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Preview 2008 - The SEC Starting Lineups

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Posted Jun 2, 2008


The projected starting lineups, and key positions to spotlight going into the fall, for all SEC teams.

Preview 2008

Projected SEC

Starting Lineups


Who has the edge on a starting job going into the summer? What's the key position to watch out for and what needs to be addressed before the season starts? Here are the prjected starting lineups for every team.

Projected Starting Lineups
ACC | Big East | Big 12 | Big Ten
C-USA | MAC | M-West | SEC
Coming Wednesday: Pac 10, Sun Belt, WAC, Independents

East

Florida

QB 15 Tim Tebow, 6-3, 232, Jr.
RB 33 Kestahn Moore, 5-10, 206, Sr.

Position Spotlight: It was supposed to be a mortal lock that USC transfer Emmanuel Moody was going to take over the running game. While he had some good moments, especially late in spring ball, he was too inconsistent. Moore is expected to be a steady, consistent ten-carry-a-game back, but for the explosion, the coaching staff will turn to lightning fast speed back Chris Rainey. Even so, it's not like Moody will be out of the equation.

FB 42 Steven Wilks, 6-1, 207, RFr.
WR 1 Percy Harvin, 5-11, 178, Jr.
WR 9 Louis Murphy, 6-1, 195, Sr.
WR 86 Riley Cooper, 6-3, 209, Jr.
TE 81 Aaron Hernandez, 6-3, 250, So.
OT 75 Phil Trautwein, 6-6, 301, Sr.
OG 63 Jim Tartt, 6-3, 300, Sr.
C 56 Maurkice Pouncey, 6-5, 312, So.
OG 55 Mike Pouncey, 6-5, 309, So.
OT 76 Marcus Gilbert, 6-6, 308, So.
PK 25 Caleb Sturgis, 5-10, 186, Fr.

DE 8 Carlos Dunlap, 6-6, 290, So.
NT 98 Troy Epps, 6-0, 276, Jr.
DT 71 Matt Patchan, 6-6, 238, Fr.
DE 49 Jermaine Cunningham, 6-3, 241, Jr.
LB 16 A.J. Jones, 6-1, 213, So.
LB 51 Brandon Spikes, 6-3, 245, Jr.
LB 32 Dustin Doe, 6-0, 211, Jr.
CB 4 Wondy Pierre-Louis, 6-0, 182, Jr.
SS 20 Dorian Munroe, 5-11, 202, Jr.
FS 21 Major Wright, 6-0, 194, So.
CB 12 Joe Haden, 5-11, 180, So.
P 17 Chas Henry, 6-4, 204, So.

Georgia

QB 7 Matthew Stafford, 6-3, 237, Jr.
RB 24 Knowshon Moreno, 5-11, 207, So.
FB 36 Brennan Southerland, 6-0, 240, Sr.
WR 1 Mohamed Massaquoi, 6-2, 198, Sr.
WR 88 Kenneth Harris, 6-3, 215, Sr.
TE 86 Tripp Chandler, 6-6, 259, Sr.
OT 77 Trinton Sturdivant, 6-5, 286, So
OG 72 Vince Vance, 6-8, 330, Jr.
C 63 Chris Davis, 6-4, 292, So.
OG 60 Clint Boling, 6-5, 290, So.
OT 64 Kiante Tripp, 6-6, 270, So.
PK -- Blair Walsh, 5-10, 175, Fr.

DE 41 Roderick Battle, 6-4, 256, Jr.
DT 95 Jeff Owens, 6-3, 298, Sr.
DT 56 Geno Atkins, 6-1, 290, Jr.
DE 55 Jeremy Lomax, 6-4, 247, Sr.

Position Spotlight: A decent reserve so far, Lomax needs to help fill the pass rushing void left by Marcus Howard. While he'll get plenty of chances to pin his ears back and get into the backfield, he'll have to fight off JUCO transfer Jarius Wynn, who turned out to be one of the stars of spring ball, for playing time. The starting spot is open for now.

LB 51 Akeem Dent, 6-2, 218, So.
LB 33 Dannell Ellerbe, 6-1, 232, Sr.
LB 35 Rennie Curran, 5-11, 220, So.
CB 23 Prince Miller, 5-8, 190, Jr.
SS 5 C.J. Byrd, 6-2, 193, Sr.
FS 9 Reshad Jones, 6-2, 203, So.
CB 2 Asher Allen, 5-10, 198, Jr.
P 32 Brian Mimbs, 5-11, 205, Sr.

