Pro Bowl

SEC tops in Pro Bowl players, too


Surprise, right?

After claiming the past six BCS championships — with a shot at a seventh straight in the offing — and annually sending the most players, first round or otherwise, into the NFL via the April draft, it wouldn’t exactly qualify as a stunning revelation that the SEC sent the most players to the NFL’s annual farce of an exhibition game in Hawaii.  That said, we’ll go ahead with the reveal anyway.

In a press release sent out by the ACC, the SEC topped all conferences with 20 players selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl.  A total of 84 players, 42 each from the AFC and NFC, were selected to play in the late-January “contest.”

The ACC was a distant second to the SEC with 12 players selected, followed by the Big 12 (11), the Pac-12 (10), the Big Ten (8) and Conference USA (4).  And, before you ask, those were the only conferences mentioned in the release.

As far as individual schools go, both Miami and Tennessee had six players apiece selected.  Five of the six Vols were voted in as starters.

Market closed: Miss. St. loses starting safety to torn ACL

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Ahead of its final non-conference game against Troy, Mississippi State’s secondary has sustained a loss that will impact it for not only this contest but for the remainder of the season.

Safety Kendrick Market has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season, the school said Monday.  Market sustained the injury in the loss to Texas A&M this past weekend.

Because Market is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues, the injury will also mark the end of his collegiate career.

“Unfortunately that was probably the last play of his career,” said head coach Dan Mullen. “It’s always a shame. You never know when it’s going to end for a young man. …

“He’s an amazing young man. He’s about 5-8, 195 and runs a 4.75 forty and has been an impact player in the Southeastern Conference. It just shows the type of person that he is, the man he is, the work ethic he has and how successful he’ll be in his life.”

Market had started four of five games this season, with the only DNP coming in Week 3 against Northwestern State because of a foot injury.  Prior to this season, Market had started 16 games for the Bulldogs.

Mizzou’s Maty Mauk indefinitely suspended, won’t play vs. Florida

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 06:  Maty Mauk #7 of the Missouri Tigers talks to coaching staff during their SEC Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Georgia Dome on December 6, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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While the length isn’t yet certain, we do know that Maty Mauk‘s suspension will be more than the one-game variety.

Monday, Gary Pinkel announced that Mauk will remain indefinitely suspended from the football program.  Additionally, the Missouri head coach confirmed that true freshman Drew Lock will start at quarterback for this Saturday’s game against No. 11 Florida because of Mauk’s suspension, which kept him out of this past weekend’s game for what was described as a violation of team rules.

Pinkel has steadfastly refused to specify the reason or reasons behind the punitive measures, and the coach maintained that tack today as well.

“I don’t ever talk about disciplinary issues ever,” Pinkel said. “That’s something they trust in me and I trust in them.”

Prior to his suspension, Mauk was 13 out of the 14 starters in the SEC in passing efficiency. In the first start of his collegiate career, Lock completed 21 of his 28 passes for 136 yards, two touchdowns and, most importantly, no interceptions as Mizzou beat South Carolina 24-10.