Published August 18, 2011 - 9:08am
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Football is only a couple weeks away now, and players are chomping at the bit to get going and are tired of hitting each other on their own teams.
Here are three under-the-radar players who will be huge this season for their teams in the SEC East:
RB Chris Rainey, Florida
Chris Rainey is going to be running out of the I-formation for the first time in his college career after running out of it his entire high school career. Rainey can be described as a scat-back with his smaller size and speed, but he can certainly turn it on in the open field. Florida has yet to have a dominant tailback who can run the football with some consistency since the Urban Meyer-era started, and now Will Muschamp and Charlie Weis will try to have a first 1,000 yard rusher in the last several years. I think Rainey can be that guy if he can stay healthy, and I know all Gator fans are excited to see what this kid can do out of a traditional offensive set.
DT Travian Robertson, South Carolina
I think Travian Robertson could be the key to the South Carolina defensive line. He flies well under the radar for being a fifth-year senior and the anchor of this defensive line. Defensive end Devin Taylor gets all of the hype, and rightfully so, but Robertson is ready to have a monster year in Columbia if he can stay healthy. I think he will have a very large impact on the overall play of this defensive unit.
WR Tavarres King, Georgia
King has flown under the radar his entire career because lining up opposite AJ Green doesn’t exactly get you much notoriety. However, King is primed to be the go-to receiver for quarterback Aaron Murray and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. King caught 27 passes for 504 yards and three touchdowns. This offense will have to rely on the air attack with the limited depth at running back and attrition of some of the offensive linemen; therefore, I think King will have a major impact for the better in Athens this season.