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SEC East Pre-Spring - Team Problems
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 Should Be Grouchy

2012 Pre-Spring Preview   

Why To Be Grouchy - 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

At least for a little while, it could be another year of the defense carrying the offense until a starting quarterback emerges this spring. Jeff Driskel is supposed to be the anointed one from last year's recruiting class, but he'll have to fight to get the gig. The running back situation is up in the air after losing Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps, and starting center Dan Wenger is done. The Gators get LSU and a trip to Texas A&M from the West, and this year date with Florida State is in Doak Campbell.

Georgia

The Dawgs don't play any of the three toughest teams from the East – South Carolina, Missouri, or Florida – at home, and they also have to travel to Auburn. The offensive line was hardly a rock, and now it has to replace three starters including the leader in the middle – center Ben Jones – and left tackle Cordy Glenn will be missed. Malcolm Mitchell might grow into an unstoppable target, but tight end Orson Charles was the team's most talented pass catcher. Both kicker Blair Walsh and punter Drew Butler have to be replaced.

Kentucky

For a team so young in so many key areas last year, it loses several huge parts of the puzzle. Danny Trevathan was the nation's most unappreciated linebacker over the last few years, and his running mate Ronnie Sneed is also gone. Safety Winston Guy was a big-hitting playmaker who finished 21st in the nation in tackles. In all, three starters are gone from the secondary and six of the starting back seven are done. The offense that was so miserable last season loses three starting offensive linemen, including both tackles, and both kickers are gone including Ryan Tydlacka, who helped UK finish 13th in the nation in punting.

Missouri

The talent level might have improved after years of solid recruiting classes, but the Tigers have to deal with some major losses on both sides of the ball and have no time to get everything in place. Welcome to the SEC, Mizzou, now play Georgia. The Tigers have to play the Bulldogs, Arizona State, Alabama, and go to South Carolina over the first half of the season. If that wasn't enough, the have to go to Florida, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. The offensive and defensive lines each lose three starters, and safety valve tight end Michael Egnew will be missed.

South Carolina

Who did Steve Spurrier tick off to get this schedule? While Georgia misses LSU, Alabama, and Arkansas from the West, South Carolina has to deal with the Hogs and has to go to not one but two Death Valleys with a date in Baton Rouge in the middle of the season and game in Clemson at the end of the regular season. If that wasn't enough, the Gamecocks have to go to Florida. Marcus Lattimore is reportedly doing great in his rehab, and the running game might have to carry the load again if Connor Shaw and the passing game aren't more efficient and effective. The kicking game wasn't exactly a strength, but placekicker Jay Wooten and punter Joey Scribner-Howard are gone.

Tennessee

Is the depth there? Still trying to get through the Lane Kiffin era – sanctions and all – the Vols don't have the depth of the top SEC teams and it showed when injuries struck the offense. The defense was a plus, especially against the pass, but key starters Malik Jackson and Ben Martin are gone off the front four and leading tackler Austin Johnson is gone in the middle. The offense that had little consistency and couldn't come up with points loses underutilized running back Tauren Poole and has to prove that experience can turn into production. Yes, the O line gets everyone back, but it has to be night-and-day better right away with NC State, Florida, and Georgia coming up before October.

Vanderbilt

The Commodores loses four extremely important parts to the defensive puzzle with Tim Fugger and T.J. Greenstone off the line and leader Chris Marve at middle linebacker. Corner Casey Hayward finished fourth in the nation in picks and was the star the secondary worked around. The offense might get just about everyone back, but it still has to show it can score on a regular basis against the better defenses; the passing game was one of the least efficient in America. The schedule eases up in the second half of the year, but it starts out with six games against bowl teams including a brutal stretch of at Georgia, at Missouri, Florida, and Auburn.

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   











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