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So SEC Network’s SEC Nation is coming to Starkville on Saturday, the same day as ESPN’s College GameDay is coming to Oxford. That’s almost too much ESPN for one state to take.
What is SEC Nation? For those unfamiliar with SEC Nation, it’s the SEC Network’s traveling pre-game road show, similar to College GameDay on ESPN. This Saturday’s live appearance in Starkville will be broadcast from The Junction before No. 12 Mississippi State faces No. 6 Texas A&M at 11 a.m. The show has made previous stops at the SEC campuses of South Carolina, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Florida, Alabama and, last week, Georgia.
The main players: Host Joe Tessitore, reporter on Kaylee Hartung, analysts Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum.
Joe Tessitore (host): Tessitore is a play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s college football and basketball games, blow-by-blow commentator for ESPNFriday Night Fights. In addition, Tessitore is the long-time face of ESPN’s Heismanology and became the primary studio host for ESPN’s daily College Football Live in 2012.
Kaylee Hartung (reporter): Hartung previously was an anchor and reporter for Longhorn Network. In addition to hosting Longhorn Network’s flagship program Longhorn Extra, reporting for Texas GameDay and crafting feature stories, Hartung has contributed to ESPN’s coverage of the 2013 College World Series and the 2012-13 college football and college basketball seasons.
Tim Tebow: Tebow is the most nationally recognizable member of the crew. The former Heisman Trophy winner from Florida has had a large following from college that has increased during his brief NFL career. Tebow is a cultural icon with immense popularity, largely based on his personality and open devotion to his faith.
Marcus Spears: Spears is a former LSU defensive end from 2001-04. Spears is a former All-SEC and All-America player for the Tigers and was a member of the 2004 BCS Championship team. Spears was drafted in the first-round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys and played defensive end in the league for eight years. He retired from the NFL in 2014.
Paul Finebaum: Finebaum has enjoyed great success as the colorful and opinionated host of a nationally syndicated sports-radio talk show. He has appeared on various ESPN shows as an SEC authority, including SportsCenter, College Football Live and College GameDay. In January 2012, Bleacher Report named Finebaum one of the “25 Most Influential People” in college football.
What to expect: As mentioned, this is similar to the more-familiar ESPN College GameDay, except it is geared for the rabid SEC fan base. Expect to hear debate on the Heisman prospects for Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, the alleged ‘stomping incident’ by Bulldogs’ center Dillon Day (who has been suspended for the game) and a testing of creativity of fans who try their best to get their signs on TV (see below).
Examples of SEC Nation banter: Who is the SEC’s Most Valuable Player?
Tim Tebow:I think it is (Mississippi State quarterback) Dak Prescott. 15 total touchdowns this year. … The offense is putting up over 500 yards each game. He is averaging over 335 yards of offence himself every game. He is making plays and he is being a leader, and that is why I think he is the most valuable player to his team so far this year.
From Paul Finebaum: We knew about Dak Prescott, we knew about (Georgia”s) Todd Gurley, and everyone knew about (Alabama’s) Amari Cooper. We weren’t sure about (Texas A&M quarterback) Kenny Hill, and he to me is the most valuable.
From Marcus Spears:When we talk about most valuable player, I think about Todd Gurley because every game plan and every scheme is geared towards him. … He adds another dimension to this Georgia team and they wouldn’t be where they are without Todd Gurley.
By Tim Tebow Foundation On September 27, 2014
He may enjoy the view from the sidelines this weekend, but 18-year-old Austin Whitten isn’t letting paralysis keep him on the sidelines of life. The Lafayette, GA, teen will have an opportunity to meet Tim Tebow, whom he admires for his bold and unashamed stand for Christ, this weekend at SEC Nation through the Tim Tebow Foundation W15H program.
Austin and his family will travel to Atlanta for private one-on-one time with Tim before joining him as a VIP on the set of SEC Nation before the University of Tennessee takes on the University of Georgia in Athens on Saturday.
Growing up, Austin had always been involved in sports but on June 9, 2012, his life changed dramatically. Austin was at friend’s home celebrating the start of summer when a belly flop into the swimming pool went horribly wrong. The pressure caused by hitting the water shattered the C6 vertebrae in his neck, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Since his accident, Austin has gone through extensive physical therapy to recover the use of his arms and continues to pursue treatments in hopes of one day walking again.
Through this journey, Austin has maintained a very positive outlook on life through his strong faith. Austin has said, “People see me in this chair and feel sorry for me. But I don’t see it as a chair, I see it as a platform for God, for what He’s brought me through, for what He’s going to take me to.”
The Tim Tebow Foundation W15H program fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses who dream of meeting Tim Tebow. Each W15H child receives a custom experience and in addition, a unique W15H gift package containing exclusive W15H luggage, official W15H t-shirts, a Nike duffle bag, a copy of Tim’s book Through My Eyes, Florida Gators: 2008 National Championship book, a personalized Bible and more
There was a time former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow wouldn’t be received so well in Athens.
It’s a good thing the Georgia-Florida rivalry is played in Jacksonville, because fans may not have treated the former Heisman Trophy winner so politely from 2006-2009, a span of years where Georgia only beat the Gators once and Tebow helped lead Florida to two national titles. As an SEC Nation co-host, however, Tebow is enjoying the Classic City this weekend.
