2012 SEC East Pre-Spring Preview
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
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Posted Feb 13, 2012


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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

Will Muschamp inherited one of the nation’s most talented teams, and now it’s even more experienced. There’s turnover in the offensive backfield, and there’s work to do with offensive coordinator Charlie Weis now the head man at Kansas, but the phenomenal Urban Meyer recruiting classes are about to mature, especially on defense. The Gators defense that finished eighth in the nation should be even stronger with ten starters returning and just one player gone off the two deep. The offensive front used a regular rotation at almost every spot, and now the sophomores of last year should form a cohesive unit. The weapons at receiver are there but someone has to get them the ball.

Georgia

Loaded. The defending SEC East champs come back even stronger led by QB Aaron Murray, who appears poised to make more national noise, and a receiving corps that welcomes back breakout star Malcolm Mitchell and speeding inside target Tavarres King. The defense should be impenetrable against the run with LB Jarvis Jones choosing to return for another year and with 2011 super-recruit John Jenkins ready to become a rock on the nose. All seven starters on the defensive front seven are back and three starters return to the secondary. For yet another year there’s no LSU, Arkansas, or Alabama on the SEC schedule.

Kentucky

The offense can’t be any worse. It was a true rebuilding year for the offense, and it showed with almost no meaningful production whatsoever against all the nasty SEC defenses. This year, though, the Wildcats are full of key veterans on offense including the entire backfield and a few decent quarterback options. The receiving corps gets back leading target La’Rod King. The defensive front that showed promise as last year went on gets all four starters back and returns almost all the top reserves.

Missouri

The Tigers couldn’t be on a better roll as they dive into the SEC world. They got the big recruiting star of the 2012 class in receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, and he might be needed right away for rising quarterback James Franklin to work with. The defense is loaded in the secondary and gets back leading tackler Andrew Wilson and great-looking weakside defender Zaviar Gooden. There might be some major personnel losses on both sides of the ball, but coach Gary Pinkel has done enough to boost up the depth. Mizzou reloads more than it rebuilds.

South Carolina

This could be Steve Spurrier’s best Gamecocks team yet. It’ll take a healthy Marcus Lattimore to have a shot at winning the SEC title, and the passing game has to improve without Alshon Jeffery, but the defense should be a killer with the best end combination in the nation of Devin Taylor and Jadeveon Clowney. The linebackers are terrific, and while losing corner Stephon Gilmore a year early hurts, safeties DeVonte Holloman and D.J. Swearinger are back. The offensive line wasn’t exactly a rock, but three starters return and the talent level has improved over the last few years. It’s Spurrier, so there’s always going to be a quarterback controversy, but Connor Shaw is (maybe) firmly entrenched as the (possible) absolute, no-question (could get pulled after one bad throw) starter going into the season.

Tennessee

The offense might have fizzled and sputtered throughout last year, but ten starters return with RB Tauren Poole the only loss. Don’t be shocked if Tyler Bray gets into the discussion of the top quarterbacks for the 2013 NFL draft, especially if he can get the time to work with his fabulous receivers. USC might have the best receiving corps in the country, but Tennessee might not be far off with Justin Hunter returning from injury to pair with Da’Rick Rogers and tough pass catcher Mychal Rivera. The defense gets the entire secondary back along with tackling machine linebacker A.J. Johnson.

Vanderbilt

It couldn’t have been a stronger debut for coach James Franklin, showing off a defense that can hang in the SEC while the offense showed signs of life. Is Jordan Rodgers the type of quarterback who can give Vanderbilt its first passing game since Jay Cutler was around? He has several strong receivers to work with and a good backfield led by veteran runner Zac Stacy. Four starters return to the offensive line and nine starters are back on offense. The defense that was so great at coming up with takeaways and was ninth in the nation in pass efficiency defense welcomes back three starters in the secondary.

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