Kentucky

QB 15 Curtis Pulley, 6-4, 200, Jr.
RB 29 Alfonso Smith, 6-1, 200, Jr.
FB 38 John Conner, 5-11, 228, Jr.
WR 81 Kyrus Lanxter, 6-3, 187, So.
WR 12 Dicky Lyons, 5-11, 190, Sr.
TE 80 T. C. Drake, 6-6, 235, Jr.
OT 79 Garry Williams, 6-3, 300, Sr.
OG 78 Christian Johnson, 6-4, 325, Sr.
C 61 Jorge Gonzalez, 6-3, 300, Jr.
OG 73 Jess Beets, 6-2, 285, Sr.
OT 76 Justin
Jeffries, 6-6, 310, Jr.
PK 36 Lones Seiber, 5-9, 190, Jr.

DE 99 Jeremy Jarmon, 6-3, 285, Jr.

Position Spotlight: Last year's team was supposedly loaded with top pro prospects, but when the draft came around, many, like QB Andre Woodson, slid. Jarmon won't have to worry about waiting until the second day when he chooses to enter the draft. The big, fast end showed this spring that he's ready to take his game up another notch and be one of the team's signature stars.

DT 91 Corey Peters, 6-3, 290, Jr.
DT 98 Myron Pryor, 6-1, 310, Sr.
DE 95 Ventrell Jenkins, 6-2, 285, Sr.
LB 51 Johnny Williams, 6-3, 240, Sr.
LB 4 Micah Johnson, 6-2, 255, Jr.
LB 56 Braxton Kelley, 6-0, 226, Sr.
CB 32 Trevard Lindley, 6-0, 175, Jr.
SS 27 Ashton Cobb, 6-0, 205, Jr.
FS 2 Marcus McClinton, 6-1, 210, Sr.
CB 7 David Jones, 5-10, 185, Sr.
P 44 Tim Masthay, 6-2, 200, Sr.

South Carolina

QB 6 Tommy Beecher, 6-2, 227, Jr.

Position Spotlight: Considering Steve Spurrier is a major-league developer of quarterbacks, but his passers have been strangely underwhelming so far at South Carolina. This is a veteran Gamecock team that could be great, but it can't be merely average under center. Beecher took the starting job by default more than by doing anything special. Chris Smelley has some experience and a whole bunch of talent, but he has been mediocre.

RB 25 Mike Davis, 5-9, 214, Sr.
FB 47 Patrick DiMarco, 6-2, 242, So.
WR 11 Kenny McKinley, 6-0, 182, Sr.
WR 18 Dion LeCorn, 5-11, 220, So.
TE 84 Jared Cook, 6-5, 242, Jr.
OT 77 Jamon Meredith, 6-5, 301, Sr.
OG 57 Lemuel Jeanpierre, 6-3, 293, Jr.
C 63 Seaver Brown, 6-5, 307, So.
OG 74 Heath Batchelor, 6-7, 308, So.
OT 78 Justin Sorensen, 6-7, 327, Sr.
PK 14 Ryan Succop, 6-3, 224, Sr.

DE 41 Jordin Lindsey, 6-3, 261, Sr.
DT 95 Nathan Pepper, 6-1, 292, Jr.
DT 91 Ladi Ajiboye, 6-1, 300, So.
DE 83 Cliff Matthews, 6-4, 250, So.
LB 31 Gerrod Sinclair, 6-0, 234, Jr.
LB 52 Jasper Brinkley, 6-2, 275, Sr.
LB 40 Eric Norwood, 6-1, 270, Jr.
CB 5 Carlos Thomas, 5-11, 197, Sr.
SS 21 Emanuel Cook, 5-10, 214, Jr.
FS 32 Darian Stewart, 5-11, 218, Jr.
CB 1 Captain Munnerlyn, 5-9, 185, Jr.
P 14 Ryan Succop, 6-3, 224, Sr.

