Kurt Roper

Report: Gators set to hire Duke’s Kurt Roper as OC


One day after reportedly meeting with Florida, Kurt Roper will reportedly have a new home in 2014.

ESPN.com confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the Duke offensive coordinator will be hired to fill the same role with the Gators.  An announcement is expected later this week, the website stated.

If the hiring comes to fruition, Roper would replace Brent Pease, who was fired shortly after the end of the 2013 season following two very unproductive seasons in Gainesville.

Roper has been with the Blue Devils since 2008 and was a Broyles Award finalist in 2013.  This year, Roper directed a Duke offense that finished the regular season 49th in scoring (31.6 points per game) and 68th in total yards (408.1 yards per game).

While that doesn’t exactly scream “Baylor” or “Oregon,” it’s vastly superior to anything that’s happened offensively for the Gators since 2009.  In the four seasons since — one under Urban Meyer, three under Will Muschamp — Florida has not averaged more than 30 points per game or more than 350 yards per game in a single season.  2013 was absolute rock-bottom as the Gators finished the regular season T-111th at 18.8 points per game, 112th in total offense at 316.7 yards per game and 107th in passing offense at 170.9 yards per game.

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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.