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Former Florida safety Keanu Neal makes Pro Bowl in 2nd season with Atlanta Falcons

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The Philadelphia Eagles win on Sunday night turned into a win for a former Gators player as well.

Keanu Neal, the second-year safety for the Atlanta Falcons, was named to the NFL Pro Bowl on Monday as the replacement for Eagles’ safety Malcolm Jenkins.

Neal was the Falcons first-round draft pick out of Florida in 2016. He followed up his promising rookie season with an excellent showing in 2017, when he added significant production to his established reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the league.

As part of a defensive unit that went from ranked No. 27 in 2016 to No. 9 in the NFL this season, Neal recorded 116 total tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 interception.

His 8 forced fumbles through the first two seasons of his career set a new NFL record for a defensive back.

Neal will head to Orlando, Fla. where the Pro Bowl will be played this Sunday, Jan. 28.

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It happened again! 3 LSU students arrested after breaking into Tiger Stadium

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Out of all the uncertainty surrounding the LSU football program, there is one well-known fact: people absolutely love to break into Tiger Stadium.

The feat was accomplished once again on early Friday morning, as three LSU students – Michael Freetage, Travis Lecompte and Jacob Phillips – were arrested by university police for simple burglary, per LSUNow.com.

This has become a trend over the past couple of years, with multiple incidents of fans trying to break into the stadium have been reported. While nothing of major consequences has happened to either the playing field or integrity of the stadium, you would have to start to wonder whether this has become a challenge with some fraternity or at a local bar; somewhat of a rite of passage.

The amount of successful – if you could call it that after being arrested – attempts also mean that the university and athletic department should take a look at the lack of security around the stadium at odd hours.

No other details were currently available for what will or could happen to the students.

 

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Auburn podcast: Auburn basketball developing winning culture

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Welcome to The Podcast on the Plains, SEC Country’s daily Auburn football podcast with host Zac Blackerby. On the show Monday, Blackerby is joined by ESPN 106.7’s Painter Sharpless. On episode 116 of the show, the guys discuss what is happening to the Auburn basketball program. After comparing the Auburn game this weekend to the AFC Championship Game, the guys also touch on what Auburn will be best at in 2018 in regards to football.

Auburn podcast: Auburn developing winning culture

Use the following time marks to navigate the podcast:

  • Start of the show: Blackerby uses the AFC Championship Game to make an illustration about Auburn basketball’s culture. What Bruce Pearl is building at Auburn is a winning culture. Everyone involved — fans, media and players — are expecting the Tigers to win, which is far different than what we’ve seen over the past several years.
  • 12-minute mark: Mustapha Heron is the core of this basketball team. Blackerby and Sharpless discuss how he needs to become a star for this team to take the next step.
  • 18:30 mark: The conversation transitions to football. The guys both share what position group will be the strongest for the Tigers in 2018.
  • End of the show: New Auburn athletic director Allen Greene keeps impressing people. The guys talk about what all he can do for Auburn.

Miss a previous edition? Find every episode of SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers podcast  here. It also airs every day on ESPN 106.7 in Auburn at 3:30 p.m. CT.

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Kentucky Basketball: John Calipari responds to recruiting criticism, Duke’s recent dominance with top prospects

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — After Duke pulled a stunner and landed 5-star Kentucky target Zion Williamson on Saturday, giving the Blue Devils the No. 1, 2, 3 and 8 high school players in the Class of 2018, John Calipari field a steady stream of questions about recruiting Monday.

The Wildcats haven’t signed a top-5 recruit in any of the last three classes after turning college basketball on its ear with a slew of such prospects during Calipari’s first six seasons in Lexington. But now Mike Krzyzewski and Duke have made a run on the elite talent.

So is Calipari hearing a common theme from top-5 guys about why they aren’t coming to Kentucky lately?

“No,” he said Monday. “Some of them do well. You’d have to look at who we’ve lost and how they’ve done in the NBA. I don’t know. Some of them have done well. I haven’t looked that way, but if they do, I wish them well. I’m not wishing ill will on any of these kids. This is about them and their families.

“My concern is whoever we get here, how do we help them get to be the best version of themselves both on and off the court? How do we send them off from here after a year, two years, three years, four years, whatever, with a basis to have success on and off the court where they can be involved in their communities, where it’s not just solely basketball? How they can count on themselves.”

