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Preview of South Carolina and Kentucky in SEC East Football Division 2011 (SEC Preview Part 2)jh5

Marcus Lattimore’s

Record-Breaking Game

Against Florida

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Marcus Lattimore ran all over the Gators in the Swamp on November 13, 2010, for a school-record 40 carries for 212 yards and three touchdowns en route to a dominating 36-14 South Carolina victory and SEC Eastern Division Championship. With his additional 31 receiving yards, Lattimore single-handedly outgained and outscored Florida (226 yards of total offense, 14 points). *Spurs Up Top 15 Moments of 2010-11: #6* Blog Post:http://bit.ly/TopMoments6

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I think that Steve has the talent to do something special this year at South Carolina. I think the SEC East is down this year and SC may win it easily and even get 10 or 11 victories this year. Then he may retire, but maybe not. (Harry King thinks the East may be better this year but I have my doubts how much better.) Harry King has rightly put Marcus Lattimore on the Heisman watch list.

Kentucky is a basketball school and I know that they have been to 6 straight bowls for the first time in school history, but I am predicting a losing season for them. In 2007 they won 8, then in 2009 won 7 and last year 6. Do you see a trend here? The SEC is just too tough and somebody wins and somebody loses.

Below is a preview from Rivals:

Kentucky

Returning Starters: 15, kicker, punter

Strengths: With nine starters returning on defense, including tackling machine Danny Trevathan at linebacker, the Wildcats should have one of the SEC’s top stop units. Five players with starting experience are back in the secondary, so it should be difficult for opponents to consistently throw the ball. Four offensive linemen are back, giving Kentucky the chance to establish a solid ground game. Wide receiver La’Rod King notched 36 receptions as the No. 2 target behind Chris Matthews, five for TDs.

Weaknesses: While the O-line should be a source of satisfaction, someone has to step up and throw the ball, run the ball, catch the ball, etc. The Wildcats have to replace their leading rusher (Derrick Locke), top passer (Mike Hartline) and top receiver (Matthews). Not to mention their best athlete in Randall Cobb, who could play anywhere on the field and often did. If junior QB Morgan Newton, who started occasionally as a freshman, can’t adequately replace Hartline, Kentucky’s good defense could be wasted.

South Carolina

Returning Starters: 13

Strengths: Start with Marcus Lattimore, who may be the SEC’s top running back. Coach Steve Spurrier rode the gifted freshman to 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns last year as the Gamecocks won the East Division. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery caught 88 passes for 1,517 yards and nine scores, showing why he’ll play on Sunday in the future. Ellis Johnson’s defense returns two All-SEC players in DE Devin Taylor and CB Stephon Gilmore, and could derive instant help from DE Jadaveon Clowney, considered the nation’s top high school player last year.

Weaknesses: Will perennial knucklehead Stephen Garcia ever get it? Dealt the fifth suspension of his career in the spring, Garcia isn’t a certainty to return to the program fulltime. If he’s not allowed back—Garcia was permitted to attend voluntary workouts in June—many bets are off with the offense as there is no other QB in the program ready to take over. South Carolina also has to replace two defensive linemen and WR Tori Gurley, but it doesn’t have to worry half as much about those positions as it does about Garcia’s off-field decision-making.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has honored the school’s three Heisman Trophy winners with life-sized statues outside the stadium.

The Gators unveiled bronze statues of Steve Spurrier (1966), Danny Wuerffel (1996) and Tim Tebow (2007) during halftime of Saturday’s spring game.
The statues depict Spurrier passing, Wuerffel poised to throw and Tebow running with the ball.
Tebow says that’s fine with him. He says “you have to change it up. We can’t all be throwing.”
Spurrier thanked his alma mater in a videotaped message shown on the replay boards; he was in Columbia, S.C. for the Gamecocks’ spring game. Wuerffel and Tebow were on hand for the presentation. It was Tebow’s first public appearance at Florida Field since his Pro Day in March 2010.

