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

George Bush

August 19th, 2009
12:15 pm

FOOL ME ONCE SHAME ON YOU…
FOOL ME TWICE… WE WONT GET FOOLED AGAIN

hehe.. I’M THE DECIDER!

Top Dawg

August 19th, 2009
12:25 pm

One of the five is Matthew Stafford – end of discussion.

lakesidegator

August 19th, 2009
12:28 pm

And he did even less against Florida in that beat-down.

macrotech

August 19th, 2009
12:32 pm

“Yellow Maggots are a Johnson”, YES! uga is EVERYTHING the Techies want to be! An ‘elite’ team that can fill it’s stadium every saturday because it is a reasonable distraction from the wonders of cow tipping, playing in a conference that is most prestigious thanks to schools like lsu, UF and alabama and the AMAZING ability to be SO ‘elite’ that they can go ALL this time and ONLY win a single National Championship!

Mark Olsen, thanks! We’ve enjoyed this win! And, no, we don’t expect you to win every year.

Super B, we were having coaching/quarterbacking issues then…has been taken care of. We do remember.

Sheik Yerbouti

August 19th, 2009
12:32 pm

Big Dawg – if you’re reloading, you need to use more powder.

paul3084

August 19th, 2009
12:33 pm

I beg to differ! Matthew Stafford will be the absolute most missed player in the SEC this year…………..Just ask the Florida Gators’ defense.

SOUTHGADAWG88

August 19th, 2009
12:46 pm

I’m glad to see Owens and Sturdivant back!Looking at the list a top notch OT and DT can make a huge impact..I’m glad we have two at both positions!We will miss Knowshon … he is one of the best to ever tote the rock at UGA….but to me we did great in 07 alternating Moreno and Brown..and after watching Danny Ware run in the Giants game..I have no loss of confidence in our coaching staff picking talent.Whether it’s one guy or three..somebody is going to step up and shine running behind what should be the best OL in the SEC.I thought Harvin was one of the best I’ve ever seen play for the Gators..they will miss him more than a lot of Gator fans would like to admit.I’m curious to see how well ALA does this year..they have some serious losses on offense.even more than UGA has.. but get’s top 5 billing?

lakesidegator

August 19th, 2009
12:47 pm

We’ll miss all of Joejahs players from last year, just like we missed all the departed endzone dancers from the year before. Get ready Dawgs. The ‘Tors ain’t done with ya’ll yet, 19 year cycles or no 19 year cycles! Go ‘Tors!!!

Lars Taint

August 19th, 2009
12:48 pm

Atlanta Gator,
It happens. I have read some really good posts from you in the past, so I will take back the “lost your credibility” comment.

chazzo

August 19th, 2009
12:48 pm

I know you have to spread the love around. But, as an additional UGA player I would add Southerland. Too bad about missing out last season. He would have been a difference maker. That guy could smell the goal line, and I saw him a few times put the team on his shoulders and will success. Funny, how quickly forget. He was one of the sorely missed players in UGAs fall from number one last season (with all due respect to Chapas).

Being a dawg fan, I will not miss Percy Harvin one bit at all!

Atlanta Gator

August 19th, 2009
1:03 pm

Lars Taint—-It’s a give-and-take forum. I may have lost my credibility for the day, but I promise to return rested and fully caffeinated tomorrow.

Chris

August 19th, 2009
1:04 pm

We’ve missed Brian Vangorder the most since he left. Every year we have lost games because of our joke of a D.C.

FL Gator

August 19th, 2009
1:23 pm

Percy Harvin will definitely be missed at Florida. As well for Tim Tebow when this collegiate season is over. To add an additional point, they both will not be missed by the fan base at Georgia. In fact, they are already saying goodbye to them (Tebow and Harvin) given how much havoc they stirred up in Athens during their on the field collegiate career.

