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    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Get your Malik Monk jokes out of the way quickly. The Arkansas-Kentucky basketball game Tuesday night means a lot more than personal retribution this season. The one season Kentucky had Monk, an Arkansas native who passed on the Razorbacks for the Wildcats, was easily in the Lexington team’s favor. Entertaining as it may have been, it was mere distraction. Both teams had bigger fish to fry than the pettiness spewed by the masses on Twitter would have suggested consumed the two programs. Now that it’s over, the 2017-18 version of Cats-Hogs can be measured for what it’s worth. Probably neither team is as good as last year. Kentucky definitely isn’t as good as the 2016-17 Wildcats. Arkansas is iffy on its team from a year ago. Yet, this game means far more than the two before it. Yes, even more significant than the SEC title game last season, a game Arkansas wanted to win for the ceremony and pomp and circumstance, but a game that ultimately wouldn’t have mattered much for seeding purposes (though, to be fair, it might have moved the Hogs away from North Carolina). Kentucky needs the win at Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday night to stanch the bleeding. Losers of four of their last five, the Wildcats’ standing in the SEC is below that of Arkansas. Weird. Arkansas needs the win to ensure its place in the NCAA Tournament discussion. No one is questioning it right now, but given the three final games of the season include two on the road and one against the likely SEC regular-season champs, the Razorbacks are far from locks. Beating Kentucky would buy some insurance for those three, just in case. Enjoy. Arkansas-Kentucky basketball: Game info, details Time: Tip-off is at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Feb. 20 Location: Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark. How can I watch the game? The game can be seen on ESPN. How can I listen to the game? The game will air on the Razorbacks Sports Network. Check local listings. How can I get live stats for the game? Live stats for the game can be found here. What’s next? Arkansas hits the road, east Alabama bound for a trip to Crimson Tide territory. The Razorbacks play Alabama on Saturday afternoon. The post Arkansas basketball vs. Kentucky: Preview, how to watch (February 20, 2018) appeared first on SEC Country.
  • The 2018 NFL Draft is once again expected to be loaded with talented players.Below find a 2018 NFL mock draft, and an up to date NFL draft order.   Baker Mayfield should be a high pick in the draft, as should USC quarterback  Sam Darnold. The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft is set for April 26. This draft figures to be quarterback heavy, with potentially four signal callers,  Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen going among the top-10 picks. Of the non-quarterbacks, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick could be selected in the top 5. NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, USC QB: The Browns have to use the pick on a quarterback, and we think they’ll choose Darnold. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, UCLA QB:  Rosen vs. Darnold will be an interesting debate. The UCLA quarterback might be wired to better succeed in New York than Darnold. Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb DE: While Minkah Fitzpatrick is the better prospect, defensive end is the bigger need for the Colts. Offensive line, such as Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson, could also be a target. Cleveland Browns (via Houston): Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama DB:  The Browns went quarterback with their first pick. Next up, they grab the best defensive prospect in the class. Fitzpatrick is a queen-on-the-chessboard-type of defensive back. Denver Broncos: Josh Allen, Wyoming QB: Offensive line could be the pick here. Drafting Allen is a risk, but the Denver quarterback situation might be the worst in the league. Allen did well in the Senior Bowl game, showing why he’s such a tantalizing prospect. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma QB: The Jets will continue toiling in mediocrity as long as they lack quality quarterback play. If anyone can handle the spotlight and attention that comes with playing for the Jets, it’s the Heisman Trophy winner. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Saquon Barkley: With Doug Martin having an up and down career, why not give Jameis Winston one more weapon and see if he really is your franchise quarterback. Defensive end is another area of need. Chicago Bears: Christian Kirk, Texas A&M WR:  The Bears almost have to pick a wide receiver. While many will peg Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, I think Kirk is a little bit better. But the Bears couldn’t go wrong with either. San Francisco 49ers: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame OG:  With Jimmy Garoppolo looking like the quarterback of the future, San Francisco can draft the best player available. As weird as it is to say that is a guard, Nelson is just special. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, Georgia LB: A defense with Khalil Mack on it shouldn’t be as bad as Oakland’s was this season. Smith is maybe the best off-ball linebacker prospect since Luke Kuechly. Miami Dolphins: Arden Key, LSU DE/OLB : Nelson could be an option, but instead they’ll take Key. While he might have off-field concerns, the LSU product has the potential to be an elite pass rusher. Marcus Davenport of UTSA could also get a look here after a strong Senior Bowl. