2011 SEC Spring Football Outlook
Impact SEC Players on Offense & Defense
SEC 2011 Spring Football
College football ball is flying a bit under the radar right now due to March Madness is in full swing with the Sweet 16 starting on Thursday March 24, 2011.But in some parts of the country college football goes on year round. Especially in the SEC where football is king period and point blank. It is spring football time of the college football year where each team is eithering trying plug some holes into key areas due to someone leaving. Like Bama have already started the spring practice with a quarterback battle as Greg McElroy departs as well as stud receiver Julio Jones. LSU will be coming into spring football with returning starter, Jordan Jefferson for his senior year, but the tigers lose cornerback/return man Patrick Peterson. Florida's quarterback John Brantley comes into spring looking to start over with a new coaching staff and Brantley should be looking to prove a point as he look horrible alot last year. And Auburn was just gutted by the departure of seniors and two juniors (Cam Newton and Nick Fairley) last year leaving head coach Gene Chizik looking to start all over with a new quarterback along with new offensive lineman and defensive positions as well. Arkansas loses quarterbackk Ryan Mallett, the receiver core at Arkansas are all back with a new single caller to catch from. Here are the top returning starters in the SEC on offense and defense.
20 TOP RETURNING OFFENSIVE STARTERS (SKILLED PLAYERS)
1) WR Alshon Jeffery JR (South Carolina) - Jeffery led the SEC in receptions last season, finishing with 88 receptions for 1517 yards and 9 touchdowns. The departures of Julio Jones (Alabama) and AJ Green (Georgia) the spot light will really be on the junior receiver.
2) RB Trent Richardson JR (Alabama) - With Mark Ingram gone to te NFL, Richardson will be getting more carries to produce bigger numbers. In splitting time last year he still finished with 700 yards on 112 carries with 6 touchdowns. Now Richardson will look to b more productive this upcoming seaon.
3) WR Greg Childs SR (Arkansas) - Childs returns for his last season after playing just 8 games last season. Although still had a very productive year last season finishing third on the team in receptions with 46 catches fo 655 yards 6 touchdowns.
4) WR Jarius Wright SR (Arkansas) - Wright step it up last season after the injury to Childs. As a junior finishing with 42 receptions for 788 yards and 6 touchdowns.
5) WR Joe Adams SR (Arkansas) - He led the team last year in receptions with 50 for 813 yards and 5 touchdowns. He joins Childs and Wright back for one more season. By far the best receiving core in the SEC.
6) WR Chad Bumphis JR (Miss. State) - Bumphis has been the go to guy in the Bulldogs passing game. The junior wideout finished with most receptions on the team finishing with 44 receptions for 634 yards and 5 touchdowns along with rushing for 131 yards at the wideout position.
7) WR Justin Hunter SO (Tennessee) - Hunter is primed for a big year. He only caught 16 receptions but 7 were for touchdowns averaging 25.9 a catch. And with the emergence of quaterback Tyler Bray it looks like the passing game for the Vols can be productive.
8) RB Marcus Lattimore SO (South Carolina) - As a freshmen Lattimore led South Carolina in rushing with 1197 yards along with 17 touchdowns (29rec 412yds 2td).
9) RB Michael Dyer SO (Auburn) - Dyer had a very productive last year playing big role in Auburn national championship game agains Oregon. He was named the best offensive player of the game rushing for 143 yards on 22 carries. With the departure of Cam Newton, Dyer will have to be productive even more to make the new look Tiger offense.
10) RB Kniles Davis JR (Arkansas) - Davis puts the run game to a big time offense that passes as well. He finished second in rushin only to Auburn's Cam Newton. (204att 1322yds 13td)
11) QB Stephen Garcia SR (South Carolina) - Garcia finally had a break through season leading the Gamecocks to there first SEC East Title. He and LSU's Jordan Jefferson are the two quarterbacks with the most experience coming back. Garcia played well last year finishing with 3059 yards and 20 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.
12) WR Marquis Maze SR (Alabama) - Maze may not have put up the big numbers like the top SEC receiver but he a factor when he gets his hands on the ball from anywhere on the field. With Julio Jones leaving Maze will be the receiver with the most experience coming back to lead a young but talented receiving core.
13) RB Vick Ballard SR (Miss. State) - Ballard stepped right in from junior college to lead the Bulldogs in rushing with 968 yard on 186 carries with 19 touchdowns.
