Notes: Are the Hogs, Vols ready to contend in 2015?
Published on Tuesday, 6/16/15, at 11:35 a.m. Eastern.
—My interview with the A to Z Gang on ESPN Radio Nashville last week, as we discussed Tennessee’s season win total.
–I gave my takes on Arkansas and Tennessee in this column filed to VegasInsider.com last week:
—My breakdown of college coaches on the hot seat posted to VI.
–Florida is starving for offensive line help and got a little bit last week with the news of an incoming transfer. Fordham OT Mason Halter, a two-time FCS All-American who is a 6’8″ 300-pound offensive tackle, will be eligible right away and will be in Gainesville for Summer B. Rod Johnson had to retire from football a few months ago, but he recently sought out a second opinion and was hoping to play again. However, he has again decided that it is in his best interest to retire, announcing that decision via twitter on June 15.
–5Dimes has the Gators as 35.5-point home favorites vs. New Mexico St. for their season opener at The Swamp. The total is 55 combined points.
–You may have seen Lawrence Phillips name back in the news recently. Phillips, the former All-American running back at Nebraska who helped the Cornhuskers to the 1995 national title, is facing accusations that he murdered his cellmate in prison a few months ago. Check out this link which contains letters from Phillips (before the latest charges) detailing the terrifying reality of life in maximum-security prisons.
–After just one season in Athens, quarterback Jacob Park announced earlier this week that he’s transferring from Georgia. One factor that might have prompted Park’s exit was the arrival of grad transfer Greyson Lambert from Virginia. Lambert is expected to compete with Brice Ramsey for UGA’s starting QB job. Lambert had a 10/11 touchdown-to-interception ratio for the Cavaliers last season.
–Kentucky OT Josh Krok, a three-star member of the 2014 recruiting class who redshirted last year due to an injury sustained last summer, is transferring. The Ohio product, a 6-8, 317-pounder, has indicated a desire to be closer to home and his potential destinations include Kent St. or Akron. He’s from a small town 170 miles north of Columbus.
–The SEC has announced its marathon schedule for SEC Media Days in August.
–Check out BYU’s brutal September schedule: at Nebraska, vs. Boise St., at UCLA and at Michigan. That’s a tough stretch for Bronco Mendenhall’s squad, but he’s going to have a strong squad led by veteran playmakers Taysom Hill (QB) and Jamaal Williams (RB).
–San Diego St. has suspended five players for the first six games of the 2015 season. The only returning starter of those five players is offensive guard Darrelle Greene, a two-year starter for the Aztecs.