SEC News & Notes

News and notes from Auburn's Southeastern Conference rivals are featured.

The SEC is currently riding high in the national spotlight. With the NFL draft less than a week away as many as 15 SEC players could be first or second round picks. Some of the hottest commodities are wide receivers, with Tennessee's Donte' Stallworth, LSU's Josh Reed, as well as Florida speedsters Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwell expected to be first round selections. All were juniors last year, except for Gaffney, who was a redshirt sophomore. Other possible first-round picks include offensive tackle Kendall Simmons from Auburn, defensive tackles Albert Haynesworth and John Henderson from Tennessee, defensive end Charles Grant from Georgia and linebacker Kalimba Edwards from South Carolina.

The Arkansas Razorbacks completed their annual spring game as the red team defeated the white team 13-7 behind the arm of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson from Montgomery. With spring practices now concluded, a total of three Arkansas players are in the mix for the starting QB spot going into the off-season. The other players are Ryan Sorahan and true freshman Matt Jones. Arkansas Coach Houston Nutt says he is pleased with the performance of the quarterbacks so far. Nutt did not rank the quarterbacks, though, noting that the depth chart for the QB position would not be released until two-a-days. The Razorbacks face Auburn on October 12th at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.

Outfielder Burney Hutchinson of Ole Miss received the SEC Baseball Player of the Week award. Hutchinson, a 23-year-old senior from Tupelo, Miss., went 11-for-21 on the week with seven runs scored. He currently has a 12-game hitting streak. Hutchinson also leads the Ole Miss team with seven home runs and 30 RBIs on the season. Ole Miss is ranked No. 9 in this week's Collegiate Baseball Top 30 poll with 29 wins. They have an SEC record of 10-5 after taking two of a three-game series with Auburn last week. Ole Miss has won 14 of its last 15 games with the one loss taking place against Auburn on Friday.

Football is not the only priority for South Carolina offensive lineman Cedric Williams. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound junior took some time out recently to visit students at Hand Middle school and help them with their homework. The trip was part of the athletic department's "Team Gamecocks" program, which participated in several community service projects over the last month. One of these projects involved visiting Carver Lyon Elementary School, where the players spoke to a group about the importance of education and what their lives are like as football players.

Members of Team Gamecocks raise money to rebuild a local church.

The Team Gamecocks program, created in 1993, has been a source of positive energy for the community ever since. In 1996, a group of 70 players washed cars to raise almost $3,500 to rebuild a local church that had been burned down. The members of Team Gamecocks also participate annually in the USC Souper Bowl of Caring, which is a project to collect money and food for those who are less fortunate. Other projects the Gamecocks have participated in include anti-litter campaigns, nursing home visits, and adopt-a-family programs.


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