Published July 19, 2012 - 4:18am
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Alabama QB commit Cooper Bateman set to compete in the Elite 11 passing camp. Beginning yesterday, Bateman was set to test his skills against other top QBs around the country, a competition that formally featured the likes of Andrew Luck, Tim Tebow and Matt Stafford. The camp will go from Wednesday to Sunday in Redondo Beach, California. Other committed SEC QBs are set to compete against Bateman in Brice Ramsey (Georgia), Austin Allen (Arkansas), Anthony Jennings (LSU) and Riley Ferguson (Tennessee). [AL]
Along with current Alabama coach Kelvin Sigler, two other high school football coaches were injured in the shooting in Tuscaloosa. Renardo Jackson and Tebarius Gill were both shot by the gunman. Jackson was shot multiple times, and he had surgery for the wounds but remains in stable condition. Gill was shot in the side and did not require surgery. What an awful incident. [AL]
Bobby Petrino apparently apologized to some of his former players. RB Knile Davis said Petrino called him to apologize. “He apologized,” running back Knile Davis said. “He said, ‘I’m sorry for everything that happened.’ … He was very humble. He was very hurt. I told him not to be so hard on himself. I told him, ‘You made a mistake. You’ll get back from it.’ ” This is the first step in Petrino making a return to the field. [Arkansas Sports 360]
Auburn QB Kiehl Frazier has won respect during summer workouts. TE Phillip Lutzenkirchen told the media yesterday that Frazier has indeed won respect and has been studying the playbook rather hard. “He’s thrown the ball a lot better, a lot more arm strength, a lot more accuracy. You can tell he’s been in the playbook a lot more.” Frazier could be set for a breakout year because he has all the talent in the world; it’s just got to click eventually. [AL]
Florida has a new theme for this season. The theme is start fast and finish strong. Will Muschamp says its had an impact on the kids so far this summer. “It’s been a motivating factor for our kids this summer,” Florida coach Will Muschamp. Talking about starting fast, Florida has two SEC road games in the first three games of the year against TAMU and Tennessee. So, the season had better start fast, and the play in the games had better start fast, too. Florida is an interesting team this season. [Gator Sports]
Joker Phillips is expecting a quick recovery at Kentucky with the level of play from his players. Phillips eluded to the freshmen who were playing at the end of the season last year, which allowed them to gain valuable experience. “There were a lot of young kids making plays for us late in the season, especially the last four games,” Phillips said. “You look out there, the last game, probably four or five true freshmen were playing for us on defense.” I’m not sure what Phillips’ definition of ‘quick’ as far as the recovery process, though. [Kentucky]