Sunday, July 29, 2012

Morning Six Pack: July 29, 2012

imageThe breakfast of champions: These six college football stories from around the country.

Franklin's health is among Tigers' biggest questions

Missouri's highly anticipated football season kicks off Sept. 1 against Southeastern Louisiana and will reach a pinnacle Sept. 8 when Georgia visits Columbia for the Tigers' first Southeastern Conference game.

Michigan could steal the spotlight with a win

In an event that was destined to be dominated by the Penn State story, the Big Ten showed some media savvy by wrenching the spotlight away from Happy Valley, as well as it could, on Friday afternoon.

Oh, no… 

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has raised the possibility of changing the Nittany Lions' classic blue and white uniforms.

USC may have committed an inadvertent NCAA secondary violation while recruiting Silas Redd

Imagine that…

Vanderbilt’s field got “Anchor Down” added to it

The Vanderbilt Commodores recently added in paint their phrase “Anchor Down” to the field. Vandy’s Head Coach James Franklin has been changing the culture there recently and is making some waves.

Quotable:

So LSU has five starters back on the offensive line, plus its best blocking tight end, its top four running backs, a monster truck for a fullback as a lead blocker, and a quarterback, who has never taken a snap with the game in play, calling the shots, and fans are excited about the passing game?

Be careful of Les-speak. Yes, Zach Mettenberger has the physical ability to pile up some impressive numbers and is far better than last year's combination of Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. But it doesn't mean Mettenberger is going to be turned loose and throw 30 times each game. In fact, LSU may end up throwing fewer passes this season than it did in 2011.

What Miles is trying to say is that the passing will be more efficient, especially the deep throws on which Mettenberger has shown arm strength and touch. Miles would be a fool not to build the offense around that running game. Opponents are going to test Mettenberger early in the season by stacking the line and seeing if he can handle the pressure and make quick decisions. He will surely make some mistakes early. How much he improves will determine how far LSU goes.

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