14) RB Brandon Bolden SR (Ole Miss) - Bolden was the only bright spot on offense really last year in a very disappointing year finishing the year by not making a bowl game. As a junior Bolden finished with 976 yards rushing on 163 carries for 14 touchdowns.
15) WR Andre rSO (Florida) - Debose only caught 10 balls last year in a disappointing season in the gators offense. But has too much talent to not be productive in the new offense for Florida. Debose also is a good kickoff return man finishing last year with 2 touchdowns on kickoffs averaging 28 yard kickoff return.
16) QB Jordan Jefferson SR (LSU) - This is the last time Jefferson can prove that he is the quarterback that can win a SEC West Title. In splitting time with Jarrett Lee, Jefferson finished with 1411 yards with 7 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.
17) QB Aaron Murray rSO (Georgia) - Murray had a good year in a bad season for the Bulldogs finishing with a (6-7) record losing to Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl. He finished fourth in total offense in the SEC last year with 3049 yards with 24 touchdowns with 8 interceptions.
18) TE Orson Charle JR (Georgia) - As a sophomore Charles caught 26 balls for 422 yards averagin 16.2 yards a catch. He will be a big role in Georgia's offense this year as well.
19) Deonte Thompson rSR (Florida) - This is put up or shut up for Thompson enterin his last year at Florida. He has to prove he can be productive in a new offense. Last year he caught 38 balls but had only 1 touchdown.
20) WR Emory Blacke JR (Auburn) - Blake made some big plays in three key games (Alabama, Miss State, Oregon). The junior wideout is the top receiver returning for Auburn. He finished 2010 with 33 receptions for 554 yards.
20 Returning Defensive Players of SEC 2011
1) SS Mark Barron Sr (Alabama) - The hard hitting strong safety returns for his senior season to lead a very good defense. In 2010 Barron led Bama in tackles with 75.
2) LB Danny Trevathan Sr (Kentucky) - The senior linebacker has been a solid performer for the Wildcats on defense. Trevathan led the SEC in tackles last year recording 144 tackles.
3) DE Devin Taylor Jr (South Carolina) - Last year as a sophomore Taylor finished fourth in the SEC in sacks with 7.5 sacks. Taylor also had a team high 13 tackles for loss for the Gamecock defense.
4) LB Jerry Franklin Sr (Arkansas) - Franklin finished his 2010 season ninth in tackles in the SEC recording 100 tackles along with 6.5 sacks.
5) LB Dont'a Hightower Jr (Alabama) - Some say that Hightowere did not have the year that they were expecting. But he still finished 2010 with 69 tackles along 3.5 tackles for loss on stout Bama defense.
6) LB Courtney Upshaw Sr (Alabama) - Upshaw led Bama in tackle for loss in 2010 wih 14.5. He should be one of the leaders of a stout defense for the Crimson Tide.
7) CB Stephon Gilmore Jr (South Carolina) - Gilmore led the South Carolina defense in tackles last season with 79. He also had 3 sacks to go along with his 3 interceptions and he a threat as a punt returner as well.
8) LB Jerico Nelson Sr (Arkansas) - Nelson finished second on the team in tackles with 87 behind his teammate Jerry Franklin. Franklin also record 11 tackle for loss and 6.5 sacks.
9) DE Jake Bequette Sr (Arkansas) - Bequette has a non stop motor. The senior defensive end led the Arkansas defense in sacks a year ago with 7.
10) FS Robert Lester Jr (Alabama) - Lester step in the free safety position after the absense of Robby Green and led the SEC in interceptions with 8.
Here are 11-20 Returning Defensive Players of SEC 2011
11) CB Janoris Jenkins Sr (Florida) - dismissed from team in spring, now playing at North Alabama
12) DT Josh Chapman Sr (Alabama)
13) CB Morris Claiborne Jr (LSU)
14) FS Janzen Jackson Jr (Tennessee)
15) CB Casey Heyward Sr (Vanderbilt)
16) CB Dre Kirkpatrick Jr (Alabama)
17) LB Daren Bates Jr (Auburn)
18) CB Prentiss Waggner Jr (Tennessee)
19) DT Fletcher Cox Jr (Miss State)
20) DT Jaye Howard Sr (Florida)