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2007 SEC Preview - Unit Rankings

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Posted Jul 30, 2007


2007 CFN Preview - SEC Unit Rankings from top to bottom

2007 CFN SEC Preview

Unit Rankings

Team Previews, Offenses, Defenses & Depth Charts
East Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU | Ole Miss | Mississippi State

- 2007 CFN SEC Preview
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CFN All-SEC Team & Top 30 Players
- SEC Team-by-Team Capsules

- SEC Schedules & Predictions

Offenses
1. LSU
There's a little bit of nervousness among LSU fans with a major change underway in the offense under new coordinator Gary Crowton. There'll be more option, more quick timing patterns, and quicker reads on the line. Fortunately, the loss of JaMarcus Russell won't hurt as much as it would for almost any other program with Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux returning to run the attack. The backfield is loaded with options led by star newcomer Keiland Williams working behind a great line with enough returning experience to dominate. The receiving corps won't be as productive without Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis, but Early Doucet and Brandon LeFall will be a great 1-2 combination.

2. Florida
3. Tennessee
4. Georgia
5. Arkansas
6. Kentucky
7. Alabama
8. Auburn
9. South Carolina
10. Vanderbilt
11. Ole Miss
12. Mississippi State

Quarterbacks  
1. LSU
LSU can win a national championship with either quarterback. Ryan Perrilloux will some day be the better quarterback and an All-America caliber superstar, but right now, Matt Flynn is the steady senior who'll lead the team to a huge season.

2. Kentucky
3. Tennessee
4. Florida
5. South Carolina
6. Georgia
7. Alabama
8. Auburn
9. Vanderbilt
10. Mississippi State
11. Ole Miss
12. Arkansas

Running Backs
1. Arkansas
Most teams have to throw the ball to get big plays and move the ball effectively down the field. With Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, the Hogs have two backs who can take it all the way from anywhere on the field. This is the nation's best running back tandems, and if they stay healthy, will combine for over 2,500 yards. The coaching staff isn't going to play around and will do whatever it takes to go with it bread-and-butter.

2. Auburn
3. LSU
4. Georgia
5. Tennessee
6. South Carolina
7. Ole Miss
8. Florida
9. Kentucky
10. Mississippi State
11. Alabama
12. Vanderbilt

Receivers
1. Florida
Percy Harvin makes a good corps great, and if Deonte Thompson is ready, this will be a phenomenal group. Andre Caldwell is good, but he's not necessarily a superstar who demands a ton of attention (that's Harvin). However, there are so many weapons to work utilize, there will be plenty of chances for the senior to make some big plays; he has to take advantage. The tight ends have to play up to the advance billing.

2. Kentucky
3. Alabama
4. LSU
5. Vanderbilt
6. Tennessee
7. Arkansas
8. Georgia
9. South Carolina
10. Mississippi State
11. Auburn
12. Ole Miss

Offensive Line
1. Florida
This is a good line, but not an elite one, and while the most talented players are unproven and untested, there's a good core of veterans to work around and allow the coaching staff to slowly bring along the backups. This doesn't have to be a bruising, pounding front five, and it doesn't have to be a brick wall in pass protection with the mobile Tim Tebow behind it, but it has to be consistent. This group should be that.

2. LSU
3. Vanderbilt
4. Arkansas
5. Tennessee
6. Georgia
7. Alabama
8. Ole Miss
9. Auburn
10. Mississippi State
11. South Carolina
12. Kentucky

Defenses
1. LSU
The nation's number three defense in each of the last two years might crank things up yet another notch with eight starters returning led by the nation's most impressive line. Tackle Glenn Dorsey and end Tyson Jackson might be top five draft picks next season, while Ali Highsmith leads a fantastic linebacking corps that'll only get better once the star prospect backups get more time. Chevis Jackson and Jonathan Zenon form a top lock-down corner tandem, while Craig Steltz and Curtis Taylor will be more than just fill-ins for safeties LaRon Landry and Jessie Daniels. With all the talent returning, expect more big plays, more turnovers, and more dominance against the average to bad teams.

2. Auburn
3. Florida
4. Tennessee
5. South Carolina
6. Georgia
7. Arkansas
8. Alabama
9. Mississippi State
10. Ole Miss
11. Vanderbilt
12. Kentucky

Defensive Lines
1. LSU
Utter destruction. No one's running on Glenn Dorsey, Charles Alexander and Marlon Favorite, while the pass rushing from all four spots should be relentless. If Rahim Alem and Tremaine Johnson can be merely adequate on the right side, this group will be a dominant force.

2. Auburn
3. Florida
4. Georgia
5. Ole Miss
6. Tennessee
7. Arkansas
8. Alabama
9. South Carolina
10. Mississippi State
11. Vanderbilt
12. Kentucky

Linebackers
1. LSU
The speed and talent generally makes up for any problems. The corps only faced one team, Arkansas, that could pound the rock on a consistently effective basis (that includes Auburn), and the Hogs tore off 298 yards and three touchdowns. Either this crew will be exposed as above-average early on against Virginia Tech, or it'll firmly establish itself as the star corps of the conference.

2. Tennessee
3. South Carolina
4. Auburn
5. Florida
6. Arkansas
7. Mississippi State
8. Georgia
9. Alabama
10. Vanderbilt
11. Kentucky
12. Ole Miss

Defensive Backs
1. LSU
While Craig Steltz and Curtis Taylor will be more than fine, there's going to be a drop-off when you lose players like LaRon Landry and Jessie Daniels. Even so, with the help provided from the pass rush up front, it'll be a shock if, statistically, this wasn't one of the five best pass defenses in America.

2. Auburn
3. Alabama
4. South Carolina
5. Florida
6. Georgia
7. Tennessee
8. Arkansas
9. Mississippi State
10. Vanderbilt
11. Ole Miss
12. Kentucky

Special Teams
1. Georgia
If punter Brian Mimbs is even average, the special teams will be among the best in the country. There aren't many better than kicker Brandon Coutu and return men Mikey Henderson and Thomas Flowers, while the coverage units should be decent as long as there more pop on kickoffs. Coutu will take care of that.

2. Kentucky
3. Ole Miss
4. Kentucky
5. South Carolina
6. Tennessee
7. LSU
8. Mississippi State
9. Florida
10. Auburn
11. Vanderbilt
12. Arkansas

 


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