What we don’t know about the SEC East

 

Yes, I know that March Madness cranks up in full gear on Thursday. But by the end of next week, every team but two in the SEC (Kentucky) and ACC (Virginia Tech) will be into spring practice. So we’re going to spend the next four days talking about what we know and what we don’t know about each division of those two conferences.

Now I need your input here. There is a lot that we’d don’t know and spring practice is about finding some answers before things heat up in August. If there is something you don’t know about a team that you think is important, let’s hear it.

We’re going to start today with the SEC East. On Thursday we’ll discuss the SEC West. These teams are in alphabetical order. Then we’ll move to the ACC.

 

FLORIDA (13-1, practice starts March 25, ends April 18)

What we know:  The defense is set. Of the top 22 players on defense in the BCS championship game against Oklahoma, 14 were freshmen, redshirt freshmen, and sophomores. Even the leadership returns as LB Brandon Spikes is back for his senior season. Talent will not be an issue for the Gators in 2009. Great expectations might be. Just ask Georgia. Also, that No. 15 guy at quarterback is pretty good.

What we don’t know: Will Florida really miss Percy Harvin? Don’t get me wrong. I believe Harvin was one of the most gifted players to come along in this generation. But rarely was he completely healthy. There is just so much speed on this team with Chris Rainey, Jeff Demps, Brandon James, Deonte Thompson etc., that I have to believe that new OC Steve Addazio will be able to get by without Harvin.

 

GEORGIA (10-3, practice started March 17, ends April 11)

What we know: The running game, and really the whole offense, is going to be just fine. Yes QB Matthew Stafford and RB Knowshon Moreno are gone, but the offensive line, which had to be patched together for all of the 2008 season, is now solid and finally has some depth. Now cross your fingers that the injury bug does not hit. QB Joe Cox doesn’t have the pure talent of a D.J. Shockley, another Georgia quarterback who waited his turn behind a star, but he does have the leadership. That should give OC Mike Bobo the luxury of bringing his freshman quarterbacks along more slowly.

What we don’t know: Is there an elite athlete who will step forward at defensive end? While a lot of Georgia fans seem to be concerned about rebuilding the secondary, it won’t matter who plays defensive back if the Bulldogs can’t rush the passer. Georgia was eighth in the SEC in quarterback sacks with 24 last season.  Kiante Tripp moves back to DE from OL. Three defensive ends will miss the spring. Somebody has to step up and be a difference maker at this position or the Georgia defense is going to struggle again.

 

KENTUCKY (7-6, practice starts April 1, ends April 25)

What we know: The defense is going to be good. CB Trevard Lindley of Hiram, DE Jeremy Jarmon and middle linebacker Michael Johnson would have all been reasonably high NFL draft picks had they chosen to pass up their senior seasons. All will be coming back and so coach Rich Brooks expects his defense to be strong in 2009. Kentucky’s defense was disappointing last season, finishing 11th in the SEC at 332.4 ypg.

What we don’t’ know:  Who is going to play quarterback? Mike Hartline, a junior, started the season but then lost the job to freshman Randall Cobb. Cobb had knee surgery at the end of the season and not play in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky also has a talented freshman coming in the fall in Morgan Newton. Kentucky averaged 22.6 points per game last season with a rebuilt offense. That unit must get better.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA (7-6, practice started March 3, ends April 11)

What we know: Ellis Johnson will have another good defense. Despite all the issues on offense, and there were many, South Carolina had a chance to win each week because of its defense. The Gamecocks got some bad news Tuesday when DT Ladi Ajiboye was suspended indefinitely. If he doesn’t return, that hurts their depth. But with OLB Eric Norwood (9 sacks) back this unit has a chance to be as good as the one that finished fourth in the SEC (291.9 ypg).

What we don’t know: Will Stephen Garcia make it through spring practice unscathed? Better hope so because he’s the only quarterback Steve Spurrier has right now. Garcia’s former competitors, Chris Smelley (transferred to Alabama to play football) and Tommy Beecher (transferred to Liberty), are gone and there is nobody else in camp who has taken a snap. Garcia was suspended the past two spring practices. Spurrier has hired a new quarterbacks coach in G.A. Mangus, hoping to accelerate Garcia’s improvement this spring.

