Even without Tebow, Gators will win the SEC East again

 Spring practice is over. We’ve learned a lot in the past month but there is still a lot that we won’t know until the teams return in August to begin drills for the 2010 season. This week we are going to break down every team in the SEC and ACC. We’ll talk about what we learned and what we still don’t know. What we do know is that every team, even the defending national champion (Alabama), has issues. How they deal with those issues, and what kind of summer the team has in avoiding off the field problems, will determine what happens come September.

Here is the schedule for the week:

Today: SEC East

Tuesday: SEC West

Wednesday: ACC Atlantic

Thursday: ACC Coastal

Friday: Tony’s Spring Top 25

Feel free to add your own comments to what we learned and what we still don’t know about each team. This exercise is meant to be fun and to give you a football fix that will (hopefully) last until two-a-days.

Enjoy.

SEC EAST SPRING REVIEW

PROJECTED FINISH

1. FLORIDA

**–Last season: 13-1, 8-0 SEC; lost to Alabama 32-13 in SEC championship game; defeated Cincinnati 51-24 in Sugar Bowl.

**–Coach: Urban Meyer, 96-18 in nine years, 57-10 in five seasons at Florida.

**–Key losses: QB Tim Tebow, LB Brandon Spikes, DE Carlos Dunlap, C Maurkice Pouncey.

**–Returning starters: Offense 6, defense 5, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: QB John Brantley, OL Mike Pouncey, S Ahmad Black, RB Jeff Demps.

**–What we learned:  Florida’s offense will be very good again. Yes Tim Tebow and four other starters are gone from a unit that was seventh nationally in total offense (457.86 ypg). But don’t expect a significant drop off from the 2010 Gators. New quarterback John Brantley has an NFL arm and four of five starters return from a very good offensive line. The Gators are loaded at receiver as Andre Debose and Carl Moore return from injuries. Chris Rainey, who played running back last season, moved to the hybrid “Percy Harvin” position and should have a big year. Florida has a couple of young players, Trey Burton and tight end Jordan Reed, who can run the ball from the quarterback position.

**–What we still don’t know:  Can the defense overcome the losses?  Five starters from the 2009 defense, which finished fourth nationally (252.57 ypg), were taken in the NFL draft. The other lost starter, linebacker Ryan Stamper, led the team in tackles last season with 78. Also gone is defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, now the head coach at Louisville. That’s a lot of talent to replace, but there is a lot of talent waiting in the wings. Look for safety Ahmad Black to have a huge season.

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. Miami of Ohio.

 

2. GEORGIA

**–Last season:  8-5, 4-4 SEC; beat Texas A&M 44-20 in Independence Bowl.

**–Coach: Mark Richt, 90-27 in nine seasons at Georgia.

**–Key losses: LB Rennie Curran, DT Jeff Owens, S Reshad Jones, DT Geno Atkins.

**–Returning starters: Offense 10; defense 5; specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: WR A.J. Green, RB Caleb King, RB Washaun Ealey, OT Clint Boling, C Ben Jones.

**–What we learned:  The offensive line has to be good from day one. After OT Trinton Sturdivant was lost after the first game of 2009, a veteran Georgia offensive line struggled to find the right five guys who could work together.  With players like tackle Josh Davis (6-6, 305) back in the lineup,  the Bulldogs finally found that chemistry in the second half of the season and ran the ball significantly better. Georgia and O-line coach Stacy Searels do not have that luxury in 2010. Georgia has to be able to run the ball and take the pressure off Aaron Murray, the redshirt freshman quarterback. Sturdivant is back at 100 percent. If he can stay healthy, there are a couple of bell cows in this group (Clint Boling, Ben Jones) who give Georgia a chance to be good up front.

**–What we still don’t know: Is the new 3-4 defense going to create more turnovers? Last season Georgia played 13 football games and somehow recovered only two fumbles, which was 120th (dead last) nationally. The Bulldogs were 76th nationally with only 10 interceptions. Todd Grantham was hired as defensive coordinator to install the 3-4 and (hopefully) make Georgia a more opportunistic team. Georgia was 118th nationally in turnover margin (minus-16) last season.  By contrast, Alabama was plus-19 in turnovers (31 takeaways, 12 giveaways). That has to change if Georgia wants to compete again for the SEC East championship. We also don’t know, for all the work that was done in the spring, if Georgia can get a handle on its penalty problem. Georgia committed 105 penalties in 13 games. Only five teams in college football (Troy, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas Tech, Arizona State) had more.

