Former Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara drafted in third round

Former Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara was selected No. 67 overall by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday night.

It wasn’t until later in his career that we saw his greatness. Kamara was overshadowed by a high-profiled Jalen Hurd, but following Hurd’s transfer from Tennessee, Kamara really came into his own. Kamara rushed for 596 yards and nine touchdowns while adding 392 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2016. He scored 23 total touchdowns in just 284 touches during his career, and in 2016, he led the Vols with 1,188 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns.

During Kamara’s junior season, he broke a Tennessee record with 312 all-purpose yards against Texas A&M, and that’s when heads started to turn.

Kamara originally singed with Alabama out of high school. He was rated as a four-star prospect and the country’s No. 2 running back and the state of Georgia’s No. 2 prospect in 2014. Because of Alabama’s loaded backfield, he then transferred to Hutchinson Community College and then on to Tennessee.

Listed at 5-foot-10, 215 pounds, Kamara has prototypical NFL size and speed for a running back, and teams see him as a three-down back. He also could be a weapon on special teams, as he has talent as a punt returner.

He’s missed some time during his career with a knee injury, but as long as he can stay healthy, Kamara should be a weapon in the NFL.


Source: Saturday Down South

After cleaning up in Round 1, the SEC dominated Round 2 of the NFL Draft, too

The SEC recorded the most first round NFL Draft picks on Thursday night with 12, and several more were figured to be drafted in the second round.

And boy, the SEC dominated the second round, too. The conference finished with nine picks in the second round, three more than the next closest conference, the Pac-12. The 21 picks over the first two rounds is a new NFL draft record.

Here are the players who were drafted:

  • No. 34 Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • No. 39 Marcus Maye, DB, Florida (New York Jets)
  • No. 46 Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida (Indianapolis Colts)
  • No. 49 Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama (Washington Redskins)
  • No. 50 Justin Evans, DB, Texas A&M (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • No. 53 Teez Tabor, CB, Florida (Detroit Lions)
  • No. 55 Dalvin Tomlinson, DL, Alabama (New York Giants)
  • No. 57 Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt (Houston Texans)
  • No. 58 Ethan Pocic, C, LSU (Seattle Seahawks)

SEC connection
Former LSU DB Jamal Adams, who was taken No. 6 overall by the New York Jets, welcomed former Florida DB Marcus Maye. Adams chose LSU over Florida. Otherwise, these two could have played together in college, too.

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Alabama fans are already buzzing about Ryan Anderson joining Jonathan Allen in Washington.

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Record breaking

It’s safe to say that Alabama is cleaning up during the 2017 NFL Draft. After tying a school record with four picks in the first round, the Tide set a draft record in the second round.

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Conference Breakdown

SEC: 21
Pac-12: 12
Big Ten: 10
ACC: 8
AAC: 4
Big 12: 2
MAC: 1
C-USA: 1
Sun Belt: 1
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference: 1
Independent: 1
CAA: 1
Mid-American: 1

SEC Breakdown

Alabama: 7
Florida: 4
LSU: 4
Texas A&M: 2
Missouri: 1
Ole Miss: 1
Tennessee: 1
Vanderbilt: 1


Source: Saturday Down South

Michigan State players look to repair program's reputation

Michigan State‘s football program is trying to recover from a disastrous period on and off the field. Three unnamed players and a staffer were suspended as part of a high-profile sexual assault scandal in February, which followed a 3-9 season in 2016.

Head coach Mark Dantonio also dismissed defensive tackle Auston Robertson in April due to a third-degree sexual assault charge related to a separate incident.

Spartan veterans came up with the idea of holding weekly players-only meetings to discuss the team’s problems, and the meetings continued throughout the winter.

“If I was outside the program, I would probably think there was something wrong,” quarterback Brian Lewerke told Dan Murphy of ESPN. “We’re trying to figure it out. Obviously the stuff that happened is not OK. So we’re trying to change that perception.”

The weekly meetings lasted for up to an hour at a time, senior Brian Allen said, and addressed a variety of topics. Players said the sexual assault allegations were discussed, as well as ways to keep one another out of bad situations and increase the team’s sense of unity.

“People didn’t trust as much as they should their teammates the previous season,” Allen said. “We wanted to work on that. We’re trying to actually be more of a family rather than just talk about it.”

Concerned about cliques, the players instituted a Friday night basketball game and mixed up seating arrangements for meals.

All their practices were closed to the public during spring camp, while they did not speak to the media until the final week of camp in order to help them stay focused on football.

Linebacker Chris Frey said the sexual assault allegations, while serious, aren’t relevant to the team’s on-field performance.

“We know it’s a serious thing, but it doesn’t matter on the field,” the senior said. “We’re still going to be the same team and go out there and do everything we can to better ourselves. It’s always there, but it didn’t faze who we are as a team. I think with the things that have gone on off the field it’s only brought us closer on the field.”

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