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame T : The Bengals have skill players and a number of young and talented defenders. Where they most need help is on the offensive line. McGlinchey, or his teammate, Nelson, could be an option. Washington Redskins: Derwin James, FSU DB: Washington has it’s quarterback of the future with Alex Smith.  So look for them to take a player such as James, who is 95 percent the player that Fitzpatrick is. Green Bay Packers: Josh Jackson, Iowa CB: Secondary is still a huge area of need for the Packers. It’ll either be Jackson or Denzel Ward as the first cornerback taken in the draft. Arizona Cardinals: Connor Williams, Texas T: Quarterback is Arizona’s biggest need. They could reach for Mason Rudolph, or drastically improve their offensive line with the selection of Williams. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Alabama WR:  The Ravens might have the worst group of pass catchers in the NFL. This makes too much sense. Los Angeles Chargers:  Da’Ron Payne, Alabama DT : The Chargers had the second-worst rush defense in the league. Payne will help them improve, especially after how he took over the College Football Playoff. Seattle Seahawks: Derrius Guice, LSU RB: The Seahawks have had a revolving door of running backs since Marshawn Lynch departed. Guice would make it two years in a row that an LSU running back goes in the first round. Seattle could also look at the secondary, given that the Legion of Boom is getting old. Dallas Cowboys: Maurice Hurst, Michigan DT: Hurst might not be drafted this high simply because of his position. But the Cowboys need defensive tackles who can play, and Hurst is one of the best football players in this draft class. Detroit Lions: Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech LB: Running back could be an option here, but Edmunds fits a similar role to what Anthony Barr does for Minnesota. He could be a big riser come the NFL combine. Buffalo Bills: James Washington, Oklahoma State WR: While they need to figure out their quarterback situation, the Bills need to improve at the wide receiver position. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City), Vita Vea, Washington DT: The Bills traded Marcell Dareus earlier this season. And they’ll look to Vea to fill his void. Carolina Panthers: Marcus Davenport, DE UTSA: With Charles Johnson and Julius Peppers getting up their in age, Davenport is the perfect project to step in and eventually take over. Los Angeles Rams: Orlando Brown, Oklahoma T: Andrew Whitworth was huge for the Rams this season. But he’s also 36 years old. Brown is raw, but he could become the Rams’ left tackle of the future. Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn could also help on the interior. Tennessee Titans: Denzel Ward, Ohio State CB: The Titans selected a cornerback in the first round last year and will look to continue to improve their secondary. The Titans also could target a pass rusher, but with Mike Varbel now in charge, the Ohio State connection makes this too easy. Atlanta Falcons: Isaiah Wynn, Georgia OG:  Wynn had a great senior season with Georgia and then followed it up with a dominant Senior Bowl. Given the Falcons’ struggles on the interior of the offensive line, he’s a player who makes a lot of sense here. New Orleans Saints: Harold Landry, DE/OLB: Cam Jordan had a fantastic season for the Saints, but the defense still has some holes in the front 7. Adding Landry gives them another dynamic pass rusher. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans, Alabama LB:  With the Ryan Shazier injury casting doubt on his NFL future, linebacker becomes a position of need. Evans isn’t the prospect that Shazier was, but he, like many other Alabama linebackers, can be very good. Jacksonville Jaguars: Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State QB: Blake Bortles isn’t the answer for Jacksonville. The Jaguars could look at Rudolph or Louisville product Lamar Jackson. Rudolph will need to have a strong NFL combine to solidify this ranking after he missed the Senior Bowl. Minnesota Vikings: Billy Price, Ohio State G/C: Quarterback could be in play here, but Price, like Pat Elflein did this season for Minnesota, could be a Day 1 starter on the interior. New England Patriots: Sam Hubbard, Ohio State DE/OLB: Bill Belichick loves players who have ties to Greg Schiano. Pass rusher is a huge need for New England. And Hubbard’s defensive coordinator is in fact Schiano. Philadelphia Eagles: Braden Smith, Auburn OG:  For a team on the verge of winning the Super Bowl, there aren’t a lot of holes here. Offensive line is one given that a number of key players are starting to get up there in age. 2018 NFL Draft: First-round order Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished. 1. Cleveland Browns 2. New York Giants 3. Indianapolis Colts 4. Cleveland Browns 5. Denver Broncos 6. New York Jets 7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8. Chicago Bears 9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip) 11. Miami Dolphins 12. Cincinnati Bengals 13. Washington Redskins 14. Green Bay Packers 15. Arizona Cardinals 16. Baltimore Ravens 17. Los Angeles Chargers 18. Seattle Seahawks 19. Dallas Cowboys 20. Detroit Lions 21. Buffalo Bills 22. Buffalo Bills(Via Kansas City) 23. Carolina Panthers 24. Los Angeles Rams 25. Tennessee Titans 26. Atlanta Falcons 27. New Orleans Saints 28. Pittsburgh Steelers 29. Jacksonville Jaguars 30. Minnesota Vikings 31. New England Patriots 32. Philadelphia Eagles The post NFL mock draft 2018: First-round picks, NFL draft order, top players for the 2018 NFL Draft appeared first on SEC Country.
