In the early 1990s, the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys showed just how far a fantastic trio can take a team, winning three Super Bowls in a four-year span thanks in large part to the original Triplets — a trio of Hall of Fame inductees featuring quarterback Troy Aikman, tailback Emmitt Smith and wideout Michael Irvin.

The SEC certainly doesn’t have any trios of that caliber returning in 2015, but all 14 teams in the conference do claim their own versions of the Triplets that could allow them to reach or even exceed expectations this coming season.

To better gauge which programs in the conference are set up for success on offense this fall, SDS ranked all 14 Triplets as the spring practice season approaches:


QB: Patrick Towles
RB1: Boom Williams
WR1: Ryan Timmons

Rationale: Towles led Kentucky to a 5-1 start to the season, but he struggled mightily in SEC play as UK lost its last six games of the year, with Towles throwing five interceptions in his final four starts. He’ll be aided by a more experienced Williams out of the backfield, who should gain a greater role in the offense after putting his playmaking abilities on display as a freshman in 2014, as well as Timmons, the team’s top wideout despite amassing fewer than 600 yards receiving and only two touchdowns. UK is deep at the wide receiver position, but it lacks a dominant No. 1 option.


QB: Maty Mauk
RB1: Russell Hansbrough
WR1: Nate Brown

Rationale: Mauk is among the more experienced quarterbacks returning to the SEC, but he’s not exactly coming off a stellar 2014 season. He completed only 53 percent of his throws, threw 13 picks (second-most in the conference) and has since lost his top three receiving targets. Hansbrough will be one of the top backs in the SEC, but Mauk’s inconsistencies coupled with Brown’s lack of experience (5 career catches) doesn’t make for a dominant trio.


QB: Johnny McCrary/Patton Robinette
RB1: Ralph Webb
WR1: C.J. Duncan

Rationale: Both McCrary and Robinette have shown flashes of success leading the Vandy offense, but neither is seasoned enough to truly trust entering the 2015 season, especially upon learning a new offense courtesy of new offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig. Webb is a sensational tailback who struggled to combat consistent eight-man boxes, and Duncan is an athletic threat on the outside in need of consistency at the quarterback position. Luckily for Vandy, Robinette is a rising junior and the rest of the names are rising sophomores, so there’s plenty of time for growth in Nashville.


QB: Will Grier/Treon Harris
RB1: Kelvin Taylor
WR1: Demarcus Robinson

Rationale: Robinson is as underrated a weapon as they come in the SEC, finishing fifth in the conference in 2014 with 810 receiving yards while playing with some highly incapable quarterbacks (he added seven touchdowns on the year as well). Taylor will be the seasoned veteran of a dangerous three-headed rushing attack, but it will all be for naught if either Grier or Harris can’t prove to be capable of engineering an SEC offense. Neither has opposing defenses shaking in their boots, which in turn holds the rest of the trio back.


QB: Brice Ramsey
RB1: Nick Chubb
WR1: Malcolm Mitchell

Rationale: Ramsey may turn out to be even better than Huston Mason as Georgia’s new starting quarterback, but for now he’s more or less an unknown in the Dawgs offense. Chubb will battle LSU’s Leonard Fournette for the title of best back in the SEC, and Mitchell is a mega-talent who’s struggled to stay healthy in the past and hasn’t always been the most consistent threat on the outside. One-third of this trio is simply dominant, and the other two-thirds aren’t untalented, but they are question marks at this time.

9. LSU

QB: Anthony Jennings
RB1: Leonard Fournette
WR1: Travin Dural

Rationale: Simply put, and my apologies to LSU fans if this comes off as being too harsh, but Jennings was absolutely the worst quarterback in the SEC last season. Vandy used four starting quarterbacks throughout the year and still threw for 15 more yards per game than the Tigers. Fournette is a dominant force and Dural can outrun any defensive back in the conference (although he hasn’t proven he can do much else), but with Jennings at the helm this set of Triplets is in trouble.


QB: Connor Mitch/Michael Scarnecchia
RB1: Brandon Wilds
WR1: Pharoh Cooper

Rationale: South Carolina’s quarterback situation is more or less the same as Georgia’s in terms of possessing question marks but not necessarily a lack of talent. Wilds is a physical runner who should shine in his first season as the team’s featured back, and there isn’t a more versatile weapon in the SEC than Cooper. In fact, the Gamecocks trio may rank lower if not for Cooper, who is among the most dangerous threats in the conference as a runner, receiver and returner. Oh, and he can throw too.