Danny Wuerffel: The Quarterback with a Servant’s Heart

The 700 Club

CBN.com – THE QUARTERBACK WITH THE MIDAS TOUCH
Known as the quarterback with the Midas touch, Danny Wuerffel received the highest honor bestowed on any college football player in 1996—The Heisman Trophy. He holds no less than 32 National, Conference and School Records and maintains a legendary status as one of the greatest college football players ever to play the game.

As well as his athleticism, Wuerffel maintained high academic standards and was celebrated for his personal integrity. But with all of his fame and success, Danny has used his position to give back in all the communities that he has lived and played in as a football player. And his dedication to his faith in Jesus Christ is what has anchored his life.

In 1997, Wuerffel was drafted by the New Orleans Saints. In spite of his outstanding achievements and the national attention he received as a result, Wuerffel seemed unfazed by his success. “You know, the world just pounds the message into your brain that if you make enough money and if you’re successful in your field, that’s all you need. But you can ask just about anybody who’s been successful–somehow there always seems to be a longing for something more. I believe we were made to find fulfillment in our relationship with God,” he explains. “When we look for it in other places, we come up empty.”

Wuerffel got a head start in his search. “I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home. My father is a chaplain in the air force and my mother has always been active in the church. From the time I was very little, I didn’t question God’s existence, because we talked to Him every time we ate a meal. He was a very real part of our lives. So as I grew up and went into high school and then college, the question was not ‘Does God exist?’, but ‘To what extent?’ What part does He play in my life? What does He want from me? What is my relationship with Him supposed to be like? Those were the questions I wrestled with.” In college, out on his own for the first time, Danny began to take a good hard look at his faith. He started studying the Bible for himself and searching for answers to his questions. “From all different angles, God was really drawing me to himself and saying, ‘This is the time to get serious!'” Wuerffel recalls. “The biggest change was my understanding of myself in relationship to God. The more I understood how awesome God is, the more I realized how wretched I was. It’s a humbling experience to realize what your own nature is, to look at yourself and see selfishness and pride and the attitude that you can just do your own thing. Sometimes it was at subtle levels. Other people might not have noticed it, but I could see it.”

While everyone around him was awed by his talent and promise, Danny realized his need for a Savior and decided to surrender his life completely to Jesus Christ. A decision that changed his life forever. No matter what happened in his career — whether he won the Superbowl or sat on the bench — he determined to live his life to bring honor to God. “There’s a verse in Proverbs 3:5-6 that says ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.’ My desire is to acknowledge Him in all my ways — in my marriage, in my family, in football– in whatever I’m doing!” he exclaims.

In February 2004, Danny decided to retire from professional football to work in New Orleans with Desire Street Ministries, dedicated to one of America’s toughest and poorest neighborhoods. “It’s difficult to say goodbye to a dream,” he told the press. “At the same time, I’m thankful that I’m not leaving because I have to.” His wife Jessica admits that since Danny retired from football and joined the ministry, she doesn’t miss the crowds and fans that came with his fame. Danny is also a popular speaker, sharing how his experiences playing football have helped shape his life.

DEVASTATED BY KATRINA
Located in the heart of New Orleans, Danny’s home and ministry, Desire Street Ministries, were completely destroyed by the hurricane. They were forced to relocate to Niceville, Florida where they are up and running a boarding school. Many of the children they worked with in New Orleans are finding their way to the school, now their home. They also have staff on-site at the facility in New Orleans working on cleaning and renovating the facility. “As I reflect on the past six weeks and look again at the flooded images of the ministry facility and my home, I’m once again faced with the reality of the devastation of this storm. And yet in the midst of all these images, through God’s grace, I’ve found my eyes “fixed” on something different,” Wuerffel says. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 “In the past, that verse often encouraged me to not worry about throwing an interception or losing a football game. How trivial that seems now. God is doing a new thing as a result of this storm…a big thing. I’m not sure exactly what it is or what it’s going to look like in the end, but I’m certain he’s doing something significant. Sometimes, though, it’s just hard to see it while it’s happening.”

Through the storm and its aftermath, God continues to do incredible things. “It hasn’t been an easy six weeks, but I’ve personally seen God triumph over every major obstacle, one after another, and my personal journey of faith has never been more vibrant,” Danny proclaims