Tennessee

QB 8 Jonathan Crompton, 6-4, 220, Jr.
RB 27 Arian Foster, 6-1, 215, Sr.
WR 21 Austin Rogers, 6-2, 185, Jr.
WR 81 Josh Briscoe, 6-3, 183, Sr.
WR 12 Lucas Taylor, 6-0, 185, Sr.
TE 80 Jeff Cottam, 6-8, 260, Jr.
OT 79 Chris Scott, 6-5, 310, Jr.
OG 75 Anthony Parker, 6-3, 300, Sr.
C 50 Josh McNeil, 6-4, 280, Jr.
OG 65 Jacques McClendon, 6-3, 320, Jr.
OT 78 Ramon Foster, 6-6, 325, Sr.
PK 26 Daniel Lincoln, 6-0, 204, So.

DE 94 Wes Brown, 6-4, 256, Jr.
DT 98 Demonte Bolden, 6-6, 290, Sr.
DT 55 Dan Williams, 6-3, 310, Jr.
DE 91 Robert Ayers, 6-3, 270, Sr.
LB 20 Nevin McKenzie, 6-2, 215, Sr.
LB 35 Ellix Wilson, 5-10, 225, Sr.
LB 5 Rico McCoy, 6-1, 215, Jr.
CB 24 DeAngelo Willingham, 6-0, 200, Sr.
SS 14 Eric Berry, 5-11, 195, So.
FS 7 Demetrice Morley, 6-2, 195, Jr.

Position Spotlight: There's no rust on Morley after he missed all of last year with schoolwork issues. Now he's back and as good as ever, and he'll combine with Eric Berry to form the SEC's best safety tandem, and possibly the best in the nation. With a few question marks in the front seven, these two will put up big-time numbers hitting everything that moves.

CB 41 Dennis Rogan, 5-10, 185, So.
P 95 Chad Cunningham, 6-3, 210, So.

Vanderbilt

QB 3 Chris Nickson, 6-1, 210, Sr.

Position Spotlight: Last year at this time, the quarterback situation was considered a growing strength. Now it's potentially an inconsistent problem as both Mackenzi Adams and Chris Nickson continue to battle for the gig. The coaching staff will wait until the last moment to name a starter, and that's because neither one has taken the team by the horns. Nickson is the safer choice, but he'll have to keep improving.

RB 31 Jared Hawkins, 5-10, 200, Jr.
WR 80 Justin Wheeler, 6-0, 175, Jr.
WR 88 George Smith, 6-3, 202, Sr.
WR 7 Sean Walker, 6-0, 175, Sr.
TE 85 Jake Bradford, 6-6, 270, Jr.
OT 76 Thomas Welch, 6-6, 300, Jr.
OG 73 Ryan Custer, 6-4, 295, Jr.
C 70 Bradley Vierling, 6-3, 292, Jr.
OG 70 Drew Gardner, 6-5, 305, Jr.
OT 66 Eric Hensley, 6-6, 310, Jr.
PK 8 Bryant Hahnfeldt, 5-11, 195, Sr.

DE 96 Steven Stone, 6-5, 260, Jr.
DT 98 Greg Billinger, 6-2, 290, Jr.
DT 58 Adam Smotherman, 6-4, 280, So.
DE 90 Broderick Stewart, 6-5, 228, Jr.
LB 35 Brandon Bryant, 6-1, 230, Jr.
LB 30 Patrick Benoist, 6-0, 218, Jr.
LB 40 John Stokes, 6-5, 238, So.
CB 5 Myron Lewis, 6-2, 202, Jr.
SS 33 Reshard Langord, 6-2, 210, Sr.
FS 2 Ryan Hamilton, 6-1, 208, Jr.
CB 17 D.J. Moore, 5-10, 182, Jr.
P 39 Brett Upson, 5-10, 190, Jr.

West

Alabama

QB 14 John Parker Wilson, 6-2, 213, Sr.
RB 29 Terry Grant, 5-10, 188, So.
FB 34 Jeramie Griffin, 6-0, 225, RFr.
WR 80 Mike McCoy, 6-3, 199, Jr.

Position Spotlight: The receivers will get a few chances to produce, but if McCoy and Darius Hanks aren't great right away, the superstar recruits could quickly take over. The Tide fans can't wait to see Julio Jones get on the field, and it'll be up to the veterans to be good enough to provide John Parker Wilson with steady options. 