And then Calipari took what would seem to be a shot at Blue Devils.

“I don’t sell, like, ‘When you come here, the university and the state will take care of you the rest of your life,’ ” Calipari said. “You may buy that, and I’ve got some great property in some swampland down in Florida to sell you, too.”

In April of 2016, when Kentucky freshman Hamidou Diallo was a 5-star recruit, he said, “Duke’s pitch was if you come to Duke, you’re going to be set for life.”

On Monday, Calipari seemed to be taking issue with that promise.

“Every one of us in this country is based on you’ve gotta take care of yourself. And then when you make it, you make sure that you’re helping [others]. And along the way you bring other people with you,” Calipari said. “And that’s what we’re trying to do, just give these guys the best opportunity. We’re not trying to say this university or this state will take care of you the rest of your life. There’s no socialism here. This stuff is, ‘You’ve gotta go do it and we’re gonna help you do it.’ Some [recruits] like that. Some don’t like it.”

Kentucky isn’t exactly falling on hard times in recruiting, by the way. The Wildcats have signed three top-35 players in the 2018 class: No. 12 Keldon Johnson, No. 13 Immanuel Quickley and No. 33 Tyler Herro. Johnson and Quickley are McDonald’s All-Americans. Last year, UK signed six consensus 5-star recruits. The year before, 5-star freshmen De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo all became NBA lottery picks.

“We don’t get every kid and I’ve said that all along,” Calipari said Monday. “We get the ones that need to come here. Others choose not to, and that’s fine. That’s their choice. Obviously the kids that have come here are worth over a billion dollars [in NBA contracts]. Seventeen have graduated, 35 or whatever have gotten drafted, three No. 1 picks. Kids that have come here belonged here. Doesn’t mean everybody needs to come here. They don’t. I don’t think it’s changed much at all.”

Calipari added that he isn’t sure if the Cats will sign anyone else in this class. Five-star center Moses Brown, who UK had been monitoring but had not offered, committed to UCLA on Monday.

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WATCH: SEC Country Live, January 22

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Mailbag: How many recruits can Tennessee sign in Class of 2018?

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SEC Country reporter Blake Morgan will candidly answer your Tennessee sports queries each weekday in our  Mailbag Question of the Day . Join the conversation by sending your questions via Twitter to @BlakeMorganSEC, Tennessee Insiders Facebook page or by email to Blake at blakemorgan123@gmail.com .

The NCAA passed a rule this past summer that cracked down on over-signing in classes. The intended desire is to keep schools to 25 allotted scholarships in a recruiting cycle.

My thought is coach Jeremy Pruitt and the new coaching staff plan to get as close to the 25 number as they can. Right now, it is more a question of finding enough prospects who fit the new standard and are still open to the recruiting process.

Pruitt was hired at the beginning of December. This gave him roughly two months to reshuffle the recruiting board and find new prospects interested in the Vols.

He and the staff have done a better job than I think many imagined to this point. Tennessee holds 18 commitments, with 14 already signed. The class ranks sixth in the SEC and 17th in the country, according to 247Sports team rankings. It’s a great spot to be in considering the class ranked in the 50s behind teams such as Cincinnati and Syracuse when Pruitt took over.

I could see the Vols adding six-to-eight more prospects in the Class of 2018. It’ll depend on if the staff decides to take D’Andre Litaker or not. Litaker is a defensive tackle who has torn both his ACLs in the past two seasons. He’ll almost certainly need a redshirt season just to recover, regain strength and knock off the rust.

It would make sense to look elsewhere. The team has depth issues across the roster and the spot could be used to fill an immediate need. Litaker is from Murfreesboro, Tenn., though, and has connections throughout the middle of the state. He’s a good kid by all accounts and it could hurt relationships in a talent-rich area to let him loose.

The goal will be to get to 24 or 25 this cycle, though.

For answers to prior Tennessee Questions of the Day,  click here .

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Arkansas basketball will end the season with a record of …

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SEC Country reporter Eric W. Bolin will candidly answer your Arkansas Razorbacks sports queries each weekday in our Mailbag Question of the Day. Join the conversation by sending your questions via Twitter to @SECCountryHogs or by email to Eric at ericwbolin@gmail.com.

Question of the Day: Monday, January 22, 2018

Oh, my. Almost halfway through the SEC season, this is a fair question to ask. The “oh, my” is just the impossibility to answer the question with any sense of confidence.

