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|Spring means football for SEC|
They held spring football games around the SEC this past weekend. While most schools reported crowds of more than 50,000, there were a number of Tiger fans in Baton Rouge dressed as empty seats.
OK, I know most of them are not seats. Heck, they are not even comfortable bleachers.
It's no wonder so many LSU fans leave games holding a bottle in one hand and holding their back with the other.
Maybe the bottle helps deal with the back.
Anyway, in Alabama, more than 84,000 fans showed up to watch the Crimson (with the No. 1 offense and No. 2 defense) beat the White (No. 2 offense and No. 1 defense) 14-7 highlighted by a 52-yard Julio Jones touchdown catch from Greg McElroy for a 7-0 Crimson lead.
I watched some of that on television. I'm sorry, unless you are a fan of the team, watching spring football rates right above watching paint dry.
In Arkansas, Ryan Mallett led the Red team to a 49-21 win over the White team completing 15-of-26 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
There were 45,000 Auburn fans as the Gus Malzahn offense kicked off with a few big plays and some big moments, but it was inconsistent even though the defense, which was mostly the No. 2 D, was missing several key players. The offense ended up winning 57-31 under the modified scoring system.
In Florida, the Orange team beat the Blue 31-21 in a game where Florida probably faced tougher competition than it will all season long.
At Ole Miss, Jevan Snead dominated the Grove Bowl as the Blue team beat the Red 55-0 (but the "official" score was 55-28 with the Red team being spotted the four scores). Don't ask me why, that's just the way Houston Nutt designed it. Snead completed 11-of-15 passes for 254 yards and three scores as the offense was in midseason form.
Mississippi State fans watched Derek DePasquale nail a 24-yard field goal to give the Maroon team a 24-21 win over the White team.
In the Dan Mullen attack, Anthony Dixon ran 11 times for 59 yards and a touchdown for the Maroon team, but it was O'Neal Wilder who was the star of the passing game catching four passes for 122 yards including a 63-yarders.
At Tennessee, the offense beat the defense 41-23 with an efficient, relatively mistake-free performance. B.J. Coleman was the star completing 13-of-22 passes for 160 yards and two scores, while Jonathan Crompton completed 14-of-27 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown with an interception.
The good news for Vol fans is that Lane Kiffin did not mention Florida during the contest.
At LSU, the White team beat the Purple team 27-0, but all that mattered was the fantastic play of the two key offensive stars. Jordan Jefferson all but ended any discussion of a quarterback derby with a good spring ending by completing 8-of-10 passes for 97 yards.
A somewhat slimmer Charles Scott ripped off 70 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.
Superstar recruit of the great 2008 class, Russell Sheppard, saw a little time under center and showed flashes of quickness and speed while completing 7-of-12 passes for 70 yards. However, he also forced a late pass and threw a pick six with Patrick Peterson taking the pass 69 yards for a score. Chris Garrett also got a little work in for the Purple team completing 8-of-14 passes for 49 yards and an interception.
You gotta know Les Miles is really hoping to redshirt Garrett.
So what does it all mean now? Not much. Apparently no one had a serious injury and that's always a relief.
The real season starts soon. Don't look for 20,000 in Tiger Stadium in September. That's just a hunch. Or is that people leaving the stadium?
Joey Martin is sports editor of the Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday/Vidalia. The Concordia Sentinel is a sister publication of The Franklin Sun in Winnsboro and The Ouachita Citizen in Monroe/West Monroe. Martin can be reached by e-mailing email@example.com.