SEC quarterback power rankings: Post-spring edition

SEC quarterback power rankings: Post-spring edition

Spring practice has come and gone, and now we have to wait three long months before fall camps begin around the SEC. There’s only so much to take away from spring ball. Many practices are closed, and most spring games aren’t much more than glorified scrimmages. But — and you knew there was a “but” coming — the arrival of summer marks a convenient time to take stock of the talent around the SEC, and in particular the conference’s quarterbacks. With a couple of exceptions, most of this spring’s SEC quarterback battles offered a good bit of clarity regarding who should start where in 2017. So with that in mind, let’s dive into a set of power rankings. Tier IV: The unknowns Feleipe Franks, Florida Quinten Dormady, Tennessee Nick Starkel, Texas A&M Kellen Mond, Texas A&M We haven’t seen any of these guys play a meaningful snap, so I won’t bother putting them in any sort of order. Dormady, a junior, attempted 39 passes in two seasons as Josh Dobbs’ backup, just about all of which came in garbage time. Still, Dormady emerged as the favorite over 4-star redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano following a 10-for-10, 120-yard, 2-TD passing performance in the Vols’ spring game. He profiles as a potentially above-average SEC quarterback. Franks, a former 4-star prospect with a blue-chip arm to match, made a strong push to lead Florida’s offense following a quality spring game showing. Luke Del Rio will get a chance to reclaim his spot when he returns from injury this fall, but he seems to be behind Franks for now. Starkel and Mond are both in contention to snag the Aggies’ starting job. Neither has separated himself...
A closer look at next steps of Antonio Callaway’s football career

A closer look at next steps of Antonio Callaway’s football career

Florida Gators football is the No. 1 topic in Good Morning, Gators every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across the Gators sports world. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Florida football, recruiting, basketball and more. Where Antonio Callaway goes from here The news came out Thursday that wide receiver Antonio Callaway ended his Florida football career by signing with an agent and will now prepare for the NFL draft. On Sunday, his agent, Mel Bratton, talked with SEC Country about the immediate next steps of Callaway’s future and said he is optimistic about Callaway’s pro potential. In summary: “This is no BS. I’m very close with a lot of my guys in the league and I called them before I took the kid and said, ‘Listen, where do you have this kid?’” Bratton said. “One particular scout, he’s hard, he’s a tough [evaluator]. He basically said, ‘This kid is a top 15 pick. We’ve got a top 15 grade on him.’ And the other two teams, nobody said less than [Round] 1. Nobody. So, where all these articles are coming out [that] he’s a late-round, free agent, fifth-round, whatever like that, they’re doing it on the character deal. He’s a real reserved kid. He’s very quiet and that’s the thing I have to work on because he has to speak up.” Recruiting roundup A lot of Florida recruiting news came out over the weekend. The highlights: Quarterback commit Matt Corral will be hosting coach Dan Mullen on Monday before visiting Florida once again. Defensive back commit...
Kentucky basketball recruiting: 5-star Tyrese Maxey intrigue about when, not where

Kentucky basketball recruiting: 5-star Tyrese Maxey intrigue about when, not where

LEXINGTON, Ky. — As 5-star point guard Tyrese Maxey prepares to announce his college commitment Wednesday, there is not much mystery about where he’s headed. But there is quite a bit of intrigue about when he’ll enroll there. While Maxey lists Texas, Michigan, Michigan State and Oklahoma State as finalists, Kentucky is an overwhelming favorite to land one of the most exciting playmakers in high school basketball when he releases a video commitment at 5 p.m. ET. “What sticks out about Tyrese is just the ease with which he scores,” said 247Sports scouting director Evan Daniels, who logged a prediction of Maxey to Kentucky two weeks ago. “He’s very impressive off the bounce, can score at all three levels. He’s tough, he’s physical, he’s aggressive, a really good defender who plays hard every play — but the best part of his game is his ability to put up points.” The 6-foot-3 Maxey leads the Nike AAU circuit in scoring (24) and steals (2.9) through two weekends this spring. He also averages 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists and sank 14 of 30 3-pointers in four games two weeks ago in Indianapolis. Sound like something John Calipari could use this season? That’s the part of Maxey’s announcement everyone will be most focused on Wednesday: Will he say definitively that he’s staying in the Class of 2019 or moving up and enrolling in college this fall? After a few weeks of buzz — and even a significant tease from Maxey — that he will reclassify, there’s a growing rumble that he might just stay put. And contrary to Calipari’s hoarding desires, that wouldn’t necessarily be a...
Florida announces hiring of strength and conditioning coach Nick Savage

