Published April 18, 2012 - 4:39am
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Former Alabama safety Mark Barron is projected to go in the first round. ESPN is projecting Barron to end up with the Cowboys, Eagles, or Jets. All of those picks happen to be in the top 15 of the draft as well. And barring a major surprise, he will be the first safety off the board. [AL.com]
Golfer John Daly endorses Jon Gruden for the coaching vacancy at Arkansas. In a tweet from Daly’s Twitter account, he endorsed Gruden and said he’d be the ‘perfect fit’. I want to see Gruden in college again, too, but this will not happen. I like where Daly’s head is at, though: think big or go home. [Arkansas Sports 360]
Auburn is better off without Michael Dyer on their team. Dyer embarrassed himself in court on the stand for Antonio Goodwin’s trial. Goodwin, of course, was found guilty of first-degree robbery. Dyer admitted to consistently smoking spice, causing him to be late to several meetings during his time with the Tigers. [AL.com]
Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers is developing into a mature leader at the position. Rogers was pulled out of the Commodore’s bowl game last year, and he wasn’t happy about it. However, he and James Franklin have put it to bed. And there will be competition this year for Rodgers at QB because that’s just the way Franklin’s teams are. Austyn Carta-Samuels is eligible after sitting out a year for transfer rules from Wyoming, but Vanderbilt is entering a year with a starting returning QB for the first time since Jay Cutler’s senior year. [Tennessean]
What are three things you need to look for leading up to the Grove Bowl? I will be looking at the QB position between Barry Brunetti and Bo Wallace. I am also excited to see the return of WRs Donte Moncrief and Nick Brassell, and I’ll go ahead and throw in former QB Randall Mackey as well, because I think he can be a playmaker at WR for the Rebels. I do think this offense is going to be fun to watch next year – a new and improved offense, that is. [Clarion Ledger]
Don’t look now, but there is a new player in the game for Georgia at RB. And his name is not Isaiah Crowell or Keith Marshall – it’s Ken Malcome. Malcome had informed Mark Richt of his intention to transfer this past year, but he thought twice about it. “I think what I bring to the backfield is I can carry the load,” said the 6-foot, 226-pound bruiser. “I’m a power back and that’s what I plan to be. I know my strengths and weaknesses and that’s what I do. We’ve got a lot of people that have speed and other things. I know what I can do and I’m going to stick to it. I’m trying not to do too much; just go out there and do what Coach tells me to do.” [AJC]