Players to watch in Kentucky’s game vs. Florida

Kentucky returns to action Saturday against Florida. Here’s a look at five players for each team who could have an impact on the outcome.KENTUCKYKentucky Wildcats quarterback Patrick Towles (14) looks for an open receiver in the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Columbia, S.C.Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Patrick Towles (14) looks for an open receiver in the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Columbia, S.C.QB Patrick Towles (6-5, 240, Jr.)2015 Stats: 37 for 63, 449 yards, 3 TD, 2 INTTowles posted arguably the best game of his collegiate career in the three-overtime loss at Florida in 2014, throwing for 369 yards and three touchdowns. After struggling on some deep passes in the 2015 season opener, Towles bounced back at South Carolina to complete 21 of 29 passes for 192 yards. It’s difficult to imagine a scenario where Kentucky ends the Florida losing streak without Towles playing his best.RB Stanley “Boom” Williams (5-9, 196, So.)2015 Stats: 24 carries, 242 yards, 1 TD; 4 catches, 23 yardsWilliams enters the Florida game with three consecutive 100-yard rushing performances dating back to the 2014 season finale. Kentucky’s offense has thrived with a three-man running back rotation through two games, but with sophomore running back Mikel Horton’s status uncertain after a neck/head injury Williams may be counted on for an even greater role. He ranks fourth in the SEC in rushing yards per game (121) through two games.WR Garrett Johnson (5-11, 182, So.)2015 Stats: 9 catches, 124 yards, 1 TDKentucky’s leading receiver through two games, Johnson, a Winter Garden, Fla., native, will look to duplicate his 2014 success against the Gators. As a freshman Johnson totaled a career-high 154 yards and two touchdowns on six catches against Florida. Through the first two games of his sophomore season Johnson has showed improved consistency but is still looking to match the success of his Florida breakout last season.OLB Jason Hatcher (6-3, 252, Jr.)2015 Stats: N/AConsidered the heir apparent to 2015 NFL Draft first-round pick Bud Dupree, Hatcher will make his season debut against Florida after serving a two-game suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Mark Stoops said Monday Hatcher will have to work his way back into the team, but he should represent an immediate upgrade to a pass rush that ranks ninth in the SEC in tackles for loss through two games.CB Chris Westry (6-4, 185, Fr.)2015 Stats: 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT, 2 PBUThe reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, Westry will look to continue his impressive early run as the Wildcats’ starting cornerback with a strong showing against his home-state team. Westry grabbed a potential game-saving interception on and recorded his first career sack at South Carolina, but Stoops has left the door open for even more improvement from Westry. He could be tasked with shutting down Demarcus Robinson this week.FLORIDAQB Will Grier (6-2, 201, RFr.)2015 Stats: 26 for 35, 317 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT; 7 carries, 53 yards, 1 TDOne half of Florida’s early quarterback platoon, Grier leads the SEC in completion percentage (74.3) through two games. A former four-star recruit, Grier started the Gators’ week-two win against East Carolina, completing 10 of 17 passes for 151 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He added 10 yards on three carries in the game.QB Treon Harris (5-11, 198, So.)2015 Stats: 19 for 27, 269 yards, 2 TD; 8 carries, 55 yardsThe other half of Florida’s quarterback rotation, Harris started the opener against New Mexico State, completing 14 of 19 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. He came off the bench against East Carolina and completed 5 of 8 passes for 54 yards with three carries for 32 yards. Harris started the final six games of the 2014 season.WR Demarcus Robinson (6-1, 204, Jr.)2015 Stats: 11 catches, 89 yards, 1 TDFlorida’s leading receiver through two games, Robinson will look to regain the form that saw him catch 15 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns against Kentucky in 2014. Robinson ranks fifth in the SEC in catches (11) through two games. After leading Florida with six catches for 34 yards in the 2015 opener he was dropped to third team on the depth chart but bounced back with a team-high five catches for 55 yards and one touchdown against East Carolina.CB Vernon Hargreaves III (5-11, 199, Jr.)2015 Stats: 4 tackles, 1 INTA 2014 first-team All-American, Hargreaves missed Florida’s week two game against East Carolina with a leg injury but could return to the field against Kentucky. Florida head coach Jim McElwain listed Hargreaves as questionable on Monday. As a sophomore Hargreaves led the SEC with 13 pass breakups and ranked second on the team with three interceptions. Through his first 25 collegiate games, Hargreaves totaled seven interceptions.DT Joey Ivie (6-3, 290, Jr.)2015 Stats: 6 tackles, 3 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 fumble forcedThrough two games starting nose tackle Joey Ivie is tied for second in the SEC in sacks. He is also tied for the team lead in tackles for loss. All three of Ivie’s sacks came in the week-two win against East Carolina, when he also forced a fumble and was credited with an additional fumble forced. read more

