Friday, August 4, 2017

SEC Fallout: Nick Saban and Da'Shawn Hand, Malik Willis, Luke Del Rio, and more.

SEC Fallout - Aug. 4 2017 edition.

The Da'Shawn Hand-off approach. 
Nick Bromberg defends Alabama head coach Nick Saban's decision not to suspend Da'Shawn Hand following the defensive lineman's DUI arrest on August 29. (Dr. Saturday)

What, me worry?

Alabama middle linebacker Sean Dion Hamilton tries to settle down concerns about the Crimson Tide defensive line following the departures of Jonathan Allen and Dalvin Tomlinson with the fabled cliche "We're Bama. We Just reload." (

Least. Shocking. News. Ever. 

Alabama ranks no. 1 in the 2017 preseason USA Today Coaches Poll. LSU comes in at no. 12, Auburn at no. 13, Georgia at no. 15, Florida at no. 16, and Tennessee at no. 24. (Roll 'Bama Roll)

1,2,3,4, five against one. 

Vanderbilt has the unfortunate luck of having to face four of the five SEC teams in the preseason Coaches Pol (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee) , along with no. 19-ranked Kansas State. (Anchor of Gold)

The Willis to Power. 

Tom Green profiles Auburn quarterback Malik Willis. (

Take a Luke at me now. 

Pat Dooley profiles Florida quarterback Like Del Rio. (The Gainesville Sun)

Waiting for Superman.

On a related front, Edward Aschoff takes a look at Florida's never-ending quest for a quarterback on the level of Tim Tebow. It's part of a series of stories commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Heisman Trophy winner's first game as the Gators' starting QB. (ESPN)

Color Him Father. 

Florida center T.J. McCoy describes the importance of his playing for the Gators while his father, Tony, is battling leukemia. The elder McCoy was a defensive tackle for the Gators from 1987-1991. (The Gainesville Sun)

Brothers in Arms.
Andrew Lopez profiles LSU linebackers Andre Anthony and Ray Thorton, who maintain a "brotherhood mentality," while competing for the starting job at the Tigers' "Buck" LB position. (

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