As a fisherman this article intrigues me. There has to be a reason a predatory fish is moving this far out of its natural habitat. The obvious answer is looking for food but that doesn’t explain why. My guess is commercial fishing interfering with the natural aquatic food chain but I’m no marine biologist. I just love getting out on the water and catching fish. I fou d this article by GeorgiaBeforePeople pretty cool. This isn’t typical at all for my blog but I hope you enjoy.

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Not long ago, Noel Todd caught an 8 foot long, 368 pound bull shark in Shell Creek which is located in Valona, Georgia.  Shell Creek is a brackish stream not far from the coast, so it’s not shocking that a shark  might be found here.  However, bull sharks have been sighted 2500 miles up the Amazon River.  The North American inland shark-catching record was set in 1937 when 2 fishermen caught a bull shark in the Mississippi River next to Alton, Illinois.

Lapshark?

“Nearly comatose” bull shark discovered in Lake Pepin, Minnesota which is connected to the Mississippi River.  This is the lake where Laura Ingalls’ father (of Little House on the Prairie fame) used to fish.  Bull sharks are tropical to semi-tropical species, not well adapted to such cold waters.  I discovered 15 months after posting my article that this photo is an APRIL FOOLS JOKE.  I was fooled and I…

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Friday Spring Practice Notes

I went to practice today and jotted down notes as it went on. I watched mostly skill position drills early due to their position to the view of the fans. I’ll go into more detail and my takes on Monday but here are my notes from today nonetheless.

-all rb’s look good on running play drills. They seem comfortable

-Milton is by far best route runner in the red zone check down drills

-Morrow drop in red zone. Doesn’t catch naturally

-Fred brown looks smooth in drills

-Jameon looks best shape since he’s been here

-Ricco Sanders is struggling

-Malcolm and Rojo are jacked. Big and ripped

-big hit by Redmond on pbu

-Nick James being disruptive

-James & Virges together were tough to deal with. Big & physical

-good 20ish yard grab by Rojo

-Josh Robinson runnin tough inside

-Jameon good routes, slick in traffic

-Carr has great hands, looks good

-Good run by Perkins. Shifty in traffic.

-Good grab by Hill in tight space

-Ladarius Perkins broke a long run

-Josh Robinson good run long run

-Jameon & Nickoe worked at fielding punts

-punter looked horrible early, boomed later on

-Skeleton passing drills the looked real good (Russell & WRs)

-Fred brown gets open easily

-int by Richie Brown

-great route and TD catch by Holloway. Slick double move to the corner of the end zone

-TD catch by Rojo on slant in traffic

-Brandon Hill is physical in red zone, good TD catch after defender contact

-Cox is physical at CB, looks real good. Plays mean

-great TD catch absorbing a big hit by Jeremy Chappelle

-Collins is much more hands on w/the whole D than Wilson was. Collins coaches every position

-Jameon is almost unguardable 1 on 1

-Malcolm w/a nice TD catch. He’s targeted in the red zone

-Nice TD reception by Milton. Good receiver out of the backfield.

-Quay and Nick together and motivated= a lot of disruption

-O line got good drive in goal line scrimmage situations to end practice

Way Too Early SEC Top 6 Power Rankings

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1) Alabama
Can we really argue with Nick Saban at this time? Until someone unseats them, they remain at the top accepting all challengers.

2) South Carolina
The Ole Ball Coach has his best squad since he’s been in Columbia. If they can start off 3-0 they can emerge as the main threat to dethrone Bama and Saban. Would it not be fitting for Spurrier to pull this off?

3) Georgia
Can nice guy Mark Richt finally get his team to play with the killer instinct? He certainly has the offensive weaponry to do so with senior QB Aaron Murray. If Todd Grantham can get that defense playing at a high level, watch out.

4) LSU
This is probably my pick that most disagree with. I think Zach Mettenberger gets to that next level and elevates the Tigahs play to challenge Bama in the West. Questions on defense but they have the athletes. What about the voodoo in Death Valley?

5) Florida
It didn’t take long for the Gators to take on the tough as nails demeanor of their coach Will Muschamp. The defense will again be really good. Can Jeff Driskel improve and make them a threat through the air? That is the question.