Football Notes: MSU healthy and Troy game time

first_imgMississippi State head coach Dan Mullen watches players warm up prior to the game against LSU Tigers at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY SportsMississippi State head coach Dan Mullen watches players warm up prior to the game against LSU Tigers at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY SportsSTARKVILLE Mississippi State left Auburn with a win on the field and another victory on the depth chart. The Bulldogs enter this weekend’s matchup with Texas A&M with clean bill of health.“I think our guys our healthy. I think they’re tired. only once this year have we had an opportunity to be home before 2 or 3 a.m. at their apartments or dorms,” Mullen said. “It will probably be another 3 a.m. night.”Kendrick Market returned to the field after missing MSU’s matchup with Northwestern State. The senior safety finished with eight tackles, which was second to Richie Brown’s 13.Richie Brown named SEC Defensive Player of the WeekWinston Chapman is the only Bulldog who is out for No. 21 MSU’s matchup with No. 14 Texas A&M. The long snapper tore his anterior cruciate ligament last week and will miss the remainder of the season. Hunter Bradley assumed Chapman’s role.Troy vs. Mississippi StateThe Southeastern Conference announced its television schedule for Oct. 10. Mississippi State will host Troy at 3 p.m on the SEC Network. It will be just the second time this season MSU will have played a game prior to 6 p.m.The rest of the SEC schedule for Oct .10 is:LSU at South Carolina, 11 a.m., ESPNNew Mexico State at Ole Miss, 11 a.m. SEC NetworkGeorgia at Tennessee, 2:30 p.m., CBSArkansas at Alabama, 6 p.m., ESPNFlorida at Missouri, 6:30 p.m., SEC NetworkContact Michael Bonner at mbonner@jackson.gannett.com. Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.last_img read more

