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Auburn backup cornerback to transfer

Auburn backup sophomore cornerback Kamyrn Melton has said that he is going to transfer.

Melton said: “I want to thank Coach Malzahn and the Auburn coaching staff……After praying and having a discussion with my family to transfer.

Melton was a three-star recruit, and ranked as the 18th best overall player in Alabama, where he hails from. He was ranked the 41st best cornerback in the country. He had been hotly pursued all the way through high school by the Tigers.

The move follows injuries to Jonathan Jones and TJ Davis, and the departure of Mackenro Alexander to South Florida and Kalvarez Bessent. Bessent was arrested three days after National Signing Day for marijuana possession in 2014. 

In other words, this has been a horrible offseason for Auburn’s secondary.

Florida picks up Juco commitment

The Florida Gators have picked up the commitment of junior college running back Mark Thompson.

The 6-2, 230lb player from Wyncote, PA, who is currently studying at Dodge City Community College, KS runs a 4.37 40-yard dash, and has had offers from Louisville, Iowa and Iowa State.

Thompson played ten games for Dodge City, running for 460 yards and 8 TDs. He also had over 100 yards receiving on 11 receptions. He was also used as a kick returner, taking kicks back for a total of 275 yards on 15 attempts.

 

 

 

 

LSU 2015 Preview: Can experience overcome bad quarterbacks?

We love Les Miles. We do. The grass-eating, kiss-you-all-on-the-mouth maverick coach pulls two or three results out his butt every year (and also loses a couple of games like that too!), loses talent every year, and still keeps LSU competitive.

He’s a miracle worker in a place where miracles are much talked-about, because 13-0 is expected. And if not, he’s the most hated coach in Louisiana, if not the South. LSU fans seemingly are never happy with Miles, even if they win.

Well, they might be a little more grateful for wins than most this season.

Why?

THE QUARTERBACK PROBLEM

It’s all well and good having two of the best wide receivers in college football in Malachi Dupree and Travin Dural, but if you can’t hit them, it’s not much use.

After being much-touted, Brandon Harris had an awful freshman season, looking at sea under pressure, overthrowing his receivers, and generally looking like a fish out of water. He went 25-45 for 452 yards with 6 TDs and 2 INTs. The numbers don’t look too bad, until you consider that one of the games was a 178 yard, 3 TD effort against New Mexico State.

Then there’s Anthony Jennings, who looked even worse than Harris when it came to making decisions. He went 111-227 (48.9% (barely an improvement on 2013)) for 1,611 yards, 11 TDs and 7 INTs. He also wasn’t great as a rusher (108 attempts for 292 yards), either.

Les Miles doesn’t seem to have a back-up, relying instead on those two. And that’s going to look an awful recruiting decision if Leonard Fournette gets injured and the game’s on the line with one of these two under center.

THE NON-QUARTERBACK PERSONNEL

LSU’s still very young. “A year in the SEC West doesn’t make a battle-tested team be”, to quote John Shakespeare, a distant grand-cousin of William, if you believe the myth on Bourbon Street. The team brings back 18 starters- but there are holes everywhere. Offensive linesman La’El Collins will be a huge loss. And worse, when the injuries come, there is no real depth on that offensive line.

THE COACHING PERSONNEL

Losing John Chavis is a massive blow to LSU, who then replaced him with Kevin Steele – a move – to say that least – has been unpopular. He was the former inside linebackers job at Alabama. His last DC job was at Clemson, where he was fired after 3 seasons (25th, 13th, 81st) (2009-2012)). Ed Orgeron ought to be great for recruiting next year, if players can understand what in the hell he says. He’s now defensive line coach after Brick Haley was fired.

On the offensive side, the Tigers hired Tony Ball from Georgia to be its WR coach after Adam Henry went to work with the San Francisco 49ers.

BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS…

Listen, Les Miles and team are pretty damned good coaches, and it’s not going to be all bad in TigerLand (we hope none of the players do it like Jeremy Hill (or if they do, let’s hope that they perform a blindside punch lot better than he did!).

Here’s why: Firstly, they’ve got one of the best running backs in college football in Leonard Fournette. The man’s a beast. He ran for 1,034 yards and 10 TDs and caught 7 ball for 127 yards. And here’s the scary thing: He also returned 13 kick-offs for 625 yards and a 100-yard TD. And while we don’t expect Miles to use him as a kick-off returner so much in 2015 (they don’t want/need to injure their best player, do they?).

Secondly, LSU’s wide receivers – Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre – are pretty incredible. Their numbers could have been Heisman-worthy in 2014 if they had actually had a quarterback who was something close to capable. In a schedule, where the first good secondary the Tigers face will be Florida’s on October 17, these kids could put up numbers.

Thirdly, the team returns 18 starters, including a ton of talent defensively. CB Jalen Collins, DE Danielle Hunter, LB Kwon Alexander and free safety Jalen Mills are all back. LSU has one of the most talented secondaries in the SEC with Collins, Mills, Jamal Adams and Tre’Davious White. That’s experience, folks.

