Recruiting: Kentucky adds QB recruit

After only having one commitment since recruiting season started, Joker Phillips added to the recent signing of defensive end Avonte Bell by getting QB Reese Phillips to commit to the ‘Cats.

Kentucky beat SEC rival Mississippi State to Phillips’ commitment – which is quite a coup for The Joker.

Phillips is a two-star quarterback, but is listed by Rivals as being ‘pro-style’.

The SEC Football Blog had erroneously reported that Vanderbilt had offered to the ‘other Phillips’, but after further investigation, Vanderbilt was on the player’s list, but had not offered to him.

Vanderbilt fans were quick to point out to the SEC Football Blog’s Twitter feed that Vandy has already got two quarterback commitments – four-star recruit Johnathon McCrary of Ellenwood, GA and Patton Robinette – a three-star quarterback out of Maryland, TN.



Schedule Special: Team-by-team fixtures list

Today was the official releasing of the SEC schedules, and here is a breakdown of each team’s fixtures list.

The SEC Football Blog will have breakdown of each team’s schedule in our preview for the season, but right now, here’s a taster of what’s to come.

And yes, we know that the No.1 game on everybody’s list is going to be Alabama’s trip to LSU on November 3rd, which will be shown live on CBS at night – an arrangement which was actually agreed last year during the fiasco of the LSU-Alabama game in 2011.

The home games are IN CAPS – just in case any of you though Alabama was scheduling a trip to Ole Miss for the second year running…

Sept. 1        vs. Michigan (Arlington, Texas)
Sept. 15         at Arkansas
Sept. 22        FLORIDA ATLANTIC
Sept. 29        OLE MISS
Oct. 13        at Missouri
Oct. 20        at Tennessee
Nov. 3        at LSU
Nov. 10        TEXAS A&M
Nov. 24        AUBURN

Sept. 8        LOUISIANA-MONROE (Little Rock)
Sept. 15        ALABAMA
Sept. 22        RUTGERS
Sept. 29        at Texas A&M
Oct. 6        at Auburn
Oct. 13        KENTUCKY
Oct. 27        OLE MISS (Little Rock)
Nov. 3        TULSA
Nov. 10        at South Carolina
Nov. 17        at Mississippi State
Nov. 23        LSU

Sept. 1        vs. Clemson (Atlanta)
Sept. 8        at Mississippi State
Sept. 15        LOUISIANA-MONROE
Sept. 22        LSU
Oct. 6        ARKANSAS
Oct. 13        at Ole Miss
Oct. 20        at Vanderbilt
Oct. 27        TEXAS A&M
Nov. 3        NEW MEXICO STATE
Nov. 10        GEORGIA
Nov. 17        ALABAMA A&M
Nov. 24        at Alabama

Sept. 1        BOWLING GREEN
Sept. 8        at Texas A&M
Sept. 15        at Tennessee
Sept. 22        KENTUCKY
Oct. 6        LSU
Oct. 13        at Vanderbilt
Oct. 20        SOUTH CAROLINA
Oct. 27        vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
Nov. 3        MISSOURI
Nov. 24        at Florida State

Sept. 1        BUFFALO
Sept. 8        at Missouri
Sept. 15        FLORIDA ATLANTIC
Sept. 22        VANDERBILT
Sept. 29        TENNESSEE
Oct. 6        at South Carolina
Oct. 20        at Kentucky
Oct. 27        vs. Florida (Jacksonville)
Nov. 3        OLE MISS
Nov. 10        at Auburn
Nov. 24        GEORGIA TECH

Sept. 2        at Louisville
Sept. 8        KENT STATE
Sept. 15        WESTERN KENTUCKY
Sept. 22        at Florida
Sept. 29        SOUTH CAROLINA
Oct. 13        at Arkansas
Oct. 20        GEORGIA
Oct. 27        at Missouri
Nov. 3        VANDERBILT
Nov. 17        SAMFORD
Nov. 24        at Tennessee

Sept. 1        NORTH TEXAS
Sept. 8        WASHINGTON
Sept. 15        IDAHO
Sept. 22        at Auburn
Sept. 29        TOWSON
Oct. 6        at Florida
Oct. 13        SOUTH CAROLINA
Oct. 20        at Texas A&M
Nov. 3        ALABAMA
Nov. 17        OLE MISS
Nov. 23        at Arkansas