USC tackles Fournette factor

first_imgLSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) leads FBS in rushing yards per game, averaging 216 in four games.LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) leads FBS in rushing yards per game, averaging 216 in four games. Junior linebacker Skai Moore is confident the Gamecocks will show improvement this season.Junior linebacker Skai Moore is confident the Gamecocks will show improvement this season.COLUMBIA – University of South Carolina defensive players and coaches have no problem comparing LSU running back Leonard Fournette to a former outstanding Southeastern Conference athlete.Stopping Fournette is another matter.“We kind of compare him to (Todd) Gurley,” said USC linebackers coach Kirk Botkin. “He was really good for Georgia for a lot of years. (Fournette is) a big back. He may be a little faster. He may be a little better.“He’s special. That’s the word I would use for him.”Gamecocks defensive line coach Deke Adams agrees.“I think he is more shifty than a Todd Gurley-type kid,” Adams said. “He runs hard. He’s physical and he punishes people that tackle him.”Junior linebacker Skai Moore, who leads the Gamecocks in tackles for the third consecutive season, also sees the former Georgia standout when looking at Fournette.“I’d say he is similar to Gurley — a big guy, powerful, fast,” Moore said. “He is pretty much the same type of back.”For the record, Gurley — now playing for the St. Louis Rams in the NFL — was listed at 6-foot-1 and 226 pounds by Georgia in 2014. LSU lists Fournette as 6-1 and 230 pounds.A look at the stats indicates that when the Gamecocks take the field at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, they will have the difficult job of stopping a running back possibly even more dynamic than Gurley, who gained 131 and 132 yards against USC the past two seasons.After rushing for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman, Fournette has picked up 864 yards and scored 11 touchdowns while averaging 8.7 yards per carry in four games this season.That includes 228 yards and three touchdowns against Auburn and 244 yards and two scores versus Syracuse.“You have to get your mind right,” said USC free safety Isaiah Johnson about playing Fournette. “He is a great player. He’s big, fast, smart. We’re looking forward to the challenge.“We’ve been waiting for this, waiting for this opportunity to go against a running back like him. I know we’re going to be ready and well-prepared.”Saying you’re ready for the Fournette challenge is one thing. Actually succeeding is something else.As former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”South Carolina has struggled to stop runners:• Last week, Missouri — which ranks 112th in rushing offense in the 127-team FBS — got 98 yards from Ish Witter.•Georgia’s Nick Chubb — considered the Heisman Trophy front-runner before Fournette broke out — rushed for 159 yards three weeks ago against the Gamecocks.•The week before, Kentucky’s Stanley Williams finished with 107.•In the season opener, North Carolina’s Elijah Hood gained 138.Equally troubling for USC is that in the combined 65 times those backs carried the ball, the Gamecocks tackled them for a loss twice — for a combined minus-3 yards.None of that dampers the excitement of a team that considers today a chance to prove its worth against the top rusher in the country.“You see it on film,” Moore said. “You see it on ESPN. He is a big, physical guy who, whenever he gets into the secondary, is a challenge for the (defensive backs) to stop. He’s a big, powerful back.“As a backer, I love that. Just coming downhill and having a physical challenge like that gets me excited. I’m definitely ready for the challenge, put my body on his and see what happens from there.”“You respect his ability but, at the end of the day, he puts his pants on just like we do,” said Mike linebacker T.J. Holloman. “Our job is to go out there and stop him.”TODAY’S GAMESouth Carolina (2-3, 0-3) at No. 5 LSU (4-0, 2-0)Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.TV: ESPNRadio: 104.9 FMlast_img read more

CBS Sports: Sims will start in Alabama opener vs. WVU

first_imgBlake Sims will reportedly take the first snap for the No. 2-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide this season.CBS Sports has learned that the fifth-year senior will start Saturday’s season opener against West Virginia at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The 6-foot, 208-pound Sims played behind AJ McCarron for three years after being redshirted his first year in 2010.Alabama coach Nick Saban has yet to make a public announcement that Sims will start. He took issue to a question Wednesday about Sims by saying, “Nobody ever said he wasn’t going to start the game.” Florida State transfer Jacob Coker is expected to play as well Saturday. Sims had taken a slight lead after the second scrimmage of camp because he had a better understanding of the offense than Coker, a Mobile native who had to graduate from Florida State in the spring to be immediately eligible to play this year.A Gainesville, Ga, native, Sims is considered a dual-threat quarterback while 6-5, 230-pound Coker is a pocket passer. In 2011, Saban played McCarron and Phillip Sims in the season opener, but went with McCarron for the entire game the following week at Penn State. McCarron proceeded to win back-to-back national championships in 2011 and 2012 for the Crimson Tide.last_img read more

Final: Tennessee 24, Vanderbilt 17

first_imgLive University of Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt football updates:Live Blog Live: Tennessee-Arkansas Sate updates window.cilAsyncInit = function() {cilEmbedManager.init()};(function() {if (window.cilVwRand === undefined) { window.cilVwRand = Math.floor(Math.random()*10000000); }var e = document.createElement(‘script’);e.async = true;var domain = (document.location.protocol == ‘http:’ || document.location.protocol == ‘file:’) ? ‘http://cdnsl.coveritlive.com’ : ‘https://cdnslssl.coveritlive.com’;e.src = domain + ‘/vw.js?v=’ + window.cilVwRand;e.id = ‘cilScript-e20a50a2c5’;document.getElementById(‘cil-root-e20a50a2c5’).appendChild(e);}());Tennessee kick retuner Cameron Sutton (23) turns the corner as he runs it back for UT's first touchdown against Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium. Saturday Nov. 29, 2014.Tennessee kick retuner Cameron Sutton (23) turns the corner as he runs it back for UT’s first touchdown against Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium. Saturday Nov. 29, 2014.last_img read more