6) Texas A&M
Kevin Sumlin’s team has more to prove than any of the rest of the power 6. Johnny Manziel was electric on his way to the Heisman. Is he still focused? Will we see a sophomore slump? Their defense was ranked 9th in total D and 7th in scoring D in the conference; plus they lost all their top end talent. The defense must improve if they want higher levels of success.

For in depth analysis of the Eastern Division Power 3 teams https://3rdand57.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/sec-east-power-3/

For in depth analysis of the Western Division Power 3 teams https://3rdand57.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/sec-west-power-3-way-too-early-predictions/

SEC East Power 3: Way Too Early Predictions

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  1. South Carolina

My pick to win the East is the Gamecocks. Steve Spurrier finally has amassed the talent the “Ole Ball Coach” needs to not only win his division but possibly the entire SEC. Connor Shaw played much of the year banged up but was still able to compile 2,391 yards and account for 20 td’s through the air and on the ground. If he can stay healthy he seems to be primed for a monster year. In back up duty, Dylan Thompson was good for 10 td tosses with only 2 interceptions. Replacing Marcus Lattimore will not be easy but rising sophomore Mike Davis averaged over 5 yards a carry and seems like a great option to inherit the bulk of the carries. Losing Ace Sanders hurts but returning leading WR Bruce Ellington (40 rec 7 td) and big play WR Damiere Byrd (26.14 ypc) ensure the WR corps will be stocked with playmakers. The offensive line remains mostly intact, only having to replace the C position.  On defense it all starts with the line. Arguably the best in the country, Jadaveon Clowney, Kelcy Quarles, and Chaz Sutton return 38.5 TFL from last year. They are poised to wreak more havoc. The biggest question mark is at LB where they lost 5 of their top 6 guys. Their hoping the talented but inexperienced group’s transition will be eased by the dominance of the DL. The secondary only has to replace the FS position with all the other positions having incumbent starters who combined for 6 INT’s last year.  The schedule will tell the tale for the Gamecocks. They open with North Carolina, at Georgia, then Vandy. They also get Florida and Clemson at home at the end of the year. Definitely a tough schedule but they should have the talent and coaching to overcome it.

2. Georgia

Mark Richt returns a team that was seconds away from beating Bama which would have given them the right to slaughter Notre Dame and be national champions. Again, it all starts and finishes with senior QB Aaron Murray (3893 yds 36 TD 10 INT) who should be a Heisman contender. Fantastic freshman duo Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 2,144 yds and 25 TD’s and both averaged over 6 yards a carry. Michael Brown and Michael Mitchell return at WR and as sophomores they combined for 64 catches and 8 TD. Mitchell seems poised to be the next superstar WR at UGA. The entire offensive line returns intact and with the numbers the Murray and the RB’s put up last year, I expect more of the same. On the defensive side is where it gets dicey. In losses they averaged giving up 33.5 ppg. They lose the entire D line and DE Ray Drew is the only one with at least a little experience. A lot of new faces at LB too; they will count on Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera and neither were starters last year. Basically a whole new front 7. Keeping with the reoccurring theme, UGA will also field a new secondary as well. Although they are young and talented they will have a hard time replacing Baccari Rambo, Branden Smith, and Shawn Williams. The schedule for UGA is a killer too. They open at Clemson and then get USC at home. They get LSU at home but travel to Vandy and Auburn and don’t forget about the cocktail party in Jacksonville.

3. Florida

After a resurgent 2012 featuring an 11-2 record, Will Muschamp’s Gators are ready to challenge for the East again. Florida’s ability to challenge will rest on the improvement of Jeff Driskel who passed for 1,646 yards 12 TD and only 5 INT. For them to really take the next step, Driskel will have to as well. Last year freshman Matt Jones played pretty well in limited carries averaging over 5 ypc. WR is a position where they need multiple younger guys to step up. Quinton Dunbar is the best playmaker returning. He had 36 catches and 4 TD’s last year. Florida only lost 2 seniors from last year’s O line. The group had a lot of injuries and played a bunch of guys. They return a lot of experience from an array of player. O line should be a strong point for the Gators next year. The Gators return a loaded group on the D line led by Dominique Easley, Leon Orr, and Jonathan Bullard who combined for 19 TFL last year. Also add in 2 highly touted juco guys in Damien Jacobs and Darius Cummings and they are set.  The LB’s are led by Jelani Jenkins and Ronald Powell even though he is more of a hybrid. At CB they return studs in Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy but hey also signed #1 hs CB recruit Vernon Hargreaves III who many believe to start immediately. Matt Elam going pro hurts at S but they are loaded with talent there as well. I expect a slight dip without Elam but nothing terribly noticeable. Of all the East contenders, Florida has the best schedule. They have 2 road test at LSU and USC but get the rest of the big games at home (I’m counting Jacksonville as home). Georgia, Vandy, and FSU are their other test. Those 2 road trips will make or break their chances.

