Ron Higgins: SEC teams pick up pace, pile up points

MEMPHIS - One of quarterback Peyton Manning's favorite stories is about the first time he commanded a college huddle for Tennessee when the Vols opened the 1994 season at UCLA.

"All right guys, here we go," said Manning, always told to be assertive in the huddle by his father Archie, former star quarterback for Ole Miss and in the NFL. "I know I'm just a freshman, but we're going to take it down the field and score on this series. Then, we're ..."

"Just shut the (bleep) up and call the play," veteran tackle Jason Layman said, cutting Manning short.

Huddle stories as memorable as that one may soon become a thing of the past, since college teams, especially in the SEC, are huddling less or not at all so their offenses can operate at warp speed. Offenses now stare at their sideline, get the play from one of their coaches, then often step away again to get a different play from the sideline once the defense aligns.

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voloffaith writes:

Mrs. Wiggins and Mr. Tuddball? What show was that boys & girls? On topic, the huddle may only mean Huddle House if this trend continues with hurry up to minimize allowing defensive substitutions by opposition....

Higgins rhymes with Wiggins....yes it was a stretch...

voloffaith writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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"Beloved" lol....then lol some more....the way you besmirch the coach who is there by choice...don't like him fine...when you slam him you slam the University also...intended or not...

Orange_Juiced writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Mrs. Wiggins and Mr. Tuddball? What show was that boys & girls? On topic, the huddle may only mean Huddle House if this trend continues with hurry up to minimize allowing defensive substitutions by opposition....

Higgins rhymes with Wiggins....yes it was a stretch...

The best line from the greatest variety show that ever was...was:

"I saw it hanging in the window and just had to have it."

Scarlet O'Hara as played by Carol Burnett wearing drapes complete with curtain rod...funny stuff.

To the topic, run game has to continue gaining ground (pun intended) so TB can pick apart those NFL caliber DBs. Methinks Tyler has his best passing game this weekend as the offense continues to flourish. Just no oskies and dropsies...please! Take care of the ball! He must stay sharp and precise and make good choices.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

throw me the ball

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