Transfers may impact Ole Miss, Florida, Auburn

Three SEC offenses could get a boost from transfers this fall.

Quarterback Jevan Snead, a Texas transfer, is expected to start for Ole Miss.

Emmanuel Moody, who transferred from Southern Cal, could be the running back Florida needs.

And Chris Todd, who signed with Texas Tech out of high school, could play a major role in Auburn's new offense.

Snead, a former Parade All-American, competed with Colt McCoy for the quarterback job at Texas as a true freshman. After losing a close competition, he played as a backup in 2006 before transferring to Ole Miss.

In an interview with Mississippi media last month, Snead was asked how he thought he matched up with other SEC quarterbacks. Based on his answer, he's not lacking in confidence.

"I really haven't done anything to prove myself yet," Snead said. "But I feel that once I get on the field, I will be able to play with the best of them."

The Gators hope Moody can do the same at running back, where he started four games for Southern Cal in 2006.

While sitting out last fall, Moody was hampered by an elbow injury. He underwent surgery and is expected to be ready to go this spring.

Todd's progress at Auburn also has been affected by an injury. He sat out spring practice last week with a sore shoulder.

Todd dislocated the shoulder while playing junior college football last season and has been rehabilitating it since arriving at Auburn.

With Todd sidelined by the injury, Kodi Burns has emerged as the quarterback frontrunner. But you have to wonder if he can throw well enough to run offensive coordinator Tony Franklin's offense.

"We always throw first and run second," Franklin told The Huntsville Times before the start of spring practice. "That's always the rule."

You got a preview of Franklin's spread offense in Auburn's Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over Clemson when the Tigers threw 43 passes, eight more than in any regular-season game last season.

Center Of Attention: Ben Jones, a 6-foot-2, 305-pound high school All-American, is battling for the starting center position at Georgia.

Jones enrolled at Georgia in January after graduating early from Bibb County (Ala.) High School. He is competing with sophomore Chris Davis for the job.

Georgia coach Mark Richt told The Athens Banner-Herald that Jones has earned his reputation of being "a tough son of a gun."

Another Gordon: Jamont Gordon's brother might follow him into the SEC, but not in basketball. The younger brother of Mississippi State's star basketball player already is receiving scholarship offers in football.

Eric Gordon, a junior cornerback at Nashville Hillsboro High, has been offered scholarships to Mississippi State, Florida and Oklahoma, his brother told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Early Commitments: LSU has seven commitments for 2009. Houston quarterback Russell Shepard is the most recent. He chose LSU over Michigan, Texas, Florida and Southern Cal.

Rivals.com rates Shepard as the No. 4 prospect overall. Scout.com rates him No. 8.

Shepard, who rushed for 1,525 yards last season at Cypress Ridge High, said he wouldn't mind playing another position but first wanted a shot at quarterback. He plans to graduate early and enroll at LSU next January.

Despite losing out on Shepard, Texas has 13 commitments for 2009. Southern Cal has 10 commitments for 2009. That includes five-star quarterback Matt Barkley.

Gone Gator?: Florida coach Urban Meyer is trying to re-recruit freshman offensive lineman James Wilson, a five-star recruit out of high school.

Wilson, who didn't play last fall after undergoing knee surgery, announced that he was transferring last week. But Meyer hasn't given up.

"Absolutely, I'm trying to get him to come back," Meyer told The Gainesville Sun. "I've talked to him. No promises have been made."

Extra Points: Auburn running back Mario Fannin might have to have shoulder surgery following a scrimmage injury. … Ole Miss offensive line coach Mike Markuson, who followed head coach Houston Nutt from Arkansas, will be paid more than $900,000 over the next three years, according to The Clarion-Ledger. … Gary Brown, a highly touted defensive tackle from Quincy, Fla., is Florida's second commitment for 2009.

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Comments » 6

utmdm writes:

Where is Wilson transferring?

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Haven't seen anything on him, UTMDM. How'd you like the snow?

utmdm writes:

Since Bammer did not get a mention and we would not want them to be left out..

Q: Why can't most of the Bammer players get into a huddle on the
field?

A: It is a parole violation to associate with known felons.

utmdm writes:

PD i was driving thru the brunt of it on the way to check on my mom last night. Made it safe but lost count of the number of salt trucks that peppered the vehicle on the way. Dont think any ice could possibly stick to the front of it.

Did you and the better half invite the moles in for PETA credit?

thesavageorange writes:

USC has already got commits from 1 5* and 7 4*'s.The 2 others haven't been rated yet.The NCAA should move USC to the NFC West.

Boy I hope we can get some early commits!

Pullingguard writes:

Scary, all that SEC talk and happenings and not one word about anything going on with the Vols. Are the Vols dormant at present, just waiting on warm weather.. Seems like all the major powers get those committments early and like in 2008 signing the Vols were late and really came up short in recruiting... Hopefully they get it going and soon...

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