13 Players of the SEC With Something To Prove For 2011
SEC Players With Something To Prove
QB Jordan Jefferson (Sr.) LSU - This is it for the much malign quarterback although he is coming off a good season where he did show up in a win over Alabama and also beating Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl last year. Jefferson was 10 of 19 for 158 yards with 3 touchdown passes with one interception. This is the last time for Jefferson to win over the LSU fans. First he will be looking over his should at Zach Mettenberger a sophomore quarterback that can see time at quarterback. So Jefferson can get his shot early as the Tigers will face Oregon in ther season opener in Cowboy Stadium.
QB John Brantley (Sr.) Florida - Brantley was a disappointment last year as Florida finished 10th in passing offense in the SEC. Brantley will get his shot as the gators are moving to a pro style offense with new offensive cooridnator Charlie Weis. Brantley will get a chance at redempion as he should start but will need help from a running back as Brantley is not a running quarterback. A productive running game can take some pressure off of Brantley to make better decisions with the ball. After Brantley the gators are young at quarterback with redshirt freshman Tyler Murphy and freshman Jeff Driskel behind Brantley.
QB Chris Relf (Sr.) Miss. State - This is it for Relf last season leading the bulldogs to a 9-4 record with crushing victory over Michigan in the Gator Bowl (52-14). Now Relf enters his senior season as the Bulldogs have high expectations for this season returing 8 on offensive side of the ball. Relf will have to step up in the big time conference games of the SEC West and it will start with visit to Auburn in week 2. If not Miss. State may turn more to sophomore quarterback Tyer Russell who saw playing time last season.
NG Josh Chapman (Sr.) Alabama - Everybody talks about Alabama defense but people really talk about the secondary or there linebacker group and then the defensive line finishing 6th in the SEC in sacks but finishing first in total defense in the SEC. This is it for senior from Hoover High School in Alabama to anchor the stout Alabama defense coming into 2011.
RB Caleb King (Sr.) Georgia - This is it for the senior running back to prove himself to Georgia fans finishing last season with 430 yards rushing with 5.4 average with two touchdowns. The senior running back will be push by highly touted freshmen running back Isaiah Crowell.
QB Morgan Newton (Jr.) Kentucky - The junior will get his chance this season as he should be the starter barring any injury or something else. Newton has seen action as he finished last season 25 of 43 for 265 yards.
WR Marquis Maze (Sr.) Alabama - With all the attention on running back Trent Richardson this season and the departuren of Julio Jones to the NFL. Some just overlook that Bame returns Maze a dynamic player who can score from any where on the field. He is also a dangerous returner in the kicking game as well. Maze will join his other senior receiver Darius Hanks to form a experience pair in the SEC.
WR Deangelo Benton (Jr.) Auburn - The highly recruited wideout will finally get a shot as he will be needed to step up with the departure of Darvin Adams and Terrell Zachery as well as Cody Burns. The wide receiver position is wide open as Emory Blake is the only productive receiver returning for the defending national champions.
WR Deonte Thompson (Sr.) Florida - Thompson is the most productive returning wide out for the gators but they need much more production out of Thompson as the fifth year senior starts his last season at redemption being a bust so far. Thompson will look to step in Charlie Weis offense. If not the gators may have to look toward playing emerging sophomore wideout Quinton Dunbar who had a good spring game.
QB Tyler Wilson (Jr.) Arkansas - Wilson should be starting on opening day barring nothing bad happens or anything. He will have the pleasure to be throwing to the top receiving corp in the SEC and may be the country. Wilson played in some last season most notably was the Auburn game where he finished throwing 25 of 34 for 332 yards with 4 touchdowns tosses and 2 picks. So now Wilson will look to lead Arkansas with a potent offensive attack under Petrino.
RB Brandon Bolden (Sr.) Ole Miss - Bolden was the only bright spot on the Rebels offense last season as Jeremiah Masoli struggled in the SEC at quarterback. As a junior Bolden finished fifth in rushing in the SEC last season with 976 yards on 163 carries with 14 touchdowns. Bolden will need to match that or do better for Ole Miss to make it to a bowl game in the loaded SEC West Division.
QB Stephen Garcia (Sr.) South Carolina - First Garcia will need to get on the field just being reinstated after being suspended and not even playing in the spring game. Last season Garcia played well leading the Gamecocks to there first SEC East Title. Last year Garcia finished 4th in passing yards with 3,059 yards with 20 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. If Garcia can start then he will get his last chance to win over the Gamecock faithful one last chance.If not sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw who saw some playing time last season will get the nod at quarerback.
WR Tavarres King (Jr.) Georgia - Gone is all world receiver AJ Green, now King will have to be more productive finishing with 27 receptions for 504 yards averaging 18.7 yards a catch with 3 touchdowns as a junior. King will look to hook up more with sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray who had a good 2010 year as a redshirt freshman.
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