Five SEC players who will be missed the most

 

Some friends and I got into a debate the other day. Here was the question: Every team had some good players in 2008  who are not coming back for this season. Can you name the five SEC players who will be missed the most in 2009?  Here are my picks. Understand that these guys weren’t necessarily the best player on their respective teams. But based on what these teams need this season, I think these five guys will be missed the most:

 

1. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia: How could I pick Moreno instead of QB Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 draft choice? Simple. Right now I think Georgia is more confident about the play of  senior quarterback Joe Cox than it is at the running back position. If Moreno was back to run behind this veteran offensive line, I believe the Bulldogs would be good enough to make a serious run at Florida in the SEC East. Georgia has some good running backs. I just don’t see any GREAT running backs. At least not yet. Moreno was a great running back.

2. Andre Smith, OT, Alabama: Because the Alabama defense is still so good, I couldn’t go with safety Rashad Johnson, who I thought was a really great player. But the Crimson Tide is really going to miss the big fella at left tackle. He allowed Alabama to run the ball whenever it wanted to, even when opponents were putting eight in the box. The Crimson Tide offense could just beat up opposing defenses and wear them down over the course of a game. Alabama’s offense will still be solid, but the Tide won’t be able to impose their will on teams like they could last season with Smith as their anchor.

3. Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss:  Here’s what you need to know about Jerry (6-2, 299), who was drafted in the first round by the Falcons. In 2007, when he wasn’t in the Ole Miss lineup, the Rebels finished 101st nationally in rushing defense, giving up 199.08 yards per game, and 88th in total defense (423.42 ypg). Last season Jerry was virtually unblockable and the Rebels were fourth in rushing defense  (85.54 yards per game) and 19th in total defense (2008). Some Ole Miss fans tell me there won’t be a drop off on the defense because DE Greg Hardy is finally healthy. I don’t buy it. I think the Ole Miss defense is going to really miss Jerry. He was that good.

 

4. Percy Harvin, WR, Florida: I’ve changed my thinking on Harvin. For the longest time I felt that Florida would be able to plug another one of its speed guys in Harvin’s position and that the Gators wouldn’t miss a beat. But during the summer a couple of SEC coaches convinced me I was wrong. They said that Harvin was an exceptional talent who, when healthy, was impossible to contain. Granted, Harvin didn’t go for long stretches without getting dinged up and so Florida had to learn how to play without him. But when he was in the game, he completely dictated what the defense did. Consider this: Harvin had 660 yards rushing last season with only 70 carries for an average of 9.4 yards per carry. He averaged 16.1 yards per reception (40 catches for 644 yards). So you’re talking about a player who averaged almost 12 yards (11.85 to be exact) every time he touched the ball last season. The Gators are going to be very good, but I don’t think they will have anybody like that this season.

 

5. Jeremy Jarmon, DE, Kentucky: With the defensive trio of Jarmon, LB Micah Johnson and CB Trevard Lindley (of Hiram) coming back, Kentucky had good reason to be optimistic about its defense and a chance to go to a school-record fourth consecutive bowl game. But in May Jarmon was declared ineligible by the NCAA for testing positive to a banned substance. Jarmon took an over the counter supplement in an effort to get a little leaner. But he didn’t check with his trainers and was caught on a random NCAA drug test because the supplement contained a banned substance. He went in the supplemental draft in July and was taken by the Redskins. With Jarmon returning, Kentucky had a star player at each of the defensive position groups. It’s a big loss for the ‘Cats.

So those are my five players who will be missed the most in the SEC. Who did I leave out?

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180 comments Add your comment

WTF???

August 19th, 2009
9:49 am

Well, at least Tebow’s virginity is still intact…

Yellow Maggots are a Johnson

August 19th, 2009
9:50 am

Hey engineer, stop playing with your train set and come back to reality. Sanford Stadium is big enough to seat all the tech fans, students, alumni, and homeless people on your campus. THE UNIVESITY OF GEORGIA is everything you aspire to be but are so afraid to admit it. That explains all you emotional, crybaby outbursts!

WTF???

August 19th, 2009
9:50 am

General, It was prolly Fulmer.

dap01

August 19th, 2009
9:51 am

The only toothless person is your mama. UGA has on awesome game day experience with 90,000 + fans each week. Don’t discredit the fans. Just worry about your 35,000 fans (35,000 fans in a city of millions, that is second rate at best)

If you can’t comment on the subject at hand, go play with your pocket protector.

Teacher

August 19th, 2009
9:53 am

C-a-p-t-I-a-n Kirk? That’s a neat name. Almost sounds like Captain Kirk.

