Spring 2012 - SEC April 14 Games

Posted Apr 15, 2012

Quick looks at the April 14 SEC spring games & scrimmages.

Spring 2012 - April 14

SEC Spring Game Recaps

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April 14 Spring Games
- ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12
- C-USA | Pac-12 | SEC | Ind. & WAC

The Alabama defense is going to be the Alabama defense, but how is the offense going to look without Trent Richardson running the ball and with offensive coordinator Jim McElwain off to Colorado State? New OC Doug Nussmeier opened things up with QB AJ McCarron pushing the ball down the field throwing for over 300 yards with two touchdowns and No. 2 option Phillip Sims looking accurate throwing for two scores. No, Bama isn't going to start winging it around the yard on a regular basis now, but the attack will look to come up with more big plays and will almost certainly start to come out of the shell it was in at times last year.

All the quarterbacks produced under new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler's attack with Kiehl Frazier, Clint Moseley and Zeke Pike all looking solid. Coach Gene Chizik will wait for the summer before naming a starter, and there's good reason why with all three options strong enough to make a case for the job. Frazier threw a few nice balls and ended up with 92 yards, while Moseley was a sharp 5-of-6 for 62 yards. The biggest early change to the offense under Loeffler appears to be a slightly slower pace with a real, live huddle after years of hurrying things up under Gus Malzahn.

After all the controversy and all the drama with the Bulldogs this offseason – with a slew of off-the-field issues and suspensions – the team was able to get back to playing football for a little while. The offense dominated, but it was a quirky practice more than a true game with several players switching teams and the defense hardly going full bore. All the quarterbacks produced, led by Christian LeMay throwing for 154 yards and a touchdown. However, it was a defensive play that was the difference as linebacker Ricky Lowe took a fumble 68 yards for a score and a 32-31 win for the Red team.

It's a new era for Mizzou football with the unveiling of the new space-age uniforms – including the SEC logo - the biggest storyline. On the field, after a slew of injuries this spring and with starting quarterback James Franklin already on the sidelines with a shoulder injury, the big key was keeping everyone healthy. WR Jimmie Hunt was the star of the show with three catches for 110 yards and a score, while backup QB Corbin Berkstresser looked like the passing prospect he's expected to be completing 13-of-20 passes for 187 yards with a score and a pick. With star running back Henry Josey not expected back this year as he continues to rehab from a horrible knee injury, the emergence of Marcus Murphy – who's back after suffering a shoulder injury – was a bright spot with 87 yards.

South Carolina
QB Connor Shaw bombed away from the start connecting with Damiere Byrd for a 70-yard touchdown on the first play of the game, and the passing production didn't stop there. Shaw finished with a strong 6-of-7 day for 128 yards and two scores, while Dylan Thompson completed 15-of-20 passes for 168 yards and a score with a pick and Tanner McEvoy hit 8-of-12 throws for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Mostly it was a day for the backups, and the quarterbacks, with none of the running backs getting much work. All the leading rushers were QBs.

The Commodores have an interesting quarterback fight, even though Jordan Rodgers came on over the second half of last year, and Josh Grady just made things even more interesting. The former receiver was terrific running the Wildcat showing good running skills and a little bit of a passing game running for 35 yards and throwing for 59 more. Rodgers struggled a bit completing just 14-of-29 throws for 126 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, while Wyoming transfer Austyn Carta-Samuels completed just 6-of-12 passes for 47 yards.

April 14 Spring Games
- ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12
- C-USA | Pac-12 | SEC | Ind. & WAC