SEC: NCAA clears LSU’s Antonio Blakeney

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The NCAA has cleared Antonio Blakeney to play for LSU, reports Sheldon Mickles of The Advocate. “LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones said freshman guard Antonio Blakeney has been cleared play following an NCAA investigation into workout videos involving a personal trainer. Blakeney got the all-clear from the NCAA on Friday, just before LSU traveled to Shreveport for a Saturday scrimmage with TCU.”

Alabama and LSU are two powerhouses you can count on, writes Alex Scarborough of espn.com. “In the age of spread offenses, they’ve stayed focused on the line of scrimmage, the secondary and running the football. Since 2009, Alabama has had 47 total draft picks, of which the two most prevalent positions selected were defensive back (11) and offensive line (10). LSU, during the same period of time, has had 44 total draft picks, with 11 defensive backs and 11 defensive linemen leading the way. Both teams had seven running backs and five linebackers selected.”

Antonio Callaway on track for best freshman season in Florida history, reports Jesse Simonton of the Miami Herald. “Callaway has appeared almost weekly on SportsCenter, with notable highlights including a one-handed, 34-yard catch at Kentucky and a thrilling 63-yard touchdown-dash to upset Tennessee. He added a punt return score and another nifty, juggling one-handed snag versus LSU. And then, last Saturday, he showcased his athleticism again, snatching an off-balance, tiptoeing 66-yard touchdown against Georgia.”

Arkansas defense poses challenge for Ole Miss, reports Daniel Pauling of the Clarion-Ledger. “Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze has spent this week watching film of Arkansas’ defense, and what he’s seen doesn’t bode well for the Rebels’ rushing game.”

South Carolina preparing for talented Tennessee pass rush, reports David Cloninger of The State. Tennessee’s defensive front gave Kentucky fits in the Vols’ blowout win over the Cats last Saturday in Lexington.

Tennessee loses offensive lineman for South Carolina game, reports Troy Provost-Heron of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “Coach Butch Jones announced during a press conference on Wednesday that redshirt sophomore right tackle Brett Kendrick will miss Saturday’s home contest (TV: SEC Network, 4 p.m.) against South Carolina (3-5, 1-5 SEC) with a knee injury. . . . Jones also said that sophomore left guard Jashon Robertson (ankle) and freshman wide receiver Preston Williams are questionable to play against the Gamecocks.”

Youth boxing helped instill toughness in Missouri’s Charles Harris, reports Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star. Missouri plays host to Mississippi State on Thursday night. Harris, a defensive end, has led a Tigers defense that has tried to make up Mizzou’s offensive woes.

Manny Diaz unfazed by Missouri’s quarterback situation, reports Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger. The MSU defensive coordinator is focused on the Bulldogs offense and not the Tigers, whose quarterback Maty Mauk has been suspended for the rest of the season.

Former Florida State quarterback commits to Auburn, reports Mike Niziolek of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “John Franklin III announced on Twitter Wednesday afternoon his plans to transfer to Auburn University for the winter semester. . . . The former Florida State quarterback spent the past year at East Mississippi Community College where he split time with Wyatt Roberts. Franklin threw for 733 yards with seven touchdowns in nine games, and rushed for 451 yards with nine touchdowns.”

Photo of Antonio Blakeney by AP

SEC football games this week

Thursday

  • 9:00 – Mississippi State at Missouri (ESPN)

Saturday

  • 12:00 – Vanderbilt at Florida (ESPN)
  • 12:00 – Kentucky at Georgia (SEC)
  • 3:30 – Arkansas at Ole Miss (CBS)
  • 4:00 – South Carolina at Tennessee (SEC)
  • 7:30 – Auburn at Texas A&M (SEC)
  • 8:00 – LSU at Alabama (CBS)

Top 10 SEC rushers

  • 1. Leonard Fournette, LSU 1,352
  • 2. Derrick Henry, Alabama 1,044
  • 3. Alex Collins, Arkansas 960
  • 4. Peyton Barber, Auburn 787
  • 5. Nick Chubb, Georgia 747
  • 6. Jalen Hurd, Tennessee 752
  • 7. Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt 693
  • 8. Tra Carson, Texas A&M 646
  • 9. Kelvin Taylor, Florida 584
  • 10. Stanley Williams, Kentucky 563

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