 

TENNESSEE (5-7, practice started March 10, ends April 18)

What we know:  Every position is open, except Eric Berry’s. Every player starts with a clean slate and a chance to win a job under new coach Lane Kiffin. The most notable exception is Berry, who was a warrior every week while Tennessee was struggling at the end of the Phillip Fulmer era. The challenge for new DC Monte Kiffin will be finding a lot of different ways to put Berry in position to make plays. Defense was never the problem in 2008 (Tennessee led the SEC at 263.5 ypg). It won’t be in 2009.

What we don’t know: The Vols have running backs, but who is going to block? Tennessee has made headlines by grabbing two highly recruiting running backs in Bryce Brown and David Oku. There are a number of proven running backs in camp. But the offensive line was inconsistent a year ago, which is why the Vols were ninth in the SEC in rushing (122.9 ypg). Chris Scott (6-5, 346) from Riverdale needs step up and be a big time tackle. Unless somebody dramatically improves at quarterback, the Vols figure to be average at best at that position. So an effective running game will be essential.

 

VANDERBILT (7-6, practice starts March 10, ends March 28)

What we know:  The Commodores are going to be better.  With only 10 seniors, Vanderbilt was supposed to be rebuilding in 2008. Now they return 19 starters from a team that went to its first bowl in 26 years and won only the second bowl game in its history over Boston College in the Music City Bowl.

What we don’t know: Can quarterback Larry Smith keep it up? Vanderbilt shuffled quarterbacks Chris Nickson and Mackenzie Adams all of last season and both were ineffective. At the end of the season coach Bobby Johnson turned to redshirt freshman Larry Smith, who started his first game in the Music City Bowl (10 for 17, 121 yards). Vanderbilt was sixth in the SEC in scoring defense (19.6 ppg) in 2008. But the Commodores only scored 19.2 points per game. This spring will be about finding ways to score more points and take some of the pressure off the defense.

 

 

178 comments Add your comment

Blindog

March 18th, 2009
9:18 am

Joe Cox will surprise a lot of teams early because he is a really good Q.B.The expections are low but the Dawgs will win the S.E.C. East

matt

March 18th, 2009
9:19 am

TOny- Logan Gray is pure athlete at the QB position. Is Richt looking to get him into the game at QB some how? I’m assuming it’s Joe’s position to lose. If Richt had the balls to give Joe T. the reigns then he owes it to Joe Cox!!

Tony Barnhart

March 18th, 2009
9:25 am

Matt,
I don’t see Logan Gray as a full time starter but as a guy who can be used in a “Wildcat package” for a change of pace. My sense is that the coaches have a lot of confidence in Cox. I just think there are a lot bigger issues at Georgia than quarterback.

ValdostaMike

March 18th, 2009
9:26 am

Dawgs will be fine on offense. Yes DE is a concern, both if we do not tackle better this year, nobody will have to throw the ball against us. I do not know where it will come from, but I do expect the Dawg Defense to play with more violence this year.

T-Bone

March 18th, 2009
9:28 am

Which is the real Ga Tech offense, the one that ran all over MIami and UGA, or the one that got stifled by LSU?

1eyedJack

March 18th, 2009
9:28 am

Logan Gray is just too good of an athlete to keep off the field. You gotta believe Bobo is preparing a package for him. Vandy could be scary for a number of teams this year. Good for them as long as they don’t trip up my DAWGS. Both UGA and GT have to play at Vandy this year. Two years ago we escaped by the skin of our teeth.

Otto

March 18th, 2009
9:30 am

I’m not sure it was balls that gave Joe T the reigns…… I am looking forward to Cox at QB

bigdawg01

March 18th, 2009
9:30 am

TN is a mess. Crappy o-line with NO QB, repeat NO QB. They will have a tough time this year. FL will be good, again, but OK showed that if you stop the run and make Tebow beat you with his arm, things are different. Dawgs will surprise a few people. Cox is not Tereshinski, and definitely has the skill. Complaints on Cox was that he could not throw as long as Stafford, but who cares. We need accuracy and completions. Most of Staffords long throws were garbage and never connected.

FL will be brought down a notch or two next year. Tebow cannot play forever, and without him FL will not be the same team plus it will be interesting to see them this year without Harvin.

No matter what, the SEC is still the best most exciting conference in the country.

Otto

March 18th, 2009
9:31 am

T-bone they were both the GT offense put them up against a solid DL and LBs that wrap up and they get blown out.

