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Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, pictured here at a news conference at the BCS National Championship Game in Miami last January, is expected to be the first player taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: Matt Valazquez) Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, pictured here at a news conference at the BCS National Championship Game in Miami last January, is expected to be the first player taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Source: Matt Valazquez)
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  • Kentucky beats Alabama 81-71 behind Washington's 16 points

    Kentucky beats Alabama 81-71 behind Washington's 16 points

    Saturday, February 17 2018 5:29 PM EST2018-02-17 22:29:34 GMT
    (Source: University of Alabama)(Source: University of Alabama)

    PJ Washington scored 16 points, Kevin Knox added 13, and Kentucky beat Alabama 81-71 on Saturday to end a four-game slide.

    PJ Washington scored 16 points, Kevin Knox added 13, and Kentucky beat Alabama 81-71 on Saturday to end a four-game slide.

  • Donta Hall powers Alabama to 80-65 win over LSU

    Donta Hall powers Alabama to 80-65 win over LSU

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 3:52 PM EST2018-02-14 20:52:23 GMT
    (Source: University of Alabama)(Source: University of Alabama)

    Donta Hall had 20 points and eight rebounds, including some powerful dunks, to lead Alabama to an 80-65 win over LSU on Tuesday night.

    Donta Hall had 20 points and eight rebounds, including some powerful dunks, to lead Alabama to an 80-65 win over LSU on Tuesday night.

  • UA Baseball adds Terry Rooney to coaching staff

    UA Baseball adds Terry Rooney to coaching staff

    Saturday, July 9 2016 12:53 PM EDT2016-07-09 16:53:46 GMT
    (Source: WBRC video)(Source: WBRC video)

    The following is a press release from the University of Alabama Athletics: TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama head baseball coach Greg Goff officially announced the addition of Terry Rooney to the Crimson Tide coaching staff on Friday evening.

    The following is a press release from the University of Alabama Athletics: TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama head baseball coach Greg Goff officially announced the addition of Terry Rooney to the Crimson Tide coaching staff on Friday evening.

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  • Game winning shot rattles out, Ole Miss falls at Texas A&M

    Game winning shot rattles out, Ole Miss falls at Texas A&M

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 11:44 PM EST2018-01-17 04:44:02 GMT
    Source: SEC NetworkSource: SEC Network

    Tyler Davis scored 20 points, including Texas A&M's final basket, and the Aggies defeated Mississippi 71-69 on Tuesday night for A&M's first victory in Southeastern Conference play this season. The Rebels' Breein Tyree missed a 3-point attempt at the other end that rattled in and out as time expired.

    Tyler Davis scored 20 points, including Texas A&M's final basket, and the Aggies defeated Mississippi 71-69 on Tuesday night for A&M's first victory in Southeastern Conference play this season. The Rebels' Breein Tyree missed a 3-point attempt at the other end that rattled in and out as time expired.

  • Jimbo Fisher accepts head coach position at Texas A&M

    Jimbo Fisher accepts head coach position at Texas A&M

    Friday, December 1 2017 1:40 PM EST2017-12-01 18:40:51 GMT
    Friday, December 1 2017 1:40 PM EST2017-12-01 18:40:51 GMT

    He had been coaching the team for eight years with a 83-23 record. He succeeded Bobby Bowden in 2010.

    He had been coaching the team for eight years with a 83-23 record. He succeeded Bobby Bowden in 2010.

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  • Georgia holds on this time to finish No. 1 in recruiting

    Georgia holds on this time to finish No. 1 in recruiting

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 4:30 PM EST2018-02-07 21:30:57 GMT
    Thursday, February 8 2018 6:26 AM EST2018-02-08 11:26:44 GMT
    Georgia was not about to blow this lead. The Bulldogs came away with the recruiting national title by finishing with a flourish on national signing day.
    Georgia was not about to blow this lead. The Bulldogs came away with the recruiting national title by finishing with a flourish on national signing day.
  • UGA approves Sanford Stadium renovation project

    UGA approves Sanford Stadium renovation project

    Tuesday, February 14 2017 11:51 PM EST2017-02-15 04:51:56 GMT
    Courtesy: UGA AthleticsCourtesy: UGA Athletics

    On the day the University of Georgia dedicated the football program's new indoor practice facility, the university's athletic association unveiled it's next major project. UGAA approved a $63 million renovation project for Sanford Stadium that will focus on the west end zone.

    On the day the University of Georgia dedicated the football program's new indoor practice facility, the university's athletic association unveiled it's next major project. UGAA approved a $63 million renovation project for Sanford Stadium that will focus on the west end zone.