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette.

 

3. SOUTH CAROLINA

**–Last season: 7-6, 3-5 SEC; lost to Connecticut 20-7 in Papajohns.com Bowl.

**–Coach:  Steve Spurrier, 177-68-2 in 20 years; 35-28 in five seasons at South Carolina.

**–Key losses: LB Eric Norwood, DE Clifton Geathers, WR Moe Brown.

**–Returning starters: Offense 8, defense 7, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: WR Alshon Jeffrey, QB Stephen Garcia, S Chris Culliver, DE Cliff Matthews.

**–What we learned:   Quarterback Stephen Garcia is going to be on a very short leash in 2010. Last season South Carolina “pretty much had to live with what Stephen gave us,” coach Steve Spurrier said. That will not be the case in 2010 as Spurrier spent the spring taking a hard look at early-enrollee Connor Shaw of Flowery Branch. Spurrier threw down the gauntlet to Garcia to work harder and spend more time in the film room this summer. “We’re going to have two quarterbacks ready to go this year,” said Spurrier. Understand that Garcia’s numbers (55.3 percent, 2,862 yards, 17 touchdowns) are not terrible. But there is a certain way that Spurrier wants the position played and Garcia needs to make the reads that Spurrier gives him. Under pressure (and he was under a lot of pressure as South Carolina allowed 37 sacks last season), Garcia starts to free-lance. The Head Ball Coach doesn’t like that.

**–What we still don’t know: What will be the impact of freshman Marcus Lattimore? The incoming freshman from Duncan, S.C., was rated the No. 1 running back in the nation by some recruiting services. Lattimore, 5-11, 215, is a special talent who will be thrown into a mix of running backs that includes sophomores Kenny Miles (626 yards) and Jarvis Giles (5.3 ypg). But Lattimore can’t make a significant contribution if the offensive line doesn’t get better. Spurrier hired his third offensive line coach (Shawn Elliott from Appalachian State) in three years.  South Carolina was dead last in the SEC in rushing (121.23 ypg.) That has to improve.

**–Opening game: Sept. 2 vs. Southern Miss.

 

4. TENNESSEE

**–Last season: 7-6, 4-4 SEC; lost to Virginia Tech 37-14 in Chick-fil-A Bowl.

**–Coach: Derek Dooley, 17-20 in three years, first season at Tennessee.

**–Key losses: S Eric Berry, RB Montario Hardesty, DT Dan Williams. .

**–Returning starters: Offense 4, defense 6, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch:  TE Luke Stocker, WR Gerald Jones, DE Chris Walker, LB Nick Reviez.

**–What we learned:  The offensive line is a mess. The Volunteers had only one starter coming back up front, sophomore tackle Aaron Douglas. But Douglas, a freshman All-America last season, suddenly left the program in March and now the Vols are confronted with starting as many as three freshmen on the offensive line. Not good.  Tackle Ju’Wuan James looks like he can play but there are still a lot of questions at the guard and center sports. Tennessee has to be able to run the ball and shorten the game to have any shot at a winning record. Tauren Poole is finally ready to step up as a running back but he has to have someplace to run.

**–What we still don’t know:  Who will be the starting quarterback? Nick Stephens, the only quarterback in camp who had taken a snap for Tennessee, decided to transfer to Tarleton State, a Division II school, in April. That leaves the Volunteers with Matt Simms, a junior college transfer who started his career at Louisville, and true freshman Tyler Bray, who enrolled in January. Bray performed  a little better in the spring game but Simms gained experience last season in junior college. We also don’t know how this group of players is going to respond when times get tough. And times are going to get tough. In a six-week period Tennessee will play Oregon, Florida, LSU, Georgia, and Alabama. Dooley is the third head coach at Tennessee in three years. The players, who are rightfully a little shell-shocked, have bought into Dooley’s way of doing things. What happens if the losses start to pile up?

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. UT-Martin.

