If the Arkansas Razorbacks are going to make a run at winning the Southeastern Conference Western Division title, then quarterback Ryan Mallett is going to have to be 100 percent healthy.
Mallett missed all of the spring due a broken foot and while he appears to have recovered from the injury, he’s also been limited at times during the first two weeks of summer drills. Mallett shined in Arkansas’ Thursday scrimmage throwing for 475 yards and five touchdowns, while in the team’s most recent scrimmage held Saturday, Mallett threw touchdown passes to tight end D.J. Williams and wideout Joe Adams. The belief from many is he’s healthy enough to help lead the Razorbacks to the SEC title game for the first time since the 2006 season. From wide receiver Greg Childs’ standpoint, Mallett is throwing the ball like he has in the past. (August 24, 2010, Page 6)
A difficult decision on which quarterback to start in the season opener against Jacksonville State is what Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt and his offensive staff is currently facing after Saturday’s “Meet the Rebels” scrimmage.
Both Nathan Stanley and Jeremiah Masoli performed well in front of an estimated crowd of 9,000 fans at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Stanley was red-hot from a passing standpoint as he completed 10 of 11 throws for 117 yards. Stanley didn’t throw a touchdown pass, but he did have a 25-yard touchdown run once the offense started working on situations inside the red zone. (August 23, 2010, Page 1B)
Coach Johnny Hill wanted to see his Oxford Chargers get off to a good start in their season opener with Grenada. Hill got exactly what he wanted Friday night as Oxford scored on its second play from scrimmage, its first two possessions and five of its first six possessions en route to a 41-12 victory over Class 6A Grenada at Bobby Holcomb Field.
Senior quarterback Guy Cameron Billups sparked the quick start, completing his first pass for a touchdown and going 6-for-10 for 148 yards and three scores as OHS raced out to a 28-0 lead in the opening quarter. Billups, who hooked up with six different receivers in the game, finished 10-for-19 for 213 yards.
The Oxford defense, meanwhile, shut down the potentially explosive visitors in the first half and for all but two possessions the entire night. Grenada managed just two first downs and 37 total yards in the first half; for the game, GHS gained 10 yards on the ground and 141 overall. (August 23, 2010, Page 1B)
Shortly after Cleveland’s Tyler Slaughter eluded the entire Lafayette Commodore defense to score an 80-yard touchdown in Friday’s season opener at Mickey Sellers Stadium, LHS quarterback Jeremy Liggins started shaking his head and verbally encouraging his teammates.
If Liggins and the Commodores weren’t fired up to beat the Wildcats prior to kickoff, they were after his mini speech on the sidelines.
It wasn’t what the standout quarterback and reigning EAGLE Player of the Year had to say that was important, it was the emphasis of how he got his message across that made all the difference for a team that is extremely hard to stop when they are motivated. (August 23, 2010, Page 1B)
The hiring of Nick Saban three years ago really started to pay dividends last season for the Alabama Crimson Tide. A program that is used to winning national titles under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant was treated to yet another title last season when the Crimson Tide defeated Texas in the BCS Championship game.
If you ask Alabama fans about which team will win the title this year, the answer is simple, the Crimson Tide of course. But for Saban, last year’s team and what they accomplished is in the past. He’s more worried about the 2010 version and what this younger, but still talented group can accomplish. (August 23, 2010, Page 2B)
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The 5-foot-10, 210-pound senior is the Chargers’ center, the leader of the offensive line, an additional coach on the field each game and the designated fireplug, or enforcer if you will, of the team. His role as the guy that will lay his body on the line is as important as his ability to snap the ball to quarterback Guy Cameron Billups each play. In short, without Norris, the Chargers’ offense can not function like it’s supposed. (August 20, 2010, Page 6A)
College is a time for students to experience the best parts of life and for former Lafayette High swimming standout Jeffrey Phillips, there have been many great experiences over the last three years at Georgia Tech.
The 6-foot-6, 227-pound Phillips was one of the best swimmers in the state four years ago and his speed in the water enabled him to be recruited by several colleges and ultimately sign a scholarship offer from Georgia Tech.
Since his arrival in Atlanta, Phillips has become a reliable member of the Yellow Jackets swim team. He has career best times in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-free during his career and is looking to build on his success during his final season with the team. (August 20, 2010, Page 6A)
Another run at winning a Class 4A state title begins in earnest Friday night for the Lafayette High Commodores. A year after advancing to the championship game and posting a 14-2 overall record, the Commodores will try to return to Jackson to take care of some unfinished business.
The first game on the road to the Mississippi Veterans Coliseum begins at Cleveland, a place the Commodores suffered a loss the last time they visited in 2008.
LHS coach Anthony Hart said the Wildcats would likely spread the ball out and try to use their abundance of speed to make plays. (August 19, 2010, Page 6)
While first games are always the hardest for coaches to scout for, the one thing that has been consistent in preparing for Grenada is the amount of speed it has at the skill positions.
Leading the way from a skill standpoint is Cedric Tillman, who was second in Class 6A in the 100 meter dash this past spring. The 5-foot-11, 187-pound senior leads a talented backfield for coach Lamar Pitcock, who turned was able to improve Grenada from a 1-10 team in 2008 to a 5-6 team last year. (August 19, 2010, Page 6)