Alabama’s Allen, Shepherd injured

first_imgTUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama right tackle Austin Shepherd and defensive end Jonathan Allen both left the game against Texas A&M with apparent leg injuries.Shepherd was helped off the field in the first half Saturday. He returned to the sideline wearing a protective boot on his left foot.Allen was hurt in the third quarter. He appeared to be favoring his left leg before he was taken to the locker room on a cart.Allen had two tackles, including a sack.There was no immediate word about the severity of their injuries.last_img

Razorbacks fall to #10 Georgia 45-32

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:4d347ffbf3fabc3cbbf10e1 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-602836-3847378567001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) – Arkansas football fell to the No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs, 45-32, on Saturday evening at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.Arkansas outgained Georgia, 422-386 in total yards, including 296 yards out of the air from junior quarterback Brandon Allen. Allen went 28-of-45 on the day, with three touchdowns.The Razorbacks outscored the Bulldogs, 26-7 in the second half. Arkansas utilized four different Razorbacks for scores on the day. Sophomore running back Alex Collins made two trips to the Georgia end zone. Allen found sophomore tight end Hunter Henry in the end zone on a last-ditch toss in the third frame. Junior wide receiver Keon Hatcher and freshman Kendrick Edwards each tacked on one score a piece for the Razorbacks in the second half.The Razorbacks will return to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 25 against UAB. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. and will be broadcasted on the SEC Network. Purchase UAB tickets here.For more information on Arkansas football, follow @RazorbackFB on Twitter. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

Jarvis Summers may no longer be terminally underrated

first_imgOXFORD — It took a while, but Jarvis Summers is finally getting his just due.Ole Miss’ senior guard was named to the preseason All-SEC team last week, and also received votes for player of the year. In the last week he’s appeared on three separate lists of the top 100 players nationally: CBS Sports (No. 92), SB Nation (79) and ESPN (96).Coming off a junior season in which he averaged 17.3 points and 3.8 assists, Summers is finally earning the recognition that has been a long time coming. Since the moment Summers stepped on campus in 2011 he’s been a driving force behind Ole Miss basketball, even if no one noticed.He was the quiet freshman point guard on a decent team with a couple of big personalities (Murphy Holloway and Terrance Henry specifically), and then was lost over the last two years behind the force of nature that was Marshall Henderson. Coach Andy Kennedy repeatedly said it last season: Summers, not Henderson, as the team’s best player. No one outside of Oxford listened, because Henderson was the show.Ole Miss picked to finish sixth, Summers on all-SEC teamOle Miss’ Jarvis Summers wins Howell awardThings change now: Henderson is in Qatar and this is Summers’ team. The Rebels have some nice pieces, like an explosive athlete in Stefan Moody, a transfer big man (M.J. Rhett) and a handful of underclassmen that are potentially due to make the leap (Sebastian Saiz, Dwight Coleby). But if Ole Miss is going to go from a middle of the pack SEC team and get back into the NCAA tournament, it’s up to Summers to lead them there.The good news in that regard is that Summers’ game has always been about steady production and not flash, part of the reason why it took so long to get noticed. We’re talking about a player who somehow quietly made 51.1 percent of his 2-point shots last season and 42.3 percent of his 3-pointers. As DraftExpress.com noted, the mid-range off-dribble jumper is for almost everyone a terrible shot; Summers made 60 percent of his. Summers also assisted on 28.4 percent of Ole Miss’ baskets when he was on the floor. It’s not unreasonable to suggest that Summers can find an uptick in production simply by taking some of the shots that Henderson once took. Summers is a good 3-point shooter, so he can take more than the 3.4 attempts he averaged last season. Playing off the ball some (Moody and another transfer, Terrance Smith, help in this regard) could force Summers to look for his own shot more, while also drawing defensive attention away from the others.This has already been a really nice career for a guy who former Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin admitted last season thought was going to be his … when Martin was at Missouri State. Ole Miss went through a lot of point guard targets in the class of 2011, striking out on names like Rashad Madden, Andre Hollins and Shane Larkins. There’s some good players there, and one is already in the NBA. But the kid from Jackson has piled up production and been a steady part of Ole Miss basketball for his first three seasons. His fourth is a chance to find a way to be spectacular.last_img read more