Florida announces hiring of strength and conditioning coach Nick Savage

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dan Mullen continues to add to his football staff. Florida on Monday announced that Mullen has added Nick Savage as the Gators’ director of football strength and conditioning. Savage changed his Twitter avatar earlier in the day to a Gator logo. #GatorNation #Chomp #PumpTime pic.twitter.com/bzKnr9btd2 — Nick Savage (@_CoachSavage) December 11, 2017 Savage has six years of experience as a strength coach at the college football level. He spent the past four years at Mississippi State under Mullen, including the final two as the Bulldogs’ head strength and conditioning coach. Prior to that, Savage spent time at Bowling Green, Toledo and Ohio State in 2013 and 2014. Savage joins a long list of new assistants that have worked under Mullen, including defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and offensive assistants Billy Gonzales, John Hevesy and Brian Johnson. The strength and conditioning program was one that both Mullen and athletic director Scott Stricklin emphasized as a need for improvement during Mullen’s introductory press conference. “I think it’s critical. It’s the backbone. I think any successful program has a really strong strength and conditioning program that builds accountability, and I think programs that aren’t as successful usually are lacking in that area,” Stricklin said. The post Florida announces hiring of strength and conditioning coach Nick Savage appeared first on SEC Country. Jordan McPherson – SEC Country Share this:TwitterFacebookGoogleLike this:Like...
Florida Gators special teams duo earns AP All-America honors

Florida Gators special teams duo earns AP All-America honors

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Heading into the 2017 season, Florida punter Johnny Townsend and kicker Eddy Pineiro wanted to prove that they could be one of the top special teams duos in the country. While the Gators’ season ended in a tailspin with a fired coach and a 4-7 record, the two special teams aces lived up to individual expectations and were honored as such on the Associated Press’ All-America teams which were released on Monday. Townsend earned second-team honors while Pineiro landed on the outlet’s third team. Townsend, a redshirt senior, solidified himself as arguably the top punter in Florida football history. The redshirt senior is second nationally averaging 47.6 yards per punt, with 27 of his 64 punts going for at least 50 yards. Townsend owns every major career punting mark in the Gators’ record book. Pineiro, a redshirt junior, made 17 of 18 field-goal attempts for a national-best 94.4-percent conversion percentage. He closed the season by making 16 straight field goals. Six of his 17 makes came from more than 40 yards. Pineiro owns the school record with an 88.4-percent field-goal percentage (38 of 43) and is one of two players in program history to have two separate strings of at least 13 consecutive made field goals. Both Townsend and Pineiro also earned All-SEC honors by both AP and conference coaches. The post Florida Gators special teams duo earns AP All-America honors appeared first on SEC Country. Jordan McPherson – SEC Country Share this:TwitterFacebookGoogleLike this:Like...
Mississippi State football: Bulldogs running game could be even better in 2017

Mississippi State football: Bulldogs running game could be even better in 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Historically, and over the last two decades especially, Mississippi State football maintained a proud tradition at running back. Workhorses Anthony Dixon, Jerious Norwood, Josh Robinson and Vick Ballard, all of whom made it to the NFL, pepper the program record books. Mississippi State’s typically productive ground game took new shape in 2015-16, as quarterbacks Dak Prescott and then Nick Fitzgerald led the team in rushing. Prescott accounted for 10 rushing touchdowns as a senior, and Fitzgerald ran for 1,375 yards and 16 scores last fall as a sophomore. We can in part attribute that lack of balance to inconsistent offensive line play; since 2014, only one former Bulldogs lineman was drafted into the NFL (Justin Senior). But tailbacks Brandon Holloway and Ashton Shumpert were found wanting as seniors at times in 2016, hence the emergence of Aeris Williams last November. The return of Williams, who ran for 720 yards as a sophomore and has receiving skills, gives Mississippi State a potential do-it-all back in 2017. More important, the running backs room should be stronger, deeper and more competitive this fall. “We’ve got three backs capable of being really, really good SEC backs,” running backs coach Greg Knox said last month, referring to Williams, redshirt sophomore Nick Gibson and redshirt junior Dontavian Lee. Gibson rushed for 108 yards on 17 carries during Mississippi State’s spring game and had a handful of impressive runs, including a 25-yarder in the first half. It was only a glorified scrimmage, of course, but the tough running Gibson displayed had to be promising for Dan Mullen and his coaching staff. “We kept it really simple for [Gibson],” Mullen said after the game. “And...
Fan Sound Off: Auburn fans gain burst of confidence after offensive explosion

Fan Sound Off: Auburn fans gain burst of confidence after offensive explosion

Auburn fans finally saw what they’ve been expecting since Jarrett Stidham arrived on campus — a high-powered offense with a downfield passing game. The Tigers walloped No. 24 Mississippi State, 42-10, on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Stidham completed 13 of 16 passes for 264 yards and 2 touchdowns, with numerous downfield completions to different receivers. Kerryon Johnson topped the 100-yard rushing mark and scored 3 TDs. The 13th-ranked Tigers improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the SEC. Mississippi State dropped to 3-2 and 1-2 in the SEC. All comments are taken from Auburn Tigers-SEC Country. You can join the conversation here. Editor’s note: All comments are taken verbatim and only edited for spelling.  Jamie Ward: This showed that we are ready for the rest of the SEC ….we were on point throughout the whole game, the defense and offense were phenomenal, Stidham definitely showed his talent Ronald Sizemore: I told everyone to pump your brakes they are coming together War Eagle everyone good night Larry Byers: ALL YOU BAMA FANS THIS IS THE SCORE FOR YOU Greg Bell: Are you going to bring on them elephants Dave Rules: That didn’t suck at all. Shirley Slaughter: Very proud of my team. WAR EAGLE Zachary Henderson: Looked great! Good job Auburn! Russ Evans: Great job, Tigers! This team is coming together. Mark Driggars: One game at a time, WDE! Will Sides: O-line getting awesome maybe this our year to beat Alabama Jeffrey Payne: We still need a running game…sorry…can’t keep playing hurt rbs..obvious Pettway is hurt Todd Christopher: Ever to conquer, never to yield. Steve Bruce: Lot better play calling. Run game needs to improve Jack Eberlein: I am very confident...
Which Alabama player in 2018 draft class has potential for best NFL career?

