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SEC East Pre-Spring - What Needs Work?
Tennessee QB Tyler Bray
Tennessee QB Tyler Bray
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Posted Feb 13, 2012


2012 SEC East Pre-Spring Preview - What Every SEC East Team Needs To Work On.

2012 Pre-Spring Preview   

What To Work On - SEC East


East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky
Missouri | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt  
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn
LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State | Texas A&M

2012 SEC Pre-Spring Preview
- CFN 2012 Pre-Preseason SEC East Rankings
- CFN 2012 Pre-Preseason SEC West Rankings
- Why Every SEC East Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every SEC West Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every SEC East Team Should Be Grouchy
- Why Every SEC West Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every SEC East Team Needs To Work On 
- What Every SEC West Team Needs To Work On 
2012 Recruiting Rankings SEC East | SEC West 

Florida

New offensive coordinator Brent Pease has to try to get more out of an offense that sputtered and struggled under Charlie Weis. The Gators were full of veterans and were loaded with athleticism, but they only averaged 329 yards per game and was wildly inefficient and inconsistent. Pease has to establish an offensive identity right away; Florida has to find one thing it can do well at a high level. The O turned it over 26 times, but the defense only came up with 14 takeaways with just four picks over the final nine games. As always, penalties are a problem committing 100 on the year.

Georgia

The offensive line has to give Aaron Murray more time to work. There was some shuffling and a few replacements here and there up front throughout last season, but the production was there for the ground game. Now the Dawgs have to be steadier on the outside after allowing 33 sacks. The kicking game needs to find a replacement for punter Drew Butler and kicker Blair Walsh, but that might be a good thing even though the two were mainstays and all-stars. Walsh fell off the map hitting just 21-of-35 field goals last season, while the punt coverage team didn’t help out Butler enough.

Kentucky

Offense, offense, offense. Yes, it was a year of rebuilding, and yes, the Wildcats had to rely on way too many young and inexperienced players, but the offense never worked. Of course playing SEC defenses had something to do with that, but UK couldn’t put points on the board against WKU, Central Michigan, or Louisville, either. The O scored more than 17 points against just three teams – CMU, Jacksonville State, and Ole Miss – and managed ten points or fewer in six of the final nine games. Considering the offense still needs so much work, field position will be a must meaning the punt return game can’t be so woeful. The Cats finished second-to-last in the nation averaging a mere 1.84 yards per try.

Missouri

The pass defense that was a problem last year in the Big 12 should be fine in the SEC. The Tigers gave up 253 yards per game through the air, but that was good enough to finish fifth in the league. They have to assume the production will be better in the passing-challenged SEC, but the run defense will have to prepare to be hit and the pass rush has to improve. Offensively, being better on third downs would be nice after being a bit too inconsistent moving the chains in some of the bigger games.

South Carolina

It’s time to get Connor Shaw throwing the ball. Alshon Jeffery was a ghost for most of the season in a passing game was occasionally efficient, but didn’t put up enough yards. Part of the problem was an offensive line that wasn’t a liability, but allowed a few too many sacks. By the standards of awful SEC offenses, USC’s wasn’t too bad, but it has to find a way to take the workload off of Marcus Lattimore – assuming he’s back at 100% health – and It has to keep up the pace after putting up 105 points in the final three games. The punting game could use more punch averaging just 35 yards per kick.

Tennessee

Offense, offense, offense. Injuries were the problem halfway through the season, but things didn’t get better when QB Tyler Bray came back healthy. The Vols scored seven points or fewer in five of the final seven games finishing 106th in the nation in scoring offense. The offensive line was a rock in pass protection but absolutely nothing for a ground game that averaged a pathetic 90 yards per outing. The pass rush has to be far better after coming up with a mere 16 sacks on the season, and the SEC-worst punting game needs a ton of work after averaging just 34.4 yards per kick.

Vanderbilt

The offense has to be more powerful. It found something in quarterback Jordan Rodgers, and the running game was solid, but the yards have to start coming after having efficiency issues. There weren’t nearly enough plays down the field and the offense only averaged 175 yards per game. The defense that was so good early on at taking the ball away didn’t get shelled, but it allowed 21 points or more in eight of the final ten games. On the year, Vanderbilt 7-1 when allowing 21 or fewer, and 0-6 when giving up more.

East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky
Missouri | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt  
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn
LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State | Texas A&M

2012 SEC Pre-Spring Preview
- CFN 2012 Pre-Preseason SEC East Rankings
- CFN 2012 Pre-Preseason SEC West Rankings
- Why Every SEC East Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every SEC West Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every SEC East Team Should Be Grouchy
- Why Every SEC West Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every SEC East Team Needs To Work On 
- What Every SEC West Team Needs To Work On 
2012 Recruiting Rankings SEC East | SEC West