Updated: August 27, 2014, 2:37 AM ET

Shaw's story questioned, Auburn has QB plan, Notre Dame suspensions


Josh Shaw, Larry Coker and a new class of SEC quarterbacks

By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

1. I can't wait to see how the Josh Shaw movie turns out. In the space of 24 hours, the story of the USC fifth-year cornerback evolved as if created by the university's School of Cinematic Arts. I believe head coach Steve Sarkisian when he says the story that Shaw told of rescuing his nephew is totally within character. This plot needs no more twists. If he panicked and made up the story of rescuing his nephew from drowning, Shaw will have to draw on the goodwill and good deeds he has banked for four years. That probably won't be enough.

2. Larry Coker always seemed like a fish out of water at Miami, even as he took the 'Canes within a very slow flag of winning consecutive BCS titles at Miami in 2001-02. Four years later Miami was a mediocre program and he was pushed out. Coker's easygoing style and twang seem more at home at UT-San Antonio. He started the program from scratch in 2009, began playing in 2011, and has built the Roadrunners into a C-USA West contender. No wonder Coker got a new five-year, $2.25-million contract last week. He looks as if he's in the right place.

3. The SEC has few quarterbacks with any game experience, but three of the newbies have plenty of experience. Dylan Thompson of South Carolina, Blake Sims of Alabama and Hutson Mason of Georgia all are fifth-year seniors who have a presence in their locker rooms. "I have a deep respect for Hutson because of his patience and his work ethic," Bulldogs flanker Chris Conley said. ... "I've gotten plenty of reps with him and he can make all of the throws, so our relationship on the field is similar to mine and Aaron's [Murray]. I can count on Hutson to do his best and to make great decisions for this team."

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