SEC lunchtime links
October, 23, 2013
By Sam Khan Jr. | ESPN.com
From Alabama's defense to Johnny Manziel to talk about running backs, quarterbacks and more, there's plenty to chew on this Wednesday:
- Alabama's defense has allowed opponents only 11 trips into the red zone this season, tied for the fewest in the country.
- Missouri coach Gary Pinkel spoke earlier this week of the late Don James, the former longtime Washington coach who died Sunday, and why he's proud to be a coaching disciple of James.
- After Auburn's recent win over Texas A&M, Gus Malzahn was pretty jubilant. He's making it clear that it wasn't about vindication but instead happiness for the Tigers.
- A first-quarter fumble led to time on the bench for LSU running back Jeremy Hill in the first half on Saturday. He said he "can't let it happen again."
- An injury and the emergence of other quarterbacks aren't helping Johnny Manziel's chance at another Heisman Trophy.
- With Connor Shaw out because of a knee injury, Dylan Thompson will get the start at quarterback for the Gamecocks on Saturday.
- The chances of Georgia running back Todd Gurley returning soon appear good based on his showing at practice on Tuesday.
- Based on its recent performances against Georgia and South Carolina, it's clear that Tennessee's secondary is showing improvement.
- Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was not pleased with the Rebels' practice on Tuesday.
- Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and the Commodores defense are preparing for the unique challenge of Johnny Manziel, should the Heisman Trophy winner play on Saturday.
- Gus Malzahn and Butch Jones are among the new head coach hires deserving of high grades so far this season.
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