Six takeaways from six SEC spring games Saturday

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Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt all played their spring games today. Here are six takeaways from all six games:

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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.

Vanderbilt’s backfield

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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  • UGA’s WR Bennett made ‘Sports Center’ highlights with a one handed grab. Not bad for a Spring game.

  • The Volunteers will be good from now on. No turning back. They are for real, and will be competitive from now on in EVERY game. No matter who the opponent. They will be working towards, and expecting to win. They have the coaching and some of the talent is onboard. More is being recruited as we speak.

    • I certainly think the future is bright, but losing every offensive and defensive line starter will be tough to overcome this year. But I do think Tennessee will win an SEC East division crown in the next three seasons. Love what Butch Jones is doing.

    • Love the optimism, but it sounds like you’re trying to convince yourself as much as others.

  • Mason has been more than steady this spring. If he just maintains, the offense will experience very little drop off (I don’t think it is realistic to expect no drop off at all). As it stands, the only question mark will be how much the defense improves. The only thing subduing my enthusiasm is being burned in the past. So, I continue to be cautiously optimistic about this upcoming season. No more suspensions. No more suspensions. No mo…

    • Dawg – Do you think the four from the check cashing scheme will get suspended? Last I had read, I thought Richt said he was still contemplating what the punishment would end up being.

      • Gamecock in TX why are you worried about that? ohhhh I know because the only way that your gonna get the win is if they are suspended and they’ll be suspended for the Georgia south Carolina game because we play yall in the 2nd or third game of the season? so I bet your hoping and praying they are!

        • Really? I don’t even know where to start. So many directions I could go but I will take the high road on this one. First, it was a question to someone who stated “no more suspensions” multiple times. Wasn’t sure if that situation was ever resolved so I asked the question to someone who would know. Second, it was asked to someone who has demonstrated on this site many times that they can have an intelligent and adult conversation about football. Judging from your post history (zero when I click on your handle name), you are not that person. You probably registered with the site just to post that comment. As far as being worried, I am far from it, looking forward to a good game. Excited to welcome you back to Williams-Brice…

      • I think they’ll be suspended for at least one game. It’s annoying, but Richt will rarely comment on how many games his players will be suspended. Most of the time, we only know the exact amount because the arrest involves drugs and UGA’s policy dictates how many games a player should be suspended. So, all of that said, they’ll be suspended for the opener and then, based on each player’s situation, they might be suspended more than one game.

  • South Carolina has the largest group of legitimate running backs since Spurrier’s arrival in Columbia. With 17 different receivers catching passes in the Spring game, this could very well be the most complete Gamecock team yet. Great news if you are a Gamecock fan!

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