  • The Missouri basketball team returns to action on Tuesday night when the Tigers host the visiting Ole Miss Rebels. Below you can find game time, TV Channel and online information. Missouri is coming off a loss in its last game, as the Tigers fell to LSU. But they should get a chance to bounce back, as Ole Miss is the worst team in the conference and will be without Andy Kennedy, who stepped down from his job on Sunday. Missouri basketball-Ole Miss: Game time The Missouri basketball game will start approximately at 9 PM ET. The game will be played in Columbia, Mo. Missouri basketball-Ole Miss: TV channel The Missouri basketball game against Ole Miss will air on ESPN2. It will follow the West Virginia-Baylor game, which tips at 7 PM ET. Missouri basketball-Ole Miss: How to watch online Yes, you can stream the Missouri basketball game online. You can watch it using the WatchESPN app, provided that you have a subscription. Missouri basketball-Ole Miss preview Missouri had been riding a 5-game winning streak before being upended by LSU this past Saturday. The Tigers had a chance to win the game late, but failed to convert on the offensive end and lost 64-63. The loss dropped Missouri to 8-6 in conference play and 18-9, but thanks to losses from Alabama and Florida, it stayed tied for third in the SEC. The Tigers will once again be without Michael Porter Jr., as he had been previously ruled out for the game. Porter Jr. is set to meet with his doctor in Dallas on Thursday and that will determined if he is cleared to return. And while it would be unlikely that he returns for Saturday’s game at Kentucky, he could return for Missouri’s final two regular season games next week against Vanderbilt and Arkansas. While Missouri is coming off a loss, it should beat Ole Miss, which is in an absolute tail-spin. The Rebels have lost their last 7 games, and the last 5 of those contests have been by double digits. On Saturday, Ole Miss lost 79-62 to in-state rival Mississippi State. And on Sunday, the school announced that Kennedy was stepping down effective immediately. The school previously announced that it would be parting ways with Kennedy at the end of the season. Kennedy was the longest tenured coach in the SEC and in his 12th season with the school. Kennedy will be replaced by Tony Madlock for the remainder of the season. These two teams met earlier in the year, with Missouri winning 75-69 in Oxford, Miss. Missouri guard Kassius Robertson scored a season-high 27 points in the first matchup. Tuesday’s game will begin at 9 PM ET and air on ESPN2. Missouri basketball-Ole Miss: Live updates Tweets about from:@seccountryMizz OR from:@seccountrymiss OR from:@SECCountry OR from:@Aaronjreiss !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,'script','twitter-wjs'); The post Missouri basketball-Ole Miss: Game time, TV Channel, how to watch online, live updates appeared first on SEC Country.
