SEC Saturday scrimmage report

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SEC football is just 11 days from kicking off.

Nine SEC teams scrimmaged Saturday, and let’s get caught up on all the action this weekend with some quick hitters:

Alabama

  • Nick Saban said the team looked a little slow, but he saw a lot of improvement compared to last week’s scrimmage.
  • AJ McCarron finished 15 of 30 for 152 yards and one TD.
  • RB Dee Hart had seven carries for 42 yards; Yeldon had five carries for 39 yards.
  • Saban isn’t pleased with the O-line; it’s not getting enough movement, he says.
  • Blake Sims is running as the backup QB, but he’s thrown too many picks.

Arkansas

  • The scrimmage was closed to the public, and few details were given.
  • Bret Bielema says the team has established better depth than he ever imagined, but there are too many injuries.
  • Bielema announced after the scrimmage that TE Austin Tate, WR Demetrius Wilson and LB Otha Peters all have significant injuries. Tate may return before SEC play. Wilson tore his ACL and is out for the season, and Peters broke his arm and will miss 6-8 weeks.

Kentucky

  • Saturday’s scrimmage was UK’s first fall scrimmage.
  • The defense had the better day, according to Mark Stoops.
  • The offense played well early, but the defense took over late.
  • The QBs threw four INTs, and OC Neal Brown said he thought they took a step back today.
  • Stoops wants more of an attitude on both sides of the ball. He says the guys are almost playing too timidly.

LSU

  • Les Miles said the offense rushed for 200 yards and passed for 250 in the No. 1 vs. the No. 2 units.
  • QB Zach Mettenberger was roughly 18 of 25 with two TDs.
  • Backup QB Anthony Jennings also threw two TDs.
  • WRs Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham caught a ‘couple’ TDs each.
  • RB Terrance Magee was the ‘leading ground gainer’ but no stats were given.
  • DE Danielle Hunter had a good day, along with Jordan Allen. Jermauria Rasco continues to be limited while he recovers from a spring shoulder surgery.

Ole Miss

  • Hugh Freeze was pleased overall with the two-hour scrimmage. He liked the energy level and called it very competitive.
  • The players that stood out to Freeze were WR Laquon Treadwell, CB Anthony Standifer, RB Kailo Moore and QB Barry Brunetti.
  • Freshman Laremy Tunsil earned first-team reps at left tackle, while Emmanuel McCray was out due to a family issue.
  • DE Robert Nkemdiche returned to practice after sitting out the last several practices with a minor injury. DT Isaac Gross and CB Charles Sawyer also returned to practice from previous injuries.

South Carolina

  • The defense had a much better day and a strong performance, according to the coaching staff.
  • QB Connor Shaw was just 2 of 6 for 25 yards. Dylan Thompson was 3 of 8 for 47 yards.
  • RB Mike Davis finished with four carries for 53 yards, and David Williams finished with five carries for 12 yards and one TD.
  • WR Jody Fuller caught five passes for 49 yards. Pharoh Cooper caught the lone offensive TD.
  • Jadeveon Clowney had a monster day and wreaked havoc. Spurrier said it looked like the team was afraid to block him all day.

Tennessee

  • 39,000 fans showed up in the rain to watch the scrimmage.
  • Butch Jones has been saying there’s been really no separation of the QBs, and last night reflected that sentiment.
  • QB Justin Worley finished 5 of 17, and Nathan Peterman finished 9 of 23. Peterman looked the better of the two, because he can extend plays with his legs.
  • Vols scored 3 TDs in 4 red zone series, but they just scored once in six drives from their own 38. Freshman QB Josh Dobbs led that drive.
  • Dobbs really flashed the most potential of the night, and he gives UT fans hope for the future.

Texas A&M

  • 10,000 Aggie fans showed up at open practice.
  • Johnny Manziel took part in about one third of the 70-minute scrimmage. He finished 5 of 12 for 49 yards, two TDs and one INT.
  • Freshman QB Kenny Hill shined the brightest among the backups. He finished 4 of 8 for 39 yards and two TDs. Hill could be winning the backup QB job.
  • WR Malcome Kennedy caught three passes for 29 yards – all three were TDs.
  • JUCO LB transfer Tommy Sanders will be a starter, and he picked up an option pitch fumble and flashed speed down the sideline, outrunning Manziel. He’ll be a key player as the Aggies replace Sean Porter and Jonathan Stewart.

Vanderbilt

  • QB Austyn Carta-Samuels directed the offense on TD drives of 61, 56 and 64 yards. 
  • RBs Wesley Tate and Brian Kimbrow and ACS each registered a rushing TD.
  • RB Jerron Seymour led the way with 48 rushing yards, followed by Kimbrow with 42.
  • DE Caleb Azubike recorded two sacks.
  • You can read a summary of each possession here.

Photo Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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