Gatorzone

August 19th, 2009
9:55 am

G2Rhett, One of the Classiest Men to EVER don a Football uniform anywhere. Kudos to Herschel!

lazydawg

August 19th, 2009
9:55 am

Great work Tony it will be tough to replace Moreno,but I have a strange feeling that the RB position is not a concern for the Dawgs.I’m still worried about our defense but I don’t believe we lost anyone that would hurt us there even Asher.

UGA going down in 09

August 19th, 2009
9:57 am

It’s going to be a bad year for the redneckers. 5 maybe 6 losses. UF is going to crush you again.

LonghornBill

August 19th, 2009
10:03 am

I’ve noticed quite a lot of posts on here where UGA fans brag about the size of their stadium versus GA Tech’s. I was under the impression that last years game was the only thing that counted until you play again. That’s the way we look at it in Texas. Wins and losses, baby!

Bamafan

August 19th, 2009
10:04 am

Hey General,
It is not funny when the NCAA is visiting your campus trying to cause trouble. The crimson tide gets
the award for messing up with the NCAA in the past 15 years!! Andre Smith will be missed this year
and the defense will have to carry the team this year!! ROLL TIDE FOLKS!!

Sandy Springs 6 Pack

August 19th, 2009
10:05 am

5 or 6 losses? You wish. Luckliy GA plays in the East where all teams (accept for UF and UGA) are going to be below average this year. We might lose 4 but we’ll still finish 2nd in the East.

dan

August 19th, 2009
10:08 am

m….

You’re an idiot. Knowshon had like a 100 yards and a TD against you guys. Shutting a running back down is like holding them to 20 yards on 18 carries. Tech didn’t do that. Please develop some sense of reality. What’s going to hurt, is when UGA comes to Grant Field this year, and exposes your team, and proving last year’s score to be the fluke that it was.

As for missing Knowshon, there’s nothing UGA can do about that now. It’s time for us UGA fans to focus on what are team is instead of what we are not. Great players graduate every year, it is what it is.

Warren Peace

August 19th, 2009
10:10 am

shankit, I think if Georgia State pays Tech $400,000 to play them it will wreck State’s Athletic budget and eliminate the free hot dog and coke giveaway.

dan

August 19th, 2009
10:14 am

Oh yeah….

As for Percy Harvin, Florida will definately miss him. Urban Meyer can act all arrogant and downplay his contributions all he wants, but Harvin is a big game player! In both of the National Title games, Harving put that offense on his back! Tebow might be the engine that makes that machine go, but Harvin is the one that comes through in the big games, not Tebow.

Atlanta Gator

August 19th, 2009
10:20 am

Clowe—-Ah, yes. Thank you for refreshing my memory. I had done my best to forget.

Warren Peace

August 19th, 2009
10:22 am

Longhorn Bill, if you compare the amount of hot Co-eds attending games at Sanford Stadium versus Grant Field, you will come to the conclusion that size does matter.

Atlanta Gator

August 19th, 2009
10:23 am

dan—-Tebow came through in a pretty darn significant way in the SEC Championship Game, and he had to do it without Harvin. Not trying to down play Harvin, by any means. Harvin was the Gators’ “x-factor.” But give Tebow his due, man; he picked the Gators up and carried them in the third and fourth quarters against Alabama. Ask any Tide fan; they’ll tell you.

the Iron Sheik

August 19th, 2009
10:25 am

NOSHOW MORENO! Remember him leaping over that Eastern Michigan player? Best play ever!

CharlotteGator

August 19th, 2009
10:31 am

LongHorn Bill,

“last years game was the only thing that counted until you play again. That’s the way we look at it in Texas. Wins and losses, baby!”

Refreshing as those aren’t the typical comments from the Texas/Big XII posters who occasionally come on this blog. Please continue to remind your fellow longhorns that the last game actually played on the field Jan. 8 really “matters” and the team that got the “win, baby” actually won something that night. It may be ‘mythical’ but that trophy is sitting somewhere outside of Austin. Good luck in your game in Dallas. It’ll be a handful.

CharlotteGator

August 19th, 2009
10:38 am

dan,

To echo Atlanta Gator’s comments, I’m one of the biggest Harvin fans out, but Tebow definitely deserves his due/credit as well. It’s no secret that I was/am a bigger Harvin fan than Tebow, but we definitely don’t win the SECCG w/o #15. Also, while Harvin was huge and helped create the opportunity, Tebow put the BCSCG away in the 4th quarter with 3 gigantic throws. 3rd and 12 to Cooper for 15 yds, over the middle between 3 defenders to Nelson getting into the redzone, and then the jump pass icing. I didn’t really consider him a great passer until watching the SECCG in person and watching that 4th quarter against OU on the edge of my seat. He made gigantic superstar type throws and deserves the credit for really improving that part of his game.

