Dacus No Longer Bothered By Concussion

Co-Written By Ryan Malashock HOOVER, Ala. -- Arkansas middle linebacker Weston Dacus said Wednesday that he doesn't feel any lingering effects from the concussion that caused him to miss most of spring practice.

Dacus, who is being asked by Arkansas' coaches to be a leader on defense, visited a neurologist in the spring as a precaution. He was also held out of the final two weeks of practice, as well as the Red-White spring game.
"(The coaches) didn't want me to keep playing," said Dacus, who was Arkansas' defensive representative on the opening day of the Southeastern Conference's football media days at the Wynfrey Hotel.
"I went and saw the neurologist and everything was good. It's just typical among football players, and they wanted to be cautious about it."
Dacus said it was frustrating in the spring watching from the sidelines as Arkansas' group of young linebackers struggled in practice. But the 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior said he'll be ready to go when the Razorbacks open preseason practice Aug. 4.
"I'm 100 percent. I don't feel the effects of (the concussion)," Dacus said. "I'm ready to go."
As the starting middle linebacker, Dacus will have the challenge of trying to provide leadership to a linebacker core that must replace two starters from last season.

Brooks Thrilled To Be Back

Kentucky coach Rich Brooks won just nine of 34 games in his first three seasons in Lexington.
That mark had him, and others, questioning his job security when Brooks traveled to Hoover for last season's SEC football media days. But the Wildcats went 8-5 last season, including a victory in the Music City Bowl.
The breakthrough campaign has expectations at an all-time high and had Brooks excited about facing the media Wednesday. "I'm baaaaaaack," Brooks boomed with a big smile to open his remarks.
With the SEC coaches' preseason all-first team quarterback, Andre Woodson, Brooks thinks his Wildcats could take another step toward becoming a consistent Eastern Division power. At the very least, Brooks expects to be back next July in Alabama.
"If you remember my opening statement the last two years, my goal for this upcoming season would be that I was able to be here at this function the next year.
"Well, finally got it on a little bit more solid footing, and hopefully I won't have to answer too many questions about job security this year."

Spurrier On Referee Scandal

Tim Donaghy's name unexpectedly came up during the interview of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.
A reporter wanted Spurrier's input on the integrity of SEC referees, using the identity of the NBA referee who bet on basketball games to open his question. The reporter asked if something similar could happen in the SEC.
"I've probably been accused of saying something like that a couple of times," Spurrier said in a joking manner. "There's been a few lousily called games that deserved an investigation." After some more thought, Spurrier got a little more serious.
"I think because of what happened in the NBA, this will really heighten all the security and checking on (referees') backgrounds," Spurrier said. "Hopefully it will be a good scare that will help every sport."

Slow Burns

Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox said he's been impressed with what he's seen so far from former Fort Smith Northside signal-caller Kodi Burns, who could be Cox's eventual replacement.
Burns, who signed with Auburn in February instead of nearby Arkansas, has been working out with the Tigers this summer.
"He's a good athlete. He's got a strong arm, he's got good size on him already and the thing with him is learning the offense, which is the hardest part," said Cox, who is a senior.
"... I think just from talking to him and seeing what he's learned so far, he's pretty smart when it comes to football. He has the talent; it's just about getting in there and learning the offense."

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