Voice of Reason

August 19th, 2009
1:25 pm

lakeside gator- does anyone besides has anyone besides you ever referred to the gators as the ‘tors? you should rethink that nickname. It makes you sound dumber.

jjbamaman

August 19th, 2009
1:33 pm

Alabama will definitely miss Andre Smith but its a new season and we’ll just have to see who steps up. I hope the new O-line gels enough to keep Greg McElroy from having to run for his life. Playing VT’s defense will be a mighty tough test out of the starting gate. If Gmac gets hurt, it will get ugly fast. I disagree with the posters that think JPW will be missed. He was a good QB, but I have a lot more confidence in Gmac to take over and pass better. Here’s to a great season of competition for everybody except auburn.

AltamahaDawg

August 19th, 2009
1:44 pm

OH Hell NO!!!! You got Atlanta Gator on the ropes, finish him off!

Cuz

August 19th, 2009
1:44 pm

Percy Harvin when healthy was an awesome weapon, Percy when hurt was dangerous. Yes Percy will be missed by the Gators.

Tebow healthy, hurt, whatever, drives the Gators. Just one of the all time great College players in my opinion. The Crystal football is the light at the end of his tunnel. Oh my God, he is sprinting toward the light, the heck with walking. Save that for water.

Cuz

August 19th, 2009
1:47 pm

Altamaha, take the little green pill now.

InferiorityComplex

August 19th, 2009
1:53 pm

I’ll miss Knowshon taking himself out of the game every other play.

Sam S.

August 19th, 2009
1:53 pm

UGA blows Tech out this year. So do at least 3 other teams.

InferiorityComplex

August 19th, 2009
1:58 pm

Sam – you got the “UGA blows” part right.

Sheik Yerbouti

August 19th, 2009
2:05 pm

Complex- the last two posts were perfect. Loud, yappin fleabags! I thought there was an ordinance.

Cheney's Here - duck and cover!

August 19th, 2009
2:13 pm

““We have reason to believe there are WMDs” was not a lie. They did have reason to believe that. The fcat that there were no/ never found any WMD does not take away from the fact that it was not only Bush but a vast majority of Congress who believed they were there by looking at the same intel that Bush had.”

Huh?!?!? The GOPers admitted that intel was fabricated. Get a life. I don’t think your head is buried in the sand, I think its buried up your….

Also, wonder how long before Percey Harvey’s suspended by Roger Goodell.

billytdoogan

August 19th, 2009
2:15 pm

why is it that now you cannot even escape politics when talking about college sports.

the Iron Sheik

August 19th, 2009
2:28 pm

Noshow Moreno is gay like michael jackson

Jarrett Lee

August 19th, 2009
2:38 pm

Les Miles said a couple of weeks ago that I’m still in the thick of the competition at qb.

After all, if we would have had a better qb last year doesn’t common sense dictate that the guy would have played over me? If Jordan Jefferson had really been better all along to begin with then it seems to me that he would have been the starter and not me.

Having one good game against Tech doesn’t make this kid Jefferson an all american. We’ll find out just how good LSU fans think this one game wonder kid is when he comes to Athens.

GT where you'll learn how to run...for your life!!

August 19th, 2009
2:40 pm

Why are tech fans on here, this is a SEC topic not acc, Why are GT fans talking so much they went 9-4 last year and lost all of there defense, and why are they talking about one of the biggest staduims in the country i believe we have the 5th biggest on campus stadium in the country. What the hell does tech have?? You guys call that cracker jack box a staduim??? The flats huh?? The only thing thats gonna be flat is your D trying to stop are run!!!!!! I can’t wait to play you wimps in ATL
run all over you in your own house like we always do. Fla might be us this year but we’ll make sure we own you girls just like the old days then you’ll be hunting another coach and another lame offense. I’ll take one loss every seven years any day of the week especially when it’s only by 3 points
hahahahahahaahah!!!!! GATA GO DAWGS

EverGator

August 19th, 2009
2:42 pm

Demps, Rainey & Debose will generate enough speed in the spread to keep defenses on their heels,Receiver corps with Deonte Thompson,Hernandez and Cooper will have some holes to fill after Murphy, but will step it up when crunch time hits…. and with Tebow, anything is possible when you have all that speed and talent, especially with him running and passing even better this year=Undefeated in ‘09…

George Bush

August 19th, 2009
2:43 pm

Don’t bring me up anymore as a distraction for the disastrous job Obama is doing.

