"Coach Steve Spurrier: “We had Willie Nelson’s “Georgia on My Mind” blaring (Monday). Our players thought it was Ray Charles.”"
1. With Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell doubtful with a concussion, it will be up to Dak Prescott to try to lead the Bulldogs to their first victory this Saturday against Alcorn State.
2. What’s the status of LSU running back Jeremy Hill? Coach Les Miles: We’ll put him on the field…when we’re ready.”
3. Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews denies he had any concussion symptoms – says he vomited because he got hit in the stomach.
4. Georgia running back Todd Gurley has a strained quadricep. ”I’ll be ready for Saturday.”
5. Suspended for the opener, Georgia will get safety Josh Harvey-Clemons back this week for the South Carolina game.
6. Status of South Carolina starting center Cody Waldrop is “wait and see” – suffered a sprained foot against North Carolina.
7. Florida running back Matt Jones makes his 2013 debut this weekend and should see plenty of action: “I’d say 20-25 (carries) because that’s on the basis of what he’s capable of.”
8. Alabama receiver Kenny Bell expected back at practice today. Had a “personal day” on Tuesday.
10. Various reports say Tennessee receiver kick/punt returner Devrin Young has an injured wrist.
11. Tennessee linebacker Curt Maggitt returns to practice, likely to play Saturday against Western Kentucky. Coach Butch Jones: ”It was great to have him back in full pads.”
12. Status for injured Auburn defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker not clear. May or may not return to the field this season.
13. The one thing missing from South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw’s resume? A big win on the road.
14. What are South Carolina players are listening to this week? Coach Steve Spurrier: “We had Willie Nelson’s “Georgia on My Mind” blaring (Monday). Our players thought it was Ray Charles.”
15. Mark Bradley: “The South Carolina game will be to Georgia what the Georgia game was to Clemson — a chance to prove a point.”
16. The combination of LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is drawing praise: ”I believe Cameron’s system and tutelage has already made a difference…”
17. Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney estimates quarterback Brandon Allen called audibles about 20 percent of the time Saturday.
18. Growing pains at Texas A&M. Aggies had 11 true freshman play on defense against Rice.
19. Alabama center Ryan Kelly on the victory over Virginia Tech: “We should have played a lot better than that.”
20. Sports Illustrated asks: “Can Anyone Roll The Tide?”
21. Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams on playing Samford this week. ”They are a good team. We can’t take anybody lightly after the season we had last year.”
22. Tennessee wants to play a faster tempo against Western Kentucky.
23. What did Auburn coach Gus Malzahan think of quarterback Nick Marshall’s debut? “Pretty average.”
24. Don’t expect to see Auburn quarterback-turned-safety Kiehl Frazier in action just yet. He’s “leveled off on the learning curve.”
25. Kentucky’s defense is in need of repair. Coach Mark Stoops knows how to do it and a track record to prove it.
26. 11 different receivers caught passes for Missouri on Saturday. Two of the receptions were made by Texas transfer Darius White. Receiver Jaleel Clark had five catches. “He was very, very solid.”
27. Matt Hayes has a message for the Tigers: “Want to win in the SEC, Missouri? (Bobby Petrino) is your next coach.”
28. The New York Times on the thankless job of the video coordinator. “You work for Type A guys who are under a lot of pressure to win,” Tennessee video coordinator Joe Harrington tells the paper.
29. Study. Many college football trainers feel pressure to return injured players to the field.