WR 15 Darius Hanks, 6-0, 190, So.
TE 88 Nick Walker, 6-5, 255 Sr.
OT 79 Drew Davis, 6-7, 276, Jr.
OG 76 Marlon Davis, 6-4, 290, Sr.
C 59 Antoine Caldwell, 6-2, 292, Sr.
OG 78 Michael Johnson, 6-6, 298, Jr.
OT 71 Andre Smith, 6-5, 340, Jr.
PK 99 Leigh Tiffin, 6-1, 198, Jr.

DE 93 Bobby Greenwood, 6-5, 267, Sr.
NG 97 Lorenzo Washington, 6-4, 283, Jr.
DE 95 Brandon Deaderick, 6-4, 286, Jr.
LB 55 Chavis Williams, 6-4, 214, So.
LB 25 Rolando McClain, 6-4, 255, So.
LB 10 Jimmy Johns, 6-2, 233, Sr.
LB 98 Brandon Fanney, 6-4, 241, Jr.
CB 28 Javier Arenas, 5-9, 193, Jr.
SS 27 Justin Woodall, 6-2, 224, Jr.
FS 49 Rashad Johnson, 6-0, 187, Sr.
CB 3 Kareem Jackson, 5-11, 185, So.
P 97 P.J. Fitzgerald, 5-11, 194, Jr.

Arkansas

QB 11 Casey Dick, 6-2, 215, Sr.

Position Spotlight: A painful afterthought in the offense under Houston Nutt, Dick is getting his chance to air it out under the new coaching staff. His emergence as a real, live passer will be the difference between a decent season and making some noise in the West. With Michigan transfer Ryan Mallett needing to wait until next year, Dick, who was fantastic at times this spring, has provide the balance that's been missing for years.

RB 21 Michael Smith, 5-7, 173, Jr.
WR 2 London Crawford, 6-2, 200, Jr.
WR 81 Marques Wade, 6-3, 192, So.
WR 19 Carlton Sanders, 6-0, 191, So.
TE 45 D.J. Williams, 6-2, 250, So.
OT 72 Ray Dominguez, 6-4, 315, So.
OG 66 Mitch Petrus, 6-4, 305, Sr.
C 63 Jonathan Luigs, 6-4, 314, Sr.
OG 65 DeMarcus Love, 6-5, 302, So.
OT 78 Jose Valdez, 6-5, 313, Sr.
PK 18 Alex Tejeda, 6-1, 207, So.

DE 54 Jake Bequette, 6-5, 265, RFr.
NT 90 Ernest Mitchell, 6-2, 305, Sr.
DT 96 Malcolm Sheppard, 6-3, 277, Jr.
DE 53 Adrian Davis, 6-4, 238, Jr.
LB 38 Elston Forte, 6-0, 219, Sr.
LB 34 Jerry Franklin, 6-2, 229, RFr.
LB 41 Ryan Powers, 6-1, 207, So.
CB 29 Jamar Love, 6-1, 197, Sr.
SS 20 Dallas Washington, 6-0, 210, Sr.
FS 39 Matt Harris, 6-2, 192, Jr.
CB 24 Isaac Madison, 6-0, 181, So.
P 50 Jeremy Davis, 5-9, 206, Sr.

Auburn

QB 18 Kodi Burns, 6-1, 205, So.
RB 1 Brad Lester, 5-11, 198, Sr.
WR 13 Tim Hawthorne, 6-3, 209, RFr.
WR 3 Robert Dunn, 6-0, 178, Sr.
WR 80 Rodgeriqus Smith, 6-0, 196, Sr.
TE 5 Tommy Trott, 6-5, 251, Jr.
OT 73 Lee Ziemba, 6-8, 288, So.
OG 71 Tyronne Green, 6-2, 307, Sr.
C 68 Jason Bosley, 6-4, 281, Sr.
OG 76 Chaz Ramsey, 6-4, 290, So.
OT 50 Ryan Pugh, 6-4, 284, So.
PK 18 Wes Byrum, 6-1, 220, So.

DE 52 Antonio Coleman, 6-2, 250, Jr.
DT 91 Jake Ricks, 6-4, 302, Jr.
DT 94 Sen’Derrick Marks, 6-1, 288, Jr.
DE 49 Michael Goggans, 6-3, 254, So.