“Why did they cover that up?”

“Get The Picture” lays out why the NCAA’s president Mark Emmert is such a joke in this latest happening. How in the world can fans have faith in the NCAA?

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Would it surprise you to learn that the NCAA hasn’t been totally forthcoming in its whitewash self-investigation of its behavior in the Miami/Nevin Shapiro matter?  Yeah, well, me neither.

The NCAA investigator who took over the University of Miami case last May attempted, as her fired predecessor did, to use Nevin Shapiro’s attorney to help build a case against Miami – a detail curiously omitted from the NCAA-commissioned report detailing the NCAA’s improper handling of the case, according to an email exchange between the parties that was relayed to me by two people.

Meanwhile, UM also will allege that NCAA investigators lied to interview subjects by claiming that other people interviewed made comments they never made, in order to trick the subjects into revealing incriminating information they otherwise might not have, according to multiple officials familiar with the NCAA’s case against UM and former coaches. UM believes such behavior is…

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SEC West Power 3: Way Too Early Predictions

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1)Alabama
How can you pick against Alabama at this point? Nick Saban has his guys hitting on all cylinders and competing for a national title yearly. The weak point will be the O line. They lose 3 NFL caliber players across the front but return a talented group. The group is led by lone junior Anthony Steen and sophomore phenom Cyrus Kouandjio. I don’t expect to see much drop off with the talent they return. AJ McCarron also gets weapons aplenty in TJ Yeldon, Kevin Norwood, and Amari Cooper returning at the skill positions. The schedule sets up nicely this year. I really don’t think anyone can question an Alabama defense under Saban at this point. The lone road test is in the 2ndgame at Texas A&M but the revenge factor will keep the Tide motivated. They get their other remaining challenges at home (LSU, Ole Miss, and Tennesee). Factoring in returning talent plus the schedule and the Crimson Tide should be kings of the SEC again.
 
2)LSU
This is my surprise pick of the group. LSU lost a total of 10 underclassmen to the draft, not to mention graduating seniors and the Tigers will field a largely new team in 2013. O line is the biggest concern, particularly tackle, and they slide out La’el Collins from his guard spot and rising sophomore Vadal Alexander mans the other. The interior line has more upperclassmen and should be fine. Even though Michael Ford and Spencer Ware declared for the draft, Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue would have been ahead on the depth chart anyway. The defense took the bigger hit with Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo moving on to the NFL but I don’t expect the defense to take the dip that others do. LSU has elite athletes everywhere on the roster and Tommy Moffett will have those guys ready to go come fall. I expect LSU to field another elite defense next year. The real key to LSU is Zach Mettenberger. We saw flashes last year, such as the Alabama game, where he played lights out. I expect a much better Mettenberger this year with his gained experience and the Tigers riding him to challenging Bama for the Western Division crown. The schedule will decide LSU’s season. Road trips to Alabama and Georgia are crucial and a split is needed at the minimum. Their remaining tough tests are at home with Florida and Texas A&M coming to Death Valley.
 
3) Texas A&M
I have a feeling that A&M will be the trendy pick to challenge Bama for the west this year. I think they will be very good but I see a 3rd place finish in their future. They return Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and most of his weapons. Running Back Ben Malena (919 total yards) and receivers Mike Evans, Thomas Johnson, and Malcome Kennedy (138 combined catches) all return ready to light up big numbers again. No doubt the biggest loss on offense was Luke Joeckel but graduated center Patrick Lewis departure also hurts. Jake Matthews staying and sliding to LT will help but as a whole can they protect Manziel like last year’s unit? The losses on the D line of Spencer Nealy and Damontre Moore hurt badly. This unit will have to step it up to replicate last year’s group. Linebacker was hit hard by graduation and will be another inexperienced group. Bottom line on A&M’s defense is that they lost most of their high end talent off of a middle of the road defense last year. They were 7th in scoring and 9thin total defense in the conference. Any dip in what they did last year and their chances of challenging for the west decline dramatically. Another factor against them is that every coordinator in the conference has had a whole offseason to break down A&M/Manziel tape. I think he will see a slight dip in production as well. Alabama and Vandy are both tough games they get at home. Their road slate includes trips to LSU, Ole Miss, and Arkansas. To have a prayer they must win 4 of those 5 but I can see them losing 2 at a minimum with 3 as a solid possibility. Don’t forget that 3rd in the SEC West is still makes A&M a really good team who could beat anybody on any given Saturday.