  • LSU football is in the news every day, and  the Bayou Bengal Briefing is here to keep you updated with the latest headlines five mornings a week. Join us every Monday through Friday for the biggest news on Tigers football, recruiting, baseball and more. Enjoy! Switching sides Talking with former LSU running back Jacob Hester on 104.5 ESPN Radio Baton Rouge on Monday night, LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond revealed an impending position change for the spring. According to Raymond, LSU will move redshirt freshman wide receiver Mannie Netherly to cornerback this spring to fortify an otherwise thin position group. A former 4-star wide receiver from Crosby, Texas, Netherly took his redshirt in 2017. At 6-foot-3 and 194 pounds, Netherly is longer than most cornerbacks, but his athleticism makes him a natural candidate to switch. Netherly is no stranger to versatility either; he played quarterback his senior year of high school after playing receiver successfully his sophomore and junior seasons. MORE:  Sign up here to get this roundup in your inbox Monday through Friday That said, Netherly would’ve likely been overlooked had he stayed at receiver. With the arrival of incoming freshmen Terrace Marshall Jr., Ja’Marr Chase, Kenan Jones and Jaray Jenkins, not to mention the newfound eligibility of Texas Tech transfer Jonathan Giles, LSU’s wide receiver room was only going to get more crowded in 2018. And cornerback is a position where LSU is shorthanded, with only five scholarship players at the position. Will Netherly end up establishing himself as a playmaker on defense? Only time can determine that. This is a tough transition that players can’t make on athleticism alone. But the move makes sense for LSU. Take a player who won’t play and give him a chance to, all while fortifying a weak spot. Logically, it’s a win-win. Elsewhere in DBU stories Monday was rife for stories about LSU’s secondary. First, SEC Country’s Alex Hickey wrote about the potential of moving a safety to cornerback, something that is still a possibility but might not be as necessary 24 hours later. Later, I took a deep dive into the numbers to see if LSU’s cornerback situation is as dire as it’s been made out to be. As it turns out, there’s notable statistical proof to the idea that LSU has the most productive returning secondary in the SEC. LSU might be thin in the back end, but the starters who are coming back were among the SEC’s best in 2017 at breaking up and intercepting passes. Talkin’ ’bout the NFL draft The NFL draft isn’t until the end of April, but there’s never a shortage of news, especially when you have as many prospects heading to the league as LSU does. Here’s a couple of storylines you might’ve missed from Monday: Arden Key opens up about his 2017 season on Twitter NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah raves about wide receiver DJ Chark Checking in with the ‘croots We’re already deep in the throes of the 2019 recruiting cycle, with LSU targeting some of the biggest names in the country. In case you missed anything, here’s a smattering of the biggest LSU recruiting stories from Monday: Ranking Louisiana’s top prospects for 2019 Explaining the Tigers’ edge with the No. 2 QB in the nation In LSU basketball news The LSU basketball team hosts Vanderbilt at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center at 8 p.m. CT on Tuesday. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network and available for stream through WatchESPN. With a win, LSU could ensure that it will finish the 2017-18 season with at least a .500 record, something first-year coach Will Wade described as his No. 1 goal for Year 1 of his program. But don’t confuse that with Wade being content. Or with him looking ahead to something greater. Which he proved he certainly isn’t in a press conference on Monday. Will Wade ain't crazy y'all, he knows what he's working with #areyoukiddingme #welost15straightgames pic.twitter.com/igqfsoTbLp — Michael Cauble (@MichaelCauble) February 19, 2018 Don't talk to Will Wade about the post-season for his hoops team. #whatyoutalkingaboutpostseason #hellno #nonono @LSUBasketball @wwadelsu pic.twitter.com/aYQXl2Fb7F — Michael Cauble (@MichaelCauble) February 19, 2018 Today in made-up holidays According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Feb. 20 is National Love Your Pet Day. Which begs the question: What are people doing every other day of the year? I don’t know many people who have pets and are like, “Ugh, this thing again.” If you have a pet, chances are you like it. So, why do we need this holiday? It’s like National Remember To Eat Day or National Jump When You Hear a Loud Noise Day. It kinda seems inevitable. But anyway, if you have a pet, love it. But only for one day, I guess. Miss a previous edition of the Bayou Bengal Briefing? Find every one of SEC Country’s daily LSU football columns  right here. The post LSU makes roster move to reinforce its thin secondary appeared first on SEC Country.