Sept. 8        UTEP
Sept. 15        TEXAS
Sept. 22        at Tulane
Sept. 29        at Alabama
Oct. 6        TEXAS A&M
Oct. 13        AUBURN
Oct. 27        at Arkansas (Little Rock)
Nov. 3        at Georgia
Nov. 10        VANDERBILT
Nov. 17        at LSU

Sept. 1        JACKSON STATE
Sept. 8        AUBURN
Sept. 15        at Troy
Sept. 22        SOUTH ALABAMA
Oct. 6        at Kentucky
Oct. 13        TENNESSEE
Oct. 27        at Alabama
Nov. 3        TEXAS A&M
Nov. 10        at LSU
Nov. 17        ARKANSAS
Nov. 24        at Ole Miss

Sept. 8        GEORGIA
Sept. 15        ARIZONA STATE
Sept. 22        at South Carolina
Sept. 29        at Central Florida
Oct. 6        VANDERBILT
Oct. 13        ALABAMA
Oct. 27        KENTUCKY
Nov. 3        at Florida
Nov. 10        at Tennessee
Nov. 17        SYRACUSE
Nov. 24        at Texas A&M

Aug. 30        at Vanderbilt
Sept. 8        EAST CAROLINA
Sept. 15        UAB
Sept. 22        MISSOURI
Sept. 29        at Kentucky
Oct. 6        GEORGIA
Oct. 13        at LSU
Oct. 20        at Florida
Oct. 27        TENNESSEE
Nov. 10        ARKANSAS
Nov. 17        WOFFORD
Nov. 24        at Clemson

Aug. 31        N.C. State (Atlanta)
Sept. 8        GEORGIA STATE
Sept. 15        FLORIDA
Sept. 22        AKRON
Sept. 29        at Georgia
Oct. 13        at Mississippi State
Oct. 20        ALABAMA
Oct. 27        at South Carolina
Nov. 3        TROY
Nov. 10        MISSOURI
Nov. 17        at Vanderbilt
Nov. 24        KENTUCKY

Aug. 30        vs. Louisiana Tech (Shreveport)
Sept. 8        FLORIDA
Sept. 15        at Southern Methodist
Sept. 29        ARKANSAS
Oct. 6        at Ole Miss
Oct. 20        LSU
Oct. 27        at Auburn
Nov. 3        at Mississippi State
Nov. 10        at Alabama
Nov. 17        SAM HOUSTON STATE
Nov. 24        MISSOURI

Aug. 30        SOUTH CAROLINA
Sept. 8        at Northwestern
Sept. 15        PRESBYTERIAN
Sept. 22        at Georgia
Oct. 6        at Missouri
Oct. 13        FLORIDA
Oct. 20        AUBURN
Oct. 27        MASSACHUSETTS
Nov. 3        at Kentucky
Nov. 10        at Ole Miss
Nov. 17        TENNESSEE
Nov. 24        at Wake Forest

SEC finalizes 2012 schedule

The SEC released its 2012 schedule.

We’ll be going through it at a later date, but right now, read, digest, and imagine. And cancel your Saturday weddings.

Aug. 30
South Carolina at Vanderbilt
Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech (Shreveport, La.)

Aug. 31
Tennessee vs. N.C. State (Atlanta, Ga.)

Sept. 1
Alabama vs. Michigan (Arlington, Texas)
Jacksonville State at Arkansas
Bowling Green at Florida
Buffalo at Georgia
North Texas at LSU
Central Arkansas at Ole Miss
Jackson State at Mississippi State
Southeastern Louisiana at Missouri
Auburn vs. Clemson (Atlanta, Ga.)

Sept. 2
Kentucky at Louisville

Sept. 8
Auburn at Mississippi State
Florida at Texas A&M
Georgia at Missouri
Western Kentucky at Alabama
Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas (Little Rock)
Kent State at Kentucky
Washington at LSU
UTEP at Ole Miss
East Carolina at South Carolina
Georgia State at Tennessee
Vanderbilt at Northwestern

Sept. 15
Alabama at Arkansas
Florida at Tennessee
Florida Atlantic at Georgia
Western Kentucky at Kentucky
Idaho at LSU
Texas at Ole Miss
Mississippi State at Troy
Arizona State at Missouri
UAB at South Carolina
Texas A&M at Southern Methodist
Presbyterian at Vanderbilt
Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn

