The Jumbo Package | 07.10.13

Brian Vogler is on the preseason watch list for the award for the country's best tight end. - USA TODAY Sports

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Hokies cut ties with Running Back Michael Holmes | ESPN

Holmes was third on the depth chart coming out of spring practices. J.C. Coleman and Trey Edmunds were listed as the top two running backs, respectively. Tony Gregory is now the third-string running back.

Quarterback Logan Thomas led the Hokies in rushing yards last year, with Coleman second with 492 yards and two touchdowns. Gregory had 299 yards and one touchdown, while Holmes had 280 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 4 yards per carry.


Analysis: Tide five flying under the radar | Anniston Star

Brandon Ivory

The defensive lineman spent the last two seasons learning from the likes of Damion Square and Jesse Williams. Now, Ivory will battle Darren Lake for the starting nose guard spot. Ivory played in 12 games last season, totaling 22 tackles and a fumble recovery. He isn’t as big as Terrence Cody, Josh Chapman and Jesse Williams, but he hopes to have the same impact as those three. If Ivory does win the starting role, the only question will be can he demand a consistent double team.

Of the five they listed, I tend to think Ivory will be the name we hear most often this fall. They mention him needing to beat out Darren Lake, but I expect those two to work interchangeably, so the only thing that will keep him off the field is injury. What do you guys think?


Report: LSU RB Jeremy Hill charged with simple battery | CBS Sports

Hill will enter his plea during his arraignment on Friday. In the meantime, the rising sophomore remains under indefinite suspension courtesy of LSU coach Les Miles, who plans to let the legal process run its course before taking any further action.

Color me naive, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Hill may have played his last game in purple and yellow (It's not gold. Shut it.). The longer this process draws on, the closer it gets to the season, and this isn't even the end of the legal process for Hill, as he has to face a probation hearing after this. I really look for this decision to be taken out of Miles' hands.

ESPN's 'College Football Live' to broadcast on site at 2013 SEC Media Days

The full set of ESPN's daily college football show "College Football Live" will be on site at Hoover's Wynfrey Hotel when the 2013 edition of Media Days kicks off next Tuesday. The 30-minute show will air next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. CST, and feature ESPN's usual college football suspects.

The network's newest addition, former Birmingham radio host Paul Finebaum, will provide live updates from the annual gathering of media, fans, coaches and players from all 14 SEC locations.

Finally. We're going to finally see this shindig get some exposure after years of languishing away without coverage. I'm being facetious, of course, but I am ashamed to admit I am actually excited about SEC media days. Even though we can be all but certain that nothing of substance will come out of the week, it is like the first thaw of spring. It's a relatively quiet occurrence that serves as a harbinger that football is nigh upon us.

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Alabama tight end Brian Vogler named to watch list for 2013 Mackey Award

Alabama center Ryan Kelly named to Rimington Trophy's fall watch list

Former Tide star Rolando McClain pleads not guilty to criminal charges in Decatur | AL.com

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