  • Alabama baseball hosts Middle Tennessee  on Tuesday  at Sewell-Thomas Stadium for a single midweek contest. The Crimson Tide and Blue Raiders are set for a 3 p.m. CT first pitch at The Joe with the game airing on SEC Network+. How to follow Alabama baseball vs. Middle Tennessee Fans can follow this weekend’s series via the below outlets: Watch: SEC Network+ Listen: 102.9 FM / CTSN / TuneIn App Twitter: @AlabamaBSB Live Stats: RollTide.com What  you  should  know about Alabama baseball vs. Middle Tennessee Alabama and Middle Tennessee will meet for the 27th time in the history of the two programs when the Crimson Tide and Blue Raiders match up  on Tuesday afternoon. The Crimson Tide holds a 17-9 advantage in series history, including a 13-7 mark in games played at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, and is currently riding a two-game win streak. The teams will square off for the first time in 21 years after meeting every season from 1986-97. Middle Tennessee is coming off a weekend sweep of Western Illinois and sports a 3-0 mark on the season. The Crimson Tide will look to Garret Rukes, a redshirt freshman left-hander, for the start  on Tuesday evening. Rukes will be making his first appearance since undergoing elbow surgery last season after making 7 appearances, including 4 starts as a true freshman. The Blue Raiders are scheduled to start junior righty Carson Lester in the midday game. Alabama is coming off a perfect opening weekend to start the 2018 campaign, sweeping Valparaiso across a three-game series in Tuscaloosa. Across the first three games of 2018, the Crimson Tide accumulated 41 hits, 16 of which went for extra bases, and added 34 runs on the way to the series sweep. The 41 hits were the most across a three-game stretch by the Crimson Tide since May 8-10, 2015, when Alabama totaled 43 hits in the weekend sweep of Auburn on the Plains. The 16 extra-base hits were the most for a Tide offense spanning a three-game stretch since March 18-21, 2014, when the Tide also had 16 in two games vs. Alcorn State and the series opener with Arkansas. Probable pitching matchup TUESDAY:  UA — Garret Rukes (R-Fr., LHP) vs.  MT — Carson Lester (Jr., RHP) The post Alabama baseball: Game time, details for midweek matchup with Middle Tennessee (February 20, 2018) appeared first on SEC Country.
  • After a dominant opening weekend, Auburn baseball is back in action five times at Plainsman Park this week, starting with a Tuesday night game. The Tigers are off to their best start since they began 4-0 in 2013 and it’s the second time in the last decade that Auburn has kicked off the season with a trio of wins. Butch Thompson’s ball club didn’t notch any errors against Longwood and also posted 34 runs — the most scored runs since they produced 35 in a series against Oral Roberts in 2016. Georgia State has played three different opponents so far this season, earning wins against Bradley and Minnesota and falling to Connecticut. The Panthers will be the second team to visit The Plains this season. Auburn baseball vs. Georgia State game time, details Game: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 5 p.m. ET, SEC Network + or  watch online here Location: Plainsman Park, Auburn, Ala. What TV channels are the Auburn baseball vs. Georgia State game on? This game will be streamed on the SEC Network alternate channel. Andy Burcham will have the play-by-play and Mark Fuller will provide color.  How can I watch the Auburn baseball vs. Georgia State game online?  Watch the game online through SEC Network+ at  WatchESPN on Tuesday evening. How can I listen to the Auburn baseball vs. Georgia State game? You can follow the game on the  Auburn Radio Network. What you should know Auburn and Georgia State have played 16 times since 1949. The Tigers, who hold a 15-1 advantage, have won all 13 games played at Plainsman Park. The only loss came in Atlanta. Also, the last meeting between these two teams went to Auburn (7-4) in April of 2016. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Ryan Watson will make the start for Auburn on Tuesday evening. In 2017, Watson totaled a 5.17 ERA, striking out 22 batters in 31.1 innings pitched. Georgia State freshman Ryan Glass was responsible for a home run in his first collegiate at bat and drove in a trio of runs in the Panthers’ 3-1 victory against Bradley to open the season. The post Auburn baseball vs. Georgia State: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (February 20, 2018) appeared first on SEC Country.
  • LSU basketball takes on the Vanderbilt Commodores on Tuesday in Baton Rouge. See below for information on how you can watch, listen to and stream this game. For the Tigers, Tuesday is a chance for a milestone. Fresh off a wild 64-63 win versus Missouri on Saturday, LSU has a chance to earn its 16th win on Tuesday, guaranteeing a non-losing season for coach Will Wade in his first season at the helm of the program. This will be the second time in 2018 that LSU and Vanderbilt have played one another. The Commodores defeated the Tigers 77-71 on Jan. 20 in a game where LSU trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half before coming back to take a lead late in the game. LSU basketball versus Vanderbilt game time, details Who: LSU (15-11, 6-8 SEC) versus Vanderbilt (11-16, 5-9 SEC) When: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, 8:00 p.m. CT Where: The Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, La. What TV channel will LSU basketball versus Vanderbilt be on? Tuesday’s game will be broadcast nationally on the SEC Network. How can I listen to LSU basketball versus Vanderbilt on the radio? Baton Rouge residents can listen to the game on the radio by tuning to 98.1 FM Baton Rouge. Internet users can find a stream of the broadcast at  LSUSports.net/live. How can I stream LSU basketball versus Vanderbilt online? Tuesday’s game will be streamed through  WatchESPN.com. Mobile users can access the stream through the Watch ESPN App. Both the SEC Network Plus and WatchESPN require cable or satellite passwords to log in. How can I follow along with the game live? For live game updates, follow  @LSUBasketball on Twitter or visit  LSUstats.com. You can also follow SEC Country’s beat writers  @bigahickey and  @nicksuss for additional commentary and updates. Projected starting lineup: LSU basketball Point guard: Sophomore Skylar Mays Point guard: Freshman Tremont Waters Shooting guard: Junior Daryl Edwards Power forward: Senior Aaron Epps Power forward: Senior Duop Reath The post LSU basketball vs. Vanderbilt: Game time, TV channel, how to stream online (Feb. 20, 2018) appeared first on SEC Country.