 

5. KENTUCKY

**–Last season: 7-6, 3-5 SEC; lost to Clemson 21-13 in Music City Bowl.                                 

**–Coach: Joker Phillips, first season at Kentucky.

**–Key losses:  CB Trevard Lindley, DT Corey Peters, LB Micah Johnson, PK Lones Seiber.

**–Returning starters: Offense 5, defense 7, specialist 1.

**–Players to watch: WR/QB Randall Cobb, TB/RS Derrick Locke, LB Danny Trevathan, QB Mike Hartline, QB Morgan Newton.

**–What we know:  Kentucky has some good options at quarterback. A year ago the Wildcats had to take the redshirt off of Morgan Newton, the 2008 Indiana high school player of the year, when starter Mike Hartline went down with an injury. Newton completed 55.6 percent of his passes in six games. Now Hartline has returned and joining the mix is Ryan Mossakowski, a strong-armed redshirt freshman. Hartline had an edge coming out of spring practice but expect two quarterbacks to play. Kentucky has two great offensive weapons in running back Derrick Locke (907 yards rushing) and wide receiver/quarterback Randall Cobb (447 receiving, 573 rushing). The quarterback has to get the ball to them.

**–What we still don’t know:  Can new coach Joker Phillips keep things rolling at UK? Rich Brooks decided to retire after taking Kentucky to a school-record fourth straight bowl game last season.  Phillips, a former Kentucky player under Jerry Claiborne, takes over. The former OC has to replace the entire offensive line and the defense is missing three big-time players in DT Corey Peters, LB Micah Johnson, and CB Trevard Lindley. Can Phillips rebuild this team and get Kentucky to a fifth straight bowl game?

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 at Louisville.

 

6. VANDERBILT

**–Last season: 2-10, 0-8 SEC.

**–Coach: Bobby Johnson, 89-102 in 16 years, 29-66 in eight years at Vanderbilt.

**–Key losses:  CB Myron Lewis, C Bradley Vierling,  LB Patrick Benoist.

**–Returning starters:  Offense 6, defense 4, specialist 1.

**–Players to watch:  LB Chris Marve, TB Warren Norman, TB Zac Stacy, S Sean Richardson.

**–What we know: It was a costly spring for Vanderbilt. Starting DT Adam Smotherman suffered a torn ACL during a scrimmage and may miss the first half of the 2010 season.  OT Ryan Seymour dislocated a shoulder which required surgery. Seymour should make it back for the first game. A total of six players scheduled to be starters missed all or part of spring with injuries.

**–What we still don’t know: Can the Vanderbilt offense get better? The numbers in SEC play last season were just staggering. In eight conference game the Commodores scored only 71 points (8.875 ppg). In three games Vanderbilt scored in single digits and only once (a 31-16 loss to Tennessee) did Vanderbilt score more than 13 points in a game. Johnson shuffled his offensive staff, moving offensive coordinator Ted Cain to tight ends and replacing him with Jimmy Kiser. Quarterback Larry Smith, who completed only 46.7 percent of his passes last season, held off a challenge by Jared Funk and JUCO transfer Jordan Rogers. Vanderbilt has to get better on offense if it wants to improve on last season’s 2-10 record.

**–Opening game:  Sept. 4 vs. Northwestern.

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765 comments Add your comment

Shreveport Waffle House Cook

May 3rd, 2010
1:21 pm

Looking forward to seeing all you Dawg fans again in December.

gadawgs

May 3rd, 2010
1:21 pm

Tormentor,

You mentioned that our new DC was fired from one of worst teams in the NFL (which was Cleveland) as their DC and you are right, he was. But so was Bill Belichick (from the same hapless franchise) and he has done alright for himself up in New England since that firing. How could anyone of intelligence base anybody’s future performance on what transpired with their tenure with the freaking Cleveland Browns. CTG was approached and offered the DC position with the Miami Dolphins by Nick Saban (ever heard of him) after that firing so he must have something to offer. By the way he turned Saban down. Also, guess who Saban has brought in every year since he has been at AL to tutor his defense about how to play the 3-4? You guessed it, Todd Grantham. Our defense will be better this year you can book it (we cannot be worse). As I mentioned in my earlier post with your personell losses on D such as Dunlap, Spikes, Haden and Coach Strong your defense on the other hand will not be. Nice try on your part……….

Tormentor

May 3rd, 2010
1:22 pm

SCAR Fan, I saw Conner Shaw in High School and he is the real deal if Garcia plays like his usual self.

GatorJohn

May 3rd, 2010
1:22 pm

One factor TB forgot to mention which may affect the standings and that is how often this year will the dawgs have a blackout/ redout/ silverout/ black helmets/ white helmets/ silver helmets or maybe they go with the old leather helmets.

