The SEC wrapped up spring football over the weekend, and as far as I can tell, no big news has come out of it. Of local interest, Georgia Tech also played their spring game this past Friday.
It appears that Tevin Washington will head into the 2012 season as Tech’s starting QB, while redshirt freshman Vad Lee will likely be the no. 2 guy. Unfortunately for Tech fans, I expect similar results for 2012. My prediction for the Jackets is 8-4 (6-6 at the worst, 9-3 best case scenario). The Jackets have a tough opener (a conference opener nonetheless) at Virginia Tech on Labor Day night.
Tennessee fans saw their first glimpse of Sal Sunseri’s 3-4 defense in the Orange and White game on Saturday. Sunseri’s goal was to install 80 percent of his defense over the spring, and was pleased with the progress. I expect the Vols to have a bounce-back season in 2012. They’re definitely flying under the radar, with most of the talk surrounding Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. Tennessee was off to a decent start in 2011 until QB Tyler Bray went down in the Georgia game with a fractured thumb. Bray will be back in 2012, and if he stays healthy, the Vols could very well be a dark-horse in the SEC East.
Former Maryland offensive lineman Max Garcia will transfer to Florida, over Georgia, Clemson, Ole Miss and Southern California. This would have been a nice pickup for Georgia, but instead, is a big win for the Gators. Garcia will have to sit out the 2012 season.
It had appeared Arkansas would go the interim route for head coach in 2012, but multiple sources are reporting that they will announce a new head coach this afternoon. Reportedly no one on the current staff, and not an interim hire.
Mailbag Items: Obviously, my friends don’t take my mailbag seriously. The first mailbag item comes from Brett from Madison, WI:
“What do you think of this stat:
Over his career with the braves when Diaz has at least 2 AB the braves are -8. Conversely the braves are +44 when he does not.
And don’t tell me he provides emotional support from the bench. I don’t think I need to remind you what happened shortly after he was traded to the braves last year.”
Well Brett, I don’t really care for this stat. Matt Diaz will continue to be my favorite player, and there’s nothing you can do to change that. The more mad you get over this, and the more you dig into Diaz stats , the more justified I feel in this decision.
My second mailbag item comes from the biggest Prince fan I know, Ben of Athens, GA:
Ben, this would be a tough one to predict, as both are pretty bad-a$$. Neither would have a significant size advantage, both standing at a whopping 5’7″-5’8″. One thing is for sure, they would both kick the crap out of Prince.
However, until Steve Perry realizes his true destiny, and re-unites with Journey, then Flutie is my guy in this one.
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