Bamafan

March 18th, 2009
9:32 am

Florida in talent is the very best team easy in the SEC east or West. Georgia should come in 2nd place in the east behind the gators. Put the other teams in the east in a hat and pick 3-6 because
they all are average. Hope Vandy does well this season, Bobby Johnson is a real nice man and a real
good coach!!

Cameron

March 18th, 2009
9:32 am

Tony,

The Gators will miss Percy Harvin more than anyone realizes. In big games, him and Tebow were the only ones who made plays. Rainey, Demps, Thompson, and James are cute, little, fast guys. They can make big impacts in the passing game and special teams. But, good teams shut those guys down. Harvin always was able to bust big play after big play in both the running and passing game. Those little backs broke huge runs against bad teams and when games were already decided. None of those backs scare me nearly as much as Harvin does.

Having said that, their offense will still be good. Tebow will still run the show and “will” them to victories when he has to. And, they won’t need their offense to be that good. Their defense may be one of the best college football has ever seen. They return just about everyone, but the loss of Torrey Davis will hurt them big time. I would expect them to win the SEC again.

Otto

March 18th, 2009
9:34 am

Will Kiffen repeat the NFL to CFB success of Charlie Weiss?

Miles

March 18th, 2009
9:36 am

Florida…best team in the SEC East…this we know for sure! What we don’t know is how many points they’ll put up on their SEC East opponents!

Cameron

March 18th, 2009
9:37 am

Funny you don’t see Logan Gray as a full time starter, yet the UGA coaching staff does. This was the player of the year in Missouri coming out of high school. I personally watched him in the spring game last year and he has the talent to be an awesome QB. He may have stunted his QB growth by playing special teams last year. But, he is such a good athlete Richt wanted to put him on the field. he also wanted to do whatever helped the team win. Just because he is a good athlete, doesn’t mean he is not a good QB. He throws a pretty ball and I saw him laser in a 20-yd post to Mike Moore for a TD in last years G-Day game, in the rain.

Chris

March 18th, 2009
9:38 am

Tony,
Does anyone know who might start at tight end for GA? I know we have the two freshman studs coming in. It seems like some time ago that we enjoyed a big athletic receiver with hands like Pope or Watson.

Cameron

March 18th, 2009
9:38 am

Miles,

Florida’s scoring average will go down. But, it may not matter because of their defense. I still think they are the best team in the SEC, but they’re offense will take a step back.

Cameron

March 18th, 2009
9:43 am

Chris,

I expect Bruce Figgins to start at TE if he is healthy. He can block and catch. Aron White and Orson Charles will see plenty of time though due to their abilities to create mismatches in the passing game. Arthur Lynch will have a harder time making the field then Orson, because he offers the same skill set as Figgins, and to a lesser extent Aron White. Aron White has gotten bigger and becoming more of a complete TE. He may end up being your starter, especially if Figgins isn’t healthy.

Figgins starts (if healthy), Aron White is the top backup, Orson will see plenty of time as a Flex/Receiving TE, Bryce Ros will be seldom used as a blcoking TE, and Arthur Lynch is on the outside looking in and will probably be redshirted.

JB

March 18th, 2009
9:44 am

My Dawgs will be better than last year, but will be 10-2 also this year. We need for 2-3 ’special” players to emerge on each side of the ball. I don’t think this year will be that year, But I like our young players, and I do feel the coach’s had an awful year last year and they know it. I think the team this year will be more intense, but I think we win 10 again. 2010 could be special, if we get one of these Freshman QB’s some game time.

tenn.DAWG

March 18th, 2009
9:52 am

Pressure on the QB is a must.I also believe that with todays parity you should use some multible schemes,disguising blitz,etc.There should also be more immagination used on the offence.

Voice of Reason

March 18th, 2009
9:56 am

we were 9-3 this past year, not 10-2. the 10 came in the bowl game making us 10-3.

Voice of Reason

March 18th, 2009
9:57 am

Cox at QB, Gray lined up at reciever. Could be great for a few reverses and every now and then add the fake reverse and have gray throw the ball down the field. Or Gray in the wildcat. All kinds of options with great recievers and an athlete like Gray.

Huh?

