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Sprints Returns With the Spring // 03.01.11

We're back
It's about time for spring football to begin, and baseball season is getting started in earnest -- more previews are coming -- so it's time to get things started in Sprints again. Slow day today, but that's the way things go sometimes. And all that with the caveat that the legislative session is about to begin in Florida, and I'm likely to be busier this year than most, so it might not be as consistent as I would like.

This is one of the most thoughtful pieces on oversigning that I've ever read
And I'm not just saying that because I started Garnet And Black Attack. (In fact, I doubt I ever wrote anything this thoughtful about oversigning at GABA.) Mostly because it's not a piece for or against oversigning, but an explanation of why it's usually not as simple an issue as any of us think.

Auburn player you've never heard of dismissed
Actually, Eric Smith was not insignificant, but also probably isn't a reason to knock Auburn down a spot or two on your preseason poll. (Admit it; you have one.)

Take that, Oxford
Greg McElroy still faces long odds to be a high draft pick, and might not even be a draft pick. But he did score 48 of a possible 50 points on the NFL Wonderlic test, according to the Alabama signal-caller's father.

McElroy, who was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist last year, had said he wanted to score a 50 on the test.

No word on what Cam Newton scored on the test, or whether he just took someone else's results and wrote his name on them.

Say what?
This part of a story about Julio Jones' fractured foot is not that unusual.

The injury will require surgery, according to NFL.com. Jones will need a screw inserted in his foot and eight weeks of rehabilitation, the website reported.

This part is.

Jones lit up Lucas Oil Stadium with a 40-yard dash time of 4.39 seconds in his second attempt. He also registered a broad jump of 11 feet, 3 inches. In passing drills, Jones displayed strong catching skills and explosive speed cementing his place among the top prospects.

Yowza.