SEC Football Daily: March 26th


Some think the Big Ten is on its way to catching up with the SEC’s dominance, led by Urban Meyer and Brady Hoke. Michigan and Ohio State are recruiting well; however, they’ve always recruited well despite the SEC dominating the Big Ten in bowl games, especially in the National Championship games. I used to think it was all about recruiting – and while you do have to recruit great players, it’s more about development than recruiting solely. Good luck, Big Ten. []

Texas A&M AD slightly regrets the decision to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC. A&M was ultimately one of the founding members of the Big 12, and now it’s over. However, he knows it was a brilliant move to move to the SEC. This is a great read. []

As we all know, top running backs Knile Davis and Marcus Lattimore both return from injury in 2012. They are the top two backs in the SEC, and it does pose an interesting question to you the fan of which running back you would rather have on your team. If it’s me, I love Knile Davis, but I want Marcus Lattimore because of his ability to not only be a dominant running back but a serious receiving threat out of the backfield as well. [Arkansas Sports 360]

Auburn coach Gene Chizik has been pleased by the first two practices from the Tigers this spring. However, he did mention they need to get ‘more physical’. He loves the high energy his new assistant coaches are bringing, along with the players as well. []

The Georgia tight end position will be a battle for Jay Rome and Artie Lynch this spring. Rome redshirted last year, and he is uber-talented. Lynch has just waited his turn behind former tight ends Orson Charles and Aron White. And Lynch is making it clear that he intends to start at tight end when 2012 kicks off. Rome might have too much athleticism not to start, though. [AJC]

Georgia stud linebacker Jarvis Jones said Georgia intends on being the best defense in the nation next year. “We’re gonna take this thing up another level and try to be the best defense in the nation.” And I completely agree with him that Georgia will have a shot to have the best defense in the country because they were very good a year ago. Jones is certainly fun to watch. [AJC]

Mississippi State defensive back Johnathan Banks says the Dawgs are motivated heading into spring practice. Why are they motivated? Well, just blame the 7-6 underachieving season in 2011. Also, returning part-time starter Tyler Russell knows the team has something to prove in 2012. [Clarion Ledger]

South Carolina is searching for their next go-to wide receiver now that Alshon Jeffery is gone. Ace Sanders, DeAngelo Smith, Lamar Scruggs, Shamier Jeffery, DL Moore and KJ Brent are the likely candidates. However, a player no one is talking about is incoming freshman Shaq Roland. Roland will be a complete stud for this team, and it could start in year one of his career. [Post and Courier]

Tennessee was among the worst teams in the country running the football in 2011, and it has to change in 2012. Who will lead that charge, though? Running backs Rajion Neal and Marlin Lane return, along with unproven Tom Smith. One of the starters will come from these three, and to me, Neal looked the best of any running back on the team last year. He showed signs of big-play potential, and he’s a receiving threat out of the backfield as well. [Go Vols Extra]

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin wants to recruit more in-state kids to come to College Station. Particularly, Sumlin wants to concentrate on Brenham, Texas, only 35 miles from College Station. Texas always has many playmakers each and every year in high school. The SEC label will get more and more highly rated prospects to Texas A&M. [Aggie Sports]



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  • I respect your pick between Knile Davis and Marcus Lattimore, Jon. But I couldn’t disagree more. Davis has soft hands and is a definite threat out of the backfield. Granted, what he did in 2010 wasn’t spectacular (19 rec, 136 yds, 1 TD), but he didn’t need to be from game 5 through the end of the season.

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