Arkansas sits 13-6 right now. The Razorbacks are 3-4 in the SEC with 11 league games left on the schedule. One nonconference game remains, too. That’s the so-called reset.

Back before the season began, I did my game-by-game prediction for every contest on the schedule. Not coincidentally, that piece called for Arkansas to be … wait for it … 13-6. Although, the same piece called for Arkansas to be 4-3 in the SEC, not 3-4. One game off.

The Razorbacks have looked that way all season. Yes, they had bouts in the nonconference where they looked like the proverbial house on fire. They dominated teams who simply could not match their athleticism. But, as was cautioned throughout that part of the slate, the Razorbacks were not going to be able to do that twice weekly against teams who could match them athletically. Sure enough, that’s held.

The SEC is better than it’s been recent years, too. Teams at the top aren’t as good as anticipated — Kentucky is ho-hum, Florida is good but not great, Texas A&amp;M has been a massive disappointment (injuries notwithstanding) — but the middle and the bottom have come up massively. That means it’s harder to beat the “bad” teams of the league. May be a problem for those otherwise stuck in the middle in an improving league.

Arkansas might be there. On paper, the Razorbacks are the fourth of fifth best team in the league. In reality, the standings say they’re tied for seventh with three others. Good news is, if you’re an Arkansas fan, the schedule gets rather light here in the next couple weeks. Granted, three of the next four games are on the road, but they’re against an average Georgia team, the aforementioned disappointing Aggies and LSU, which is tied for 11th in the league. After that, less-than-intimidating games against South Carolina and Vanderbilt in Fayetteville and a trip to Oxford for a return game against Ole Miss.

Through those games, I had the Hogs pegged for 18-8 and 8-5 overall. Here’s what was said, then.

Still true. Still have it. Problem was I had the Razorbacks losing four of their last five to ultimately finish 19-12 and 9-9 in the league.

Color me crazy, but I’m sticking with that. If you’re asking me to name the next most likely record, though, it’s 20-11 and 10-8. Will that be enough to get Arkansas into the Dance?

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Early look at 2018 Gators: Florida has both uncertainty and great strength at running back

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SEC Country is taking an early position-by-position look at Florida’s roster for 2018. A new position preview will publish every Monday. Last week focused on the quarterbacks. Now for the running backs. 

GAINESVILLE, Fla.  — Florida’s running back picture for 2018 is an interesting dichotomy of uncertainty and strength. 

Uncertain because there has yet to be an official announcement on suspended former starter Jordan Scarlett’s future with (or without the program) and because there is no clear timeline for young star Malik Davis’ return from a serious right knee injury.

Strength because even without those guys, the Gators still would have what looks to be a deep stable of high-upside playmakers at the position.

Let’s start with the sure things.

Departures: Mark Thompson (297 rushing yards, 5.1 YPC, 3 TDs; 12 catches for 79 yards)

The options

Lamical Perine (junior)

With Davis going down midway through his breakout freshman season, Lamical Perine went on to finish as Florida’s leading rusher in 2017 with 562 yards and 8 touchdowns on 4.1 yards per carry. He also added 10 catches for 81 yards and a score.

Perine was actually statistically more effective as a freshman, when he averaged 4.6 YPC and totaled 421. He has been a serviceable running back through his two seasons in Gainesville, and there’s reason to think all of Florida’s offensive skill position players might see a bump in production in new coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense.

Perine is also the only running back on this part of the list with any significant collegiate experience, so depending on who is or isn’t available, he could maintain a large role next fall. But Mullen and his staff are taking a fresh look at the roster, so previous depth chart hierarchy won’t offer any assurances.

Adarius Lemons (sophomore)

Adarius Lemons was overshadowed by fellow newcomer Davis last fall, getting only 19 carries for 136 yards and 3 touchdowns. It’s a small sample size, but he did average a robust 7.2 yards per attempt. Most of that came in an 89-yard performance against UAB late in the season.

He wasn’t held back by talent  — Davis just seized the position.

But Lemons’ path to a larger workload won’t be any clearer this fall with two more impressive freshmen joining the mix, not to mention the wild cards we’ll get to at the end.

Dameon Pierce (freshman)

Dameon Pierce, an early enrollee from Bainbridge, Ga., is rated a 4-star prospect and the No. 9 overall running back in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

A four-year starter in high school, he totaled 6,779 rushing yards (top 10 in state history) and 92 touchdowns (including 2 receiving). As a senior, Pierce rumbled for 2,123 yards on 9.4 YPC with 32 rushing touchdowns, 124 receiving yards and a score.