Miles encourages everyone to vote

first_imgBATON ROUGE – His Tigers may be preparing for the biggest game of the season against Alabama on Saturday, but LSU football coach Les Miles opened his weekly press luncheon Monday by urging everyone to vote in the general election Tuesday.“Just recognize that it’s Election Day coming up, where all model citizens will get off and take care of their duties to their country,” he said. “This is not Columbus Day. This is not just for the Italians. This is certainly not St. Paddy’s. It’s not just for the Irish. It is for all those who have the ability to vote in our country, so get out and do that, please.”Asked what candidates he may vote for, Miles said, “I refuse to say. Hey, it’s a right of every American to keep that private. Your voting, I didn’t ask, ‘Hey, raise your hand if you’re voting for this guy.’ I just said everybody should go vote.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:b3687379d653a1769e396106 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-136706-3873505593001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.THE RECRUITING BOWL: Several high school prospects’ decisions come down to LSU or Alabama every February, but it is rare that a prospect bases his decision solely on the outcome of that game, the latest of which will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium on CBS. No. 4 Alabama is 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Southeastern Conference. No. 14 LSU is 7-2 and 3-2 in the SEC.Leonard Fournette of St. Augustine High in New Orleans was the No. 1 prep tailback in the nation last year, and he weighed LSU versus Alabama throughout his recruitment. In the end, he chose LSU even though it lost for the third straight time to Alabama last November.“Certainly, there’s a piece of recruiting that is specific to winning,” Miles said. “To what extent, I’m not certain. I can always tell you, it’s a lot more fun to call after you won one, though.”Former LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell said he did base his college choice on the outcome of the LSU-Alabama game when he was a senior at Williamson High School in Mobile, Ala. Heavily recruited by Alabama, he was on the field as an LSU visitor at Tiger Stadium on Nov. 16, 2002. Alabama beat LSU, 31-0, that night, and Russell chose LSU because he said he felt the Tigers needed him more.LSU-BAMA SERIES HISTORY: Alabama has won the last three against LSU, including 38-17 last year in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and 21-17 in Tiger Stadium in 2012. But the Tigers still lead the series this century by a 9-6 count. The Tigers were 7-1 against Alabama from 2000 through 2007 – the most dominant period in LSU’s history against Alabama. The Tide leads the overall series 48-25-5 with a 26-8-2 advantage in Tiger Stadium. LSU coach Les Miles is 5-5 against Alabama and 3-5 against Alabama coach Nick Saban.last_img read more

Wolves At Brooklyn Tuesday Night

first_img 1080p HD 360p 720p HD About Connatix V56892 About Connatix V56892 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Auto (360p) The Minnesota Timberwolves will look to rebound from their slow start to the season Tuesday night with a game against the Nets in Brooklyn. The Wolves have started the season 1-4 under new head coach Tom Thibodeau.Minnesota started the season with losses at Memphis and Sacramento before returning home to defeat Memphis. Since then, Minnesota has dropped a home game against Denver and at Oklahoma City.Tip-off on Tuesday is slated for 6:30 on AM 1390 KXSS, with pregame coverage beginning at 6:00. 1/1last_img read more