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Mac Attack 7/31/12: Spencer Tillman talks SEC Football and predictions for this year.
Before we went in to predictions for the season, Tillman responded to some of the current controversy still flying over the Penn State scandal.
“What we can do is just understand and learn from this Penn State situation that there are much more valuable, much bigger lessons to be garnered and learned from than just Illinois showing up to grab some players.”
After addressing the value of those lessons, Tillman went into his SEC predictions. After taking the title for six straight seasons, SEC teams are looking for the seventh. Tillman said if an SEC team was to take it again, it would be LSU.
“That’s probably right now going to be LSU. LSU has motives, motive matters particularly at the collegiate level. They’re like a gymnast, since we’re in the Olympic season, who failed to stick the landing last year. And they have that motive now. I think they’ll be in the position where they’ll be able to do it. They’ve got a lot of talent coming back on both sides of the ball.”
Although the SEC has a strong record of national contenders, the ACC has been largely absent from that scene. Tillman said Florida State would be the ACC team to watch this season.
“They’ve got probably the best defense, athletically, in the nation. USC is right there neck and neck, but for my money, the speed and quickness…and I think right now Mark is in a position from a defensive coordinator’s growth track to say that he’s ready to take that team to the next level. They are as athletic as any defense period.”
We made sure to incorporate our Tar Heel fans by asking a quick Fedora question. While he’s been extremely positive and aggressive with his new team, we asked Tillman if he was truly capable of turning the team around on the field.
“Larry Fedora is a very creative mind. He’s got some tools to work with. I go back with him to Oklahoma State, I go back with him to Florida when he was their offensive coordinator. Larry Fedora, at Southern Miss, did some beautiful things. When they beat the University of Houston last year that was pretty special.”