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SEC 2007 Spring Games Wrapup
Posted May 1, 2007

What if you had a football scrimmage in April and over 90,000 people showed up? Alabama fans came out in droves to catch the first glimpse of the Nick Saban era. Now that the draft is over, it's college football time again, and John Harris provides the quick updates of what happened in all the spring games starting with the SEC.

By John Harris

- 2006 SEC Spring Analysis
2007 Preseason Lookaheads - SEC

Alabama – New head coach Nick Saban was welcomed by 92,000 plus rabid Crimson Tide fans for the annual A-Day Game – a 20-13 victory for the White squad over the Crimson.  All-SEC receiver D.J. Hall nabbed five balls for 87 yards and a touchdown for the White squad and was voted the MVP of the game.

Arkansas – A tumultuous off-season was capped by a Red team 44-9 victory over the White, as the Red defense held the White offense to 20 total yards offense.  Quarterback Casey Dick, now entrenched as the starter, completed eight of 14 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Red to a convincing victory.

Auburn – A healthy Brandon Cox led the Blue team to a 27-7 win over the White in Auburn’s annual spring A-Game.  The two-year starting quarterback threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns looking like he’s ready to become the star of the offense.

Florida – 47,500 fans filled Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to watch the defending national champions in the annual Orange and Blue Debut.  Wide receiver Louis Murphy had 129 receiving yards, most of those from new starting quarterback Tim Tebow, to lead the Blue to a 27-20 victory.

Georgia – Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford completed six of 12 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Red team to a 34-21 victory over the Black in the annual G-Day game.  Stafford got some help from running backs Knowshon Moreno, who had two touchdowns and 68 yards rushing, and Kregg Lumpkin, who had a score and 53 yards rushing.

Kentucky – The defending Music City Bowl champs took the field for the annual Blue/White Spring game in front of 5,000 fans in Commonwealth Stadium.  The Blue/offense scored twice in the fourth quarter to register a 65-50 victory over the White/defense.  Quarterback Andre Woodson continued his meteoric rise with a 17-of-28, 245-yard, two touchdown performance.

LSU – Matt Flynn to Early Doucet was heard from early, no pun intended, and often as the duo led the Purple team to a victory over the White in the Super Tiger Bowl 20-14.  Flynn solidified his hold on the starting quarterback position with 135 yards passing and one touchdown, while Doucet snared nine passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Mississippi State – The Maroon team shut out the White 21-0 in the final spring practice of the year in Starkville.  Quarterback Michael Henig was the offensive star for the Maroon, completing seven of his 14 tosses for 113 yards and two touchdowns, while the Maroon defense registered four sacks to stymie the White offense.

Ole Miss – Senior quarterback Seth Adams was magnificent in leading the Blue to a 23-21 win over the Red squad in the 2007 Grove Bowl.  Adams finished 16-of-20 for 159 yards and a touchdown to put himself squarely in the competition with Brent Schaeffer for the starting quarterback job this fall.

South Carolina – All SEC running back Cory Boyd scored both touchdowns for the Black in a 14-7 victory over the Garnet in the annual Garnet and Black game.  35,000 plus fans showed up to see Boyd score from 23 yards and one yard out in the first quarter.  The Black didn’t score again, but the defense held the Garnet to only seven points.

Tennessee – 17,000 plus fans filed into Neyland Stadium to see the Erik Ainge-less Vols take the field in the annual Orange and White game – a 16-13 victory for the White.  Quarterback Jonathan Crompton led the White on a game winning drive, hitting Lucas Taylor for a two-yard touchdown for the game winner.

Vanderbilt – Quarterback Richard Kovalcheck threw for three touchdowns in the Black and Gold game, the final of three scrimmages this spring for the ‘Dores.  Each of the three Vanderbilt quarterbacks led touchdown drives, while the defense answered with a D.J Moore 78-yard interception return for a touchdown.


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