville), Trent Dittmer* (Cartersville), Cordy Glenn (Riverdale), A.J. Harmon (Louisville), Andrew Johnson* (Athens), James Lindley* (Savannah), Jeremy Longo* (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Stuart Oglesby* (Atlanta), Makiri Pugh* (Charlotte, N.C.), Bacarri Rambo (Donalsonville), Bryce Ros* (Kennesaw), Carlton Thomas (Frostproof, Fla.), DeAngelo Tyson* (Statesboro), Cornelius Washington*
(Hepzibah) and Nick Williams (Bainbridge).
Players who posted a GPA between 3.50-3.99 were: Quintin Banks* (Warner Robins), Drew Butler* (Duluth), Sanders Commings* (Augusta), Kris Durham* (Calhoun), Wes Jacobs* (Cordele), A.J. Green* (Summerville, S.C.), Jeremy Lomax* (Jonesboro), Mohamed Massaquoi* (Charlotte, N.C.), Prince Miller* (Duncan, S.C.), Jonathan Owens (Blountsville, Ala.), Jordan Stowe* (Lilburn), Trenton Turner* (Peachtree City), Jason Veal* (Lilburn), Aron White* (Columbia, Mo.) and Tony Wilson (Daytona Beach, Fla.).
Another interesting story is Auburn which hired a new offensive coordinator from Troy who runs the spread O plus Auburn hired the Steelers defensive coordinator. They could be interesting to watch.
Roll TIDE ROLL!
I agree it'll be an interesting year, yet I won't be making any predictions just yet. we may need a few more years to rebuild the program..either way, I'm ready for some football!
20 days to kickoff with Clemson at the Georgia Dome. :)
Got that right,give the team some time
20 days and counting,
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