Devon Gales

Georgia running back Nick Chubb, left, visits Devon Gales, center, and his stepmother Tanisha after a press conference announcing his Gales' plans to return home to Baton Rouge Thursday. Gales suffered a spinal injury against the Bulldogs in 2015.

Photo provided by John Kelley, Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald

HOOVER, Ala. — A photo circulated last spring showing Georgia running back Nick Chubb eating lunch with Devon Gales, the former Southern University football player who was paralyzed in a game against the Bulldogs in Athens, Georgia, on Sept. 26, 2015.

In the photo, Chubb is wearing a shirt featuring Gales’ last name. The first letter was in the shape of the iconic Georgia “G” logo.

In late May, Gales posted a video of himself walking with some assistance from physical therapists. Chubb said he was happy to see it.

“I haven’t talked to him in a while ... but I watch him from afar,” Chubb said Tuesday at SEC media days. “He made a step, and that’s very inspirational.”

Football rules changes

SEC coordinator of football officials Steve Shaw discussed a number of rules changes and points of emphasis for the coming season Tuesday, among them:

  • Coaches are prohibited from entering the field of play unless allowed by game officials. If not, they are subject to a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
  • A defender leaping and hurdling the line from beyond the neutral zone to try to block a kick is disallowed.
  • Horse collar tackles have been expanded to include the traditional nameplate area below the back of the collar.
  • Length of game rules will be emphasized. There will be no halftime extensions for coach’s interviews, bands or presentations. Game clocks will be started during the substitution process and after awarding a first down.
  • Pants and knee pads must cover the knee, but the rule won’t be implemented until 2018.

New SEC Network team

Fans will hear a new broadcasting team calling night games this season on the SEC Network.

Former SEC quarterback Jordan Rodgers (Vanderbilt) and offensive lineman Cole Cubelic (Auburn) will join play-by-play announcer Tom Hart on the network’s prime-time broadcasts, according to ESPN. Rodgers will be in the booth while Cubelic is the sideline reporter.

The trio replaces the former Saturday night crew of Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer and Baton Rouge native Kaylee Hartung. Musburger retired earlier this year, while Hartung recently became a news reporter for CNN. Palmer, according to a news release, remains with ESPN in a role to be announced.

Watch list

LSU junior center Will Clapp was named Tuesday to the Rimington Trophy watch list. The award is given annually to the nation’s best center.

Tigers running back Derrius Guice and linebacker Arden Key were named Monday to the Maxwell Award watch list (best player), while cornerback Kevin Toliver was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list (best defensive player).

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