Five burning questions for every SEC East team this offseason

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We’re less than two weeks from National Signing Day right now, and the offseason is about to officially hit us in the face.

As we look ahead to spring ball and next season, let’s look at five burning questions for each SEC East team:

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Florida

  • Will new OC Kurt Roper have the biggest impact of any new SEC coordinator?
  • Or will new O-line coach Mike Summers have the bigger impact?
  • Who will emerge as Florida’s leading receiver – Quinton Dunbar, Ahmad Fullwood or Demarcus Robinson?
  • Who will win the starting CB job opposite Vernon Hargreaves?
  • Will this be the year Florida has another All-SEC linebacker?

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Georgia

  • Who will emerge as Hutson Mason’s biggest target?
  • Who will replace OT Kenarious Gates?
  • Will Georgia change any of its training regiments after last season’s injuries?
  • Will Georgia try and lean too much on RB Todd Gurley?
  • Will new DC Jeremy Pruitt transform the Bulldogs’ secondary?

Kentucky

  • Will freshman early enrollee QB Drew Barker win the job this spring?
  • Who will emerge as the offense’s top target and weapon?
  • Who will replace MLB Avery Williamson?
  • Is RB Jojo Kemp or WR Ryan Timmons a better looking freshman prospect?
  • What’s Kentucky’s ceiling in 2014?

Missouri

  • Does the offense have a higher ceiling under QB Maty Mauk compared to James Franklin?
  • Who will emerge as the leading candidate to replace RB Henry Josey – Russell Hansbrough or Marcus Murphy?
  • Will Dorial Green-Beckham be suspended for any games in 2014 because of his recent arrest?
  • Will Shane Ray, Matt Hoch and Markus Golden replace Michael Sam and Kony Ealy’s production?
  • Is the secondary the biggest concern heading into 2014?

South Carolina

  • Was Steve Spurrier smart to name Dylan Thompson his starting QB heading into the offseason?
  • Who will replace Jadeveon Clowney, Kelcy Quarles and Chaz Sutton’s production?
  • Is LB Skai Moore the best young SEC LB?
  • Who will replace CBs Vic Hampton and Jimmy Legree?
  • How much will the offense change under Dylan Thompson?

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Tennessee

  • Will freshman early enrollee RB Jalen Hurd start game one?
  • Who will win the Vols’ quarterback job?
  • Is the biggest concern replacing all five starting offensive linemen?
  • Is Marquez North the next great Tennessee wide receiver?
  • Were the defensive problems in 2013 more to do with teaching and technique or talent?

Vanderbilt

  • What traits should Derek Mason adapt from former coach James Franklin?
  • Will returning QB Patton Robinette or redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary win the starting QB job?
  • Who is Vanderbilt’s next great receiver, following Jordan Matthews’ departure?
  • Is RB Brian Kimbrow one of the best kept secrets in the SEC?
  • Is the biggest concern replacing so many impact players in the secondary for 2014?

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  • I’m pretty excited to see how the rebuilding process is at Year 2 for UK and Stoops. Good things are happening and happening the right way

  • Jon, you asked some legit questions. Can I add. Missouri’s secondary has always been a “burning” question. And I think a bigger question at running back is, ?When will Henson develop some kind of heavy weight running back option. This could open a lot of passing holes in the middle.

    • Wolfman, …absolutely, on both your secondary & RB thoughts. But I would also like to add, Mizzou’s great success in ’13 may have come about by both their O-line & D-line being the strongest in many years. I know they lost 2 outstanding DE’s in Sam & Elay, but the replacements are pretty good in those spots. However, I think the O-line (not sure about this) will lose 2 or 3 very good starters….so that may be of big concern for Henson & Pinkel.

    • You’re exactly right Wolfman. I want to see this modified offense under Hensen with a powerful flashy RB. We may be forced into utilizing our TEs and power game a lot more with the gaping ?s at WR. On another note, I want to see which DT takes off next season Rs Soph Brantley or True Soph Augusta?

  • I think Hansbrough will carry the load for running back unless they get another special teams returner for Murphy. if they do then Murphy will probably carry the load at running back. I think with Braylon Webb being a senior and the addition of Singleton and the experience of the underclassmen this last year I think our secondary will finally look halfway decent. this year will be loaded it DT

  • but we only have 2 “proven” DE s.

  • Maty Mauk for Mizzou will be at minimum, equal to Franklin, as long a he doesn’t get dinged up or worn down on the many runs/scrambles I picture him doing next season. I am concerned with a couple of areas… DGB has such tremendous talent but he’s been in trouble twice in 2 years! Hopefully he doesn’t turn into a diva-like numbskull & either get kicked off or bring the team morale down, along with weaken the WR position. Also, the O-line is losing quite a few solid, veteran players, who opened up big gapping holes for Henry Josey & all our other RB’s to run through during prime moments in many games.

  • What kind of stupid question is this and by the way, why wouldn’t Florida have to change theirs too?…..

    “Will Georgia change any of its training regiments after last season’s injuries?”

    • Will Muschamp has looked into it, and he’s decided he will not. I think all of CFB needs to look into the type of olympic lifts players are doing. Muscles are getting much stronger, and ligaments may not be. Thus, it causes some tears. Many coaches change their training programs after injury-filled seasons. Thanks for the stupid part, Dawg.

  • It’s nice to have Thompson as the experienced backup QB but I don’t think he comes out of Spring as the go to QB. Gamecocks have a lot of talent at the QB position. Will be interesting to see who earns the starting job. Until then….Play Ball. Opening Day Febuary 14th.