“[He] has the ability to make you miss and make the plays on the perimeter outside but really can also run the ball between the tackles and wear down a defense through the course of a game,” Mullen said.

Iverson Clement (freshman)

Another 4-star freshman who enrolled early to get a jump start on competing for a role next season, Iverson Clement is ranked the No. 11 “athlete” in the Class of 2018. That’s a tag applied to versatile players who could toggle between different positions.

“He’s a guy who is a playmaker in and out of the backfield, open-space runner, can get him the ball in the open field,” Mullen said.

Clement, from Mount Holly, N.J., rushed for 3,404 yards and totaled 46 touchdowns (including 5 receiving) as a three-year starter in high school. As a senior, he rushed for 1,419 yards on 7.1 YPC with 13 TDs while also catching 10 passes for 128 yards and 2 TDs.

He is officially listed at 5-foot-11, 199 pounds, and it will be interesting to see how the coaches utilize his skill set.

OK, on to the wild cards …

Malik Davis (sophomore)

Davis was a revelation as a freshman last year, averaging 6.7 yards per carry and rushing for 526 yards and 2 touchdowns over parts of seven games.

He was on pace to join exclusive company in program history as a potential 1,000-yard rusher, and he was on the way to turning in the best rushing season by a Florida first-year freshman in decades. In a season full of setbacks and injury losses, Davis’ knee injury was one of the toughest blows to the Gators.

Florida has not released any updates on Davis’ recovery, and his family also has declined to offer any details on his potential timetable for a full return. It would seem unlikely that Davis is ready for the start of the season, but whenever he returns, he immediately becomes a very intriguing part of the mix.

Jordan Scarlett (suspended)

Here’s what we know about Scarlett, as it relates to his football future. He did not declare for the NFL draft as an early entrant, according to the list the league recently released.

Here’s what we don’t know about Scarlett  — when Florida will announce a decision on the status of the six remaining Gators who were indefinitely suspended last August for their involvement in credit card fraud.

It’s hard to make any assumptions about Scarlett’s future. While his holding off on the NFL draft indicates he intends to return to the college ranks and repair his stock, it’s at least a possibility that he could transfer to a different program if not granted a chance to return to Florida. Or he could be the starting running back for the Gators next fall.

With such a wide range of possibilities, it’s all guesswork at this point.

Scarlett rushed for 889 yards and 6 TDs on 5.0 YPC as a sophomore in 2016, showing impressive ability to create yards after contact. He seemed a good bet to top 1,000 yards last season if he had been active. If he returns, he’s simply too good and too proven to be relegated to a minimal role.

Projecting the position

All that said, this should be one of the most competitive position groups to monitor through the spring and fall camp.

Looking at Mullen’s offenses at Mississippi State the last few years, he tends to lean on a primary rusher with a couple complementary options rotating in as well, in addition to his QB traditionally factoring heavily into the ground attack.

This past season, the Bulldogs gave Aeris Williams 236 carries, Kylin Hill 78 and Nick Gibson 45. Meanwhile, QB Nick Fitzgerald rushed it 162 times.

The previous two years, Mullen’s offenses were led on the ground by their quarterback. In 2016, Fitzgerald ran it 195 times and Williams led the running backs with 137 carries while Ashton Shumpert got 55 and Brandon Holloway 50. In 2015, Holloway had 92 rushing attempts, Shumpert 59 and Williams 40 while QB Dak Prescott led the way with 160.

The structure of Florida’s offense will depend in part on who wins the QB competition, with freshman Emory Jones the only true dual-threat option in the mix.

But Florida has the potential for a really dynamic rushing attack that should be its offensive identity next fall.

Again, Mullen and his staff will make fresh evaluations of the returnees, and they’ll have some tough decisions to make.

Each of the last two seasons, though, Florida has had a freshman running back (Perine in 2016, Davis in 2017) make a significant immediate impact. Pierce and Clement each possess the potential to continue that trend, but if Scarlett gets another chance at Florida, he would be the favorite to return to his previous lead back role with some intense competition for the rest of the available carries.

That remains the big if, though. Either way, the Gators are in great shape here.