And while you’re at it we found 1,000 lbs of yellow cake uranium in Iraq in my last year in office. Yellow cake is used in the process of creating a nuclear bomb.

The reason most of you left wing idiots don’t realize this is that the story was reported in the AP and the newspaper media but in virtually every major paper it was buried in the very back pages and was only given 2 small paragraphs. This was big news but simply wasn’t reported as big news due to the obvious media bias against George Bush.

Now leave the dang politics alone for the day. This is a sports blog dangit!

GT where you'll learn how to run...for your life!!

August 19th, 2009
2:44 pm

Damn!, i just got mugged and raped on my way to school, i scroed some crack cocaine though now maybe i can get busy with this hooker outside of the staduim. YES!!!!!!! GO JACKETS YEAH
I LOVE THE TRIPLE OPTION!!!!!!! ESPECIALLY WITH THREE GUYS WOO HOO!!!!

GT where you'll learn how to run...for your life!!

August 19th, 2009
2:46 pm

I have a question why can’t we spend any money on are staduim?? OH yeah thats right no one comes to the games ouch sorry i guess everyonein atlanta is a BULLDOG BABY!!!!!!

Nate

August 19th, 2009
2:50 pm

Damn!, i just got mugged and raped on my way to school, i scroed some crack cocaine though now maybe i can get busy with this hooker outside of the staduim. YES!!!!!!! GO JACKETS YEAH
I LOVE THE TRIPLE OPTION!!!!!!! ESPECIALLY WITH THREE GUYS WOO HOO!!!!

Please man, just grow up. That has got to the most immature comment I’ve ever seen. Where is the AJC sensoring this stuff? I mean seriously, what is it going to take? Obviously, you are UGA fan and if so an embarassment to the university. Just shut up man. Go back to collecting your social security and leave the blog alone.

RxDawg

August 19th, 2009
2:51 pm

I gota agree about Harvin. In the SECG Florida’s offense was stagnant for the most part…until Harvin came in. It was not hard to tell a difference. ~12yrds per touch is hard to replace.

As far as who the Dawgs will miss as a team, I agree that Moreno > Stafford. At least for now.

Tide Rising

August 19th, 2009
2:54 pm

General,

The handler is the problem from what I’ve read. UT and Kiffin have nothing to do with it. The handler was also making money selling updates on Brown’s recruitment until the NCAA told him to stop it.

He may have been kicking back money to Brown or paying for his camp trips with this money.

Just another sordid example of some opportunist seeing a high profile football recruit as a meal ticket for making some coin.

In any event the worst case scenario is that Brown could be declared ineligible for 1-2 games is what they’re talking about. As you said though the biggest thing that could hurt UT is that the NCAA moves at its own glacial pace on these things and will take their own time in deciding if an infraction was committed and then what punishment is meted out.

Smarty

August 19th, 2009
2:57 pm

George Bush at 2:43 is an obvious imposter. He knows how to spell “nuclear”.

Cuz

August 19th, 2009
3:01 pm

Tide Rising, that handler should be tarred and feathered. Make him walk out of town. Riding a rail would be too good for him. Messing with a kid’s once in a lifetime opp for a few bucks is loathsome.

Forrest Dump

August 19th, 2009
3:04 pm

I like my yellow cake with Choclate frosting. And that is all I got to say about that.

Sheik Yerbouti

August 19th, 2009
3:06 pm

GT where you run… is a typical mangy loser. Any minute now, the librarian will run him off of the computer. Couldn’t find Athens or Atlanta on a map. Mother put cigarettes out on his face. Coach Richt heard about him and called to ask him to start pulling for Auburn or Florida.

gratefuldawghead

August 19th, 2009
3:22 pm

AltamahaDawg

August 19th, 2009
3:40 pm

I dont know if I have ever seen a player declared ineligble for a couple of game as a remedy for a violation before. Either he is eligible or he is not. If the school did something, (doesn’t sound like it) or an individual did something to benefit the school, with or without their knowledge, the punishment gets levied on the school, not the single player. If not, why would he be ineligible? What 2 games, and how does that square anything? I could see if he was declared NOT and then was able to get that restored after a couple of games.

