Posted 04/17/2007 at 05:58 PM
Steve Spurrier spent most of this past weekend ripping the state of South Carolina for the presence of the Confederate flag. "My opinion is we don't need the Confederate flag at our Capitol," Spurrier told the media following the Garnet and Black spring game. "I don't really know anybody that wants it there."
Cory Boyd scored on a pair of touchdown runs, but quarterback Blake Mitchell struggled, completing only 13-of-39 throws for 150 yards and two interceptions.
A crowd of 35,153 attended the scrimmage in Columbia.
--The Orange and Blue game in Gainesville was basically the Tim Tebow Show, as the rising sophomore completed 15-of-22 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns -- in the first half.
Tebow was bothered by shoulder soreness early in spring drills, but Urban Meyer has indicated that that was a blessing in disguise, causing the southpaw from out of St. Augustine to focus on short and intermediate routes, Tebow’s biggest weaknesses.
"The last week and a half, he's been tremendous,” Meyer told the Associated Press. “He's ready to go. Tim Tebow is ready to go play quarterback at Florida."
The crowd at the Swamp was estimated at 47,500.
--Arkansas QB Casey Dick connected on 8-of-14 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the Razorbacks' spring game.
--T.J. Yates, a redshirt freshman QB out of Pope High School in Marietta, Ga., became the favorite to be the starter in Butch Davis' first season at North Carolina. Yates completed 10-of-15 passes for three touchdowns in UNC's 90-minute spring scrimmage.
--Cullen Harper will be the clear-cut No. 1 QB going into the fall at Clemson. Harper threw for three TDs to lead the Purple to a 35-16 win over the Orange at Death Valley. James Davis rushed for 100 yards on six carries, including a 65-yard scamper to paydirt.
--The SEC will feature a bunch of excellent QBs in 2007. In fact, the only schools that lost QBs (Florida -- Chris Leak, LSU -- JaMarcus Russell, Arkansas -- Mitch Mustain) have experienced replacements. Here’s my rankings of the SEC signal callers:
1-Tim Tebow (Florida)
2-Andre Woodson (Kentucky)
3-Chris Nickson (Vanderbilt)
4-Matthew Stafford (Georgia)
5-Blake Mitchell (South Carolina)
6-John Parker Wilson (Alabama)
7-Erik Ainge (Tennessee)
8-Matt Flynn (LSU)
9-Brandon Cox (Auburn)
10-Brent Schaeffer (Ole Miss)
11-Casey Dick (Arkansas)
12-Mike Henig (Mississippi State)
--I’m jonesin’ to get my hands on this year’s Phil Steele pre-season magazine!