  • Welcome to SEC Country’s Chicken & Waffles, your daily dish for all things South Carolina Gamecocks football, basketball and more. Miss a previous edition? Find every edition of SEC Country’s South Carolina Gamecocks Chicken & Waffles right here. Getting defensive With safeties Chris Lammons and D.J. Smith and cornerback JaMarcus King all moving on, the South Carolina Gamecocks secondary will look quite different in 2018 . The Gamecocks will count on senior defensive back Keisean Nixon to take on a bigger role. “Junior college transfer Keisean Nixon began last season at safety before Muschamp shifted him to cornerback,” SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan wrote. “Most of Nixon’s work came in the bowl game against Michigan, but he made the most of his limited opportunities in 2017, recording a pair of interceptions.” South Carolina surrendered 227.9 passing yards per game in 2017. Guess who’s back South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel is already practicing his footwork , according to a tweet from Samuel  himself on Sunday. Samuel suffered a fractured left fibula against Kentucky in Week 3, later injuring his foot while rehabbing his leg. The injuries ultimately cost the receiver the rest of the season. The rising redshirt senior had 15 catches for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns, with 2 kickoff return touchdowns in just three games last season. Team visit Three-star athlete and Class of 2019 prospect Tra Wilkins, along with 18 of his Stephenson High School (Stone Mountain, Ga.) teammates, visited South Carolina on Saturday . “Me and my teammates enjoyed it,” Wilkins said of the visit. “I got to meet all the coaches personally and everything, got to know them better. I got to talk to coach [Will] Muschamp.” The Gamecocks offered the 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker in December. He also boasts offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and more. MORE: Want this roundup in your inbox every morning? Sign up here! Offers out South Carolina offered a trio of 2020 prospects on Saturday : Defensive end Desmond Evans, defensive back Jalen Huff and lineman Seth McLaughlin. Evans is currently the highest rated of the bunch, tabbed as the No. 38 overall prospect for 2020 by the 247Sports composite. ‘A process our compliance people are handling’ South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin provided  an update on the status of Louisville transfer forward Brian Bowen on Monday. “First of all, I’m an open book. I’m not trying to hide stuff,” Martin told reporters. “Second of all, that’s a process that our compliance people are handling. There has been some stuff going on, but nothing to sit here and tell you that there’s any kind of resolution or that kind of stuff.” Bowen was suspended by Louisville last fall before transferring to South Carolina in January. The former McDonald’s All-American was rated as the No. 19 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, per the 247Sports composite. Moving on up A South Carolina football legend is in the running for a promotion . Former Gamecocks running back Duce Staley is a candidate for the vacant offensive coordinator position with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus . The position has been open since former offensive coordinator Frank Reich accepted the coaching position with the Indianapolis Colts earlier this month. Staley has been with the Eagles since 2011, coaching running backs since 2013. The Columbia native rushed for 1,115 his senior year at South Carolina before being taken by the Eagles in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft. Feel-good flashback With Samuel looking closer and closer to a healthy return to the field, it’s only fitting we look back at his electrifying 97-yard kickoff return touchdown against North Carolina State to open the 2017 season. Hopefully, South Carolina will get to see plenty more highlight-reel plays from the dynamic receiver in 2018. Craving more Chicken & Waffles? Get your fix with previous versions here. The post South Carolina’s new-look secondary; Gamecocks’ playmaker getting healthy appeared first on SEC Country.
