The game of football will always evolve, and there are always going to be changes -- from how fast teams want to play on offense, to whether the quarterback lines up under center, to whether there are four or six defensive backs on the field. What doesn't change, at least if you want to be good, is that you have to be able to run the ball on offense and stop the run on defense. To the latter, I went back and looked at the recent SEC champions. Last season, Auburn was 62nd nationally in rushing defense, the lowest any SEC champion has finished in rushing defense in the SEC championship game era.
Kentucky and Texas A&M both lost quarterbacks Wednesday, which means the race for their starting jobs is down to two. Jalen Whitlow is leaving Kentucky, and Matt Joeckel is leaving Texas A&M. Now, the reality might be that neither one of those guys was going to win the job. But in both cases, the Wildcats and Aggies are going to put a quarterback on the field in the fall who has very little experience. They're hardly the only ones in that boat in the SEC.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- On a pro day all his own, former Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley on Thursday worked out in front of representatives of 17 NFL teams. Easley, who is rated the draft's No. 5 prospect at DT and the No. 64 prospect overall by Scouts Inc., tore the ACL and medial meniscus in his right knee in a late September practice. After Thursday's workout, Easley said his knee was "about 80 percent" of its full strength, but he expects to be 100 percent for summer mini-camps.
Let them eat a late lunch! After a frustrating 2013, Alabama wide receiver Chris Black is embracing his changing role under Lane Kiffin. Arkansas' secondary is moving on from last fall's struggles. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn wraps up the Tigers' final scrimmage and previews Saturday's A-Day. Florida defensive end/linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. is searching for consistency in 2014. Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was pleased with his pro day workout.