All-SEC teams, division projections announced

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On the final SEC media day the votes for the 2012 preseason All-SEC teams were announced. Additionally, votes were cast for how each division would shake out. Based on the number of votes, the 2012 SEC championship game will be a rematch (oh no!!!) of last year’s title between LSU and Georgia.

Below are the All-SEC teams and Division projections.

2012 PRE-SEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM

OFFENSE

First-Team

QB Tyler Wilson (127) Arkansas 6-3 220 Sr. Greenwood, Ark.
RB Marcus Lattimore (201) South Carolina 6-0 218 Jr. Duncan, S.C.
RB Knile Davis (118) Arkansas 6-0 226 Jr. Missouri City, Texas
WR Da’Rick Rogers (106) Tennessee 6-3 215 Jr. Calhoun, Ga.
WR Cobi Hamilton (67) Arkansas 6-3 209 Sr. Texarkana, Texas
TE Philip Lutzenkirchen (158) Auburn 6-5 256 Sr. Marietta, Ga.
OL D.J. Fluker (171) Alabama 6-6 335 Jr. Foley, Ala.
OL Alex Hurst (125) LSU 6-6 340 Sr. Bartlett, Tenn.
OL Chance Warmack (124) Alabama 6-3 320 Sr. Atlanta, Ga.
OL Luke Joeckel (87) Texas A&M 6-6 310 Jr. Arlington, Texas
C Barrett Jones (183) Alabama 6-5 311 Sr. Germantown, Tenn.

Second-Team

QB Aaron Murray (58) Georgia 6-1 211 Jr. Tampa, Fla.
RB Eddie Lacy (43) Alabama 6-0 220 Jr. Geismar, La.
RB Zac Stacy (21) Vanderbilt 5-9 210 Sr. Centreville, Ala.
WR Ryan Swope (62) Texas A&M 6-0 206 Sr. Austin, Texas
WR Justin Hunter (47) Tennessee 6-4 200 Jr. Virginia Beach, Va.
TE Chris Gragg (28) Arkansas 6-3 236 Sr. Warren, Ark.
OL Larry Warford (63) Kentucky 6-3 343 Sr. Richmond, Ky.
OL Chris Faulk (59) LSU 6-6 325 Jr. Slidell, La.
OL Alvin Bailey (38) Arkansas 6-5 312 Jr. Broken Arrow, Okla.
OL Gabe Jackson (28) Miss. State 6-4 320 Jr. Liberty, Miss.
C *Reese Dismukes (8) Auburn 6-3 302 So. Spanish Fort, Ala.
C *P.J. Lonergan (8) LSU 6-4 305 Sr. New Orleans, La.
C *T.J. Johnson (8) South Carolina 6-6 319 Sr. Aynor, S.C.

Third-Team

QB A.J. McCarron (18) Alabama 6-4 205 Jr. Mobile, Ala.
RB Onterio McCalebb (19) Auburn 5-11 168 Sr. Fort Meade, Fla.
RB Spencer Ware (14) LSU 5-11 223 Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio
WR Emory Blake (41) Auburn 6-2 197 Sr. Austin, Texas
WR Tavarres King (24) Georgia 6-1 192 Sr. Mount Airy, Ga.
TE Michael Williams (24) Alabama 6-6 269 Sr. Reform, Ala.
OL Kenarious Gates (26) Georgia 6-5 328 Jr. Grantville, Ga.
OL Xavier Nixon (23) Florida 6-6 309 Sr. Fayetteville, N.C.
OL Ja’Wuan James (18) Tennessee 6-6 324 Jr. Suwanee, Ga.
OL Elvis Fisher (17) Missouri 6-5 295 Sr. St. Petersburg, Fla.
C Patrick Lewis (6) Texas A&M 6-2 312 Sr. Reserve, La.

DEFENSE

First-Team

DL Jadeveon Clowney (140) South Carolina 6-6 256 So. Rock Hill, S.C.
DL Barkevious Mingo (126) LSU 6-5 240 Jr. West Monroe, La.
DL Sam Montgomery (124) LSU 6-4 245 Jr. Greenwood, S.C.
DL Corey Lemonier (102) Auburn 6-4 240 Jr. Hialeah, Fla.
ILB Nico Johnson (84) Alabama 6-3 245 Sr. Andalusia, Ala.
OLB Jarvis Jones (178) Georgia 6-3 241 Jr. Columbus, Ga.
OLB Sean Porter (81) Texas A&M 6-2 230 Sr. Schertz, Texas
DB Tyrann Mathieu (184) LSU 5-9 175 Jr. New Orleans, La.
DB Eric Reid(142) LSU 6-2 208 Jr. Geismar, La.
DB Robert Lester (131) Alabama 6-2 210 Sr. Foley, Ala.
DB Bacarri Rambo (126) Georgia 6-0 218 Sr. Donalsonville, Ga.

