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2014 Heisman Trophy Position-by-Position Spring Primer

By Braden Gall, 3 years 2 weeks ago
With all due respect to Johnny Football, Jameis Winston had the best debut season in college football history. Johnny Manziel’s Heisman-winning season in 2013 was special — he obliterated the SEC’s all-time single-season total offense record.But it wasn’t as special as Winston was a year ago. He set NCAA passing records, never lost a game, won the final BCS National...

Five-star DT Settle could end up at Alabama, or a comedy club

By Saturday Down South, 3 years 2 weeks ago
Welcome to Saturday Down South’s “D-line Week”, where we talk with some of the top realistic defensive line targets out there for SEC schools. We’ve interviewed some of the biggest names in the country, and we’ll rank them at the end of the week. See who your school has a chance of luring to campus. The only thing quicker than Tim Settle’s feet is probably his wit. Settle is the No...

Revisiting the SEC’s five-star signees and how they performed as freshmen

By Saturday Down South, 3 years 2 weeks ago
Everybody loves impact freshmen, but many freshmen never make an impact until a few years into their career. And that’s completely fine, because it takes time for guys to develop and hone their skills. Related: SEC’s top 5 ranked signees by position for 2014 Let’s look back at the SEC’s five-star signees from 2013 and how they performed this past season. This list doesn’t count redshirt...

Tennessee adds nation’s No. 3-rated specialist

By Saturday Down South, 3 years 2 weeks ago
Don’t underestimate the importance of having one of the nation’s top specialists on your roster. Tennessee and LSU sure haven’t. Over the weekend, the Vols added the No. 3 rated long snapper in America when in-stater Riley Lovingood became the program’s eighth commitment for the class of 2015. His family has all kinds of connections to the program, as his father was once...

SEC’s top impact newcomers of 2014: No. 24 DE Da’Shawn Hand

By Saturday Down South, 3 years 2 weeks ago
SDS will rank the SEC’s potential instant impact freshmen–using the month of March–by ranking them No. 31 down to No. 1. This gives our readers an idea of which 2014 signees we believe will step up in the fall and possibly contribute in a big way. Junior college prospects are always players to keep an eye on, obviously, as they’ve already played college ball … and high school prospects at...

Alabama, Mississippi State target biggest riser in national ranking

By Saturday Down South, 3 years 3 weeks ago
Leo Lewis, a linebacker out of Brookhaven (Miss.), was the biggest mover among SEC targets in the newest installment of the 247Sports.com national composite rankings. Lewis is a four-star prospect who has scholarship offers from Alabama, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M–and he landed an Auburn offer Thursday. Something must have...

SEC West in-depth defensive breakdown ahead of spring practice

By Saturday Down South, 3 years 3 weeks ago
With spring practice getting underway for every team in the coming weeks, let’s dive into the defensive returners for every team. SDS breaks down the top 10 returning tacklers and other key defensive players for 2014. Here is the SEC West breakdown with the top returning tacklers for every team: Related: Way-too-early SEC West 2014 predictions Alabama Crimson Tide The Tide return five of the...

Alabama adds eighth 2015 commitment, moves to No. 2 nationally

By Saturday Down South, 3 years 3 weeks ago
While Texas A&M and LSU have been busy the past month or month and a half, Alabama’s 2015 hadn’t grown since Feb. 1–until Thursday. Defensive end Anfernee Jennings, a defensive end who registered 30 quarterback hurries as a high school junior last year, committed to the Crimson Tide following a junior day visit and scholarship offer this past weekend. Jennings is 6-foot-3,...

Nick Saban outlines the qualities of his next QB, in no hurry to name starter

By Saturday Down South, 3 years 3 weeks ago
The battle to replace AJ McCarron will ensue this spring between current roster quarterbacks, and FSU transfer Jacob Coker won’t get on campus until after he graduates from FSU this spring. Related: Saban says up-tempo coaches have to use some logic Saban held his pre-spring press conference yesterday and discussed the quarterback battle and situation, expressing he and Lane Kiffin are in no...

Top 10 SEC Quarterbacks of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 3 years 3 weeks ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the...