Johnny Football Favorite to Repeat Heisman
At least that’s what odds maker Danny Sheridan says. I say the odds are against him. 21 non-seniors have won the Heisman Trophy but only Ohio State's Archie Griffin was a repeat winner. Of the 21 non-senior winners, eight went pro, so only 1 of the 13 possibilities did it. Johnny Football will try to do what Doak Walker, Billy Sims and even the great Tim Tebow couldn't do. He might get injured like Roger Staubach, Sam Bradford or Mark Ingram that derailed their repeat campaigns. Then you consider the fact SEC defenses have had a year to scheme him. No...I don't think he'll win it this year.
Malzahn Poised to Win Right Away
That’s the opinion of TSN’s Matt Hayes. Not quite sure what his definition of win right away is but I certainly see Auburn finishing below .500 in the SEC this season. Losses at LSU and Texas A&M and losses vs. Georgia and Alabama. That leaves games vs. Miss State, Ole Miss, at Arkansas and at Tennessee. Should be happy to win half those for a 2-6 SEC record. That is two conference wins more than last year, so if that's winning right away, there you go. I love Malzahn's recruiting class...got real playmakers that will help and Auburn needs it. But still a big question at QB...no proven playmakers at WR and serious questions on defense...especially the front 7. I have to disagree with Matt Hayes.
Mark Stoops Putting Kentucky on the Recruiting Map
Stoops and the Wildcats just landed a 5th 4-star recruit this afternoon when Stanley "Boom" Williams, 247 Composite's #5 APB, tweeted Yahtzee, which has become the unofficial victory cry of the UK coaching staff when they get a verbal. This is the reason the Wildcats hired Stoops. He has created a buzz...he's made the Kentucky football program a destination for top recruits, not a landing spot for the left-overs. To this point, the Wildcats have gathered 16 verbal commitments and UK is currently ranked 6th in the nation by 247 sports. The other big story line in Kentucky recruiting has been the 8 Ohio High School commitments they've received. The Cats had only 7 Ohio players on its roster before Stoops arrival. Stoops grew-up in Youngstown, OH so he's got ties to both the fertile recruiting grounds in that state and in Florida as well.
Bulldogs Land 4-star Malkom Parrish
Looks like it came down to Georgia and GT. Interesting story in that this 4-star out of Brooks County (GA) HS is 247 Composite's #8 ranked CB even though he's never played the position. He's been a QB in high school, last season throwing for 3000 yards, running for 1000 more and scoring 41 touchdowns. Parrish becomes the Bulldogs 3rd highest rated prospect just ahead of RB Nick Chubb who committed two days ago. Parrish might be a little like Nick Marshall who was a star QB at Wilcox County (GA) HS who went to Georgia as a corner, got kicked out and has resurfaced as a QB at Auburn.
College World Series Preview
Jonathan Holder and the Miss State bullpen is one of the big reasons why I said all season that I wouldn't be surprised if the Bulldogs get to Omaha. Holder 18 saves, phenomenal 83 K in 48 IP but he's only the back end. Ross Mitchell 12-0, 1.35 ERA out of the pen and Chad Girodo has been huge in the post-season with 10 K in 4 IP vs. Virginia in the Super Regional. Plus the Bulldogs are a tourney-tested team. They’ve had a great post-season run the last 3 seasons.
All that said, LSU is the team to beat in Omaha. If Nola and Eades pitched like they did in the Supers, LSU will win their first two games at the CWS, putting them in the advantageous winner’s bracket and with the format there, I predict will cruise to the national championship in five games.
SEC Player of the Year Goes Pro
And I’m a little bit surprised. Don't know that Vandy 2B Tony Kemp would have enhanced his draft status much more by coming back because he had a phenomenal season but thought there might be a twinge of unfinished business there in Nashville after the 2nd seeded Commodores got upset by Louisville in the Supers. But junior 1B Conrad Gregor also signed today as well so a pretty tough week for Vandy...instead of packing for Omaha...two of their key juniors instead packed their bags for the pros.