Tormentor

May 3rd, 2010
1:24 pm

no gadawgs, nice try on your part. Our losses were about the same as yours except yours werent very good. Maybe thats why dogs are so hopeful on D because they lost crappy players. Oh, this in… their backups were worse. You guys are just too much.

GSU Eagle 91

May 3rd, 2010
1:25 pm

I am sure FL is the pre-season favorite in the East, but I feel SC is going to be a much improved team. Coach Spurrier feels his team is good enough to challenge for the East title, and I believe him.
UGA is a dark horse because of unknowns….
UT, Vandy and KY are going to be very bad teams that will be exposed early…What has happened to the SEC East in the last 2 or 3 years?

Spokesman for the SEC East

May 3rd, 2010
1:26 pm

If Grantham was so great gadogs, why was he suntan boys 5th choice?

Paddy

May 3rd, 2010
1:26 pm

Not until South Carolina actually does something good in football, I will not by the hype anymore. Most underperforming football school in America. Heck, even Missouri is good now. They had not been good since Christ was a carpenter.

Dr. Phil

May 3rd, 2010
1:27 pm

One of Hershels personalities may still be eligible.

J Dawg

May 3rd, 2010
1:27 pm

Tony you’re really not doing your homework. How can a team that lost the best college football player ever, one of the top DC’s in the business and all their talent on D, not to mention their excellent tight end, and has two 155 lb midget RB’s win the East. I see a big drop off, those short yardage first downs are not going to be so simple now.

The Real SugarHillDawg

May 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

No one can challenge my UGA loyalty BUT if Richt can’t beat a depleted Florida team this year, it will definitely be another of the last 2 or 3 nails needed to close his coffin. There are NO excuses this year!!!!!!!!

Beast from the East

May 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

gadawgs, I certainly hope your defense is better. How could it get juch worse with the big plays, penalties and lack of turnovers? If it doesn’t improve, you might as well just mail it in. Our defense will probably noy be as good as last years squad with the inexperience. That being said, I’d wager that ours will still be the best D in the East and that should be enough to get us back to the ATL in December. I think most Gator fans are looking forward to the upcoming season even with all of the questions. Last year was quite a grind. The expectations were just absurd.

tormentor

May 3rd, 2010
1:31 pm

J Dawg, that is because they have more depth than anyone in the conference except maybe Bama. The RB’s are 185, 190 and 205 and one ran the fastest time in the WORLD THIS YEAR IN THE 100 meters Moron!! Trey Burton will handle the short yardage situations just fine, except he may break it for the distance since he has sprinter speed at 220 lbs. Any more questions dumbo?

tormentor

May 3rd, 2010
1:33 pm

I agree Beast, I think most of us are more excited about this year than last and we have some monsters at LB on defense.

Pat

May 3rd, 2010
1:34 pm

“Even without Tebow, Gators will win the SEC East again”

- Is this supposed to be headline news?

naganole

May 3rd, 2010
1:36 pm

@ Paddy USCe has the 2nd best defense in the SEC East and might have the best offense this year led by senior QB Stephen Garcia and incoming RB Marcus Lattimore…

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 3rd, 2010
1:39 pm

Where is the separation?QB-Brantley has 36 career attempts.WR-Dubose and Moore have caught how many balls?The top two receivers are gone.How are they loaded at WR?RB-Demps and Rainey are not proven to be a better duo than King and Ealey.OL-even at the least.Where is this supposed superiority that exist?On Defense?Where exactly…we both have new DC’s and are now running a 3-4 so we will see how it plays out for both but Boykin is as good as any corner FLA has and I say the same for Rambo,Houston,Tyson and Washington at their positions.I don’t buy it…the recruiting gap between UGA and FLA is nil right now.The Gators may separate if they get a couple more like this year but that is not a given.

tormentor

May 3rd, 2010
1:40 pm

naga, I respected your input until you said something about Garcia. He has underacheived since he has been there and is on a very short leash by the Ball Coach.

Bulldog59

May 3rd, 2010
1:40 pm

Off topic, but since Tebow is mentioned in the title of this article, I am still amazed he went in the first round. Nothing at all negative towards him, great kid, great athlete, but #25?

The logical scenario which everyone expected…. he would fall to the 3rd round and JAX would pick him up. JAX would set an all-time record for jersey sales before Tebow every came to the facility.

