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2011 Spring Preview SEC East Attitudes
Vanderbilt LB Chris Marve
Vanderbilt LB Chris Marve
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 22, 2011


The attitude for each SEC East team going into spring practices.


2011 SEC East Spring Preview

The Spring Attitudes

Click for each team's spring preview
East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt 
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State
 
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East

Florida

Win the national title. There’s no rebuilding at Florida and there’s no such thing as a grace period. There’s so much talent and the shelves are so stocked that the Gators should win most of their games by simply being better. That didn’t happen last year, but that’s partly because the offense couldn’t figure out what it wanted to be and the coaching staff had a bad, weird year. If the Gators can get the best of what Will Muschamp can do with a defense and the best of what Charlie Weis can do with an offense, then there’s no excuse to not be in the BCS Championship game for the second time in four years.

Georgia

Get nasty. The defense, even without Justin Houston, gets enough starters back to be among the best in the SEC. The special teams will be peerless with the return of punter Drew Butler and kicker Blair Walsh, and there’s more than enough talent on offense to e productive. The tone will be set immediately with home games against Boise State – it’s being played in Atlanta – and South Carolina. Win those two and it’s relatively smooth sailing until the Florida game in late October, but Georgia never seems to do things easily. The pressure is on this spring more than ever for Mark Richt, and his team needs to play with a sense of urgency and purpose out of the gate. Another Liberty Bowl performance won’t cut it early on.

Kentucky

Don’t worry about the rebuilding. Kentucky isn’t going to win the SEC East, and it might not even be a factor in any way, but the standards are a little bit different in Lexington. Oh sure, everyone will say all the right things about competing for a title and trying to be the surprise team in the East, but the offensive line is undergoing an overhaul, the defensive front needs work, and you don’t get better by losing Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb. Even with all the problems and all the concerns, it’ll take a total gag to not win six games with one of the SEC’s lightest schedules. The team will be experienced in 2012; going to a bowl in a stepping-stone season isn’t a bad thing.

South Carolina

The world is not enough. Winning the SEC East might have been nice, but getting blown out by Auburn in the SEC Championship and embarrassed by Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl killed the positive buzz with an ugly thud. This year, with all the talent returning at the offensive skill positions, seven starters returning on defense, and with the phenomenal recruiting class expected to make an impact right away, this might be the SEC’s National Champion Flavor of the Moment if everything breaks the right way. Missing Alabama and LSU from the SEC West is a plus and getting Florida at home is a major break. Remember, this isn’t Florida, Alabama or Tennessee when it comes to history and past success; an SEC title would be truly something special in Columbia. Even so, this team might be capable of far more.

Tennessee

Take what you can get. Yeah, Tennessee looked great over the second half of last year because it played Memphis, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Kentucky in November, but it looked like a real, live team against North Carolina in the bowl loss and was good earlier in the season against LSU. The recruiting has been strong and this is still going to be a work in progress, but with Montana, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Middle Tennessee, and Vanderbilt all at home, there are five wins without breathing too hard and Kentucky on the road is more than winnable. Seven wins might not seem like much, but this is still a very, very young team that should be nasty in 2011.

Vanderbilt 

New coaching staff, new attitude. It’s the same thing at every program with a coaching change, but it really is going to be different at Vanderbilt. For a team that returns 51 lettermen and 21 starters, opening ever spot up for competition, like all new coaching staffs do, should mean some big-time fights for jobs. After such a bad 2011, all that matters is finding a combination of players who can produce. According to James Franklin, “everything has changed, and everything will be challenged.” 

Click for each team's spring preview
East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt 
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State
 
2011 SEC Spring Preview 
- SEC Spring Preview - Does SEC Champ = BCS Champ?
- 2011 SEC East Spring Buzz | SEC West   
- 2011 SEC East Spring Attitudes | SEC West
- 2011 SEC East Big Spring Questions | SEC West 
- 2011 SEC East Key Positions To Watch | SEC West
- SEC East Spring Rankings | SEC West