March 18th, 2009
9:59 am

Joe Cox is the starter today and, barring injury, will be the starter in the bowl game. With all due respect to Logan Gray, there is no amount of talent that can replace his experience and knowledge of the system. And I don’t know why people are so down on his talent anyway. He’s been SEC starter material from day one.

Florida is the hands down preseason #1 but they are not unbeatable and will not go undefeated. Its almost considered slanderous to say that Florida will lose a game (or more) in 2009, but they will. Repeating as national champion, or even SEC champion, is an extremely difficult thing to do. That’s why it rarely happens. As a Georgia fan, I’m hoping they buy in to their hype and get complacent. Its college football. It happens all the time. You have to wonder if they are doing extra reps in the weight room for all the points that Ole Miss scored on them? I bet they aren’t. Good luck with that target on your back Florida. I must admit that if anyone is equipped to deal with it its them.

GATORZONE

March 18th, 2009
10:01 am

Percy will be missed, he is a great talent. However, just look at the SEC championship game if you need proof that UF can win without him. Just like every year, new players will be stepping in to fill the gap taking the ball. Obviously, Florida has plenty of weapons.

And to Bigdawg, how did Ok prove that UF can be beat when Tebow is forced to pass? Didn’t Florida win? I know he threw a couple of INT’s, but he also engineerd great drives in the second half that won the game.

ChewDawg

March 18th, 2009
10:01 am

Speaking for the Dawgs…

Less we forget, Cox was a highly recruited QB out of high school. While not the cannon like Stafford, nor the athlete like Shockley, he is highly accurate as a passer. With a complete OL and time to pass, he’ll be fine. He adds an element that neither Stafford nor Shockley had, accuracy and finesse. Seems a man named Brady isn’t a cannon or athlete either. The offense will be fine…arguably better than 2008. I’ve seen King play personally, and if he can get it together, he’ll make your jaw drop. If not, we can platoon it amongst the stable of backs and still have an effective running game. I don’t expect the O to miss a beat.

Defense is a huge question mark. The only solid part are the linebackers. UGA’s D for 2008 was one of the worst I’ve seen in recent memory. The boys need an edge…and need it fast. There was a time when UGA’s D was fierce. They got after the QB and the secondary could knock the taste out of your mouth. Both were gone in 2008 and 2007. I trust the embarrassments of UA, UF and GT last year give Martinez all the ammunition he needs to get that edge back. He’s got one more year to show me something, or I’m on the bandwagon to fire Martinez as well.

Red Elephant

March 18th, 2009
10:06 am

GA should be fine as they again finish 10-3 behind the Gators in the East and win another bowl in Florida.

shards1967

March 18th, 2009
10:08 am

W.O. a DE and a can do attitude on D, the Dawgs are in for another so so year. The coaches have to infuse aggression into them all. Cox will lead and the running back “position” will be a tandem effort. I see FB Chapas being a real solid workhorse for them. He can do it all.

Cox can throw little down and out passes and the over the middle stuff to our receivers and they can take it to the house. With the guy from Memphis, the opposing D backs will not be able to double team AJ Green and it will hurt them. This is how I see Chapas being used ………… he will get his share of dump passes and it will pay dividends. He is a tank with great hands.

D is the key to a great season ……w.o. the ATTITUDE and AGGRESSION forget it. 9-3 or 10-2 is where we will be.

JB

March 18th, 2009
10:10 am

my bad on saying we went 10-2. I forgot Tech Won because of OUR poor play ( 3 points, unless you hear a nerd, and they think it was 4 or 5 TD’s ) I’m just so used to Tech being a W for the Dawgs.

ChewDawg

March 18th, 2009
10:12 am

Gatorzone -

not wanting to take anything away from UF’s win…but OkSt did show UF can be beat when forced to pass. While Tebow engineered some great drives, he’s not a highly accurate passer. But this isn’t news. The problem is stuffing the running game while still managing to restrict the passing game. OkSt couldn’t do this, so the game was close with UF winning (congrats BTW). If you’ll watch the first half of the UGA/UF game, you’ll see UGA’s D was doing this fairly well. If UGA doesn’t fall apart in the 2nd half, it’s a coin flip going into the final 2 minutes. (I know, “if”s and “but”s…but still). OkSt defense is average at best…their game plan was to stop the run and limit the score while hoping to beat UF on offense. But UF has a pretty good offense too.

