Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt all played their spring games today. Here are six takeaways from all six games:
Florida looks more comfortable in this offense
Jeff Driskel doesn’t look like a completely new player or quarterback, but the entire offense looks more in sync and more effective using their personnel. Driskel looked improved, and he made quicker decisions with the ball. However, he struggled with the deep ball. He was wearing a red jersey, and it virtually eliminates his greatest strength: his legs. Receiver Demarcus Robinson and running back Kelvin Taylor looked great, along with the offensive line. Redshirt freshman running back Adam Lane may be the spring’s biggest surprise. Players last year said Lane was incredibly tough to bring down, and he showed it today. Taylor will be the top back, but Lane could be the most surprising player on the team. He’s low and compact, and he even looked great in pass protection. He rushed for 34 yards on eight carries.
Georgia new leader
Throughout the spring, quarterback Hutson Mason looked sharp. In fact, he didn’t throw one INT over the last couple of months. He looked very good in Saturday’s G-Day, completing 18 of 27 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown. He was in complete control of the offense, and he also showed a little flash and dash in the running game. Mason returns with some of the conference’s top talent around him. Faton Batua looked the best of the backups, but he has a long way to go before winning the backup job over contenders Brice Ramsey and Jacob Park.
Mississippi State’s air attack
MSU brought out the air attack Saturday, and the three of Dak Prescott, Damian Williams and Nick Fitzgerald threw for a combined 653 yards. Prescott looked sharp, finishing 7 of 9 for 131 yards and one touchdown passing and one rushing. Backup Damian Williams was 21 of 32 for 347 yards and four touchdowns, and early enrollee Nick Fitzgerald finished 17 of 26 for 175 yards and one touchdown. The biggest question moving forward is the kicking game. Can anyone make a field goal?
South Carolina got everyone involved
South Carolina’s first 17 passes were to 17 different receivers. That’s a crazy stat. The passing game was sharp, and it looked very good with Dylan Thompson in the game. Of course, with the passing attack looking crisp, it reflects negatively on the cornerbacks, and South Carolina lost both Vic Hampton and Jimmy Legree of last year’s team. Regarding the backup quarterbacks, Connor Mitch looked the best out of he, Perry Orth and Brendan Nosovitch. Steve Spurrier promised a surprise, and it came in the form of women’s head basketball coach Dawn Staley from Dylan Thompson.
The Tennessee two
Two names who stood out for Tennessee were QB Josh Dobbs and early enrollee wide receiver Josh Malone. They hooked up twice for long touchdowns, and Dobbs had a stellar day, throwing for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Malone looked like a superstar. Throughout the spring, he’s been learning the system, and the progression, development and improvement was obvious. He went off for six catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns. The Vols also had 65,548 fans, compared to last year’s 61,706, and they saw an offensive fireworks show, as the offense put up 762 total yards against the defense.
Patton Robinette and Johnny McCrary continued battling it out. Robinette finished 9 of 11 for 89 yards, while McCrary finished 10 of 18 for 94 yards. But no matter who the quarterback will be, he will be have a deep backfield. We know about Jerron Seymour and Brian Kimbrow, but redshirt freshman Ralph Webb showed he’s worthy of garnering carries this season. He led all rushers with 14 carries for 114 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown run.
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