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Three & Out returns to give you a periodic look at what's going on this spring in the SEC. In today's edition, we take a look at the a Heisman campaign in Fayetteville, Urban Meyer's return to the Gators and an injured LSU wide receiver.
HOLD THE HEISMAN TALK
Ever since Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett announced that he was passing on the NFL draft and returning to Fayetteville for his junior season, Northwest Arkansas has been buzzing with talk of a Heisman Trophy. Maybe that talk should ease up a bit.
No disrespect to Mallett. He's a fine quarterback. In fact, he's probably the best in the SEC. But the Heisman Trophy isn't awarded to the best player in America, even though the ballot says that's it's supposed to be. In reality, the award goes to "the best offensive player on one of the top teams in America." For Arkansas to be one of the top teams in America, Mallett is going to have to be significantly better in big games than he was in 2009.
Last season against four of his toughest opponents, (Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss and LSU), Mallett completed just 39 percent of his passes. That's not going to cut it if you want to be a big time quarterback for a big time team.
The bottom line is, for Mallett to be a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate, Arkansas will not only have to contend with Alabama in the SEC West, they're going to have to win the SEC West.
Considering Mallett's sketchy play against good competition and the fact that the Razorbacks don't have any semblance of a defense, I don't see that happening.
Well, that didn't take long.
Just two months ago, questions lingered on when -- of if -- Florida head coach Urban Meyer would return to be the head coach of the Gators. According to a report from the The Orlando Sentinel, Meyer will return when the Gators take the field to open spring practice on March 17.
During his two month absence, Meyer was not totally absent from his football responsibilities. He dropped in on a few meetings, played a little golf and worked on getting his health back to 100 percent. Apparently, the month-long hiatus worked. According to the report, Meyer has received a "clean bill of health" in recent medical tests.
This is a crucial year for the Gators. With so much turnover on both sides of the ball, stability on the coaching staff is something that they desperately need. Questions about the post-Tebow offensive system have lingered ever since the Gators walked off the field at the Sugar Bowl. Having an offensive mind like Meyer fully back in the mix will certainly go a long way to stabilizing the Gators.
LSU wide receiver Terrance Tolliver, who was arrested outside of Reggie's Bar in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday night, apologized to his teammates, family and fans on Tuesday.
The senior wide receiver, who was wearing a soft cast, suffered a broken left hand in the altercation. Toliver will be able to practice during the spring. LSU head coach Les Miles said that Tolliver won't be suspended, but that he will pay a "tremendous price."
Toliver, who is LSU's most experienced returning receiver, had 53 catches for 735 yards and three touchdowns in 2009.
Barrett Sallee covers the SEC for www.CollegeFootballNews.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @BarrettSallee
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