SEC East: Burning questions exiting spring practice

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Missouri

Spring football didn’t answer all questions for SEC East teams. In fact, several questions loom for every team entering 2014.

Here are the three burning questions for every SEC East team exiting spring practice:

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Florida Gators

  • Who will emerge as the go-to receiver?
  • Will UVA TE transfer Jake McGee make his way to Florida? Would he become the biggest receiving weapon?
  • Is linebacker Florida’s weakest defensive position corps?

Georgia Bulldogs

  • Can Hutson Mason be as efficient as AJ McCarron?
  • Is Jeremy Pruitt the missing piece to UGA’s title hopes?
  • Will Leonard Floyd or Jordan Jenkins become the defense’s biggest weapon?

Kentucky Wildcats

  • Aside from Georgia, does Kentucky have the deepest and most talented backfield in the SEC East?
  • Will UK have the receivers necessary to sling the rock 40 times per game?
  • Is DE Za’Darius Smith due for a monster season?

Missouri Tigers

  • Who will emerge as Missouri’s go-to wide receiver?
  • Who will the Tigers miss more: DE Michael Sam, WR Dorial Green-Beckham or RB Henry Josey?
  • Will Mizzou enter the season with little hype like 2013?

South Carolina Gamecocks

  • How different will the offense look under Dylan Thompson?
  • Will this be Shaq Roland’s year to finally break out?
  • Is defensive line or secondary the biggest concern for Lorenzo Ward?

Tennessee Volunteers

  • Will freshmen Jalen Hurd or Josh Malone have a bigger impact in 2014?
  • Will Butch Jones vote experience and give the starting nod to Justin Worley to start game one? If not Worley, who?
  • Is DE/OLB Curt Maggitt ready for a major breakout season?

Vanderbilt Commodores

  • Will RB Jerron Seymour or Brian Kimbrow have a bigger impact this season?
  • Will LSU QB transfer Stephen Rivers transfer to Vandy? If so, will he see any playing time competing against dual-threat QBs Patton Robinette or Johnny McCrary?
  • Is former DE turned OLB Caleb Azubike ready to be a monster?

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  • Pinkel does not believe in star receivers. He needed Beckham as a symbol of a commitment to continue to win divisions (at least) in the new league. After that fact he actually hurt Missouri by needing the ball so much so early in his career. It was almost like he wasn’t going to get better during practice. Andy Hill doesn’t believe in having his quarterbacks give any hint about which receiver is going to get the ball the most. In fact he goes to great lengths to use a receiver code that will never be broken. I haven’t figured out what Coach Washington is doing yet either. If you want to have fun watching Missouri’s receivers next year just take a note pad to the game and start writing down the intended receiver of each throwing down. I mean take a note pad with room for a lot of names and just see if any of them look like bad receivers. Murphy is psychologically ready to be 90% of Josey and growing, Hansborough 14 will be 120% of Hansborough 13, and Steward will be like somebody else’s baby left on Missouri’s door step grew up to be a very different looking back. As for hype, there is not enough ink in SEC land to provide the hype for all the great players this league is going to put on the 2014 field and Missouri is certainly one under-rated machine, and that works for Missouri.

  • Write it down… Gamecocks sweep the East with the only SEC loss coming on the road at AU. Dylan Thompson is the most veteran of rookie QBs in the conference after playing a backup roll to Connor Shaw. Thompson has shown that he has the right stuff with a road win over arch rival Clemson, a game winning final drive in The Outback Bowl against Michigan and numerous other games to his credit. Protected by one of the most experienced offensive lines in the SEC and throw in the dark horse Heisman contender of running back Mike Davis and you have the makings of what could be one of Coach Steve Spurrier’s greatest achievments…. making USC an SEC contender.

    • He might have the most experience, but that doesn’t mean he is the best. A freshmen has won the Heisman back to back years. Your logic is flawed. Maty Mauk is definitely the best QB in the East and Mike Davis could be a Heisman dark horse, IF he doesn’t fumble the ball all the time. Also, Mauk had more TDs in one game then Thompson had all year.

      • How many minutes did Mauk play? How many did Thompson play? Saying Mayk threw more TDs in one game than DT threw all season is a manipulation of stats, seeing how DT hardly played. Calling out the flaws in someone else’s logic loses credibility wen your own argument is horribly flawed. I say we let the kids play the season before we claim who the best is.

  • AJ McAaron played for bama not GA

    • I think he meant Aaron Murray but it could still be a valid question. If Mason were to be as effective as McCarron, he could quickly become a Georgia legend.

      • Think both of you missed. Mason can’t be Murray, Nor do we need him to be. The author said if Mason can be as EFFICIENT as AJ McCarron. Meaning if he knows his role and gets the ball to that Thoroughbred in Red early and often while completing most of his passes when needed. Manage the game..don’t make mistakes.

  • Florida has a brutal schedule…and I gotta see Driskel do something on gameday before I’m calling it a comeback…this could be it for Muschamp in Gainesville.
    1. Yes…he’s got to be
    2. Sure hope so…but there’s lotta work to do between now and September.
    3. Floyd has put on weight and still seems unblockable. This front seven should be stacked and VERY athletic. Interesting to see how much incoming freshman Carter and Gulliard will contribute. Also: Look for JJ Green to make an instant impact replacing JHC at the star. He’s just a big time player who loves to hit.

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