The SEC is characterized by tough-nosed, physical defense, but in 2013, things could turn offensive. I’m not ready to jump to any conclusions or jump off any defensive ledges, but this year’s offenses could somewhat overshadow some of the league’s defensive dominance.
The three-head monster of quarterbacks returning in AJ McCarron, Johnny Manziel and Aaron Murray will light up some scoreboards, while running backs Todd Gurley, TJ Yeldon and others will not only add explosion but will help make these high-octane offenses increasingly more balanced.
Ole Miss returns the most starters in the SEC, let alone the West, and they lead the SEC with 87.8 percent of their total offensive yards returning. Georgia is second with 85.7 percent of their nasty offense returning.
Tennessee and Arkansas are in much different situations. The Vols lost trio Tyler Bray, Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter, while the Hogs lost Tyler Wilson, Cobi Hamilton, Dennis Johnson and Knile Davis. Both could have major offensive setbacks in 2013.
The total offensive yards were added from passing yards, rushing yards and receiving yards, via Phil Steele.
1. Ole Miss 87.8% (#15 in CFB)
2. Georgia 85.7% (#19)
3. LSU 81.6% (#31)
4. Alabama 81.4% (#33)
5. Kentucky 81.1% (#34)
6. Texas A&M 77.8% (#43)
7. Missouri 73.3% (#55)
8. Mississippi State 70.9% (#61)
9. South Carolina 68.4% (#65)
10. Auburn 60% (#84)
11. Florida 55.2% (#92)
12. Vanderbilt 47.2% (#104)
13. Arkansas 30.5% (#120)
14. Tennessee 26.1% (#124)
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