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Early look at 2018 Gators: Florida has both uncertainty and great strength at running back

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SEC Country is taking an early position-by-position look at Florida’s roster for 2018. A new position preview will publish every Monday. Last week focused on the quarterbacks. Now for the running backs. 

GAINESVILLE, Fla.  — Florida’s running back picture for 2018 is an interesting dichotomy of uncertainty and strength. 

Uncertain because there has yet to be an official announcement on suspended former starter Jordan Scarlett’s future with (or without the program) and because there is no clear timeline for young star Malik Davis’ return from a serious right knee injury.

Strength because even without those guys, the Gators still would have what looks to be a deep stable of high-upside playmakers at the position.

Let’s start with the sure things.

Departures: Mark Thompson (297 rushing yards, 5.1 YPC, 3 TDs; 12 catches for 79 yards)

The options

Lamical Perine (junior)

With Davis going down midway through his breakout freshman season, Lamical Perine went on to finish as Florida’s leading rusher in 2017 with 562 yards and 8 touchdowns on 4.1 yards per carry. He also added 10 catches for 81 yards and a score.

Perine was actually statistically more effective as a freshman, when he averaged 4.6 YPC and totaled 421. He has been a serviceable running back through his two seasons in Gainesville, and there’s reason to think all of Florida’s offensive skill position players might see a bump in production in new coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense.

Perine is also the only running back on this part of the list with any significant collegiate experience, so depending on who is or isn’t available, he could maintain a large role next fall. But Mullen and his staff are taking a fresh look at the roster, so previous depth chart hierarchy won’t offer any assurances.

Adarius Lemons (sophomore)

Adarius Lemons was overshadowed by fellow newcomer Davis last fall, getting only 19 carries for 136 yards and 3 touchdowns. It’s a small sample size, but he did average a robust 7.2 yards per attempt. Most of that came in an 89-yard performance against UAB late in the season.

He wasn’t held back by talent  — Davis just seized the position.

But Lemons’ path to a larger workload won’t be any clearer this fall with two more impressive freshmen joining the mix, not to mention the wild cards we’ll get to at the end.

Dameon Pierce (freshman)

Dameon Pierce, an early enrollee from Bainbridge, Ga., is rated a 4-star prospect and the No. 9 overall running back in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

A four-year starter in high school, he totaled 6,779 rushing yards (top 10 in state history) and 92 touchdowns (including 2 receiving). As a senior, Pierce rumbled for 2,123 yards on 9.4 YPC with 32 rushing touchdowns, 124 receiving yards and a score.

“[He] has the ability to make you miss and make the plays on the perimeter outside but really can also run the ball between the tackles and wear down a defense through the course of a game,” Mullen said.

Iverson Clement (freshman)

Another 4-star freshman who enrolled early to get a jump start on competing for a role next season, Iverson Clement is ranked the No. 11 “athlete” in the Class of 2018. That’s a tag applied to versatile players who could toggle between different positions.

“He’s a guy who is a playmaker in and out of the backfield, open-space runner, can get him the ball in the open field,” Mullen said.

Clement, from Mount Holly, N.J., rushed for 3,404 yards and totaled 46 touchdowns (including 5 receiving) as a three-year starter in high school. As a senior, he rushed for 1,419 yards on 7.1 YPC with 13 TDs while also catching 10 passes for 128 yards and 2 TDs.

He is officially listed at 5-foot-11, 199 pounds, and it will be interesting to see how the coaches utilize his skill set.

OK, on to the wild cards …

Malik Davis (sophomore)

Davis was a revelation as a freshman last year, averaging 6.7 yards per carry and rushing for 526 yards and 2 touchdowns over parts of seven games.

He was on pace to join exclusive company in program history as a potential 1,000-yard rusher, and he was on the way to turning in the best rushing season by a Florida first-year freshman in decades. In a season full of setbacks and injury losses, Davis’ knee injury was one of the toughest blows to the Gators.

Florida has not released any updates on Davis’ recovery, and his family also has declined to offer any details on his potential timetable for a full return. It would seem unlikely that Davis is ready for the start of the season, but whenever he returns, he immediately becomes a very intriguing part of the mix.

Jordan Scarlett (suspended)

Here’s what we know about Scarlett, as it relates to his football future. He did not declare for the NFL draft as an early entrant, according to the list the league recently released.

