SEC Headlines 12/20/2012

NFL Draft Prospects

1. Arkansas offensive guard Alvin Bailey will forego his final season and enter the NFL draft. Listed by one service as sixth-best offensive guard in draft.

2. Tennessee coach Butch Jones on wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson - “definitely going to the NFL.”

3. Will LSU linebacker Kevin Minter make the jump early to the pros? “It’s kind of up in the air right now.”

4. With brother Alec rumored to be jumping early to the NFL, the Ogletree twins’ time as teammates at Georgia looks to be coming to an end.

5. Five Florida juniors may depart early for the NFL - but they’re not talking about it. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and safety Matt Elam projected as first-round picks

Coaching News

***Update*** Alabama’s Jeremy Pruitt announced as Florida State defensive coordinator.

6. New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on the first 18 days of his new job: “It definitely has been overwhelming at times. I don’t think there’s any way around that for anybody, whether you’ve been a head coach or not.” Transcript & Video of Press Conference.

7. Rated as one of the top 25 recruiters in the country, former Miami Hurricanes assistant George McDonald is joining Bret Bielema’s staff at Arkansas.

8. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has known Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin for a long time: “Heck, Kevin and I used to run around South Florida together recruiting when he was at Purdue and I was at Kansas State. We were chasing the same kids all the time.”

9. J.B. Grimes will coach the offensive line at Auburn.  He coached with Gus Malzahn at Arkansas State.

10. Butch Jones is a prolific Tweeter, Mark Richt not so much: “I don’t feel like you have to Twitter to recruit or to promote your program.”

SEC/College News

11. Texas A&M freshman wide receiver Thomas Johnson has withdrawn from school. Coach Kevin Sumlin says Johnson may re-enroll or transfer.

12. With the offensive coordinator position vacant, A&M running backs coach Clarence McKinney will call plays in the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma.

13. Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack and Damion Square Alabama team captains. Jones: “That’s probably the biggest award I’ve ever gotten, is being a team captain, because it’s elected by your teammates.”

14. Alabama defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt not at practice Wednesday - believed to be for personal reasons, not because he’s accepted a rumored job at Florida State. (see update above)

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