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Who, What, When: South Alabama

Troy Fetner


Projected Role

He’s the backup today, true. But Fetner, a freshman, will have every opportunity over the summer and during fall camp to move ahead of the incumbent, C.J. Bennett, and grab the starting job. One reason why Fetner has a shot is because of the change at offensive coordinator, where former Southern Mississippi tight ends coach Robert Matthews replaces Greg Gregory, who was let go after last season. Not being overly familiar with South Alabama’s personnel, Matthews entered spring ball with every skill player on even ground: what happened last season doesn’t matter, but how you play from here on out does.

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    No. 123: South Alabama

    South Alabama didn’t rush into things: the Jaguars took things slow, didn’t overplay their hand, stayed cool while other F.B.S. wannabes rushed through the motions while climbing the ladder. The university christened its program in 2009 against a seven-game slate of military academies — not Army and Navy, but Hargrave, Louisburg and Fork Union — and junior colleges. A year later, the Jaguars added four F.C.S. programs into the mix. The end results remained the same: young and untested South Alabama started 17-0, outscoring its 17 opponents from 2009-10 by a combined score of 734-171. Not a misprint. South Alabama knew one thing before it started this whole endeavor: you aren’t spotted a touchdown because you moved to the F.B.S. quicker than the rest. That might get you a few headlines, but a rapid climb isn’t worth the ink if you’re not ready once you arrive.

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      Kurt Crain, Auburn Great, Dies at 47

      Dreadful news out of SEC country: Kurt Crain, a legendary Auburn linebacker who had spent the last four years as one of Joey Jones’ defensive assistants at South Alabama, was found dead earlier this today, according to multiple reports. Crain, who was 47, was once described by his former coach, Pat Dye, as having a “linebacker personality.” That’s a coaching euphemism for “he hit anything that moved” — an apt description for one of the best SEC linebackers of his era. After transferring to Auburn from Memphis after the 1985 season, Crain led Auburn in tackles in both his junior and senior seasons, eventually ending his abbreviated career with 324 tackles.

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        The Countdown

        A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.