Here’s what we don’t know about Scarlett  — when Florida will announce a decision on the status of the six remaining Gators who were indefinitely suspended last August for their involvement in credit card fraud.

It’s hard to make any assumptions about Scarlett’s future. While his holding off on the NFL draft indicates he intends to return to the college ranks and repair his stock, it’s at least a possibility that he could transfer to a different program if not granted a chance to return to Florida. Or he could be the starting running back for the Gators next fall.

With such a wide range of possibilities, it’s all guesswork at this point.

Scarlett rushed for 889 yards and 6 TDs on 5.0 YPC as a sophomore in 2016, showing impressive ability to create yards after contact. He seemed a good bet to top 1,000 yards last season if he had been active. If he returns, he’s simply too good and too proven to be relegated to a minimal role.

Projecting the position

All that said, this should be one of the most competitive position groups to monitor through the spring and fall camp.

Looking at Mullen’s offenses at Mississippi State the last few years, he tends to lean on a primary rusher with a couple complementary options rotating in as well, in addition to his QB traditionally factoring heavily into the ground attack.

This past season, the Bulldogs gave Aeris Williams 236 carries, Kylin Hill 78 and Nick Gibson 45. Meanwhile, QB Nick Fitzgerald rushed it 162 times.

The previous two years, Mullen’s offenses were led on the ground by their quarterback. In 2016, Fitzgerald ran it 195 times and Williams led the running backs with 137 carries while Ashton Shumpert got 55 and Brandon Holloway 50. In 2015, Holloway had 92 rushing attempts, Shumpert 59 and Williams 40 while QB Dak Prescott led the way with 160.

The structure of Florida’s offense will depend in part on who wins the QB competition, with freshman Emory Jones the only true dual-threat option in the mix.

But Florida has the potential for a really dynamic rushing attack that should be its offensive identity next fall.

Again, Mullen and his staff will make fresh evaluations of the returnees, and they’ll have some tough decisions to make.

Each of the last two seasons, though, Florida has had a freshman running back (Perine in 2016, Davis in 2017) make a significant immediate impact. Pierce and Clement each possess the potential to continue that trend, but if Scarlett gets another chance at Florida, he would be the favorite to return to his previous lead back role with some intense competition for the rest of the available carries.

That remains the big if, though. Either way, the Gators are in great shape here.

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What are chances LSU linebacker Devin White gets some carries next season?

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SEC Country reporter Alex Hickey will answer your LSU Tigers sports queries each weekday in our LSU Question of the Day. Join the conversation by sending your questions via Twitter to  @SECCountryLSU@bigahickey or by email to Alex at  alex.hickey@coxinc.com.

Question of the Day: Monday, Jan. 22

As we mentioned last week, Devin White is a pretty popular subject around here. So popular that people are envisioning him in an entirely different role than linebacker.

What the chances @DevinWhite__40 gets a few carries @ rb — ♿️BootsyBlue♿️ (@ajefferson8716) January 16, 2018

To some, this may look like a ridiculous question. Why would a linebacker get carries? (Quick reminder: If you think a question that I answer is ridiculous, guess what? You can submit your own. Follow the user-friendly instructions.)

However, Bootsy has good reason to ask. When you look at the official list for LSU’s 2016 signing class, you’ll notice that White is listed as a running back. Even Alabama recruited White as a running back. The allure of playing defense is part of what brought him to LSU.

Running back is a position with serious question marks for the Tigers next season. The Tigers need to replace their top two running backs, a situation they haven’t faced since 2010. The hope is for Nick Brossette or Clyde Edwards-Helaire to step up, or possibly incoming freshmen Chris Curry or Tae Provens. But it’s naturally intriguing to wonder whether White could be part of that mix.

There is precedent for such a thing. Linebacker Myles Jack, a key piece of the Jacksonville Jaguars playoff run, played both ways for UCLA. In his two full seasons with the Bruins, Jack had 38 carries for 267 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2013 and 28 carries for 113 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2014.

It’s not crazy to picture White in that type of red-zone role. But I still don’t think we’re going to see it.

White is too important to LSU’s defense to fiddle around with any experimentation. He’s the guy Dave Aranda trusts the most, which should tell you everything you need to know.

The only way I see White getting carries is if a spate of injuries forces LSU’s hand. Obviously it would be best to avoid that scenario, fun as it may be to watch a two-way player in modern college football.

To see prior answers to our Question of the Day,  we have you covered.

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