FWIW, I’m won’t be betting on UF to repeat as SEC champs or National Champs. They’ve certainly got the talent and leadership to do it. But both will be undone by ego and high expectations. UF loses two. So you know, I said the same thing about my dawgs last year as well.

1eyedJack

March 18th, 2009
10:12 am

It is amazing what a couple of NFL-bound DTs (Owens & Atkins) can do for your DEs. You’re going to have to doubleteam them freeing up the DEs to rush. I think they will be much better this year.

bigdawg01

March 18th, 2009
10:14 am

Gatorzone:
A score of 7-7 at the half showed that a “mediocre defense” and that was what OK had could stop the gator run game. Tebow did have to throw it more, and did so against that defense which was ranked in the high 40’s nationally. Point is that against better defenses in SEC that will be tuned in to stopping Demps and Rainey, teams will take their chances on Tebow throwing. No, FL did not get beat, but also did NOT score as much as everyone thought.

45-42

March 18th, 2009
10:15 am

JB, are you used to Florida being a L for the Dawgs?
That is pretty automatic too

JB

March 18th, 2009
10:18 am

45-42…..yes I do. Now, you man up and tell me the Dawgs will beat you guys 8 of 10 times we play you, even with Johnson there. Because you KNOW we will. Not enough horsepower on the flats to beat us over and over.

DirtyDawg

March 18th, 2009
10:19 am

Florida and Tebow have been beaten before and they’ll be beaten again and no reason why we shouldn’t think it’ll be Georgia that does it. That’s the only way to look at a game eight months out. When we get to Halloween maybe the picture will be different, but right now we ain’t taken’ crap off no Gators, and we damn sure won’t take it from somebody that wear’s the most putrid color of faded orange and is proud of it.

Alabamadawg

March 18th, 2009
10:20 am

I certainly agree with Cameron’s comments concerning Logan Gray. Most people seem to forget what a talent he is. I believe Cox will do fine this year and Gray will win the job next year…

GATORZONE

March 18th, 2009
10:20 am

True Bigdawg, but the BCS Championship game is different from any game in the regular season. Expectations are up, nerves are tight, and Oklahoma (not OKST) was a great team that averaged 50+ points per game(most in NCAA). So neither team scored as many as expected. I do not think that proves anything on how to beat UF and Tebow. Just my opinion, but I am biased as you might expect

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Gen Neyland

March 18th, 2009
10:23 am

FLORIDA…Go ahead and give ‘em the dang East title and the Heisman to Tebow. GEORIGA…Last year, UGA had the luxury of having an offense that could score more points than their defense gave up. This year, they’ll need a wee bit more D effort. Some feel Cox can do what other back ups have done when given center stage. May or may not happen. D’s will be coming after him early to test. SOUTH CAROLINA…Two words, Beat Spurious… TENNESSEE…In 2008, every D UT faced knew they were one dimensional. Can Orgeron fix what Clawson broke? UT’s O-Line was built first, on pass protection, run second. In 2008, they couldn’t field a QB that could even toss his Wheaties so the D’s put what seemed like 12 in the box. VANDY…Has their share of youth coming back from a decent 2008 season by Commodore standards, plus a win over Boston College in a bowl. Vandy and bowl. Sounds odd. Vandy won’t win the East but I have a feeling they’ll push a few to excel on game days. At LSU early might be one of those…

ChewDawg

March 18th, 2009
10:30 am

Ooops on typing OkSt…Fully aware that it’s OU. Only one cup of coffee this morning, so the brain’s still a bit foggy.

OU didn’t show the world how to beat UF. It was already known. Man up on the receivers and contain the run. Who cares if OU averaged 50+ points a game (even defenses that ranked in the bottom half of DivI)? Their D is still average at best. They didn’t have the talent to contain the run while still defending the pass. And even with an average at best D they gave themselves a chance by containing the run. So with that little fact, here’s what we know…any defense that can contain UF’s running game and still have the talent to go one on one on the receivers can be UF. Fortunately for UF, that’s a hard thing to come by.

bull-gator

March 18th, 2009
10:31 am

To ChewDawg: The Gators played Oklahoma in the BCS not OkSt (I presume OkSt means Oklahoma State University Cowboys, not the Oklahoma University Sooners)…I could be wrong, have been before…

GATORZONE

March 18th, 2009
10:31 am

VANDY will be on everyone’s radar this year. They will not be overlooked any longer.