Rick Ray reviews roller coaster first season at helm of MSU

1 thing I know for sure is that I appreciate the effort that Rick Ray’s team showed this year. A depleted roster and tons of injuries weren’t enough to make this team give up. I’m really anxios to see what we can do next year with a full roster. Hats off to Rick Ray and squad this year. Great season ending write-up by the Hail State Beat.

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As the month of March draws to a close, so has Rick Ray’s first season as Mississippi State’s basketball coach.

Boy, what a season it was.

Mixed amongst the lows of injuries, suspensions and losses were the highs of SEC wins, a surprisingly successful final stretch run and a huge turnout by students for an equally big victory over Ole Miss.

ZLVIOGLWWDZSRTK.20130108195915On Wednesday, Ray reflected on his inaugural campaign as a head coach, while also looking forward to year two.

Sure, the losses column mounted a bit too high for his liking, but looking past records and final scores, the head coach of the Bulldogs saw a lot to like.

Namely, he saw his players – and his team – get better, even if final results didn’t always show it.

MSU even ended up with two freshmen – Gavin Ware and Craig Sword – on the All-SEC Freshman Team, while…

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Rebel Fans and Marshall Henderson

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There has not been a more talked about figure in Mississippi and nationally the last few weeks than Ole Miss Shooting guard Marshall Henderson. He has been a lightning rod for controversy. All year long I have kept quiet on the Henderson talk but now I have to address it. It may surprise you that I will not direct this at Henderson but the Ole Miss fans rationalizing his actions. That is who I’m fed up with.

A few things I need to get out of the way before I get started. I really enjoyed watching Henderson on the court this year. Outside of MSU, I watched mostly Rebel basketball because of him. I commend Andy Kennedy for taking a gamble and bringing him in. He was the final piece they needed to get to the NCAA tournament. Also, I don’t believe there is another coach in America that could have kept Marshall focused enough to keep him on the floor all year. In a strange way I think Kennedy can relate to Marshall and has gotten more out of him than any other coach. In this post I will not slam Marshall or his behavior. If making bad decisions at 22 was an art, I’d be freaking Vincent Van Gogh. I could not pass judgment on him without being the biggest hypocrite in the world.

I am completely comfortable calling out all the Ole Miss fans that decide to make excuse after excuse for him of late. It’s ridiculous. I could go on forever with excuses but here are a few.

“I think a lot of the stuff he has done has been dramatized by the media” – Rebel Man

“I’ll be honest. I think a good bit of it is because he’s white and plays basketball” Rebel Man

“This whole Marshall Henderson discussion makes me wonder whether or not we hold athletes to an unreasonably high standard” @RedCupRebellion (I actually really like the cup)

To be fair, not all Ole Miss fans are out there staunchly defending his actions. Many are being very quiet as I would be.  The point is simple; no way reasonable adults should condone or makes excuses for his behavior. I’ll go back to myself as an example. A lot of my immature mistakes at 22 were not defendable by my parents. If they would have made a bunch or excuses or rationalizations they would have looked like morons. That doesn’t mean they had to stop loving me. Do you get it Rebel fans? You don’t have to stop loving Marshall but when you make excuses for him you look like morons.

Let’s draw another parallel. Nothing I hate more than social media around election time. It drives me nuts. One thing is that I get the political views, wanted or not, of all the folks I follow on twitter. All the Ole Miss fans I follow are about as conservative as it gets and that is to be expected in the South. Nothing wrong with that at all. I saw too many tweets from yall speaking on how sick you were of entitlements and how every person should accept some personal responsibility. Those were your morals. Now when it comes to athletics, those same morals don’t count because he plays for your school. Where did the personal responsibility go?

