SEC News & Notes

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

The LSU Tigers held their annual spring football game in front of a crowd of more than 28,000 in Tiger Stadium. Redshirt sophomore Matt Mauck completed 20 of 45 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown. The 6-2, 216 pounder also threw five interceptions during the game, a statistic that undoubtedly raised a few eyebrows among LSU coaches looking for a leader at the quarterback position for the upcoming season. Another setback at the QB position occurred in the second quarter when sophomore Marcus Randall, who played in two games last year for the Tigers, injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Doctors are not sure what caused the problem, as Randall was untouched on the play in which he suffered the injury. Randall is expected to undergo surgery next week, and he is not likely to be fully rehabbed for LSU's opening game against Virginia Tech on September 1. Another potential quarterback for the Tigers, redshirt freshman Rick Clausen (brother of Tennessee starting QB Casey Clausen) had a less than stellar day, completing only 5 of 20 passes for 45 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns.

Football isn't the only sport of interest at LSU this week. The baseball Tigers have been hot at the plate and on the mound lately, and their efforts have earned them nine wins in their last 12 conference games. The Tigers' most recent conference wins came in the form of a sweep against Arkansas at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge. The opening game, which took place on Friday, was one of the shorter games of the season for LSU as the Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 3-0 in only an hour and 51 minutes. Lane Mestepey was credited with the complete game and a four-hit shutout. In the second game of the series, sophomore Brian Wilson also blanked Arkansas for nine innings as the Fighting Tigers took an 8-0 victory. The complete game was Wilson's first in 35 outings at LSU and helped earn him the SEC Pitcher of the Week award. In the closer of the series, LSU easily overcame a 3-1 deficit in the fifth inning and put 12 runs on the board to finish the game 13-5. Leading the offense for the Tigers was J. C. Holt, who went 4-6 on the evening with a triple and an RBI as well as three runs scored. LSU's next SEC contest will take place on Saturday when they face the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville.

A total of five Vanderbilt football seniors signed free-agent deals this week. Last year's starting quarterback Greg Zolman was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts and has a chance at becoming their second-string quarterback behind four-year starter Peyton Manning. Running back Lew Thomas signed a deal with the San Diego Chargers as a backup running back despite missing the last half of the 2001 season due to a broken foot. Thomas could also see playing time at special teams under the command of former Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Steve Crosby. Other Vanderbilt players who signed free-agent contracts included 6-7, 344-pound offensive tackle Pat Green as well as linebackers Nate Morrow and Antuain Bradford.

Several Georgia Bulldog players and coaches took an opportunity last weekend to help people in need by building a Habitat for Humanity house for a local family. Even head coach Mark Richt got in on the nail-pounding action, as well as 14 other players, coaches and staff members from the UGA football team. Former linebacker John Brantley, who played with the Bulldogs from 1984-87 and is now working with HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation, played a big role in getting the Georgia team involved in the homebuilding project. The construction of the house is expected to continue into July.


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