Sept. 22
LSU at Auburn
Rutgers at Arkansas
Kentucky at Florida
Vanderbilt at Georgia
Missouri at South Carolina
Florida Atlantic at Alabama
Ole Miss at Tulane
South Alabama at Mississippi State
Akron at Tennessee
South Carolina State at Texas A&M

Sept. 29
Ole Miss at Alabama
Arkansas at Texas A&M
Tennessee at Georgia
South Carolina at Kentucky
Towson at LSU
Missouri at Central Florida

Oct. 6
Arkansas at Auburn
LSU at Florida
Georgia at South Carolina
Texas A&M at Ole Miss
Vanderbilt at Missouri
Mississippi State at Kentucky

Oct. 13
Alabama at Missouri
Kentucky at Arkansas
Auburn at Ole Miss
Florida at Vanderbilt
South Carolina at LSU
Tennessee at Mississippi State

Oct. 20
Alabama at Tennessee
Auburn at Vanderbilt
South Carolina at Florida
Georgia at Kentucky
LSU at Texas A&M
Middle Tennessee at Mississippi State

Oct. 27
Ole Miss at Arkansas (Little Rock)
Texas A&M at Auburn
Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
Kentucky at Missouri
Tennessee at South Carolina
Mississippi State at Alabama
Massachusetts at Vanderbilt

Nov. 3
Alabama at LSU
New Mexico State at Auburn
Missouri at Florida
Ole Miss at Georgia
Vanderbilt at Kentucky
Texas A&M at Mississippi State
Troy at Tennessee
Tulsa at Arkansas

Nov. 10
Texas A&M at Alabama
Arkansas at South Carolina
Georgia at Auburn
Mississippi State at LSU
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
Missouri at Tennessee
Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida

Nov. 17
Arkansas at Mississippi State
Alabama A&M at Auburn
Ole Miss at LSU
Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Western Carolina at Alabama
Syracuse at Missouri
Jacksonville State at Florida
Georgia Southern at Georgia
Samford at Kentucky
Wofford at South Carolina
Sam Houston State at Texas A&M

Nov. 23
LSU at Arkansas

Nov. 24
Auburn at Alabama
Kentucky at Tennessee
Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Missouri at Texas A&M
Florida at Florida State
Georgia Tech at Georgia
South Carolina at Clemson
Vanderbilt at Wake Forest

Recruiting News: Mississippi State lands new QB

Mississippi State has relieved its worries at quarterback a little, the Clarion-Ledger has reported.

Jamil Golden, who is seen as a dual threat quarterback, enrolled just before summer classes, meaning that he’ll be available for the start of the season.

Golden had offers from Arkansas and South Alabama, but spurned the Razorbacks – obviously – with the chance of starting as soon as September.

The Bulldogs have Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott took snaps at practice, and Nick Schuessler was part of their signing group. Schuessler was not highly recruited in his home state of Georgia, and only had one FBS offer from Colorado State. Arkansas, however, also showed interest.

SEC officially announces Independence Bowl tie-in

The SEC has officially announced its Independence Bowl tie-in with the ACC.

The bowl, which will be played in Shreveport, Louisiana, will see the SEC’s No.9 team played the ACC’s No.6 team, and be bound in for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The bowl will be sponsored by 2012 AdvoCare V100.

“We are obviously thrilled to be back in the game with the SEC,” said Jack Andres, the Independence Bowl’s chairman in a statement. “We enjoyed 15 years of success with them from 1995-2009, and we’ve hosted 10 of their teams in our game, including newcomers Texas A&M and most recently Missouri. Our local ticket buyers and sponsors are familiar with the teams in the SEC and we hope this will generate even more local support for our game. We sincerely appreciate the willingness of Commissioner Thompson and Bret Gilliland at the Mountain West to work with us on making this happen.”


Sunday recruiting news: Dawgs grab new WRs

It’s been widely reported but this is the news out of Florida – the Georgia Bulldogs have gone down south and grabbed wide receiver Reggie Davis.

Tallahassee-based Davis, ranked the 17th wide receiver in the nation, was recruited far and wide by schools, including Alabama, Florida, Auburn, Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee out of the SEC and Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, NC State, and Oregon – amongst others – outside of the conference.

The 6ft tall Davis – a four-star receiver according to Yahoo Rivals – has a 4.55 40, and weighs 158-lbs.

The news comes hot on the heels of Georgia’s signing of Uriah LeMay (brother of Christian LeMay, who was recruited by Mark Richt last year) on Friday.