I also need to touch on that I completely understand taking up for your own but there is a limit. An example that I’m ok with was Jeremiah Masoli. When the Rebels gave him another chance many MSU fans took every opportunity to take shots at him. Rebel fans defended him and his character. I’m in agreement with this case because he came to Ole Miss and his plays coupled with his actions were that of a role model. He kept his nose clean and represented Ole Miss well. This isn’t the same thing.

From this point forward there is little doubt that everything Marshall does will be under a microscope. I hope he learns from his actions and matures. I will not stop watching him play and Ole Miss fans should not stop cheering for him when he drains a 3. What Rebel fans should stop doing is making excuse after excuse for his actions that don’t represent the university and himself in the best light.

SEC Questions Answered

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As spring football kicks off across the SEC, questions begin to arise with every program. This is one of my favorite times of the year. As fans, we get to speculate which personnel losses are devastating and which guys are ready to step up. Not only do we have new players proving themselves, there are some new coaches trying to put their stamp on their new programs.

I do some pretty extensive online reading and I stumbled across a topic on SEC Rant that had a nice series of questions up for discussion. I thought it would be interesting to answer them all here.

1. How will LSU’s offense do next season? With all the talent returning and a new OC, it seems that they can do well, but you can never expect too much from a Les Miles offense.

I think we will see the best LSU offense we have seen since Jamarcus Russell. It begins and ends with the QB and Zach Mettenberger is that guy. In his first year of experience he showed flashes of elite QB play (Bama and MSU games). I think we see him take that next step in his development which will elevate LSU’s offense to the next level as well. An improved Mettenberger will make LSU the top contender to compete with Bama for the SEC West crown.

2. Will Johnny Manziel be as good next year? He seems to be partying a lot and not really giving a shit about football….

I think we will see a dip in Manziel’s numbers and partying has nothing to do with it. He lost 2 great offensive lineman but returns most of his weaponry. I think the biggest thing working against Manziel is that Sumlin’s offense is not brand new anymore. Every coordinator in the SEC took extra time this offseason to break it down. I think Manziel will get a bit better but the defenses he plays will make a bigger jump in how to defend him. I think Manziel still has a big year but not a playstation 3 like repeat of last season.

3. Will Alabama really win the West next year again? It seems to be popular belief that they will be the best next year, but that means 4 out of 5 national titles. I’m sorry, but I just don’t see it happening. They barely got away in two games this year (Georiga, LSU) and lost to A&M. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not flaming Alabama, but it seems really hard to believe.

I don’t see anyway Bama cannot be the favorites. They took a hit on the o line but they will retool. McCarron still has his top 2 WR’s and TJ Yeldon behind him. Bama still has Nick Saban and Kirby Smart so there is no reason to think their defense won’t be great. The key for them is their 2nd game at Texas A&M. If they get that one, its as good as over. They get LSU at home later in the year. If Bama were to lose to A&M it would open the door for the Aggies and Tigahs but that doesn’t count out the Tide by any stretch.

4. Will Georgia be relevant next year? Georgia has a great team and a great QB returning next year, but Mark Richt has been known for underachieving teams. Besides that, all logical reasoning points to the fact that they will be good.

With Aaron Murray returning you have to think UGA will at least challenge for the east. The loss of Jarvis Jones is huge for the defense but it seems that Willie Martinez has them bought into his scheme and I expect them to be a top 6 SEC defense. The biggest 2 things working against UGA this year are: (1) Mark Right teams have never had the “killer instinct”. They always seem to not quite be able to get it done on the big stage. (2) South Carolina is the biggest thorn in UGA’s side this year. Clowney and Shaw seem poised to lead USC to the SEC title game.

5. Which team will surprise? I actually think Tennessee with their new head coach and good recruiting class so far. They have some great players, and with the proper leadership, I think they can go far.

Tennessee should be improved but they aren’t my pick. I think we see the biggest turn around in Auburn. We saw what happened when Malzahn was there and when he left. I think he pushed Auburn to success in spite of the moron formerly known as Gene Chizick. People forget that Auburn recruits in the top 10 every year and has a roster as talented as anyone. The has just quit on Chizick last year. This year we will see renewed spirit and see a much better team that will upset 1 of the big dogs.

6. Who is going to be the non-SEC media darlings this year? Last year it was Notre Dame, but then that train went off the rails real quickly.

I think Notre Dame will get way too much hype again. With USC falling the way they have I don’t think they are in the discussion any longer. Mark this down guys. It will be Ohio State and the story line will be that Urban Meyer is the one who knows how to beat the SEC since he won NC at Florida. Prepare yourselves because its coming.