Second-Team

DL Jesse Williams (84) Alabama 6-4 319 Sr. Brisbane, Australia
DL John Jenkins (82) Georgia 6-3 351 Sr. Meriden, Conn.
DL Damion Square (44) Alabama 6-3 285 Sr. Houston, Texas
DL Devin Taylor (26) South Carolina 6-8 267 Sr. Beaufort, S.C.
ILB C.J. Mosley (70) Alabama 6-2 234 Jr. Theodore, Ala.
OLB Alonzo Highsmith (65) Arkansas 6-1 233 Sr. Missouri City, Texas
OLB A.J. Johnson (25) Tennessee 6-3 245 So. Gainesville, Ga.
DB Johnthan Banks (81) Miss. State 6-2 185 Sr. Maben, Miss.
DB Dee Milliner (47) Alabama 6-1 196 Jr. Millbrook, Ala.
DB D.J. Swearinger (26) South Carolina 6-0 210 Sr. Greenwood, S.C.
DB Matt Elam (25) Florida 5-10 210 Jr. Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Third-Team

DL Sharrif Floyd (21) Florida 6-3 305 Jr. Philadelphia, Pa.
DL Dominique Easley  (19) Florida 6-2 286 Jr. Staten Island, N.Y.
DL Bennie Logan (16) LSU 6-3 287 Jr. Coushatta, La.
DL Nosa Equae (15) Auburn 6-3 262 Jr. Mansfield, Texas
ILB Jon Bostic (21) Florida 6-1 243 Sr. Wellington, Fla.
OLB Cam Lawrence (22) Mississippi State 6-3 230 Sr. Coldwater, Miss.
OLB DeVonte Holloman (20) South Carolina 6-2 241 Sr. Rock Hill, S.C.
DB T’Sharvan Bell (21) Auburn 6-0 177 Sr. Kissimmee, Fla.
DB E.J. Gaines (12) Missouri 5-10 190 Jr. Independence, Mo.
DB Prentiss Waggner (11) Tennessee 6-2 185 Sr. Clinton, La.
DB *Tharold Simon (10) LSU 6-3 187 Jr. Eunice, La.
DB *Trey Wilson (10) Vanderbilt 5-11 192 Sr. Shreveport, La.
DB *Charles Sawyer (10) Ole Miss 5-11 175 Jr. Miami, Fla.

SPECIALISTS

First-Team

P Brad Wing (153) LSU 6-3 184 So. Melbourne, Australia
PK Caleb Sturgis (127) Florida 5-11 187 Sr. St. Augustine, Fla.
RS Tyrann Mathieu (159) LSU 5-9 175 Jr. New Orleans, La.
AP Dennis Johnson (86) Arkansas 6-0 180 Jr. Russellville, Ark.

Second-Team

P Steven Clark (24) Auburn 6-5 235 Jr. Kansas City, Mo.
PK Drew Alleman (37) LSU 5-11 183 Sr. Lafayette, La.
RS Onterio McCalebb (22) Auburn 5-11 168 Sr. Fort Meade, Fla.
AP Bruce Ellington (56) South Carolina 5-9 197 So. Moncks Corner, S.C.

Third-Team

P Dylan Breeding (16) Arkansas 6-1 211 Sr. Hoover, Ala.
PK Cody Parkey (28) Auburn 6-0 194 Jr. Jupiter, Fla.
RS Andre Debose (18) Florida 5-11 186 Jr. Sanford, Fla.
AP Johnthan Banks (48) Miss. State 6-2 185 Sr. Maben, Miss.

Here’s how each division was predicted to finish with first place votes in parentheses.

EASTERN DIVISION
Georgia (132)
South Carolina (72)
Florida (12)
Missouri (2)
Tennessee (4)
Vanderbilt
Kentucky

Western Division
LSU (139)
Alabama (72)
Arkansas (6)
Auburn (4)
Texas A&M
Mississippi State
Ole Miss (1)

SEC championship
LSU (129)
Alabama (65)
Georgia (14)
South Carolina (6)
Arkansas (4)
Auburn (2)
Florida (1)
Ole Miss (1*)

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Iowa LB Aaron Mends to miss extended time with injury

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Talk about a hard-luck story.

