Published April 26, 2012 - 4:36am
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Nick Saban promotes his former Tide players heading into the NFL Draft. The Alabama coach was in Dallas on his Crimson Caravan tour and spoke with a local radio station to promote his former players who are being considered as potential choices for the Dallas Cowboys in this week’s NFL Draft. Analysts suggest that Dallas is considering Mark Barron, Courtney Upshaw and Dont’a Hightower at this point. Saban also expressed his frustration for the slew of “misinformation” that is passed around about the prospects around draft time. [AL.com]
LSU’s John Chavis set to become the newest $1 million assistant coach. Les Miles announced Tuesday that Chavis’ new three-year contract, once finalized, will pay him $900,000 this season, $1.1 million in 2013, and $1.3 million in 2014, for an average salary of $1.1 million over the life of the contract. This new contract would make him the second highest paid assistant in the SEC in 2012, only behind Alabama’s Kirby Smart, and the league’s only $1 million+ assistant in 2013. [CBS Sports]
Florida’s Ronald Powell expected to be back in the fall. The BUCK linebacker/end hybrid underwent successful knee surgery on Monday to repair a torn ACL and has a chance to return at some point in the fall, Muschamp said on Tuesday. He also said they should be 100 percent going into fall camp regarding players who have had post-season surgery. That is great news for a defense who has the potential to make big waves in the SEC in 2012. Let’s hope they can continue to stay healthy leading up to fall. [Gatorsports.com]
Missouri’s Gary Pinkel expects ‘mammoth’ atmosphere in Columbia for Georgia game. The Bulldogs travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers on September 8th for what will be their first-ever matchup as a member of the SEC. “They understand we’re playing a great Georgia team. We understand that. When we switched leagues, that enthusiasm really for that game and from our fanbase in general has been remarkably positive for us,” Pinkel said in his first SEC teleconference call on Tuesday. [AJC.com]
Vanderbilt’s running back depth gives much hope for fall. With Zac Stacy already a staple in the backfield, Vanderbilt will be even stronger next year with the addition of Warren Norman (returning from injury), Wesley Tate (returnee), Jerron Seymour (returning from injury) and freshman stud Brian Kimbrow. This backfield will be one of the deepest in the SEC next year. Stacy returns as Vanderbilt’s all-time rusher in a season a year ago, and if Norman can really make a strong comeback to his freshman form, the Dores could be very talented and special in the backfield. [Tennessean]
Derek Dooley released the post-spring depth chart, and the Vols look stronger than years past. Sure, there are some holes, namely Jordan Williams listed at 255lbs playing DT; however, there is talent on this squad, and just enough talent, I believe, to make a run at an SEC East title. Tennessee will have to find a way to put it all together, but the offense is quite strong, to go along with a strong safety tandem with Brian Randolph and Brent Brewer. [Go Vols Extra]