THE SCHEDULE

Date Opponent# Site
September 5 #25 (FCSMcNeese State* Home
September 12 at Mississippi State Away
September 19 Auburn Home
September 26 at Syracuse* Away
October 3 Eastern Michigan* Home
October 10 at South Carolina Away
October 17 Florida Home
October 24 WKU* Home
November 7 at Alabama Away
November 14 Arkansas Home
November 21 at Ole Miss Away
November 28 Texas A&M Home

LSU has to go to Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State  – and South Carolina in the SEC East in the SEC. They could quite easily go 0-4 in that stretch, although it’s more likely to be 2-2 (wins against South Carolina and Mississippi State, losses against Alabama and a revenge-fuelled Ole Miss team).

They are at home to Florida, Auburn, Arkansas and Texas A&M. Name me a ‘gimme’ in the SEC for this young LSU team with a pair of poor quarterbacks. We expect them to come out 2-2 out of that stretch in the schedule, if they are lucky (wins against Florida and Texas A&M, losses to Auburn and Arkansas).

To give Tigers fans something to smile about, we expect LSU to beat McNeese State, Syracuse (on the road), Eastern Michigan and Western Kentucky.

And although it’ll be a 8-4 season, it’ll feel a lot longer.

 

Alabama gets Louisiana commitments for 2016 and 2018

Louisiana safety Joshua Perry and offensive tackle Dare Rosenthal both committed to Alabama on Monday.

Perry, a three-star athlete from Amite, is 6-2 and 185lbs, is ranked the country’s 39th-best safety by 24-7sports.com. He’s also ranked the 37th-best player in Louisiana.

LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State all offered Perry, before the player made his decision to come to Tuscaloosa.

Rosenthal, is a 6-7 giant, weighing 290lbs. According to 24-7, he’s already had 25 coach visits, and 25 offers, including LSU.

It could be a huge get.

 

 

These SEC Draftees Will Make An Impact In 2015

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After another highly-successful NFL Draft, SEC draftees from 2015 are GOING to make an impact in 2015. Sadly, after his ACL tear on Friday in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ first minicamp, one of them’s not going to be the SEC’s No.1 pick, Dante Fowler (went  No.3 in the draft).

1.    AMARI COOPER (OAKLAND RAIDERS)

The former Alabama wide receiver was taken as the best player at that position on the board, despite others seeming to love Kevin White. If his quarterback can throw properly to him, Cooper’s going to cause havoc.

2.    TODD GURLEY (ST LOUIS RAMS)

Look, we know he probably won’t start the first few games for the Rams because of his bust ankle, but Todd Gurley (TGIII ANYONE?) is going get the Gurley Girls going from Athens to St Louis with rampaging play. He’ll hurdle defenders or blow past them with his breakout speed. Here’s to him staying healthy, too.

3.    LA’EL COLLINS (DALLAS COWBOYS

Undrafted because the New Orleans Police Department took their time in talking to him with regards to his murdered ex-girlfriend and NFL Scouts thought he might have ‘character issues’ , the Cowboys snapped one of the top offensive linesmen in the draft. He could well start on Opening Day. Which will give Romo and his running backs even more protection.

4.    TJ YELDON (JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS)

A lot of people don’t like his upright position or the fact that he fell away in his junior year, but we’d like to note that Nick Saban loves to run two or three running backs, and Yeldon’s going to be a difference-maker in Jacksonville. He’s speedy enough to cause problems in droves.

5.    DORIAL GREEN-BECKHAM (TENNESSEE TITANS)

Anyone who’s read my tweets or copy will know that I don’t like Dorial Green-Beckham. It’s not because of his football talent- the guy was shaping up to be one of the best wide receivers in the SEC, but because he failed to properly explain himself about what actually happened the night he was accused of domestic violence. Having said that, DG-B will be an excellent weapon for Mariota, and could well be his team’s No.1 receiver sooner rather than later.

6.    SENQUEZ GOLSON (PITTSBURGH STEELERS)

Ole Miss alumnus Golson might be short, but the cornerback’s got the speed and skills to cause some immense disruption for AFC North offenses this year. Plus, the Steelers are pretty desperate for secondary players, so Golson will start Week One. We think.

7.    SAMMIE COATES (PITTSBURGH STEELERS)

I really like Coates, and was pretty stunned when he went as low as Round 3. He’s great in the air, and can beat a secondary with his speed. We love him. Expect Coates to get quite a bit of playing time with the Steelers this year, as Ben Roethlisberger continues to throw the ball around – especially with his running back and chief attack weapon Le’Veon Bell suspended for the first three games.

8.    CAMERON ARTIS-PAYNE (CAROLINA PANTHERS)

Am I the only person who thinks that Carolina got a huge bargain with the fifth-round pick of Artis-Payne? He was great as an out-and-out running back (1,608 yards, 13 TDs) and good as a receiver (147 yards on 13 passes). He’ll be a weapon for Cam Newton this year.

9.    MARKUS GOLDEN (ARIZONA CARDINALS)

The linebacker from Missouri was immense last season, which had 10 sacks and three forced fumbles. He’s a fantastic pass-rusher, and we expect him to win the training camp battle

10. SHANE RAY (DENVER BRONCOS)

Tackling machine that’ll cause offensive co-ordinators headaches. If he’s effective in camp, DeMarcus Ware could be sharing time with Rey sooner rather than later.

 

Cyrus Jones charge dropped by Tuscaloosa Police

Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones has had his charges of third-degree domestic violence dropped by the Tuscaloosa Police Department, after it was found out that it was Jones himself who called the police to ‘deescalate’ the situation.

Jones was arrested for smashing his girlfriend’s cellphone on the floor and using threatening behavior.

 

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