After never starting a game at Iowa, Aaron Mends (pictured, blocking punt) had earned a starting job at outside linebacker during practice this spring.  With football being the cruel mistress that it can be at times, the Hawkeyes announced Friday night that Mends “will miss an extended period of time due to injury.” The program offered no details as to the specific nature of the injury, although it’s believed to involve the knee.

According to the school’s release, the fifth-year senior suffered the injury during the final week of Iowa’s spring drills.

Mends was a three-star member of the Hawkeyes’ 2014 recruiting class.  He was the highest-rated linebacker in Iowa’s class that year.

After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, Mends has played in 38 games the past three seasons.  A baker’s dozen of those appearances came during the 2017 season.

Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, James Franklin and Clay Helton among 15 CFB coaches attending NFL Draft

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We’re less than a week away from former college players officially finding out their new homes with the start of the 2018 NFL Draft and the excitement is palpable no matter if you’re a Cleveland Browns fan or somebody who dons the cardinal and gold of USC.

Naturally this is a big deal for the players’ former programs as well and their recent head coaches will be taking full advantage of the marketing opportunity to future recruits by stopping by the draft itself at AT&T Stadium for the festivities. The NFL released a list of 14 college football coaches and one recent one on Friday as being confirmed to attend the event and there are a few notable names beyond the big ones we’re used to seeing every year:

In addition, Stanford head coach David Shaw will serve as a draft analyst on NFL Network for a seventh year in a row and even ESPN’s College GameDay is getting involved with a pregame show outside the stadium they are quite familiar with from big games over the years.

Georgia DB Mark Webb tears meniscus in practice but expected back before fall camp

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Georgia’s injury luck this spring isn’t getting much better as the defending SEC champions move toward their annual G-Day spring game over the weekend.

Head coach Kirby Smart confirmed with reporters after Thursday’s practice that sophomore defensive back Mark Webb suffered a knee injury earlier in the week and tore his meniscus. He already had the knee scoped and is expected back before fall camp after the rather minor procedure.

Webb originally landed in Athens as a wideout but made the move to the secondary just as the season was getting going. He appeared in 13 games in 2017, mostly on special teams, but was expected to challenge for one of the starting spots at cornerback heading into the upcoming campaign.

The absence of Webb in the lineup for the final week of spring adds to a growing list of injuries for the team during practice as they do a little bit of roster building toward the future. Receiver Michael Chigbu’s career may be over due to lingering injuries and defensive back Divaad Wilson tore his ACL not long after enrolling this semester.

Safe to say that G-Day on Saturday might not be as physical as Smart and the coaching staff would otherwise like as a result of trying to keep the team healthy as they prepare to head into a big offseason.

Old Dominion announces remodel, expansion plans for S.B. Ballard Stadium

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Old Dominion is making sure the first word in the school’s name is not the first thing you think of when you are playing against the Monarchs, joining a long list of their FBS peers with some significant upgrades for their home venue over the coming years. In plans approved this week by the university, ODU released renderings and an updated timeline on a $65 million remodel of S.B. Ballard Stadium that is set to begin as soon as this summer.

“We are excited to begin Phase 1 reconstruction,” said Greg DuBois, the school’s vice president for administration and finance. “Fan comfort and high-quality amenities are the primary focus of this phase. The project will help us create the type of game-day experience fans want and will set us up for future expansions.”

The stadium, some 81-years-old, will undergo a nearly complete teardown over the next two years in order to transform the place most know as Foreman Field. Both the east and west stands will be demolished and rebuilt, complete with new seating and a new press box. There will naturally be more restrooms and concession stands as part of the plan that includes plenty more bells and whistles for the Conference USA program. Seating is expected to grow beyond 21,000 or so capacity the current venue seats.

While construction will get started in the coming months, the bulk of activity will take place after the 2018 campaign is wrapped up at home and before kickoff of the opener in 2019. The Virginian-Pilot reports that funding will not utilize state funds but that the school is requesting that the legislature approve an added $10 million to the cost structure as a result of rising prices beyond the original $55 million forecasted.

2018 will be just the 10th season for the Monarchs (and fifth in FBS) since the football program was reinstated and it goes without saying that the new digs will be some of the nicest in CUSA when all is said and done. Few programs have been able to successfully navigate the transition as well as ODU has and it seems an updated stadium in the near future is the reward for head coach Bobby Wilder and others in Norfolk.