  • Arkansas football rules the world of Razorbacks sports. So, with your bacon, have some Hogs for Breakfast and get caught up. It’s SEC Country’s weekday column and roundup on all things Arkansas … especially Arkansas football. Opinion, numbers, inane babble and more! And now with ironic exclamation points! There is no place like it on the web. Arkansas basketball needs just one win in its final four games of the regular season to feel solid about its NCAA Tournament chances. Kentucky basketball needs just one more win, period, to ensure participation. While their game Tuesday night at Bud Walton Arena doesn’t really conjure images of Jamal Mashburn vs. Scotty Thurman or even Jamaal Magloire vs. Derek Hood, Hogs-Cats holds real significance for both teams. Arkansas is seeking its third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years. Fourth postseason appearance in the last five. The last coach to, by himself, do either of those was Nolan Richardson. We aren’t exactly talking about recent memory here. The Razorbacks have won four straight games and are virtual locks for the Big Dance with just a final win before the SEC Tournament. Kentucky, on the other hand, is going in the other direction. John Calipari’s team has lost four of its last five. The Cats are winless in their last four on the road in conference play, too. Consider this, though: Despite Kentucky’s recent run of, frankly, bad basketball, the Wildcats are still a projected No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas, which is up a game on Kentucky in conference play and has a one-game superior record, is a projected No. 8 seed. You think the Razorbacks don’t want to flip that around? The biggest gripe fans of the Razorbacks have had this season isn’t whether Arkansas makes the NCAA Tournament. The biggest gripe has been how the team can get out of the No. 7 seed through No. 10 seed range. That place is hell. Tough first game, improbable second game. A win against Kentucky (admittedly combined with others in the final three) will get the Hogs to that point. So, yeah, it’s important at the Bud; mystique of the teams out the window. Cautious optimism for Arkansas’ offensive line That’s the best way to describe what fans should be feeling about Arkansas’ weakest unit on the football field the last two years. Even that’s tough, though. The Razorbacks lost Frank Ragnow, arguably the best offensive lineman the school has had in a generation. Ragnow’s replacement at center after he went down with an ankle injury three-quarters of the way through the 2017 season, Zach Rogers, he’s gone, too. Right guard and right tackle, troublesome spots that have seen at least five players cycle through in two seasons, are still the same guys. Left tackle is the same. Only Hjalte Froholdt at left guard returns and will earn any preseason plaudits. Yet, ask around and you won’t find the biggest offseason concern pointed at the offensive line. Perhaps it’s the injection of the new regime. More to the point, perhaps it’s the exit of the old regime, specifically former offensive line coach Kurt Anderson. Fans never really got behind him. Our Trent Shadid tackles — pun! — all the uncertainty around the offensive line in his piece Monday at the link above and here. MORE: Sign up here to get this roundup in your inbox Monday through Friday ICYMI Arkansas baseball didn’t move off its No. 2 spot in the SEC Country conference power poll. Though, to be fair, no team moved. College baseball is underway, but after one weekend, it’s impossible to tell much of anything yet. More information this week. Some were overreacting to the Diamond Hogs after the team dropped 32 runs on Bucknell on Saturday and swept the Bison. Arkansas is good — great, even — but those runs are a product of one game. The next day it was a two-run win. Coach Dave Van Horn’s team isn’t overrated. The Hogs are ranked exactly where they should be. Arkansas wide receiver recruit Jadon Jackson reminds lots of folks of some former Razorbacks who played out there. Basketball big man Daniel Gafford, who has been the team’s best player during this four-game winning streak, was named SEC Freshman of the Week. It’s the third time he’s been honored as such. Tweets and the like • Part of the reason for the overreaction right here. Though, to be fair, almost no one lost their minds about what Arkansas did. Diamond Hogs fans are generally a level-headed bunch. The 49 runs produced over Opening Weekend is the most by an Arkansas team over its first three games of the year since 1997. #OmaHogs pic.twitter.com/2TbWnyWn3g — Razorback Baseball (@RazorbackBSB) February 19, 2018 • Kudos on this Arkansas athletics department. More of this, fewer videos taken from drones. Dreamer. Trailblazer. Razorback. This month we remember Darrell Brown, the first African-American @RazorbackFB player. pic.twitter.com/WpVzPHvcTv — Arkansas Football Recruiting (@RazorbackFBRec) February 19, 2018   Skip Breakfast? C’mon. It’s too important. Catch up with previous versions here. The post Arkansas vs. Kentucky less sexy this year but awfully important for both appeared first on SEC Country.