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@barrettsallee What player that would be classified as a disappointment so far in his career is due to respond with a big year?— DOTS (@BDohertyCFB) May 9, 2013
I'm going to go with Auburn wide receiver Trovon Reed.
Reed saw two snaps before redshirting in 2010, and was banged up quite a bit in 2011—Gus Malzhan's last season as Auburn's offensive coordinator. Now that Malzahn is back as head coach, Reed may see plenty of chances to make an impact for the 2013 Tigers in a variety of ways.
He sits atop the depth chart at one of three starting wide receiver spots exiting spring practice, and has the talent to become a star if he can stay healthy.
The 6'0", 190-pounder was a former 5-star prospect in the 247Sports.com composite, has the speed to be a deep threat and the quickness to be incredibly dangerous in space.
Reed will be pushed by Ricardo Louis, but if he stays healthy, he could make a major impact on Auburn's offense as a wide receiver and as a punt returner.
@barrettsallee How much of a point do you think Bob Stoops was making about the awfulness of the SEC's bottom half?— Alex Ferguson (@viewfromamerica) May 9, 2013
I don't think he has a point at all.
I mentioned in my column that the back end of the Big 12, a conference in which 40 percent of its teams had seven or fewer wins, isn't much different than the back end of the SEC which had 43 percent of its teams win seven or fewer games.
Looking around the rest of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), and you get more of the same. The ACC had 75 percent of its teams finish the season with seven or fewer wins, while the Big East had 50 percent, Big Ten had 50 percent and the Pac-12 had 42 percent.
I'd be curious to know exactly what Stoops expects from the back end of the SEC.
If your back end is comparable to other conference and your top end is remarkably heavy, you're a really good football conference.
Stoops' comments have to be put in proper context, because they were made at an alumni event. But that works both ways. He should know that they'll get out thanks to the wonders of the Internet, and will be analyzed—especially if they're inflammatory.
Within the SEC 8 vs. 9 gm and perm cross-rival discussions,is divisional realignment on or off the table?"@barrettsalleeSEC Q&A...— TG (@tngstreet) May 2, 2013
I don't think it's completely off the table, but certainly is less likely now that the expansion bonanza has been put on hold due to the ACC's grant of rights agreement.
If and when (and I believe it is "when" due to the fact that the SEC is now heavily in the programming business with the SEC Network) the conference goes to a nine-game schedule, a lot of concessions will be made from a scheduling standpoint.
Cross-division rivals are one of those discussions that will be had, but I don't think that divisional realignment is one. Sure, the divisions are not geographically correct, but they weren't before. Vanderbilt has always been farther west than Auburn. As things currently stand, there's a nice diagonal line dividing the conference, which is good enough in my mind.
Now if expansion was a legitimate possibility in the future, I think divisional realignment would be a realistic possibility, especially if Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee could be placed in the same division. That would remove the cross-division rivalry tag from Alabama/Tennessee and Auburn/Georgia, and effectively putting that debate to rest.
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