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A brief snapshot on what’s going on this off-season in the nations’ best football conference.
Spurrier Suspends Starting DT
South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier has indefinitely suspended starting defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye from spring practice for what is being termed as “team reasons.”
Spurrier did not rule out re-instating Ajiboye in a week or two; and did not elaborate further on his reasons for the suspension or give a specific timetable for his return. Ajiboye, a junior from Riverdale, Ga., has started 21 games for the Gamecocks during his two seasons in Columbia.
The absence of Ajiboye has opened the door for sophomore Travian Robertson to get an extended look at DT this spring with the vaunted Gamecocks D, which was 4th in the SEC in total defense in 2008.
Vandy Loses WR
The Vanderbilt Commodores held their first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium, but the news out of Nashville didn’t happen during the scrimmage.
Senior WR Justin Wheeler tore knee ligaments in a non-contact drill, and is out indefinitely. Wheeler played in all 13 games for the ‘Dores in 2008, including the first Vandy bowl game since 1982. In his 10 starts last season, Wheeler caught 16 passes for 145 yards and one touchdown. During his career with Vanderbilt, Wheeler, a North Augusta, S.C., native, has 26 catches for 232 yards and two touchdowns.
The injury puts Wheeler’s status in question. He was expected to compete for a starting job again this year.
Bulldogs Release Highly Regarded LB Recruit
The Georgia Bulldogs have granted an unconditional release to highly-regarded linebacker recruit Dexter Moody. Moody signed with his national letter of intent last month on National Signing Day. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Moody was released due to a suspension he received after confronting a teacher at Emanuel County Institute.
Since Moody, who hails from Twin City, Ga., is now considered a regular unsigned prospect again, Mark Richt and the University of Georgia declined to comment on the situation.
Moody, who was the nation’s 8th ranked linebacker according to Scout.com, recorded 53 tackles and 10 sacks during his senior season at Emanuel County Institute.
It’s not the first time that Mark Richt has released a previously signed player from his letter of intent. In 2004, Richt granted DB Michael Grant an unconditional release after Grant was not admitted to Georgia due to an off-the-field incident.
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