SEC releases schedules
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
The schedules are set, and a handful of Southeastern Conference teams that have players with local ties know when and where they’ll be playing on Sept. 26 when a new season gets underway.
Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas each have Troup County players on their rosters, and each team is preparing for a 10-game, conference-only schedule.
Auburn, which has four local players on its roster, opens with a home game against Kentucky before traveling to rival Georgia for a week two showdown.
Three former Callaway Cavaliers are at Auburn, including red-shirt freshman offensive lineman Keiondre Jones, who is fighting for a starting spot.
Two of Jones’ former teammates at Callaway, running back Cartavious “Tank” Bigsby and offensive lineman Tate Johnson, are true freshmen.
Bigsby was one of Auburn’s most high-profile recruits, and he’ll likely get significant playing time right away.
Troup High graduate Kobe Hudson, meanwhile, is a wide receiver for Auburn, and like Bigsby, he is expected to make an instant impact with his new team.
At Alabama, sophomore King Mwikuta is in line to start at linebacker after getting adjusted to the college game as a freshman.
Mwikuta, a Troup High graduate, will get an opportunity to show what he can do when Alabama opens its season with a home game against Missouri.
Mwikuta will play his home-state team on Oct. 17 when Georgia comes to Tuscaloosa.
Braylon Sanders, a Callaway High graduate, is a senior wide receiver for Ole Miss, and he’ll be a focal point of the passing attack this season.
Ole Miss, which opens with a home game against Florida, has a three-game stretch against Alabama, Arkansas and Auburn, so there will be a Troup County reunion in each of those games.
Troup graduate Andy Boykin is a freshman at Arkansas, and he should be in the rotation on the defensive line.
Arkansas opens with a tough one at Georgia, giving Boykin an opportunity to play against a team from his home state.