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Vanderbilt coach Robbie Caldwell keeps them laughing

HOOVER, Ala. Nobody knows for sure if Robbie Caldwell will be a good head coach, but he might have a career in comedy if things don’t work out at Vanderbilt.

Caldwell cracked joke after joke during his Thursday news conference at the Southeastern Conference’s Media Days. Most of the jokes were self deprecating, from ripping on his anonymity and his good ol’ Southern boy personality to reminiscing about past jobs pouring concrete and working on a turkey farm.

On not getting recognized: “I can still walk in places and nobody knows me. Last night, I was opening the door for people, and they gave me a tip. I thought, ‘Hey, that’s great.’ . I got a dollar and a half. I gave it back to him. I thought it was pretty good. He just gave me the change he had left.”

On working at a turkey farm: “A wild turkey is one of the smartest animals in the world. wholesale jerseys from china But a domestic turkey is the dumbest thing. We had to put sprinklers out there to keep them from smothering out there in the summer when it gets hot. If you don’t believe it, research it. I guess it’s why I worked so well with them. There’s probably a reason. . If I told some of these ladies, what they put in that lipstick, oh, my goodness, because I de beaked, blood tested, vaccinated. I [did] it all.”

On his career path: “When I took a pay cut to go to Furman as a full time assistant, my daddy said, ‘You’re an idiot.’ I’ve continued to live up to his words, I’m sure. But the rest is history.”

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett is feeling pretty water logged these days.

The Heisman Trophy candidate hasn’t been able to run since he broke his left foot during conditioning drills in February. He missed spring practice, and pretty much the only thing he’s been able to do to keep in shape is ride a stationary bike and swim.

And he’s been in the pool a lot. Four days each week, for an hour to an hour and a half each time.

“I feel like I’m going to try out for the Olympics in 2014,” Mallett joked. “Is that when the next one is? I’m going to give it a shot.

“I haven’t been able to run to this point, so I’ve been swimming a lot, doing a lot of weight room stuff with upper body, a lot of single leg stuff. It’s really helped me out.”

Mallett led the SEC with 3,624 yards and 30 touchdown passes last season, which he felt good about at the time. Then he spent the offseason watching film and dissecting his play.

“After watching the whole season, I was somewhat disappointed in my season,” he said. “I missed a lot of easy throws that are really uncharacteristic. . I missed some throws that were really easy.”

When a team is struggling in a series such as Georgia’s 3 17 record against Florida since 1990 sometimes coaches will try anything to change the momentum. That’s what Georgia’s Mark Richt did in 2007 (the impromptu end zone celebration) and 2009 (black jerseys).

One worked (Georgia won 42 30 in ’07), and one didn’t (UF won 41 17 last season).

Bulldogs fullback Shaun Chapas, a former Bolles School standout, is sure Georgia won’t need a motivational ploy this season.

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“I can’t speak for everybody, but personally, it’s always an exciting game for me because it’s my hometown,” Chapas said. “I’m always ready to go. I don’t think we need any of that stuff.”

Chapas is 1 2 against Florida, winning in 2007 and losing the past two years. He redshirted in 2006.

Chapas is coming off the best statistical game of his career, five carries for 43 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 44 20 victory over Texas A in the Independence Bowl. He’s rushed 25 times for 111 yards and one touchdown in his career but has had more success as a receiver out of the backfield: 21 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

The Sporting News named him the SEC’s best blocking back.

Concussions and their effects on players have gotten renewed interest in the past year in professional and college football.

In response, the SEC has added a new rule for 2010 that makes a player leave a game for at least one play if they suffer any type of injury at all and can’t return until they are cleared by medical personnel.

“The medical people tell me it’s perfectly possible to have a concussion and not exhibit any signs of a concussion, not any obvious signs,” said Rogers Redding, the SEC’s coordinator of officials.