Doesn’t matter at this point, good luck to him, it’s just baffling.

Back to the topic of the SEC East for 2010.

naganole

May 3rd, 2010
1:42 pm

Even Wuerffel had a short leash with Spurrier…lol

TruthSeeker

May 3rd, 2010
1:42 pm

Let’s see if I can bring some rationality to this sea of derping trolls…

As a UGA fan, I don’t have a problem with Florida being considered the favorite in the East. I look at them and Georgia as very similar. Inexperienced QB’s, great skill at RB and WR, veteran offensive lines and defenses in transition. I also think both teams will have some of the best special teams in the country. That’s always been a trademark of Urban Meyer’s teams, and whatever problems Georgia had with special teams will likely be corrected with the new coaching staff. Drew Butler and Blair Walsh give us the best kicking game in the country, and Brandon Boykin is as explosive a kick returner as we’ve ever had. I look for Georgia’s special teams to really be the difference in a couple of games this year, as they always seem to be for Florida.

So with the two teams having so many similarities, I think the winner of the East will be decided by who plays better between John Brantley and Aaron Murray. They were both blue-chip recruits. Brantley has the advantage of being older and a little bit more familiar with his team’s offense, Murray has the advantage of a better running game and the best receiver in the country in A.J. Green.

The reason Florida should probably be the favorites is because they’ve proven they know how to win big games. Georgia is having to relearn how to do that. But if Murray can play like a veteran, I love our chances.

tormentor

May 3rd, 2010
1:44 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88, this post assumes that you are more knowledgable than any of the experts. Good try though. Boykin was abused last year. The only impressive db you have is Rambo. The recruiting gap are you kidding me? UF has had top 5 classes every year Urban has been their except the first. You are a typical delerious dog fan.

naganole

May 3rd, 2010
1:45 pm

Only spot on UGA’s roster that is better than UF’s is WRs….

tormentor

May 3rd, 2010
1:46 pm

Bulldog59, agree with you but I am sure glad he didnt go to Jax. He is in absolutely the perfect position in Denver. He has proven people wrong at every level and like Buck Belue said, I would not bet against him.

tormentor

May 3rd, 2010
1:47 pm

naganole and that is only with one in AJ Green who is the best in the country. The only way we stopped him last year was to lay him out.

Reptiles Rule

May 3rd, 2010
1:48 pm

GatorJohn…that was classic! Unfortunately for the dawgs, I think that is the only way Richt knows how (besides dancing in the endzone) to motivate his players. I mean, even according to “commitment in waiting” Christian LeMay, they don’t “act crazy” “go off” or even indulge in a little “cussing” during practice. That must be some nice little Bible study session they have going on out there. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But even the Bible says that there is a time and a place for everything…

Pete

May 3rd, 2010
1:48 pm

Georgia’s schedule is much easier than last year and after seeing their spring game-should challenge for the east with 2-3 losses.

frank johnson

May 3rd, 2010
1:49 pm

We can yap yap yap all we want, because that is what we do as college football fans, but until any of you guy’s team knocks florida off the top in the east they are #1. technically #2 behind bama. if we find a dependable corner to replace Haden and Brantly is as good as advertised, forget about it dawgs, maybe next year.

Bama Boy

May 3rd, 2010
1:52 pm

Pete, did you leave your seat everytime Murray came in? You will be lucky to go 6-6.

The 'REAL' Mark Richt

May 3rd, 2010
1:52 pm

No I think We will beat Florida, , we have lost to Florida for the past two years, I think its time once again we beat them!!!
Go DAWGS!!!!!!!!

Ron Zook

May 3rd, 2010
1:53 pm

How did you do against me Real Preacher boy?

gdawginkalamazoo

May 3rd, 2010
1:53 pm

I am just glad that we have two of the best kickers in the country coming back. Can’t forget the kickers.

IMO Garcia is just too dumb to be any better than he is. Like they say you can’t fix stupid. The dude is a senior and still hasn’t figured it out yet. Of course Willie’s defenses put everybody in the Heisman race for the week following the UGA games.

Dazzling Danny

May 3rd, 2010
1:53 pm

Whoever runs the ball best wins the SEC East, and it ain’t gonna be Florida this year. Meyer is trying everything he can to desperately fix it, but it’s a big, big problem, as the SEC Championship proved. Alabama exposed Florida’s imbalance and embarrased them.