QB: Chad Kelly
RB1: Jaylen Walton
WR1: Laquon Treadwell

Rationale: For my money, Treadwell is the best wideout returning to the SEC this fall after leading Ole Miss in receptions in his first two seasons on campus. Walton isn’t a traditional tailback — he’s more of a scat back — but he’s capable in a lot of different areas. The big question mark is Kelly, who seems to have the talent to lead a high-powered offense but perhaps not the maturity. Rebels fans are hoping he’s turned a corner since his most recent arrest, and enrolling in school early where structure is provided is a good thing.


QB: Kyle Allen
RB1: Tra Carson
WR1: Josh Reynolds

Rationale: Allen had his ups and downs under center last season, which is common for any freshman quarterback, especially one asked to throw as often as he was. If he can find some consistency in 2015 he’ll be as dangerous as any signal caller in the conference. Carson is a nice back but he’s never been a featured back before this season, so it remains to be seen how he’ll handle the role. Reynolds was a brilliant playmaker as a junior college transfer last season, and with a deep group of wideouts behind him he should still have opportunities to make plays this fall.


QB: Jacob Coker
RB1: Derrick Henry
WR1: Cam Sims

Rationale: Losing Blake Sims, Amari Cooper, DeAndrew White and Christion Jones did the Alabama passing game zero favors this offseason, and although Coker is as touted as any first-time starter in the nation this offseason he’s never shown he can live up to the hype. Henry is a wrecking ball runner who should wear down opposing defenses on a weekly basis this fall, and Sims is a dynamite athlete who could shine upon receiving his opportunity. Henry is established, but the passing game is not, which holds the Tide’s Triplets back.


QB: Joshua Dobbs
RB1: Jalen Hurd
WR1: Pig Howard/Von Pearson

Rationale: Dobbs turned Tennessee’s offense into a much more dynamic unit upon taking the reins as the starting quarterback, and he should continue that trend in his first season as the opening day starter. Hurd was another sensational freshman tailback in the SEC last season, just like Chubb, Fournette, Webb and Boom Williams, and between Howard and Pearson (both could be considered a No. 1 option in the passing game depending on the opponents) Dobbs should have plenty of weapons to kick the UT offense into another gear.


QB: Brandon Allen
RB1: Jonathan Williams/Alex Collins
WR1: Keon Hatcher

Rationale: This is where I expect to get the most dissension from the readers, so please let me explain myself before bolting for the comments section. Brandon Allen is not a star. He’s not a playmaker. But he is the single best game manager in the conference. He threw only five interceptions last season and completed a great number of simple throws when called upon (don’t let his play while battling a late-season back injury cloud your judgment). The Hogs return two tailbacks who each rushed for 1,000 yards last season, and Hatcher grew into a consistent threat on the outside despite lacking another wide receiver to balance the offense. No, these aren’t explosive playmakers, but they don’t make mistakes either. Trust me, Arkansas is going to score a lot more points next season than you expect, and this trio (well, quad since it’s tough to decipher between Williams and Collins) is going to be a big reason why.


QB: Dak Prescott
RB1: Ashton Shumpert
WR1: De’Runnya Wilson

Rationale: Prescott was the first-team All-SEC quarterback selection last season by both the media and the coaches after throwing for more than 3,000 yards and rushing for more than 900. He’s poised to be one of the best quarterbacks in the entire country as a senior in 2015, and Wilson, his big-bodied former basketball star of a wideout, is poised to breakout as a dynamic playmaker on the outside. He’s a physical player who can jump for days and possesses better hands than you think, and he and Prescott should form a deadly duo this fall. Then consider no tailback to start for Mullen at MSU has ever failed to rush for 1,000 yards at least once in their Bulldog careers, and you realize Shumpert is likely to be pretty great this year too. Mississippi State ran more plays per game than any other offense in the SEC in 2014, and its Triplets are likely to keep the unit just as deadly in 2015.


QB: Jeremy Johnson
RB1: Roc Thomas/Jovon Robinson
WR1: D’haquille Williams

Rationale: Only one member of this trio was a factor in last year’s offense, which might lead some to question how Auburn landed at No. 1 on this list. I’ll tell you. First, Gus Malzahn’s spread rushing attack knows how to effectively maximize any athletes the team possesses, and Thomas — a five-star 2014 signee— and Robinson — a four-star 2015 junior college transfer — should fit the mold perfectly. Secondly, Williams is going to do his best to take the title of SEC’s best wideout away from Treadwell, and he’s absolutely talented enough to do so (he could’ve declared for the NFL Draft this year had he liked). Johnson is the biggest question mark, but the way he picked apart a stout Arkansas defense in last season’s opener in an offense that, frankly, wasn’t his was impressive. Auburn is going to be explosive on offense once again, and these Triplets are going to earn this No. 1 ranking.