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2012 SEC West Pre-Spring Preview
Alabama RB Eddie Lacy
Alabama RB Eddie Lacy
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Posted Feb 13, 2012


2012 SEC West Pre-Spring Preview - Why Every SEC West Team Should Be Happy

2012 Pre-Spring Preview   

Why To Be Excited - SEC West

 
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   

Alabama

Years of tremendous recruiting have stocked the shelves with enough talent to quickly make up for some big losses. Alabama won the 2011 national title after losing Greg McElroy, Mark Ingram, Julio Jones, and James Carpenter with an offense that ran the ball without a problem and a passing game that did just enough when needed to get by. The defense wasn’t just talented with the frontline starters; the backups were terrific. Now the talent level is about to shine through, especially on the offensive line that caught a huge break with left tackle Barrett Jones returning on one side and D.J. Fluker back at the other.

Arkansas

Arkansas might have been the third best team in college football last season, and now it should be even stronger thanks to the return of QB Tyler Wilson for his senior year and the expected healthy comeback of RB Knile Davis from an ankle injury. Three starters are back on both the offensive and defensive lines, and there’s just enough depth on defense to make up for the loss of a few key starters. The kicking game should be terrific with the return of K Zach Hocker, who hit 21-of-27 field goal attempts, and punter Dylan Breeding. Schedule-wise, the Hogs get both Alabama and LSU at home and miss Georgia from the East.

Auburn

Last season was a true rebuilding and reloading year in every way, and now should come the payoff with the underclassmen who were thrown to the wolves, especially on defense. All four starters return on the defensive front and five of the starting back seven are back. The offense gets three starters back on the line, and if either Clint Moseley or Kiehl Frazier can step up their play and become more consistent, the passing attack should be far better.

LSU

It’s possible the Tigers could have a far better passing game even after losing their top two quarterbacks and No. 1 receiver. Zach Mettenberger is the passer the team needed in the BCS championship, but he won’t have to do it alone as the running game should be just as effective and just as pounding as it was last year. With Russell Shepard returning for his senior year and Odell Beckham ready to take on a bigger role, the receiving corps will be solid. The defense might lose several key parts, but the reserves are ultra-talented and ready to keep the production going. The safety tandem of Eric Reid and Tyrann Mathieu is the best in the nation, by far.

Ole Miss

New coach Hugh Freeze comes in with the typical new coach enthusiasm and fire, and he has a team that’s only two years removed from a 9-4 campaign. Last season’s team severely underachieved and just might need the new ideas from someone like Freeze to change things around in a hurry. Three starters return to the offensive interior and the freshman receivers that were trying to figure out what they were doing last year should be ready to do more. The defense got young in a hurry up front with several freshmen playing key roles in the front seven. The secondary was also young with two freshmen and a sophomore starting last season, along with junior corner Wesley Pendleton. The special teams were great last year and all the kickers and top returners are back.

Mississippi State

It was a tough year for the Bulldogs offense, but there are veteran quarterback options to play around with and good targets to rely on. MSU might not have the best receiving corps in the league, but Chad Bumphis, Chris Smith, and Arceto Clark form a nice group that should make the passing attack stronger. The defense gets both corners Johnthan Banks and Corey Broomfield back along with two nice linebackers in Deonte Skinner and Cameron Lawrence. Coach Dan Mullen has done a good job of bringing in players who fit what he wants to do, and now the payoff needs to come.

Texas A&M

New coach Kevin Sumlin gets a loaded defense to play around with starting with pass rusher Sean Porter and six starters on the defensive front seven. Sumlin made his name by putting together a top offense, and he has the building blocks up front with all five starters returning to a line that finished fourth in the nation in sacks allowed. Ryan Swope and Uzome Nwachukwu form a reliable 1-2 receiving tandem, while Christine Michael, if healthy, will be one of the SEC’s most dangerous backs. The Aggies have the speed and athleticism across the board to stay with anyone in the new conference.

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