TruthSeeker

May 3rd, 2010
1:53 pm

Can we drop the “They’re #1 until someone takes it from them” meme once and for all? If there were any truth to that, why has no team repeated as SEC champions since 1997-98?

It’s a new year. New players, new coaches. Last year doesn’t mean anything.

Ron Zook

May 3rd, 2010
1:55 pm

Dazzling Danny, I wouldnt say running all over Tech proves anything. But like most Dawg fans believe, you are potential National Champs every year. I cant stop laughing!!

Ga Tech who?

May 3rd, 2010
1:55 pm

If recruiting or talent won championships, Florida would be national champs right now, instead of Alabama.

tormentor

May 3rd, 2010
1:56 pm

Danny boy, what are you going to say when Jeff Demps runs for a couple a hundred yards against fatboy Granthams D?

Alfie

May 3rd, 2010
1:58 pm

Until the new Georgia QB gets beat, he’s undefeated.

tormentor

May 3rd, 2010
1:59 pm

Alfie its a good thing that Gday doesnt count.

tormentor

May 3rd, 2010
1:59 pm

Sorry guys, have to go, mom just finished ironing my jorts, and my sister is ready for our date.

Dazzling Danny

May 3rd, 2010
2:00 pm

The Florida running backs only got 6 running plays in the SEC Championship.

Hmm, might be a small little problem.

NoDogInThisFight

May 3rd, 2010
2:01 pm

Florida has lost a total of eight (count ‘em…..8) games vs the SEC went divisional in 1991. 4 to UT, 3 to UGa and one to SC. None to Kentucky. None to Vandy.

Said another way, EVERY team in the SEC east has lost more to Florida since 1991 than Florida has lost to the ENTIRE SEC east in that time period.

Do you think with all the talent stockpiled in Gainesville we are going to all of a sudden forget how to play football because a QB graduated? It will be no different this year than it was when Shane Matthews, Dannt Weurffel, Doug Johnson, or Chris Leak graduated. One loss to an SEC east team at most and probably a loss to Bama in Tuscaloosa.

Alfie

May 3rd, 2010
2:02 pm

Until Grantham, Belin, and Lakatos get beat, they’re all undefeated.

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 3rd, 2010
2:02 pm

Boykin was not getting toasted last year…he definitely was every bit as good as anybody FLA has right now.There is not a player on FLA’s team as good as AJ.Talk all you want show me some kid’s numbers from actually playing that shows FLA has better players right now.Go ahead try to find the numbers to back it up.You wont find them.

The Zooker

May 3rd, 2010
2:03 pm

You think Richt will have a permenant series with Illinois?

5IML

May 3rd, 2010
2:05 pm

There’s a lot of wishful thinking on the ol blog today. I guess that’s better than the “Fire everybody (after losing one game)!” stuff.

The Zooker

May 3rd, 2010
2:07 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88 the only thing you are correct on is AJ. Are you Dawgs so delusional that you think that experts like Tony havent investigated the whole league. He watched practices that I dont believe you have. How about these numbers: Richt is 1-4 against Meyer and has no Matt Stafford to play only a midget who looked terrible in his only playing time in Sanford stadium. But if you want to believe yourself and all of your buddies go ahead, but its the same story every year. You didnt even have a winning record against Ron Zook, how about that number moron?

Bruce mac

May 3rd, 2010
2:08 pm

Best case: Dawgs lead SEC in rushing which reduces turnovers and penalties and defense plays with more clean intensity increasing turnovers and reducing dumb penalties. In this scenerio Dawgs win the East even if they lose to the Gators head to head. Worst case: Dawgs again lead the conference in turn overs and penalties as they cannot run the ball effectively. Defensively the Dawgs struggle with new 3-4 allignment. As a result Dawgs finish second or third in east, who cares. Most likely: Dawgs finish tied for first in East but Gators win head to head and go to SEC Champ game. Boo Hoo!!!

tormentor

May 3rd, 2010
2:08 pm

AJ is great but I bet he will wince everytime he comes across the middle against UF’s safeties the next 2 years if he stays past this year.

Best case scenario

May 3rd, 2010
2:10 pm

Bruce, since we can wear corn rolls and beards if we keep turnovers under control, we go undefeated. Long hair and beards=the new blackout.