Prepare for an Austin Allen preseason snub on Friday
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Frank Ragnow a lock for All-SEC preseason team; will Austin Allen get snubbed?
With SEC Media Days over, the next “big” news will be the release of the preaseason media teams Friday.
One guarantee is Arkansas C Frank Ragnow will be on the team; more than likely, he’ll be the first-team All-SEC center.
But the bigger question is this: Where will Austin Allen land?
Allen is the most efficient returning passer in the conference, after finishing third with a 146.04 rating a year ago. He led the conference in passing yards; he was second in touchdowns.
Yet this could be the Year of the QB in the SEC, with good-to-potentially great quarterbacks dotting rosters in both divisions. Alabama’s Jalen Hurts was the offensive player of the year as a freshman; South Carolina’s Jake Bentley, Georgia’s Jacob Eason and Mississippi’s Shea Patterson all turned heads at times as freshmen.
That doesn’t factor in the blue-and-orange hype train driving Baylor transfer-turned-Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham down the track to the Heisman ceremony in December.
Get ready, Hogs fans. Allen will have three opportunities to make a preseason team (first, second and third-team). Yet, there will likely be a glaring #WPS omission behind center.
My best guess? Hurts makes the first team, Stidham gets the nod as the second-team quarterback with Bentley rounding out the group with the third team.
Minkah Fitzpatrick: Austin Allen is “a great quarterback”
Alabama players met the media Wednesday in Hoover, Ala., and Bob Holt of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette asked the defensive players about the Crimson Tide’s win over the Razorbacks a year ago.
“He’s a great quarterback,” Fitzpatrick said, “but we were just putting so much pressure on him that sometimes he would just make a bad throw or he would think he was seeing something that wasn’t there.”
Allen threw for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns, but had 3 interceptions in the 49-30 loss to Alabama. The two teams square off Oct. 14.
Hugh Freeze, controversy wrap up SEC Media Days
It seems like it was a month ago that Bret Bielema and the Arkansas contingent kicked off the 2017 SEC Media Days. On Thursday, the annual talking season wrapped up, all eyes and ears turning to Hugh Freeze, clouded by an NCAA investigation and a new lawsuit.
How did the embattled Freeze handle the attention?
A filibuster, as Freeze went in-depth on his depth chart to (apparently) use as much time of his 30-minute slot as possible. In the end, he prattled on for 16 minutes, which began with a statement about the NCAA investigation.
He then refused to answer questions about the Nutt lawsuit, which dropped on Wednesday. SEC Country’s Alex Martin Smith called Freeze’s PR moves a “doomed campaign.”
Freeze’s seat doesn’t live up to his name, and it’s blazing hot entering a year with no postseason possibilities. Will he be the Rebels’ coach on Oct. 28?
More fatherly advice for Bielema
It’s not just SEC coaches providing advice for first-time dad Bret Bielema.
Now, even kids are getting in on the action.
What’s your parenting advice for the Bielemas? Let them hear from you in the comments.
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