ForTheRecord

August 19th, 2009
10:38 am

G2Rhett…Right! Richt is known for his great ability to prepare a team for the season (see last year debacle) and for getting his team ready for big games! See UF most any year. The LSU games when they are truly good not when they were down. Last years Alabama and even the sissy in state school running a high school offense. Richt is a great coach the same way President Bush was a great President (and I am a Republican!) The both mention Christ a lot but with little proof to back any greatness claims (But they certainly have had some busts…)

BTW…What great bowl team has Richt ever won? Ohio State? USC? Texas? or has he beaten Michigan State and Hawaii? LOL

Man that was funny.
LOL

takedowndawg

August 19th, 2009
10:41 am

I personally believe that Percy Harvin departure will be felt more by Florida than Knowshon’s departure. As a diehard Dawg fan, I believe that Harvin was more dangerous than Knowshon when he was healthy. Florida has a couple of fill in backs with great speed but I don’t believe any will replace Harvin. There will be a decline in back/receiver production because of his absence. For Georgia, I think Samuel will become a great back. I saw him in HS film as totally dominate. Whelther on offense or defense he was a proven winner. King, on the other hand has not shown the toughness to weather the pounding that the SEC competition will provide. My bet is on Samuel and has always been. Carlton, will be a great change of pace and will give opponent defenders problems. Go DAWGS, GO!!!

Lars Taint

August 19th, 2009
10:46 am

Atlanta Gator,
You just lost all credibility. You said Andre Smith was the big reason for Alabama’s defensive resurgence! He didn’t play defense. He was an OL. Second, you don’t know who Peria Jerry is? Did you not watch your Gators lose to Ole Miss last year?

Franlin Dawg

August 19th, 2009
10:51 am

Hey Longhorn Bill, you’re right — the only thing that counts is the last game, and it’s still 10 to 9 in Texas.

Franlin Dawg

August 19th, 2009
10:51 am

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Get Off Left Wingers

August 19th, 2009
10:59 am

All you Left Wing Bed Wetters: get off this sport blog and go back playing with your Obama Dolls.
Oh! keep your hands out of my pockets!

CharlotteGator

August 19th, 2009
10:59 am

Lars Taint,

Did you watch that game? I’d imagine Atl Gator did as he’s one of the more knowledgeable and interesting posters on this blog. If you had watched the game you’d know that it was Hardy and the other DE #99 who were the big contributors in that game if you want to single out Ole Miss defenders. I looked it up and Jerry had 3 tackles, 0 hurries, and 0 sacks, so yeah his performance on that day wasn’t particularly memorable. UF’s offense that day scored enough to win (31), it was their defense that didn’t help the cause. Also, while that stats don’t show it, those of us that watched that day know that Tebow had a very pedestrian day throwing the ball and missed 3 wide open receivers for touchdowns. I find it totally plausible that Gator fans could watch that game and not remember Peria Jerry’s performance.

As for the A. Smith defense thing, it’s probably a typo. Most of us are at work right now trying to Alt-Tab away from this blog when bosses are around.

Sarah Palin

August 19th, 2009
11:00 am

The biggest loss will be felt by the University of Alaska Lame Ducks. They wont have the point guard “SaraCuda” to Kick around any more.
Why dontcha quit making things up?

AlwaysAVol

August 19th, 2009
11:00 am

Peyton Manning.

Matt

August 19th, 2009
11:03 am

SEC defenses are going to miss Jarrett Lee.

LonghornBill

August 19th, 2009
11:08 am

Touche’ CharlotteGator. I really think we will see you guys in the BCS Championship game. Don’t you? And to the dawg. You are right. You do realize that the guys playing today weren’t born for another 10 years after that win. I don’t think we will be seeing the dawgs anytime soon. Too bad.

AltamahaDawg

August 19th, 2009
11:15 am

I cannot even remember the last time, or first time for that matter, that Mark Richt “mention(ed) Christ a lot” in any sort of a public way. And what would that have to do with winning a football game, anyway?

LonghornBill

August 19th, 2009
11:20 am

Warren Peace – using your logic, Tennessee owns you.

P- Lop

August 19th, 2009
11:23 am

Asher Allen…. def one of the most solid CBs in the game!!!!! and for the tech fan your 1 and 7 for the past 8 years and you barely one last year! dont get your hopes up buddy the day of the dawgs is here!

P- Lop

August 19th, 2009
11:29 am

longhorn bills a queer!

CharlotteGator

August 19th, 2009
11:31 am

Matt,

That’s hilarious. Post of the day in my book.

