Coaches give anonymous breakdowns of the SEC's top 25 teams
Following yesterday’s release of the Sports Illustrated College Football Top 25, opposing coaches provided CampusRush.com with breakdowns of the ranked teams, including the five SEC teams mentioned.
Here’s a short summary of what the anonymous coaches said about Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Georgia and Ole Miss:
No. 1 Alabama: One anonymous coach credited Lane Kiffin for bringing a change of pace to past Saban-coached teams. The coach said the Tide will continue to rely on its rushing attack, but could go deep more with wide receiver Calvin Ridley and tight end O.J. Howard.
The coach also predicts new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to use a similar scheme to Kirby Smart’s, considering he’s already worked as an assistant under Saban.
No. 5 LSU: The anonymous coach said Dave Aranda is inheriting plenty of talent. LSU’s linebackers have “lots of speed” and the secondary features two “future NFL picks” in cornerback Tre’Davious White and strong safety Jamal Adams.
The coach also called Leonard Fournette the best running back to “play the position in years.” The coach did say that quarterback Brandon Harris is the biggest question entering the season.
No. 10 Tennessee: The coach referred to Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara as “two monsters” with Hurd looking “like a defensive end” and Kamara being “as explosive as anyone in the country.” The coach also noted that quarterback Joshua Dobbs is more likely to beat opposing defenses by running instead of passing.
He also credited Tennessee’s defense for having “playmakers at every level” including outside linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and cornerback Cameron Sutton.
No. 16 Georgia: The coach expects Georgia’s defense shouldn’t face too much of a learning curve since Smart’s defense is similar to Pruitt’s. He also credited the Bulldogs secondary for being one of the best against the pass last year.
The coach also expects new coordinator Jim Chaney to help the offense find its identity. He expects both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to be healthy and produce once they regain form.
No. 19 Ole Miss: The coach credited Chad Kelly for being a dual-threat passer with a lot of good receivers. He expects both Damore’ea Stringfellow and Evan Engram to step up in Laquon Treadwell’s absence.
The coach also called Ole Miss’ defense “faster than Alabama” with moe stunts and twists on the line because they “move so well.” He also expects linemen Marquis Haynes to produce despite the absence of Robert Nkemdiche.
You can read the full quotes on CampusRush.com here.