  • Bama in, Ohio State out of College Football Playoff

    Bama in, Ohio State out of College Football Playoff

    Sunday, December 3 2017 7:22 AM EST2017-12-03 12:22:33 GMT
    Sunday, December 3 2017 12:58 PM EST2017-12-03 17:58:48 GMT

    Which looms largest for the selection committee - a conference championship or a 31-point loss?

    Which looms largest for the selection committee - a conference championship or a 31-point loss?

(RNN) - Big guys are likely to be the stars of the show Thursday night when the NFL Draft airs in primetime on ESPN, live from Radio City Music Hall.

Barring unforeseen weirdness - which can never be completely ruled out in the NFL Draft - Outland Trophy winner Luke Joeckel, the 6'6", 310-pound offensive tackle from Texas A&M, will be holding up a Kansas City Chiefs jersey as the No. 1 overall pick shortly after the 8 p.m. ET air time.

In most mock drafts, he's one of 10 offensive linemen and eight defensive linemen expected to be among the first 32 players chosen in the first round.

It's a far cry from last year, when more than 8 million viewers tuned in to watch QB Andrew Luck go to the Indianapolis Colts with the first pick. Robert Griffin III went to Washington with the second pick and in all, four quarterbacks went in the first round in 2012.

This year, West Virginia's Geno Smith is the only quarterback considered a pretty sure Round 1 selection. EJ Manuel of Florida State, Tyler Bray of Tennessee, Southern California's Matt Barkley and Mike Glennon of N.C. State could slip in as first-round picks, depending on the wheeling and dealing.

The Southeastern Conference has produced the last seven BCS national champions and should dominate this year's draft, as well. A dozen SEC players are considered bona-fide first-round prospects, among them Alabama's Dee Milliner (DB) along with offensive linemen Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker; Georgia linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree; Tennessee OT Menelik Watson and WR Justin Hunter; and Florida DT Sharif Floyd.

Notre Dame's controversial linebacker Manti Te'o has crept back into many analysts' first-round projections. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting before a horrible game against Alabama, a worse scandal concerning an imaginary dead girlfriend and a lackluster combine performance knocked him down a few pegs.

More of a sure thing is former Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eiffert, with a 6'6" frame, wide-receiver speed and a good chance to be among the first 10 players chosen.

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  • Mic'd Up: Andy Cannizaro

    Mic'd Up: Andy Cannizaro

    Thursday, February 15 2018 11:55 PM EST2018-02-16 04:55:51 GMT

    #12 Mississippi State finished up its final practice in Starkville on Wednesday before heading to Hattiesburg for opening weekend.  Andy Cannizaro is entering his second season as head coach of the Bulldogs, he agreed to wear a microphone for WLBT / FOX 40 during Wednesday's practice.  To understand why Cannizaro is such a likable coach, click on the video above.  When asked about facing Southern Miss this weekend, Cannizaro praised Scott Berry's team. ...

    #12 Mississippi State finished up its final practice in Starkville on Wednesday before heading to Hattiesburg for opening weekend.  Andy Cannizaro is entering his second season as head coach of the Bulldogs, he agreed to wear a microphone for WLBT / FOX 40 during Wednesday's practice.  To understand why Cannizaro is such a likable coach, click on the video above.  When asked about facing Southern Miss this weekend, Cannizaro praised Scott Berry's team. ...

  • USC-Clemson game time set for Thanksgiving weekend

    USC-Clemson game time set for Thanksgiving weekend

    Thursday, February 8 2018 3:53 PM EST2018-02-08 20:53:19 GMT
    (Source: TheBigSpur.com)(Source: TheBigSpur.com)

    The Palmetto Bowl is getting the primetime spotlight as one of the South's oldest rivalries will be televised at 7:30 p.m.

    The Palmetto Bowl is getting the primetime spotlight as one of the South's oldest rivalries will be televised at 7:30 p.m.

  • Gamecocks end SEC play in an unfamiliar place

    Gamecocks end SEC play in an unfamiliar place

    Thursday, February 8 2018 3:51 PM EST2018-02-08 20:51:27 GMT
    (Photo: Ryan Bethea, 247Sports)(Photo: Ryan Bethea, 247Sports)

    South Carolina left Williams-Brice Stadium with a win over Wofford but it was a result elsewhere that earned it a place in the SEC standings it rarely sees.

    South Carolina left Williams-Brice Stadium with a win over Wofford but it was a result elsewhere that earned it a place in the SEC standings it rarely sees.

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