Johnny Manziel, Demetruce McNeal

Auburn dismisses leading tackler after weed arrest


Well, that certainly didn’t take long.

Mere hours after reports surfaced of the arrest of Demetruce McNeal, Auburn announced that the starting defensive back has been abruptly and somewhat surprisingly dismissed from the football program.  The decision to dismiss the safety came less than 12 hours after McNeal was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

McNeal received the boot during a meeting with first-year head coach Gus Malzahn.

McNeal was the Tigers’ leading returning tackler, having been credited with 90 during AU’s woeful 2012 season.  He also tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with seven.

The dismissal served as the latest hiccup for the senior.  He missed the latter portion of spring practice due to what was only described as “personal reasons,” then was sidelined for the start of summer camp with a staph infection.

Joshua Holsey, who started six games at cornerback in 2012, is expected to take over the starting spot vacated by McNeal.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.