There was a time when many considered South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore as one of the best college running backs. However, after two knee injuries in consecutive years, including one of the most gruesome ever seen, his future quickly looked bleak. The San Francisco drafted him with a 4th round pick in 2013, but he never recovered fully from the injury, retiring late in 2014.
The preseason Rimington Award watch list was released on Wednesday with the SEC placing eight players on the list of the top centers in college football. One of the eight is LSU junior offensive lineman Ethan Pocic.
After the conviction then mistrial in the Vanderbilt rape case that exposed some major problems between sports and college, the judge has set a new trial date for November 30. Former Commodores Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were convicted on January 27 for their role in a rape of an unconscious woman in June 2013 at a campus dorm. However, it was declared a mistrial after a juror did not disclose that he had previously been a victim of a sexual assault.
The Maxwell Award has been given to the top player in college football since 1937. On Monday the Maxwell Football Club announced their preseason watch list, which includes two Arkansas Razorbacks among the 80 early qualifiers.
The SEC West may no longer have a stranglehold on the national title, but there’s little argument it’s the best division in all of college football. And with all seven teams landing in Athlon Sports’ Preseason Top 25, the SEC West also could be the most exciting, if not intriguing, division to watch this season.