Sunday, March 17, 2013

Morning Six Pack: March 17, 2013

Sippin’ your St. Patrick’s Day Sunday brunch with these six sexy college football stories from around the country.

Four Alabama players open spring at new positions, but moves aren't considered permanent

Cyrus Jones, Christion Jones, Xzavier Dickson and Dee Hart were all on the move as Alabama opened spring practice.

USC’s leading rusher to undergo surgery, miss rest of spring

After transferring from Penn State last summer, Silas Redd led USC in rushing in his first season with the Trojans. An injury, however, will prevent the running back from finishing his first spring practice with the team.

LSU center Elliott Porter out until later in spring, Les Miles says

LSU Coach Les Miles Friday said starting center Elliott Porter has a "medical issue" that has kept him out of practice during the first two days of spring. He said he expects Porter to return at some point during the spring drills which end with the spring game April 20.

Riggs gets rough at open spring practice

The Florida football team put on their pads for the first time Saturday, which was the second of two open practices to the media and public.

Sooners G Evans re-injures knee, may be done

Evans tore his right ACL in fall camp last August, using a redshirt for the 2012 season during his rehabilitation. The injury, which Evans suffered during a noncontact drill on Tuesday, will require a second surgery.

Quotable:

"Until we got into the offseason program and sort of got a handle on things, we did not respond as well as we'd like with this group. But I think they've made a tremendous amount of improvement," Saban said. "I think we had more guys miss class, more issues, the first behavioral issues we've had with the guys who got in trouble that we've had in five and a half years. A lot of little loose-ended things. When guys have entitlement, you see a little slippage."

Saban referenced four players arrested on felony charges in the offseason, three for second-degree robbery, have been dismissed and are no longer enrolled. Linebacker C.J. Mosley said a team meeting was held soon after to discuss the entitlement issues Saban spoke of. But once the Fourth Quarter program began, Mosley said the team found it easier to focus on improvement.

"We just didn't have all of that off time anymore. We could just go to class and get ready for football," he said. "Once you have football, it occupies most of your day. We just have to make sure we keep grinding."

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