7. Will Ole Miss build on their success? I dont really think so. Not this year at least. They just dont have the talent, and now everybody is going to prepare hard for them since Hugh Freeze has proven himself. Just my thoughts.

Ole Miss has another brutal schedule and despite returning dang near everyone, they still are a very young team. The biggest problems I think Ole Miss faces is their road vs home schedule. Getting Bama and LSU at home leaves a brutal road slate. I don’t think they will upset either of those 2 at home. Throw in that Arkansas and Auburn will be different teams and the Egg Bowl in Starkville and this year is much tougher than last year. I think if Ole Miss duplicates what it did last year it would be a great success but I don’t see the next step happening.

8. Is Bret Bielema a good coach? He certainly was pretty successful at Wisconsin, but the SEC is MUCH MUCH more competitive than the Big Ten.

I think he’s a good but not great coach. He’s going to have to make his bones in the SEC recruiting. He has stepped into a whole new world and if he is going to have consistent success, he’s going to have to do a better job then he did at Wisconsin. That said, I think you see an immediate improvement in Arkansas. The motorcycle wreck wreck left the team stunned and John L was trying to hold it together to no avail. That was a dead, beaten team before they stepped on the field. I’m curious how the offense will fare without Tyler Wilson but I have full faith that the defense will be much improved. I expect a much better Arkansas team this year.

MSU Pre-Spring Roster and Thoughts

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Yesterday MSU released its  Pre-Spring 2  deep depth chart and many eyebrows were raised across the state as fans immediately started breaking it down. Before I go any further, Dan Mullen was quoted as saying something along the lines of this depth chart not meaning anything. While that is correct, I still believe that it gives us a good idea of who we will see get reps next year and also who had a good offseason and gave themselves a shot at getting on the field more.

Let’s look at some of what I thought were surprises:

-Justin Senior (soph) appeared on the depth chart as the 2nd team LT. I have been wondering who was going to claim that spot because many have been given a chance at T. Good to see a clear backup for Blaine Clausell.

-Josh Robinson (soph) has the 2nd spot at RB. He is also listed at 5’9 225, which means he has gotten bigger. 2nd RB will be hotly contested this spring and even more so in the fall when Nick Griffin returns.  Do not count out Derrick Milton.

-Jeremy Chappelle (jr) starts of pre spring as a 2nd team WR backing up Robert Johnson. Many believe he has a chance to unseat Joe Morrow as the 2nd starter. We will have to see.

-Fred Brown (rFr) started as a 2nd team WR. That might not mean much to many but it is a shock to me. He came from a running offense in high school and had a lot to learn. I’m shocked sr Ricco Sanders is not backing up Morrow.

-Winston Chapman (soph) is our starting snapper right now. The reason I include him is because I’ve never heard of him and that’s a more important spot then a lot of fans realize. It’s only a big deal when he sails one over the punters head.

-Ryan Brown (soph) and AJ Jefferson (rFr) grabbed the backup DE spots. Brown saw action last year but Jefferson getting the other speaks to the offseason he had. Torrey Dale (rFr) is a guy a lot of fans are excited about but he couldn’t crack the initial top 2. Competition will be intense here, especially with Chris Jones on the way.

-Justin Cox (jr) getting a starting spot at CB from the get-go is somewhat a surprise. I thought he’d end up with it but start off with the 2’s.

-Kaleb Eulls (jr) got the starting nod at DT. I have to preface what I’m about to say with the fact that he is a great kid and great ambassador for MSU. In 26 career games as the starting DE he had 1 sack and 4 TFL. If he’s going to start at DT his production needs to spike dramatically. Great kid by all accounts but his numbers at DE will not cut it in the SEC.

-No Quay Evans (soph) in the 2 deep has many fans scratching their heads. Arguably our most talented DT and not in the early rotation. If he works hard this spring I can see that changing. I think it’s on him. He’s a potential future early NFL draft pick so he should be motivated to go all out.

-No Richie or Beni Brown (both rFr) is the LB 2 deep. It’s not a shock to me when you see how veteran the group is. Our top 5 guys have gotten extensive game reps and Zach Jackson has been in the program a year before them. I wouldn’t worry. They’ll probably play all special teams and push hard for reps.