Kim

August 19th, 2009
3:42 pm

“George Bush at least he did not lie to get his agenda across.”

Ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
My gods, I needed that. Crack head. How did you know if duhbya was lying? HIS LIPS WERE MOVING!!!!
WMD my a**

CharlotteGator

August 19th, 2009
3:51 pm

Sorry I know this is off topic, but has anyone seen/read this? I found the logic somewhat amusing.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/preview09/columns/story?columnist=schlabach_mark&id=4407308

My favorite part is…
‘I think the league is getting beat up a lot because we haven’t had a team go to the BCS Championship Game,’ Miami coach Randy Shannon said. ‘We always have somebody in the Orange Bowl, but never anybody in the [BCS] championship game.’”

I love it. Another way to say… “Our goal is to play in the game we automatically get invited to and then brag about that accomplishment. You’ve got to give us credit for the Orange Bowl”

Apparently, Coach Shannon wasn’t aware that…

“Until last season, when ACC champion Virginia Tech beat Big East champion Cincinnati 20-7 in the FedEx Orange Bowl, ACC teams hadn’t won a BCS bowl game since the 1999 season. ACC teams had lost in their previous eight BCS bowl game appearances, before the Hokies finally ended the drought last season.”

We can now return to our regularly scheduled programming….

Gordon

August 19th, 2009
3:52 pm

I hope come December that UGA fans are still talking about the size of their stadium and the “game day experience”. That’s always a good sign that things aren’t going as well on the field as they would like.

patrick

August 19th, 2009
3:53 pm

no weapons of mass destruction? Well, how did Saddam kill those hundred thousand kurds in the north? With a knife? No moron its called gas. A WMD

patrick

August 19th, 2009
3:55 pm

you had to have it to use it Kim. He used it on thousands of his own people or was that another supposed lie?

George Bush

August 19th, 2009
4:00 pm

Kim,

Was Bill Clinton lying when he stated in a 1998 speech that Iraq posed a threat because of WMDs?

Was John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, other democratic leaders also lying in the early 2000s when they also stated Iraq had WMDs. Just trying to see if you’re rational or at all consistent.

Were the British, French, German, Israeli, Russian, and American intelligence services all lying when they said they believed Iraq had WMDs? Or could it be they were just plain wrong?

When we saw all those horrific pics and video of Kurdish towns that had been gassed with sarin and mustard gas in the mid 90s were all those videos also lying? In the one town were 20,000 dead bodies lying in the streets lying? Or was it a group of republicans that just made up all those videos of bodies that had been gassed to death in one gigantic Hollywood type production?

Simpletons like yourself never cease to absolutely astound me. Keep drinking that kool aid Kim. Oh wait. Look at that. In the 5 minutes it took me to write this post Obama just added another couple billion to the national deficit. Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RammerJammer

August 19th, 2009
4:03 pm

How did those black jerseys work out for ya’ll last year? Souljah Boys!

Topp Dogg

August 19th, 2009
4:03 pm

Auburn will miss T TUBERVILLE asTENN will miss P FULMER,hide and watch!

Tim Tebow

August 19th, 2009
4:06 pm

TampaGator

August 19th, 2009
4:36 pm

Florida mauled FSU without Harvin and they beat Bama without him as well. Florida will miss Harvin, but they also became too dependent on him during games he did play in during the season. This year, I feel, Florida will have a much more balanced offense where several different players make major contributions during a game, not just one. Therefore, I think they will end up having a better, not worse, offense this year. And it will not be all Tim Tebow this year, either. John Brantley is going to make a name for himself this year in a similar way that Tebow made a name for himself in 2006. Brantley will just do it with his arm, not his legs like Tebow did that year. It is getting closer to kick off. I can smell it.