“It’s been great being around a lot of the guys on the team and hanging with Coach (Mark) Richt,” Tebow said on Friday. “It was great. It’s been fun.”
This isn’t the first time Tebow has been to Athens, though. He took a recruiting visit to Georgia as a high school junior when the Bulldogs took on LSU.
Rather than play, Tebow now has a better chance to weigh in on SEC matchups like the one between Georgia and Tennessee this afternoon.
Q: Last week you picked Mississippi State to upset LSU. Do you see Tennessee having that same potential? If so, what would they need to do?
Tebow: I think they have the potential. They’ve got to protect their quarterback. I think they’ve got to stop the run and eliminate a lot of big plays, especially from (Todd) Gurley. If they can do that I think it will be a four-quarter fistfight.
Q: How do you see Knowshon Moreno compared to Todd Gurley?
Tebow: I think they’re a little bit different. I mean, Todd Gurley is so powerful, but he’s also very fast and he can pull away from a lot of guys. You don’t usually see that with guys who are that fast so he’s really impressed me. But also, (Georgia’s) depth has impressed me. Not a lot of teams have the depth where you have a Nick Chubb, a Sony Michel or a Keith Marshall, and you can just rotate those guys. Every time Todd Gurley touches the ball he’s fresh, and that gives him the ability to be even more productive than a guy like Knowshon that was on the field almost every play.
Q: Where does Gurley rank amongst the Heisman favorites, in your opinion?
Tebow: That’s tough to say. Having a big game versus Clemson really helped him. Obviously every loss always hurts when you’re the leader of a team or you’re one of their impact players, but I think we’ll see through SEC play. If he can really help this Georgia team win a lot of these big SEC games. I think he’ll have a shot. He’s at least in the mix right now.
Q: If there were an X-factor for each team, who would it be?
Tebow: I think it’s the offensive line for Tennessee. I think it’s Hutson Mason for Georgia.
by Jon Bois
No matter how hard you try to look away from it, it’s staring you right in the face every day if you are Dak Prescott.
Since last year’s fantastic finish and through this week, Dak Prescott has seen his name rise among the ranks of college football’s elite quarterbacks. From a long shot Heisman contender, to a Davey O’Brien mention and more, Prescott is arguably the hottest name in college football after last week’s performance down in Baton Rouge.
Of course, there are pundits and people that like to throw mud at Prescott and say things like, “He still has to show me” or “He’s just not that great of a passer”.
So, being that it’s an off week, we decided to compare Dak Prescott with two other quarterbacks he is often compared to and two guys his coach, Dan Mullen, coached as well at Florida. Let’s compare Prescott with Tim Tebow and Cam Newton through the first four weeks of their Heisman years.
Newton won the Heisman in 2010, while Tebow won the prestigious award in 2007.
First we will look at Tebow through his first four games of 2007.
Tebow played Western Kentucky, Troy, Tennessee and Mississippi. He was 4-0 at this point.
Here is a look at his stats through four games.
Tebow through four games was 65-95 for 1,096-passing yards. He had thrown 10-touchdowns and 1-interception and completed 68% of his passes. He had also rushed the football 70-times for 353-yards and 7 scores. He was averaging 5-yards per carry at this juncture of the season.
Cam Newton, like Tebow was 4-0 through his first four games and had defeated Arkansas State, Mississippi State, Clemson and South Carolina.
Let’s look at Newton’s stats through four games.
Newton through four games was 43-68 for 683-passing yards. He had thrown 9-touchdowns and 3-interceptions and completed 63% of his passes. He had also rushed the football 75-times for 485-yards and 5 scores. He was averaging 6.5-yards per carry at this juncture of the season.
Now let’s recap Prescott and then we will evaluate the three.
Precscott through four games is 58-96 for 964-passing yards. He has also thrown 11-touchdowns and 2-interception and completed 60.4% of his passes. He has also rushed the football 62-times for 378-yards and 3 scores. He is averaging 6.1-yards per carry at this juncture of the season.
So what does all these numbers tell us? Let’s look at a comparative table with all three and rank each of them in eight categories. You will see their individual numbers and corresponding rankings for each, between the three.
Interestingly, Prescott has thrown more touchdowns than both Newton and Tebow at this point of the season. Not bad for a quarterback that several people, (Ole Miss Fans), say can’t throw.
Prescott is last in completion percentage, but just off pace of Cam Newton. Tim Tebow carries a significant edge on completion percentage.
Passing-yards are comparable and interceptions are as well. Oddly, Prescott though has the fewest rushing attempts of the three at this point.
That’s not a bad thing though, considering Mullen did all he could to keep Prescott fresh the first three games and let’s not forget, Prescott played basically a half against USM and 2.5 quarters against UAB.
I’m sure if you look deep enough, you will see Tebow did the same thing. Newton, however had the toughest schedule of the three through four games and had to play the bulk of the snaps.
So what do all these numbers and comparisons tell us? It tells us Prescott is on par at this time to have a similar year to Newton and Tebow, assuming he stays healthy and his team does as well. Which if he does, means he is truly a legitimate Heisman candidate. After all, we aren’t just randomly comparing numbers here.
We are comparing Prescott against Newton and Tebow’s best years and so far, the kid is holding his own. So far he’s hanging in there with the champs