Which Alabama player in 2018 draft class has potential for best NFL career?

A-Day and spring practice are behind us, but there are still plenty of questions to answer about Alabama football. The players are away from the team to focus on finishing classes, recovering and personal development before summer workouts begin. Here we’ll take a look at a question each day. Check out our archives here. Which Alabama player in the 2018 draft class has the potential to have the best NFL career? No disrespect to any of the other guys, but it’s Minkah Fitzpatrick all the way here. Fitzpatrick seems to have the lowest bust potential of any player of the Nick Saban era in Tuscaloosa. He’s the type of player who’ll change an organization both on and off the field from Day 1. He’s extremely talented and will be a great ambassador for any NFL franchise. And there’s not really anything he can’t do on a football field. Fitzpatrick won the Jim Thorpe and Chuck Bednarik awards in 2017. The Old Bridge, N.J., native ends his career as the Alabama career leader in interception returns for touchdowns with 4, including a school-record 2 in one game against Texas A&M in 2015. He finished last season as the Tide’s fourth-leading tackler with 60 stops and added 8 tackles for loss (-31 yards), 1.5 sacks (-15 yards), 8 pass breakups, 3 quarterback hurries, 1 interception, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. He’s going to make an NFL team very proud each and every Sunday for the duration of his career. For more answers to prior Questions of the Day, we have you covered. The post Which Alabama player in 2018 draft class...
Kentucky basketball recruiting: Tyrese Maxey joins 5-star point guard parade, commits to Cats

Kentucky basketball recruiting: Tyrese Maxey joins 5-star point guard parade, commits to Cats

LEXINGTON, Ky. — We’re starting to think elite point guards really like John Calipari and Kentucky. It’s just a hunch, of course, but Tyrese Maxey on Wednesday became the 12th 5-star point guard to pick the Wildcats since Calipari arrived in 2009. He’s the third in the last seven months alone, joining 2018 signee Immanuel Quickley and fellow 2019 star Ashton Hagans. Maxey and Hagans are ranked as the top 2 point guards in their class, and for both, the big question has been not where they’d go to college but when. Maxey, the top-ranked recruit in Texas and the No. 13 overall prospect in the country, did not address the reclassification question during a video he shared on social media announcing his commitment to Kentucky over finalists Michigan, Michigan State, Texas and Oklahoma State. But he did announce those plans on a new blog for USA Today. “I’m deciding to stay in my own Class of 2019,” Maxey wrote. “It came down to me just wanting to be a kid for my last year of high school.” He added that it has been a lifelong dream to become a McDonald’s All-American — a prestigious honor for which reclassifying would’ve made him ineligible — and that he prefers to help build a recruiting class, rather than be a late addition to an already loaded one. (More on why that’s a significant statement in a moment.) “I told Coach Cal my decision to stay in 2019 about a week ago, and he was fine with it,” Maxey wrote. “He’s always told me he doesn’t care when I come as long as I...
Alabama women’s golf team will play for the national championship

Alabama women’s golf team will play for the national championship

Alabama women’s golf coach Mic Potter didn’t mess around with his lineup Tuesday afternoon. With the Crimson Tide playing for a spot in the national championship, he put his three All-Americans in the top three spots and dared Southern California to try to beat one of them in their semifinal in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship. It couldn’t. Alabama will play Arizona, which it barely avoided in the quarterfinals because of a tiebreaker, in a winner-takes-all match Wednesday at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. The Wildcats defeated Stanford 4-1, and fellow Pac-12 rival UCLA in the quarterfinals, 3-2. Golf Channel will broadcast the title match starting at 4 p.m. ET. The first players will tee off at 3:25 ET. “We got off to a good start today and just let it ride,” Potter said in a release. “It’s a national championship, it’s not hard to stay motivated. We try to match our best player against their best player and match everyone in a way that gives them a chance to win. I don’t believe in sacrificing anyone. I want everyone to have a chance to win.” The Trojans went down in order, with Alabama junior Lauren Stephenson winning her match against Jennifer Chang, 2&1, followed by sophomore Kristen Gillman defeating Amelia Garvey, 3&1. Junior Cheyenne Knight closed out the match with a 2&1 victory against Allisen Corpuz. All three Crimson Tide golfers were named first-team All-Americans by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association on Tuesday morning. Alabama defeated Kent State in the quarterfinals 4-1. The semifinal was scored 3-1-1 as senior Lakareber Abe was trailing by one hole in her match and freshman Angelica...
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