Posted: 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013
By Slice of Life
A bit of a slow news day (except for the Robert Foster news and flipping Keith Holcombe from Mississippi State). But camp is pretty much here guys. In just two more days, we'll start to have some honest to God, real life football news to talk about. It can't come fast enough.
Polo was a highly touted 4-star defensive end out of Euless Trinity High School. He redshirted last year and was expected to make an impact this year on the defensive line. Polo was loved by his teammates and will be missed by all.
These stories are getting mighty old, y'all. Another young man has passed well before his time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this young man's family and teammates.
Defensive Player of the Year: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama. No doubt Jadeveon Clowney is the league's most dominant defensive player, but Mosley might be the most versatile -- or the most impactful. He has ideal range, lifts the play of teammates and, according to a team source, is the most instinctual linebacker Saban's had at Alabama. That's saying something.
Only one of the four experts picked someone other than Jadeveon Clowney to be the defensive player of the year. C.J. will have a tough road ahead of him if he's going to top Clowney.
2. Ole Miss : In case you're wondering: Yes, I can hear the snickering from here. But don't be surprised if Hugh Freeze has the last laugh, as his Rebels have the best offensive-defensive balance of any team in the West outside of Tuscaloosa. An experienced Bo Wallace, a deep and talented line, All-SEC candidate Donte Moncrief at wideout and Freeze's creative coaching should equal an explosive attack; adding five-stars Robert Nkemdiche and Tony Conner to a defense that returns 10 talented starters (including freshman All-American Denzel Nkemdiche) should equal a unit even better than the offense. The Rebels might not have second all to themselves -- the guess here is a three-way tie between Ole Miss and the two teams below them at 6-2 -- but with both the Aggies and Bayou Bengals coming to Oxford, they have the best shot at winning the tiebreak.
Ole Miss coming in second in the west? I don't know. I don't think the rebel bear human beings are that far off, but a jump all the way to second place would be pretty difficult to pull off. Obviously, he has Bama winning the west (like 95% of the talking heads these days). South Carolina winning the east would be interesting. They certainly have the easiest road of the "big three", but I just can't put faith in Spurrier. I've seen him think himself right out of a win too many times over the past three years.
Quick Hitters (Bama taking over the NFL, Y'ALL):
Saints Training Camp Recap, Day 5: Mark Ingram Busts Jonathan Vilma's Nose During Monday Practice | SB Nation Watch out now. Ingram is running angry and killing his own teammates (took out a teammate's ACL, busted Vilma's nose such that he needed stitches)
San Diego Chargers Camp Battles: The Offensive Line | SB Nation Sounds like Fluker is having a bit of trouble with the transition. Hope for the best for him.