Longhorn Bill,

A lot is going to have to fall right for the Gators to make it there. I personally feel there are two many hurdles to confidently say they’re definitely going to be in Pasadena. Doesn’t mean they can’t do it, I just think it’ll be an accomplishment because they’re still college kids and there are a lot more reasons/factors to not repeat last year’s success than there are to confidently say it’ll happen. That being said, Texas does line up to make a good run as they have the proverbial chip on their shoulder and no real challengers, from a talent perspective, outside of Norman. If they harness the motivation and McCoy does what he does, then they’ll be in SoCal at the end of the year and hopefully the Gators will be there as well.

How many days to the season? This wait is getting old.

SuperB

August 19th, 2009
11:36 am

Tekkies: Remember in 2007 just how many yards your All-American WR, Calvin Johnson, got against the Dogs?

Even “Industrial Engineering” majors can count in single digits. Of course, Georgia scored so much you couldn’t count that high.

LonghornBill

August 19th, 2009
11:37 am

P-Lop – just because I turned your mother away, don’t go making generalizations.

Atlanta Gator

August 19th, 2009
11:37 am

Lars Taint—-Yeah, that’s bad, and I do know better. I caught it after the fact, but there’s no “edit” your post function on this version of WordPress. Thinking faster than I’m typing. I seem to do it more as I’ve gotten older. Call it a senior Gator moment.

As for Jerry’s performance, I certainly remember it (as well as that of his defensive teammates), but I did not remember his name. Mea maxima culpa.

Mark Olsen

August 19th, 2009
11:37 am

Tech fans who keep bragging about the 45-42 win are pathetic. Congrats, you FINALLY won after 7 years…The way you brag makes it sound like you expect to lose every year. You don’t honestly expect us to win every year…or do you?

Look Alive---There are buzzards overhead

August 19th, 2009
11:38 am

what?? WMD DID EXIST IN IRAQ AND WERE USED ON THE KURDS. THE REMAINDER WERE SHIPPED TO SYRIA BECAUSE THE UN DELAYED FOR EIGHT MONTHS GIVING SADAM TIME TO HIDE THE WMD, YOUR HEAD IS NOT IN THE SAND BUT FO FAR UP OBAMA’S REAR END THAT YOUR BRAIN IS SQUEEZED FULL OF CRAP. ANYONE WITH LIMITED INTELLIGENCE COULD BE FOOLED BY OBAMA’S RHETORIC SO HE WOULD BE ELECTED AND THAT SHOWED IGNORANCE BUT TO STILL SUPPORT HIM AFTER SEEING WHAT HE HAS DONE AND IS DOING TO MAKE THIS A SOCIALIST COUNTRY IS BEYOND IGNORANCE AND IS SIMPLY STUPIDITY. OLD SAYING FOOL ME ONCE SHAME ON YOU FOOL ME TWICE SHAME ON ME. SHAME SHAME ON YOU.

Warren Peace

August 19th, 2009
11:38 am

The Oklahoma Stake Cowboys will destroy the Texas Longhorns. The Pokies have the best offense in the nation and it will be over at the half. Well that is what I have read about them in the AJC.

Warren Peace

August 19th, 2009
11:42 am

Leave the politics to Cable News, this is a sports blog.

Atlanta Gator

August 19th, 2009
11:42 am

Look Alive—-I think you’ve posted on the wrong blog. Look over there for the AJC political blogs >>>>> ALL AJC BLOGS >>>>>

Atlanta Gator

August 19th, 2009
11:43 am

Kinda ironic, coming from a guy named Warren Peace. LOL

brent a.

August 19th, 2009
12:01 pm

Jarmon will be missed. I think UGA can replace Moreno. Just a hunch.

big dawg

August 19th, 2009
12:05 pm

uga will not miss anyone. we don’t rebuild, we re-load.. you lose someone every year and someone else steps up..

the only player in college football that will be missed, is the greek god tim tebow.. i personally can’t wait for him to get the heck out of dodge….or gainesville….or jacksonville….

athensdawg

August 19th, 2009
12:06 pm

How could it be, Tony, that a lowly running back is more important than the mighty Stafford, the one who was going to lead UGA (and now the Lions) to the promise land! Why, if CMR would have just benched Joe T to start with and started him there is no telling how many national championships we could have won.

Seriously, did yall enjoy that Tony Gilbert INT of the chosen one on Saturday as much as I did?

Best thing that happened to UGA was #7 AND #24 going on to where their hearts were – THE NFL.

Alhammed Zakir Hushmanzed

August 19th, 2009
12:13 pm

i like to a gradulate meh gatas

macrotech

August 19th, 2009
12:13 pm

Captian Kirk, as usual, you’re over acting! Go find yourself a green chic stop bothering yourself with silliness like college football!