Down from 383 pounds to a mere 320, Powe is still a mountain in the middle of a line that is expected to be one of the best in the conference.
With only two inexperienced scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, Ole Miss coach HOUSTON NUTT didn't feel he had a choice in bringing in former Oregon QB JEREMIAH MASOLI, who was dismissed by the Ducks for multiple off-the-field incidents. "The bottom line is, I think he wants to do the right thing," Nutt explained to SI. "He wants his name back." Don't be surprised to see Masoli start this season.... Vanderbilt coach ROBBIE CALDWELL inherited a wide-open QB competition from Bobby Johnson, who retired last month. Junior LARRY SMITH
(below) started nine games in 2009 but completed just 46.7% of his passes. Senior JARED FUNK impressed coaches in the spring but spent more time in punt coverage last year than under center. A potential wild card is junior JORDAN RODGERS, a rare (for Vandy) juco transfer whose older brother is Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.... MANNY DIAZ, one of Mississippi State's first-year co--defensive coordinators, brings an innovative blitzing scheme to Starkville from his previous stops at Middle Tennessee and N.C. State. "We run an offensive defense," he says. The new D should free up linebacker K.J. WRIGHT and defensive end PERNELL MCPHEE to improve their sack numbers.