SEC links for Sunday:
- This could be the year for Georgia, says Columbus Ledger-Enquirer columnist Guerry Clegg. The Bulldogs do return eight starters on defense.
- Former Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley is mentoring current Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason, writes Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph. Georgia opens the season at home against Clemson.
- David Climer of the Tennessean lists 14 defining SEC games for 2014.
- Like in baseball and basketball, advance statistics invading college football, writes Josh Kendall of The State.
- South Carolina’s season opener is Super Bowl for SEC Network, writes David Caraviello of Charleston Post and Courier.
- Kurt Roper spent a lifetime learning skills to revive Florida offense, writes Edgar Thompson of Orlando Sentinel. Florida’s offense ranked 113th nationally last year under former coordinator Brent Pease, who is now the wide receivers coach at Washington.
- Florida’s Marcus Maye banks on switch to safety, reports David Jones of Florida Today.
- Could LSU end up with a two-quarterback system? asks Ross Dellenger of The Advocate.
- Both LSU quarterback candidates are receiving guru help, writes Glenn Guilbeau of the Shreveport Times.
- Missouri assistant Crag Kuligowski produces NFL-ready defensive linemen, writes Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star.
- Ready or not, it’s game week for Mizzou, writes David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Missouri opens with South Dakota State.
- Despite reaching the SEC title game last year, Missouri is still seeking SEC’s respect, writes Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- Auburn working to expand quarterback Jeremy Johnson’s role in offense, writes Brandon Marcello of AL.com. Johnson is expected to start in place of Nick Marshall when Auburn opens against Arkansas.
- Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News takes a look at how Alabama’s game week will play out. Maybe.
- Josh Moon of the Montgomery Advertiser thinks Alabama will finish fourth in the SEC West.
- Redshirting diminishes as more players leave early for the NFL, writes Mike Herndon of AL.com. “Last season, seven the SEC’s 14 teams redshirted fewer than 10 members each of the Class of 2013; two others, Texas A&M and Georgia and Texas A&M, redshirted only about a third of their classes — 11 of 32 and 13 of 33, respectively.
- Tennessee is ready to snap clear and leave 5-7 seasons behind, writes John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
- Jalen Hurd is hungry as his Tennessee debut nears, reports Patrick Brown of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The Vols open with Utah State.
- Vanderbilt makes some stadium upgrades, reports the Tennessean.
- Mississippi State’s newest addition is a nutritionist, reports Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger.
- State is largely healthy after camp, writes Logan Lowery of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal.
- Ole Miss believes its pass rush has improved vastly, reports Hugh Kellenberger of the Clarion-Ledger.
- Defensive line class members move into key roles at Arkansas, reports Robbie Neiswanger of Arkansas News.
Photo of Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason by Macon Telgraph/McClatchy.