SEC Three & Out: Lacy's Absence Hurts Bama
Alabama running back Eddie Lacy
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Three & Out returns every Thursday in 2012 to keep fans up-to-date on the latest news and notes from the SEC. This week, we get ready for spring practice with a look at Alabama's injury situation, LSU's new kicker and the schedule for SEC Media Days.
SAME STORY, DIFFERENT VERSE
Alabama running back Eddie Lacy - the heir apparent to the Bama running back throne most recently occupied by Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson - will miss spring practice as he recovers from a nagging turf toe injury.
Make no mistake, this is a big injury for Alabama.
Naturally (and understandably), the transition between Richardson and Lacy will be compared to the transition between Ingram and Richardson before the 2011 season.
They're not the same. Lacy, while he has potential, is not nearly as polished at running back as Richardson was when he took over the No. 1 spot at Bama.
Richardson had experience as an every-down back. In 2010, with Ingram out for the first two games recovering from knee surgery, Richardson racked up 210 yards on 33 carries. Granted, it was against San Jose State and Duke, but that experience knowing that you're "the guy," is extremely valuable, especially when you're opening the season with the target on your back as the defending national champs.
In his first two years, Richardson rushed for 1,451 yards, 754 of which were vs. SEC opponents. Eddie Lacy has a respectable 1,080 in his first two years, but only 380 against SEC opponents. Admittedly, Lacy played behind both Ingram and Richardson in 2010, but those numbers don't lie.
Richardson didn't need much practice to get ready for the No. 1 running back role. He was "1B" for two full years while Ingram was there. Lacy hasn't even been "1B," and missing spring practice certainly won't make the transition any easier.
THE OLE COLLEGE TRY
Get to know the name Morlan "Mo" Isom, because she could make SEC history.
Isom, a star goalkeeper on the LSU soccer team from 2008-2011, could be coming to an SEC football stadium near you. With one year of collegiate eligibility remaining, Isom went through LSU's walk-on tryout on Tuesday. With the wind swirling, she reportedly didn't fare so well in the field goal department. However, she told The Shreveport Times that she kicked a 51-yard field goal last summer on LSU's practice field with kicker Drew Alleman and punter/Internet legend Brad Wing.
While she was disappointed in her performance kicking field goals, Isom told USA Today that she had several kickoffs between the 5-yard line and the goal line. As the esteemed Glenn Guilbeau of Gannett News Service points out, Isom's best chance at making the team is as a kickoff specialist. One thing is certain, she has the leg to handle the job. Don't believe me? Watch this.
LSU's walk-on tryouts will continue on Thursday. If she makes the roster, Isom will become the second female football player to play for an FBS program, following Katie Hnida, who kicked for the University of Colorado and the University of New Mexico in the early 2000s.
THE CIRCUS IS IN TOWN
Go ahead and make your travel plans. The schedule for the annual circus known as SEC Media Days - the unofficial start to the college football season - has been set. The 2012 edition will take place from July 17-19 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. The addition of Texas A&M and Missouri to the conference has resulted in a mammoth Day 2 that will see six teams make the rounds.
Here's the schedule:
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
1st session (1 - 3:30 p.m.) - South Carolina, Texas A&M
2nd session (3:20 - 6 p.m.) - Missouri, Vanderbilt
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
1st session (8:30 - 11:20 a.m.) - Florida, Mississippi State
2nd session (10:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) - Arkansas, Kentucky
3rd session (2:30 - 5 p.m.) - Auburn, LSU
Thursday, July 19, 2012
1st session (8:30 - 11:20 a.m.) - Alabama, Tennessee
2nd session (10:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) - Ole Miss, Georgia
A few thoughts on the schedule:
- There's no better way to kick off Media Days than to have Steve Spurrier on the mic. Love him or hate him, he's always got a quote.
- Having the new guys - Missouri and Texas A&M - on opening day is a smart move. It's the most anticipated of the three days, and will allow them to get a proper introduction to the madness, er, conference.
- Auburn and LSU together is a stroke of genius. The quotable Les Miles will provide a nice balance to the coach speak of Gene Chizik.
- Alabama in the building early in Day 3 is clearly an effort to boost breakfast sales at the Wynfrey. It will work.
- Can we avoid talk of pimps, agents and virginity this year? No??? Never change, SEC Media Days.
Barrett Sallee covers the SEC for www.CollegeFootballNews.com. He can be reached at email@example.com, or on Twitter at @BarrettSallee
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