JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: August 23, 2015

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Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to David Klingler . . .

SEC OPENERS:  Unlike many years in the past some SEC teams are opening their seasons with what could turn out to be difficult games to win.

Some are obvious, such as Alabama taking on Wisconsin in Jerry’s World in Arlington, Texas. Talk about a challenge, Coach Nick Saban’s team has one.

Auburn plays Louisville in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, another tough season opener. South Carolina, with a new quarterback starting, takes on ACC’s North Carolina in a key game for both coaches, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora and the Gamecocks Head Ball Coach Steve Spurrier.

Both coaches are taking some heat, especially Fedora. Neither one can afford to open the season with a loss.

Texas A&M against Arizona State in Houston’s Reliant Stadium is another game to watch.

In this state Vanderbilt hosts Western Kentucky, a difficult team to play as the Hilltoppers have an outstanding quarterback in Brandon Doughty and Vanderbilt, who had a difficult decision last year choosing between four quarterbacks. The musical chairs went on most, if not all, of the season on the way to a 3-9 record.

Tennessee tackles Mid-American Conference’s Bowling Green in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium Saturday. You want to see a fast-paced offensive team, you will love you some Bowling Green. They get plays off faster than you can grab some popcorn and get it in your mouth.

Who can forget Louisiana-Monroe, who spoiled Alabama’s season some years back? Now the Monroe Shocks travel between the hedges to take on SEC East favorite Georgia.

Those games should get the college football season off to a roaring start, especially in the SEC.

BROHM IS THE NAME: Western Kentucky’s second year head coach is Jeff Brohm. He is one of four family members to letter in football at Louisville.

The brothers all played high school at Trinity, a Louisville high school steeped in winning tradition.

Brohm is making quite a name for himself at Western Kentucky. His first season, the Hilltoppers broke 50 school and conference records. In his first season as a starter, Brandon Doughty had 14 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions BB – Before Brohm.

Then Doughty exploded last season.

Doughty is one of four “Group of Five.’’ That is five college quarterbacks who are listed on all five quarterback postseason award lists.

They would be the Manning Award, the Walter Camp, Davey O’Brien, Maxwell and Golden Arm Award.

Others include Navy’s Keenan Reynolds, who played at Goodpasture Christian in high school and Memphis QB Paxton Lynch. Cincinnati’s Gunner Kiel is another member of The Group of Five.’’

ANCHORS AWAY: This is Reynolds senior season at the Naval Academy and he will leave as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in Navy history.

He has 64 career rushing touchdowns as a quarterback. Only 5-11, 205, Reynolds is a magician at running Navy’s option style offense. His father played at UT-Martin.

Freshman (Plebe) Cole Euverard is also a quarterback at Navy. He played at Montgomery Bell Academy where his father Marty is the Big Red coach. Cole’s father played at MTSU.

Navy likes to recruit in this state.

Kwazel Bertrand is a starter at rover/safety. He is a 6-0, 192-pound senior who played at Brentwood Academy. He started the first nine games last season before an injury forced him to miss the final three games.

The roving safety had 53 tackles, 42 solo. He broke up two passes and had an interception in those nine games. The chemistry major took visits to Harvard and Vanderbilt before choosing Navy. He has put on more than 25 pounds since his freshman season.

Other local players on Navy’s roster include junior fullback Jalen Wade from Spring Hill (Independence), freshman offensive guard Steve Satchell from Franklin (Independence) and junior defensive end Amos Mason who played at Brentwood Academy.

PRESEASON GAME A HEADACHE: The NFL has bigger fish to fry than Deflategate.

How about Friday’s preseason game between the Falcons and Jets? The Jets had three players suffer concussions.

WR Jeremy Kerley, S Durell Eskridge and RB Daryl Richardson all were diagnosed with concussions after the game. Other preseason game injuries are not worth what teams get out of playing preseason games.

The Vikings will play five, yes, FIVE, preseason games while the rest of the league plays four. They need to shave the number of preseason games to two. Let the players trying to make a roster play one of the games and the starters play the second as a tune-up for the regular season.

Then give every player a preseason participation trophy.

One Jets fan saw the light with the three injured players.

“The only positive to come of this is that maybe they’ll forget they play for the Jets.’’

HANDS UP: According to arrestnation.com, these college football programs made the top 15 when it came to the number of players they have had the most number of arrests over the past five years.

Washington State led the list with 31 arrests.

As in football, the SEC was strong at the top.

Florida was No. 2 with 24 arrests, followed closely by Georgia and Texas A&M, tied with 22 arrests.

Tennessee opponent Oklahoma was No. 5 with 21 while four teams tied for sixth, including SEC teams Ole Miss and Missouri with 20 arrests.

Florida State and Tennessee tied for 10th with 19 arrests. Alabama had 18, as did Kentucky. LSU was one of three schools, each tied with 16 arrests.

HEISMAN ODDS: Bovada has updated its odds on Heisman Trophy candidates. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is tied with Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott at 5-1 odds.

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett has 9-1 odds while three SEC players are tied at 12-1. They include Georgia RB Nick Chubb, LSU RB Leonard Fournette and Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson. Also at 12-1 are Ohio State QB Cardale Jones and Southern Cal QB Cody Kessler.

Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs was off the board on the first two releases, but hit the board at 100-1 along with teammate RB Jalen Hurd.

Look for these odds to change once the regular season starts.

SNED BOMBING: Nashville’s PGA Tour pro Brandt Snedeker shot an unimpressive par round to open play at the Wyndham Championship Thursday.

Friday he tied his career low round of 61, dropping 16 of 16 putts from 15 feet and closer. He nailed a downhill putt on No. 9, measured at 52 feet, five inches.

He had a bogey-free round Friday, moving to 9-under to move into contention.

Sneds, a previous champion in this tournament, was frustrated with the two very different rounds.

He stayed late at the office after Friday’s 61.

“Really frustrated with how – the two days could not be more different, then today kind of the opposite. I don’t have the answer yet. Still trying to find it.

“I spent a long time on the range. (I was) definitely the last one to leave the golf course last night. Good to see that it paid off (Friday) and was able to shoot something low.’’

He starts Sunday’s round with four golfers ahead of him after shooting 67 Saturday to finish at 12-under. But he missed several birdies in his range, including an 8-footer at No. 18.

He needs a hot hand with his putter Sunday to challenge the top players.

Contact wkrn.com Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at joebiddle11@gmail.com.

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