Friday, March 15, 2013

Morning Six Pack: March 15, 2013

Beware the Ides of March, but enjoy these six college football stories from around the country.

Five questions entering SEC spring practices: Vanderbilt

Expectations are high with 16 starters returning from school's first nine-win team since 1915.

Arkansas' Knile Davis out to prove health, talent

Perhaps more than any of the workout participants, Davis is a wild card entering today's on-campus pro day and next month's NFL draft.

Darreus Rogers happy to be practicing

Former star receiver from Carson wasn't allowed to enroll until after the 2012 season.

Beech's Hurd says UT was the place for him

Jalen Hurd, one of the nation’s top-rated football recruits, hopes by committing to Tennessee now he will help to bring others like himself to Knoxville in the Class of 2014.

Derrick Crawford, NCAA director of enforcement and Bama grad, talks investigations, perceptions

"When I first came to the staff years ago as a University of Alabama graduate - and we certainly had our issues in infractions cases - I had this perception that enforcement was out to get us."



There's the way current Alabama football coach Nick Saban reminds Jordan of his Crimson Tide coach, Paul "Bear" Bryant.

"I'm a die-hard Nick Saban fan," Jordan said, "because he's teaching the same things that coach Bryant taught 50 years ago to us guys about honesty and integrity and discipline and teamwork and those kind of things. He's teaching these guys, just like coach Bryant always said, the game of life, not just the game of football. If you apply those things in your life and your profession, you'll be successful no matter what business you're in.

"You know there's 90-something percent of the players that go there for an education are not going to be professional football players. So they've got to help us with our communities and our cities and our states and be responsible citizens and do well in business and life. I think coach Saban is getting that across just like coach Bryant did."

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