Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Covering Dixie: Connor Shaw, Justin Worley, Johnny Manziel, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. All your crystal football are belong to us.

Generally, I don't like starting "Covering Dixie" with injury or medical news, but there were a few notable medical/injury-related stories that I felt needed to be dealt with before the usual shenanigans started.


Shaw sits out practice.
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw misses practice on Monday and Tuesday due to the virus that forced him to sit out of the start of the Gamecocks' win over Missouri last Saturday. (AP/ESPN)

Worley out indefinitely.
Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley is out indefinitely following surgery to repair his right thumb. The thumb was initially injured in the Volunteers' win over South Carolina two weeks ago, and was reportedly more severely injured in the team's loss to Alabama last Saturday. (AP/ESPN)

Franklin upgraded.
Missouri QB James Franklin's status has been upgraded  to "questionable" for Saturday's game against Tennessee. Franklin injured his shoulder in the Tigers' win over Georgia on Oct. 12. (ESPN)

News and notes

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Bill Bender projects an Alabama vs. Florida State BCS title game, and a South Carolina vs. Stanford Sugar Bowl. (The Sporting News)

I've seen the future, and it works.
Braden Gall predicts that the Cleveland Browns will draft Texas A&M starting QB Johnny Manziel. (Athlon Sports)

There can be only one.
Alabama cornerbacks Bradley Sylve and Cyrus Jones are locked in a competition for the Crimson Tide's starting CB position. (

Sealed With a KISS?
Florida tries to simplify its playbook after two straight losses. This is never a good sign. (The Gainesville Sun)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Georgia looks to go for three wins in a row against Florida. Don't hold your breath. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Cowbells vs. Cocks.
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls previews Mississippi State vs. South Carolina.


Cashier goes Crimson.
Alabama high school senior offensive lineman Josh Cashier commits to Alabama's 2014 recruiting class. (

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