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Alabama, LSU pace SEC coaches preseason All-SEC team

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You may have thought we were done taking a look at preseason all-conference teams. Think again, because the SEC has served up three preseason all-conference teams for you. Alabama and LSU each land 10 players on the preseason selections as determined by the coaches of the SEC. As you might expect with three preseason all-conference teams, all 14 members of the SEC manage to be represented, because that would have really stunk for Vanderbilt if they couldn’t make the cut. It is the college football preseason equivalent to participation trophies.

As noted by the sEC, coaches were not allowed to coach for their own players. South Carolina’s Pharoh Cooper scored a spot on the preseason All-SEC teams not once, not twice, but three times. Cooper earned first-team honors at wide receiver and as an all-purpose athlete. Cooper again appears on the first team list as a return specialist. Other players earning first-team honors include Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, running backs Nick Chubb (Georgia) and Leonard Fournette (LSU). The defense is headlined by names like Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss), Curt Maggit (Tennessee), Vernon Hargreaves (Florida) Cyrus Jones (Alabama)and Jalen Mills (LSU).

Here are all All-SEC first team selections as determined by the coaches around the conference. You can view the SEC release for the other two if you are so inclined.

SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC First Team

SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC First Team

LSU’s latest losses add to spring competition

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Two LSU football players, fullback Melvin Jones and cornerback Rashard Robinson, are no longer enrolled at LSU and neither is expected to return to the football program in 2015.

The Advocate reported Monday that LSU had confirmed Jones and Robinson, both sophomores, are no longer enrolled and attending classes, and suggests the two are believed to be academic casualties to the roster.

Jones appeared in nine games for the Tigers in 2014 and totaled 12 rushing yards in his limited rushing attempts. Robinson appeared in eight games for LSU and recorded 17 tackles. Robinson was suspended during the season prior to LSU’s game against Alabama. Robinson also missed LSU’s season opener against Wisconsin.

The new vacancies should open up the competition in the spring. LSU has already seen one of the nation’s top fullbacks enroll early for the spring semester. David Druce should take advantage of the early enrollment and could be quickly moving into the LSU backfield alongside Leonard Fournette for what could be a thunderous backfield in 2015.

At cornerback, Tre’Davious White is back in 2015. So too is senior Jalen Mills, so the two spots could be filled already. However, LSU will still be likely to allow players to compete for job starting this spring.

Jalen Mills thankful to be back with LSU, doesn’t apologize

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Things are already back to normal for LSU safety Jalen Mills.

Five days after the safety was reinstated as part of the Tigers’ program once felony charges for punching a woman in the mouth and knocking her unconscious were reduced to a misdemeanor, Mills spoke with the media regarding his experience of being indefinitely suspended from the team.

“When everything happened, it happened so fast,” Mills told ESPN.com. “I didn’t know what I was going to be able to do for a month and a half or so. Just going through everything, if I had a second chance, I wouldn’t have myself in this predicament, and I wouldn’t cause all this confusion on the team.”

The No. 1 concern for Mills during that time seems to be whether or not he could play for LSU during this upcoming season.

“We actually have meetings where Coach [Les] Miles and the NCAA bring people in when things like that happen,” Mills said. “Man, listen to those people because you never know what can happen. Anything can happen, like my situation.

“It was kind of rough, just going through the whole process, not knowing whether I would be there to play with these guys. They’re my brothers, so once I heard those guys voted me back on the team, I was thankful.”

Mills established he was thankful to his team for reinstating him, but did he regret his actions?

Let’s see what he had to say next…

“It’s just a learning experience,” Mills said. “I’m learning from it right now. I just have to keep moving forward and just keep pushing and just try to stay focused on football.”

Not once did Mills apologize to the unnamed victim he allegedly punched. While Mills can’t get into specifics due to it still being an open case, he could have shown a little more contrition for his actions.

The world of sports becomes more sensitive each passing day regarding the treatment of women by athletes. Mills’ explanation and LSU’s handling of the junior’s reinstatement are completely tone deaf to the evolving landscape in sports.

Report: Simple battery charge for LSU safety Jalen Mills coming

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On Sunday LSU head coach Les Miles confirmed safety Jalen Mills was still serving an indefinite suspension, thus making him unavailable for fall camp for the time being. That is because LSU is allowing the legal system to run its course following an arrest for an alleged assault this spring. Today, according to a report from The Advocate, charges for that incident are about to be filed.

Early Monday morning The Advocate reported Mills will be charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor. This information reportedly came from the Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office via text message. As previously reported, Mills was arrested on a second-degree battery charge after allegedly punching a woman in the mouth. LSU quickly issued an indefinite suspension.

The legal system still has to play out before Mills could possibly return to the LSU playing field. He was expected to be a key contributor to the Tigers defense this season after making a move from defensive back to safety. With Mills now seeing a reduced charge against him, the likelihood he does return to LSU seems to increase, although any decision on a suspension will have to come from Miles first. Will he hold another team vote, as he did for former running back Jeremy Hill? That did not play out too well in the public eye, so here’s to hoping Miles makes the decision on his own.

LSU missing two as fall camp prepares to open

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LSU head coach Les Miles says two players have yet to report to LSU for fall camp, but for two very different reasons. Freshman defensive tackle Travonte Valentine is being held up on his arrival to Baton Rouge from his Miami home due to a communication hold-up with his certification from the NCAA Clearinghouse. Safety Jalen Mills is still serving a suspension following an arrest in May.

“Communication has been regular, us and the high school,” Miles said (via The Times-Picayune). “The reality is the high school and the Clearinghouse have to communicate. I think they’re doing that, I think they’re trying. Sometimes there’s easy answers and sometimes not. Hopefully this will be an easy answer.”

Miles is optimistic the resolution with the NCAA Clearinghouse will be settled. Valentine had previously been committed to Maimi but opted to name LSU his new favorite at a time when it was rumored Miami head coach Al Golden would be a potential replacement for Bill O’Brien at Penn State. Golden ultimately stayed put in Miami, but Valentine stuck with his decision to stay away from Miami and committed to LSU.

Mills was given an indefinite suspension by LSU after being charged for second degree battery, allegedly punching a woman in the mouth. At the time, Miles said a decision on the future of Mills would be put on hold until the legal process played out.

LSU will open fall camp on Monday.