Published April 30, 2012 - 4:56am
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AJ McCarron’s backup Phillip Ely improved a lot in spring practice, according to Nick Saban. I’m not sure that has anything to do with Phillip Sims deciding to transfer, but the fact the Tide are feeling comfortable with Ely backing up McCarron is good, because it could only take one play to knock McCarron out for the season. [AL.com]
Georgia kicker Blair Walsh became Georgia’s highest drafted kicker since 1991. Walsh was taken in the sixth round of this year’s draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Previously, John Kasay was drafted in the fourth round in 1991. Walsh had a tough year mentally at his position; however, I remember when Matt Prater had a tough time at UCF, and he’s done very well in the NFL. I think Walsh will do just fine. [DogBytes]
Missouri head coach announces separation from his wife. He released a statement late last week: “I am saddened to say that my wife and I separated at the beginning of this year. Thank you to family and friends who have shown us support. I would ask that you please respect the privacy of the entire Pinkel family during this difficult time.” The Tigers are moving to a new conference, and Pinkel is apparently getting a new life. [Columbian Missourian]
Derek Dooley says the GPA is under control at Tennessee. This is in response to the team’s 2.08 GPA last fall during the season. WNML said that there are as many as 24 current scholarship players on the team are on academic probation. Dooley deserves a bit more patience with of all the recent coaching turnover, but I’m not sure how much patience the Tennessee athletic department and the fans will have if improvement is not shown on the football field. [Go Vols Extra]
Jameill Showers is looking like he will be the starter for next season for the Aggies. Showers threw two crisp touchdown passes at Kyle Field during the Maroon and White game. However, A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury is not naming a start just yet. He will let the competition play out over the summer. [AggieSports]
Former Georgia running back Caleb King was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault. King was at a birthday party where a man allegedly joked with him about resembling a celebrity. King then followed the man and beat him at his car. The man was reportedly sent to the hospital with a skull fracture and facial injuries. [CBSSports]