ChewDawg

March 18th, 2009
10:38 am

Vandy and UK will continue to make up the bottom half of the SEC. But they won’t be overlooked any longer. UGA made that mistake in 2006 and nearly did it again in 2007. Neither will contend for the East any time soon, but both are building respectable programs capable of 7-8 wins each year including the regular upset.

Eric Zeier

March 18th, 2009
10:46 am

It is so funny listening to these stupid leg humpers insisting that Tebow can’t throw after 3 years. The kid led the SEC in QB Efficiency rating last year and before the bowl game, only had 2 picks.

Jan Kemp was so right. UGA players and fans, can’t read, but they sure can yap, yap, yap. If you think Florida is going to be complacent this year, you don’t know Urban Meyer very well. Florida did just fine in the games that Harvin could not play, including the SEC championship game. Hey Leg Humpers! Remember Alabama?

Did you see what Florida’s defense did to the highest scoring offense in College Football History? The Oklahoma offense that averaged over 60 points a game? The offense everyone said that Florida could not stop?Well that defense has the entire 22 player 2-deep coming back.

And it was OK, not OKST that Florida played, you illiterate Dog fans. And please notice that I know how to spell DOG.

Diss Tebow’s passing all you want. For 3 years you have been saying he can’t throw, but he continues to lead the conference and definitely the East in QB ratings.

Georgia fans are just, so damn stupid.

“Let the Big Dog Read” -Jan Kemp, 1986

G8R GRAD

March 18th, 2009
10:47 am

2009 will be a repeat of 2008:

UF will win the SEC East with one loss (probably LSU);

LSU will win the SEC West and get beat by UF in Atlanta;

UF will play in Pasadena, again.

Volaholic

March 18th, 2009
10:47 am

Bryce Brown is the second coming of both Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson. And he’s about to stomp an orange hole through the SEC. Lane Kiffin is a better coach than Vince Dooley and Pat Dye combined. Brown on O and Berry on D, the Vols are gonna win the SEC!

Wally Butts

March 18th, 2009
10:50 am

Bryce Brown will be ruled ineligible by the NCAA and never play a down in college.

heyberto

March 18th, 2009
10:51 am

Not sure the assessment is really accurate. He may not be as talented DJ Shockley, but he’s still pretty damn capable of being a great College QB.

PTC DAWG

March 18th, 2009
10:53 am

I don’t it’s a cakewalk for FU. Last time FU came off a great year, they went 9-4..I’m not predicting that (they play ZERO OOC ‘cept for FSU), so their record is padded for sure.

My point is, it’s just not as easy as rolling a team out there. The East should be interesting. I keep thinking SOS may up and win this division one year. Time will tell.

Eric Zeier

March 18th, 2009
10:56 am

Last time UF came off a championship and went 9-4, they lost every single starter on defense. At least act like you know what you are talking abpoiut before opening your mouth.

G8R GRAD

March 18th, 2009
10:59 am

Or, in the alternative:

Uf wins the SEC East with one loss (LSU or MSU):

The winner of the LSU/UA game will lose to UF in Atlanta;

Tebow wins the Heisman, again; and

UF wins the BCS in Pasadena, again.

ChewDawg

March 18th, 2009
11:03 am

Eric Zeier wannabe -

Thanks for making it personal. Glad you get to sleep better at night knowing you put us leg-humpers in our place on the internet.

It’s pretty obvious your knowledge of the game is limited to name calling and tailgating.

Passing efficiency means squat in Meyer’s offense. When 99% of your passes are within 10 yards to receivers with GREAT hands, your numbers are going to be good. Tebow’s passing numbers are inflated by the talent around him. That’s not taking anything from Tebow. I absolutely believe he’s one of the best QBs to play at the college level. His leadership and sheer athleticism makes him a phenomenal player. He should have won the Heisman last year and proved it in the BCS game.

Answer this, if he’s such a great passer, how come no one (of credibility and football knowledge – as such excludes you) actually believes he’ll be a QB at the professional level. He won’t. He’ll be a TE or FB. He likely won’t even be a first round draft pick. He’s not a passing QB. Why is that hard for most Gators to accept? Yeah, he’s made a couple great plays over the years, but day in and day out, his days of taking snaps will be confined to college.