SB Nation says about him: “LeMay has a solid build at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds with good length and very solid strength. LeMay is not a burner and is not extremely quick off the line, but can get some deep separation. He is already very good at routes which require him to use his large body to shield defenders and create room to catch the football. And of course, he already has a great relationship with his future quarterback, Christian.”

BOTTOM LINE: The Georgia Bulldogs keep on stacking their commitments, don’t they? But the bottom line really is this: The Georgia Bulldogs haven’t been able to replace AJ Green and Davis and LeMay could start immediately when he comes on board in 2013 – especially if the dropped catches that plagued the Dawgs last season continue into 2012. And the Dawgs had better keep their eye on Davis – if Florida State have a good-as-some-people-believe 2012 they may come calling for the hometown wide receiver’s signature.

New Recruiting News: Kentucky grabs Florida commit

While other teams have been loading up on their commitment arsenals for the 2013 season, it’s been fair to say that Joker Phillips and his team at Kentucky have been rather slower than most.

Having said that, the commitment of three-star defensive end Alvonte Bell to Lexington – Phillips’ second commit of the season- could start some sort of storm.

Phillips beat Florida State, Louisville, Clemson, West Virginia, Notre Dame and both Mississippi schools to the commitment of the 6 ft 6, 240-lb player.


THE BOTTOM LINE: Could this be the new Colin Ukwu? Cats fans hope so! If Bell stays – and with all the ‘big names’ scouring around Bell’s signature, it’s not a done deal – then Kentucky defence just looked a bit heftier. Now, about the other side of the ball and trying to find another Randall Cobb or Tim Couch….

Ole Miss grabs highly-touted QB

Ole Miss has beaten some of its biggest SEC rivals to three-star QB Ryan Buchanan, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger has reported.

The Jackson, Mississippi QB was recruited by the Rebels, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Vanderbilt and cross-state rival Mississippi State, as well as Big XII giant Oklahoma State amongst others.

Buchanan told the paper: “I am 100% solid on it. I prayed about it. Two weeks ago I wasn’t sure about where I was going. But I’m at peace about it now. I’m fully confident and not changing my decision.”

He added: “I love Coach (Hugh) Freeze and I love the vision that Ole Miss has for the future and I want to be a part of that.”

The 6ft 4 Buchanan is rated as one of the country’s top 25 quarterbacks, and is thought of as being the best in the state.



UGA star recruit fails ACT, can’t enrol

Giant Georgia recruit John Atkins will not be able to report to his first UGA training camp after failing to get the required score on his ACT, the Atlanta Journal- Constitution has reported.

The 6 ft 4, 325-lb defensive linesman, who signed for the Bulldogs in February told the paper that he failed the test by “just one point”, and will therefore have to be redshirted for his first season.

He said: “I’m going to get it [the test score], and I feel like I can get it. I’m going to tutoring all week on how to take it. I’ll be ready for it.”

He will be working out at his high school, Thomson, until July, and he hopes to enrol in July.

Thomson was a 3-star recruit for the Dawgs.

Former Tennessee Vols star in court

Former Tennessee Volunteers star running back Jamal Lewis was in bankruptcy court in Atlanta on Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported.

Lewis, who had 2,677 yards and 17 yards receiving in three successful years for the Volunteers from 1997-9 – which included a National Championship in 1998, moved to the Baltimore Ravens (and later the Cleveland Browns) where he had a career where he mounted up 10,607 yards rushing and 58 touchdowns.

Lewis was thumped by debts after a string of bad investments, the Baltimore Sun reports in an excellent article, including a house, a transport company and an amusement park – all of which was were crushed by the recession of 2008 that saw many builders, small banks and 401Ks crushed in the tidal wave of the subprime mortgage recession.

According to both publications, Lewis has listed $14.5m in assets and $16.5m debts, and the Sun reports a massive financial fall.

The report says: “Lewis’ financial fall has been steep. In 2010, he reported $1.6 million in income; last year, his income had declined to $300,000, according to the bankruptcy filing. Lewis also reported that he makes $35,000 a month as a consultant, but his expenses were almost as much.

But he also claims $14.5 million in assets, among them several houses, part-ownership of the waterpark and the stalled Grand Empire project — as well as one fur and a Super Bowl ring, valued together at $17,500. He also has $500,000 socked away in a 401(k) investment account, the filing shows.”

The former running back is also one of many NFL players suing the NFL for concussions.



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