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August 22, 2006

SEC notes: Schaeffer impressive at Ole Miss

A quick look at the latest news out of the SEC from around the Rivals.com Network:

SEC East Practice Reports
Florida: Coach Urban Meyer still won't name his starting running back for this season, but made the situation a little clearer following a recent full-pad session. Meyer said that right now he was going to go with senior DeShawn Wynn and sophomore Kestahn Moore. Wynn injured his shoulder during a kick return Saturday and missed the rest of the practice. Freshman Markus Manson also missed much of Saturday's practice with a sore back.
Georgia: The Bulldogs took the practice field knowing who their quarterback would be for the first time on Monday. Sunday night coach Mark Richt named senior Joe Tereshinski as the team's starting quarterback for the opener against Western Kentucky. Redshirt freshman Joe Cox remains No. 2 on the depth chart, ahead of blue-chip prospect Matthew Stafford.
Kentucky: Less than two weeks from their season-opener with Louisville, the Wildcats have yet to name a starting quarterback and still have four open starting spots across their offensive line. The only starter on the line is senior center Matt McCutchan, but he has not practiced because he is recovering from offseason ankle surgery. Ten players are still battling for the other four starting spots.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks practiced Monday night in preparation for the team's final scrimmage on Tuesday. The battle to watch in the scrimmage will be Cade Thompson against Chris Smelley for the backup quarterback position. Running back Cory Boyd will team with Mike Davis to form the team's running back tandem.
Tennessee: Receiver Quintin Hancock has surprised people in fall camp. The 6-2 freshman has been grabbing any ball that gets near his hands, and is forcing coaches to reconsider shortening the receiver rotation this season. Another player who continues to impress is tight end Brad Cottam. Cottam has bulked up from 230 pounds to 270 pounds since his freshman year, and its likely coaches will include tight ends more in the passing game this season.
Vanderbilt: Running back Jared Hawkins dominated Saturday's scrimmage, scoring three touchdowns. Hawkins had been battling freshmen Gaston Miller and Kennard Reeves, but coaches said Saturday that Hawkins is now firmly implanted as the team's feature back and that neither of the others are giving him competition. Cassen Jackson-Garrison was scheduled to be Vandy's starting tailback before having his appendix removed.
SEC West Practice Reports
Alabama: Coaches got a big scare on Monday when running back Kenneth Darby was carried off the field during 11-on-11 drills. Everyone was relieved to see him walking on his own minutes later, although he did have to ice his bruised knee. DJ Hall continues to impress with his pass-catching abilities.
Arkansas: Coach Houston Nutt said that Saturday's scrimmage was the team's worst practice of the fall. He was more than a little upset at his team's lack of intensity and poor fundamentals. He went as far as to say that he could not pinpoint a single bright spot in the scrimmage. Even the kickers struggled, missing four consecutive field-goal attempts after they made their first five.
Auburn: The emergence of sophomore Pat Sims at noseguard has allowed defensive end Chris Browder to move back outside to his natural position. Coaches hope to have a four- or five-player rotation inside at the defensive tackle positions. The players currently in the rotation are Sims, Josh Thompson, Tez Doolittle and Sen'Derrick Marks.
LSU: Coach Les Miles felt better about the team's Saturday scrimmage after watching the tape. Craig Davis practiced Monday but has been bothered by a right hamstring injury. Quarterback Matt Flynn sat out Monday's practice with a sore arm. JaMarcus Russell was wearing an icepack on his right elbow Monday after completing 10-of-13 passes in Saturday's scrimmage.
Mississippi State: Freshman running back Arnil Stallworth has been inconsistent in fall practice. One day he looks good enough to start, the next he looks like a walk-on. He carried nine times for 29 yards in Saturday's scrimmage. The starting job is going to sophomore Brandon Thornton. Freshman Anthony Dixon highlighted the running backs in the scrimmage. He rushed 31 times for 145 yards. Freshman receiver Keith Mills has had a good week of practice.
Ole Miss: Freshman John Jerry cracked the first-team offensive line unit this week. The 6-5, 350-pounder was the No. 27 offensive tackle in the country according to Rivals.com. Starting quarterback Brent Schaeffer has been getting nothing but rave reviews so far in camp. His backup, Seth Adams, has also been throwing the ball very well.

(Compiled by Brandon Castel, Rivals.com)

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