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Auburn

AUBURN — Defensive end Quentin Groves will be featured Saturday on Lincoln Financial Sports as part of the network’s summer mini-series, leading into the 2007 Southeastern Conference football season.

Groves’ transition from a redshirt freshman to a married college football star highlights the episode, which is hosted by Tim Brando. The show airs on Huntsville’s WZDX-54 at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Groves is four sacks short of becoming the Tigers’ all-time sacks leader. The 6-foot-4, 254-pound Mississippi native has been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award watch lists for this upcoming season.

Groves chose to bypass turning professional following last season’s stellar campaign to lead the Tigers defense in 2007.

“He’d be making a lot of money right now,” Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said earlier this week. “His motor is running about as fast I’ve seen in two-a-days.”

Ross Dellenger,
Daily Sports Writer

Alabama

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama sophomore right tackle Mike Johnson has gotten good reviews from his teammates as one of the Crimson Tide’s most improved players heading into 2007.

So what did he do exactly during the off-season?

“We worked on a lot of one-on one pass rush,” Johnson said. “A lot of technique type things. Obviously it has paid off for me.”

At 6-foot-6, 298 pounds, Johnson also came into preseason practice 15-pounds lighter than last year.

“I am lighter on my feet,” Johnson said. “I can move around better and I am a lot stronger to help fend off pass rushers.”

n Following practice Thursday, Saban said that defensive tackle Brian Motley suffered a hand injury that will keep him out for a week. He said it did not appear to be serious.

Josh Cooper,
Daily Sports Writer

Tennessee

KNOXVILLE — Denarius Moore is getting some attention as Tennessee’s depth chart in the passing game comes into focus after the loss of the team’s top three receivers last season.

“He’s an unbelievable talent,” coach Phillip Fulmer said after practice Thursday.

The 6-foot-1 freshman out of Tatum, Texas, has been joining his counterparts in extra drills following each practice.

Moore provides unquestionable speed. In his junior and senior years at Tatum High School — the same alma mater of freshman tailback Lennon Creer — Moore was named first-team all-state as a kick returner and set the school record in the 110-meter hurdles.

“We’re really excited about Denarius Moore,” Fulmer said. “I thought he was really good when we signed him, and I think he can be really special.”

- The Associated Press

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