SEC Football Daily: April 5th

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In one recent mock draft, Alabama had five first rounders projected. The only offensive player is obviously Trent Richardson (projected at No. 4), and the rest are defensive. Dre Kirkpatrick was projected at No. 14; Upshaw projected at No. 16; Mark Barron projected at No. 27; Dont’a Hightower projected at No. 29. It remains to be seen if, in fact, all of these players go in the first round. Regardless, this is some sick talent for one SEC school to have. [AL.com]

Tampa Bay Bucs running back and former Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount does not want to be on the same team as Trent Richardson. Blount, of course, wants to be the featured back, and he knows that Richardson is like a caged animal that will eat his lunch. Nonetheless, Blount, if you will remember, is the Oregon player who was suspended for punching the Boise State player after the game. Richardson won’t fall with one punch, LaGarrette. [AL.com]

Florida’s spring game will be on Saturday, but don’t expect it to be an interesting game setting this year. It will be like last year, a glorified spring practice where it will be strictly offense vs. defense. No teams; no keeping score really. Guys are just out there having fun and doing work. I’m not so sure I like this format. I will not be attending this one, but I’ll watch it on TV like the rest. [Gainesville Sun]

Georgia’s defensive line will help to provide stability on a defense that will be missing a ton of players in the secondary to start the season. We know of three starters who will miss at least the first two games and some will miss more. Moreover, it will be on the defensive line to provide the young and inexperienced secondary some stability on defense. If the line and backers can get to the quarterback, it won’t matter if there are some holes in the secondary. [AJC]

Mississippi State is getting a big boost from JUCO transfers along the offensive front. Dylan Holley and Charles Siddoway are mostly working with the first team offense. I’m not a big JUCO guy in football and I don’t believe you can build a team around JUCO players; however, there are times when a JUCO guy can step in and provide an immediate fill. And along the offensive line, players can step in and fill those needs. The running game is a staple in the Bulldogs’ offense, and these two players will be key in 2012. [Clarion Ledger]

Rebels sophomore Tobias Singleton switched from wide receiver to running back in practice on Tuesday. Singleton is a great athlete, and Coach Freeze loves his burst from the backfield with the ball in his hands. At 6’0″ and 190lbs, Singleton has great size for a big-time running back, and he is very comfortable playing the position. With the loss of Brandon Bolden, Jeff Scott is going to need someone to help shoulder the load in the backfield. Singleton could be the guy. [Clarion Ledger]

Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri says the Tennessee defense has given him everything they have during spring practice. Through six practices, Sunseri likes what he sees from his defense, and he has nine more practices to keep installing his new defense. This defense is young and talented, and this could be the year the Vols’ defense breaks out of its shell. [Go Vols Xtra]

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