SEC Day 3 Notebook

No worries for Mettenberger

LSU has long been known for depth at running back and while bruising sophomore Jeremy Hill’s status is unclear, Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger isn’t worried.

“If Alfred Blue didn’t get hurt last year a lot of people wouldn’t know who Jeremy Hill was,” he said.

Blue, a senior is back, and so is sophomore Kenny Hilliard, who rushed for 464 yards and six touchdowns a year ago.

For his part, Mettenberger has spent the off-season trying to become a more accurate passer.

“I think everybody knows I’ve got some slow feet on me. I’ve always been known as a guy who can throw the ball hard. I want to be known as a great passer. Footwork and trying to be more accurate are the things I’ve been working on,” he said.

Richt endorses tempo offense

Georgia coach Mark Richt says he has no problem with playing fast and given the number and length of TV timeouts doesn’t think it’s a safety risk for players.

He does say the offenses might need to slow down just enough to make sure a defensive substitution is made if an offense is substituting.

Richt reminded us that he was running a fast offense at Florida State in the 1990s.

More on the topic will come from Nick Saban shortly.

The cheers from the Wynfrey lobby have reached the ballroom, so we know the Alabama coach and his players are in the house.

Murray is a Brees fan

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray admires several NFL quarterbacks none more than Drew Brees of the Saints.

There is one specific reason.

“It’s definitely the height,” says Murray, who is listed at 6-foot-1.

Brees is listed at 6-0.

Murray says it’s not uncommon for defensive linemen to be taller than quarterbacks and downplays the possible disadvantage of his size.

“You rarely throw over people. Everybody has to find passing lanes. You just have to use your feet and move around.”

Saban talks about the tempo game

Alabama coach Nick Saban talked more about preparing to stop up-tempo offenses than he did about possible rule changes to slow down the game.

“Preparation is the important part of that. When people play fast it takes a defense out of rhythm a little bit. We need to practice that way more often. You have to adjust your terminology so that there are quick calls, and players can get in the game quickly, get lined up and focus on what they need to do to execute.

“The rules are clearly defined. We know exactly what to expect in terms of what we have to play against. The focus is on preparing our team to play against that. I don’t know that there will ever be any rule changes that affect up-tempo.”

Saban said most teams played the faster pace against Alabama last year and that his team defended it better later in the season.

“The only two questions I’ve ever had, and I don’t have the answers, are should we allow football to become a continuous game. Is that the way the game was designed to be played?”

He expressed concern about the number of plays in a game.

“They have 64 plays in the NFL. We play 80 in a college game. The cumulative effect of 25-30 more plays a game … are than any safety issues in that?”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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