Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Covering Dixie: A.J. McCarron, Frank Maile, Hutson Mason, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up. 

You've Got Maile.
Vanderbilt hires Frank Maile as its new defensive line coach. He has served as DL coach for Utah State for the past three seasons. Maile replaces Vavae Tata, who was fired following his pleading guilty to a DUI charge. (AP/ESPN)

Marshall Law.
Former Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron has been named the official grand marshal of the March 22 ARCA Mobile 200, which will be held at Mobile International Speedway. He's taken on grand marshal duties at the race for the past two seasons, but wasn't the official GM thanks to pesky NCAA rules. (

Life after Johnny.
George Schroeder looks at Texas A&M as it begins its first spring practice of the post-Johnny Manziel era. (USA Today)

8,500 ESPN SportsNation voters can't be wrong, can they? 
Georgia starting QB Hutson Mason is picked by 8,500-plus ESPN SportsNation voters to be most likely to throw the most touchdown passes in the SEC in 2014. (ESPN)

Gators still have lingering injury issues.
Florida will open spring practice on March 19 with nine players who will be out or limited in practice due to injuries received in the 2013 season. (ESPN)

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