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A brief snapshot on what's going on this off-season in the nations' best football conference.
Creer leaves the Vols
Tennessee announced on Thursday that RB Lennon Creer has decided to leave the football program. Details of his departure were not released.
"Lennon is no longer with us," Vols head coach Lane Kiffin said. "We had a meeting and he's decided he doesn't want to be part of the program anymore, so we're going to go in a different direction. We wish him the best of luck. Hopefully, he will finish the semester well academically so he will be able to transfer somewhere else. I talked a lot about it with him and really pushed him to (finish the semester), get some credits, get some units, so he will be able to transfer."
Creer saw limited action in 2008, backing up running backs Arian Foster and Monterio Hardesty. For the year, Creer totaled 388 yards on 73 carries with four touchdowns. He provided a small spark late in the season for what was a putrid Vols offense, running for 82 yards and 80 yards in back-to-back games vs. Wyoming and Vanderbilt respectively.
Vols lose CB for the remainder of the spring
Speaking of the Vols, Tennessee will be without CB Brent Vinson for the remainder of the spring, after the sophomore from Hampton, Va., underwent successful surgery on his left shoulder.
According to the UT training staff, Vinson is expected to be miss the remainder of spring drills, and will be limited when the Vols open fall practice. However, he is expected to be full-strength when the Vols open the 2009 season in Knoxville on September 5 vs. Western Kentucky.
Vinson has amassed 50 tackles and two interceptions in his two seasons in Knoxville.
Tennessee boasted the nations' third best defense last season, and still managed to miss a bowl and have their coach "resign." With a brand new offense coming in and no real front-runner to take the quarterback job, the Vols can't afford to start losing players on defense. They're gonna need 'em.
Joe Cox cementing his role as Dogs starting QB
Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is all smiles these days, thanks to the play of fifth-year senior QB Joe Cox this spring. Cox was all but handed the starting QB role when likely first-overall pick Matthew Stafford announced he was leaving the Bulldogs early for the NFL Draft, and he hasn't disappointed. Cox has cemented himself in the number one spot on the depth chart mid-way through UGA's spring practice, and it doesn't appear that he will give it up.
Cox is no stranger to the pressure of college football. Aside from mop-up duty behind Stafford, Cox, who hails from Charlotte, N.C., was forced to bail Stafford out on a few occasions early in Stafford's career, including a dramatic victory against Colorado in 2006.
With no serious contender in sight, and Cox getting rave reviews from Bobo and Bulldog head coach Mark Richt, it appears that he will be getting the snaps under center when Georgia goes on the road to Stillwater, Okla., on September 5 to open the season against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Not an easy task.
Barrett Sallee blogs about the SEC for www.CollegeFootballNews.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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