Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes 3/30
Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett
Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett
Posted Mar 30, 2009

Barrett Sallee gives three off-season thoughts, comments or observations about anything and everything in the world of the SEC.

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A brief snapshot on what's going on this off-season in the nations' best football conference.

Mallett Tosses Two TD's In Hogs First Scrimmage
Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett got off to a good start in the Razorbacks first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. The transfer from Michigan finished the scrimmage, which was moved indoors due to a winter weather advisory in the area, 11-of-25 for 164 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Sophomore Jarius Wright was Mallett's favorite target of the day, hauling in touchdown passes of 24 and 27 yards.

Mallett sat out last year after transferring from the Wolverines, and is expected to battle with sophomore quarterback Tyler Wilson for the top spot on the Razorkbacks depth chart.

'Dores Hold Black and Gold Scrimmage
After getting off to a slow start in the annual Black and Gold Scrimmage on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium, the Vanderbilt offense broke loose in the 75-play scrimmage, totaling four rushing touchdowns and four passing touchdowns.

After three stalled series' without a first down, junior QB Jared Funk got the touchdown barrage started in a big way, connecting on a 75-yard touchdown pass with senior WR Alex Washington.

Three quarterbacks are vying for the top spot on the Commodore's depth chart, and all of them had successful scrimmages. Funk, Mackenzi Adams and Larry Smith each led the offense on at least two scoring drives. Smith led the quarterbacks going 9-of-14 with two touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Kennard Reeves led the ‘Dores ground attack, rushing for 37 yards on 11 carries and scoring one touchdown. Washington led all receivers with his 75 receiving yards, and was followed by Akeem Dunham, who hauled in two passes for 51 yards and a score. Micah Powell got the only turnover tally of the day, intercepting an Adams pass and returning it 36 yards.

Brooks Featured On Whiskey Bottle
In a story that made members of the Three & Out research and development team a little too excited, Kentucky head coach Rich Brooks, who recently was honored with induction into the Northern California Sports Association Hall of Fame, is going to be enshrined in a new, and perhaps better way – on a whiskey bottle.

Makers Mark and Keeneland are honoring Brooks in their fourth edition in a series of commemorative bottles honoring Kentucky athletics. Proceeds from the sales will go to a program that sends members of the UK Symphony Orchestra and students from the UK School of Music into public schools and communities throughout state.

The 18,000, limited edition bottles will go on sale April 3, with a retail price between $45 and $49.

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