Position Spotlight: Sen'Derrick Marks has top ten draft pick potential and Antonio Coleman is a near-lock for All-SEC honors of some sort. Jake Ricks is a steady rock on the inside. The one open slot, now that Marks moved from end to tackle, will be manned by Goggans early on, but that could quickly change this fall when JUCO star Raven Gray enters the mix.

LB 46 Craig Stevens, 6-2, 218, So.
LB 10 Tray Blackmon, 6-0, 220, Jr.
LB 59 Chris Evans, 6-0, 221, Sr.
CB 8 Jerraud Powers, 5-9, 188, Jr.
SS 4 Zac Etheridge, 5-11, 206, So.
FS 26 Mike McNeil, 6-2, 201, So.
CB 2 Aairon Savage, 5-11, 190, Jr.
P 21 Ryan Shoemaker, 6-0, 192, So.

LSU

QB 12 Jarrett Lee, 6-2, 190, RFr.

Position Spotlight: LSU is a national title contender. If it had Ryan Perrilloux under center, it would be a sure-thing top three team and one of the favorites to play in Miami on January 8th. Jarrett Lee and Andrew Hatch are battling it out for the starting job, the emergence of one of them as a steady, consistent passer could be the key to the 2008 college football season. Lee is the riskier option with the bigger upside.

RB 32 Charles Scott, 5-11, 226, Jr.
FB 45 Quinn Johnson, 6-2, 238, Jr.
WR 1 Brandon LaFell, 6-3, 205, Jr.
WR 2 Demetrius Byrd, 6-2, 195, Sr.
TE 82 Richard Dickson, 6-3, 235, Jr.
OT 70 Ciron Black, 6-5, 320, Jr.
OG 79 Herman Johnson, 6-7, 356, Sr.
C 74 Brett Helms, 6-2, 270, Sr.
OG 65 Lyle Hitt, 6-2, 299, Jr.
OT 78 Joseph Barksdale, 6-4, 310, So.
PK 6 Colt David, 5-9, 173, Sr.

DE 93 Tyson Jackson, 6-5, 291, Sr.
DT 91 Charles Alexander, 6-3, 293, Sr.
DT 90 Ricky Jean-Francois, 6-3, 281, Jr.
DE 49 Kirston Pittman, 6-4, 252, Sr.
LB 56 Perry Riley, 6-1, 232, Jr.
LB 48 Darry Beckwith, 6-1, 230, Sr.
LB 11 Kelvin Sheppard, 6-3, 223, So.
CB 29 Chris Hawkins, 6-1, 175, Jr.
SS 24 Harry Coleman, 6-2, 205, Jr.
FS 27 Curtis Taylor, 6-3, 204, Sr.
CB 4 Jai Eugene, 5-11, 184, So.
P 38 Brady Dalfrey, 6-0, 207, Sr.

Ole Miss

QB 4 Jevan Snead, 6-3, 215, So.
RB 25 Cordera Eason, 5-10, 224, Jr.
FB 44 Jason Cook, 5-11, 248, Sr.
WR 3 Shay Hodge, 6-1, 207, Jr.
WR 2 Mike Wallace, 6-0, 180, Sr.
TE 80 Gerald Harris, 6-5, 245, Jr.
OT 74 Michael Oher, 6-5, 318, Sr.
OG 71 Reid Neely, 6-6, 310, RFr.
C 72 Daverin Geralds, 6-2, 312, Jr.
OG 50 Darryl Harris, 6-3, 300, Sr.
OT 77 John Jerry, 6-5, 350, Jr.
PK 93 Joshua Shene, 5-8, 170, Jr.

DE 92 Marcus Tillman, 6-4, 260, Jr.
DT 98 Peria Jerry, 6-2, 290, Sr.
NT 99 Ted Laurent, 6-0, 303, So.

Position Spotlight: While Laurent is a big bodied plugger who has the frame and the base to be a perfect option on the nose. However, many would like to see what he could do as a backup in a rotation. The hope is for one-time superstar recruit Jerrell Powe to finally become academically eligible and become the anchor of the line. Considered a good pro prospect, Powe needs to be half as good as his hype.

DE 86 Greg Hardy, 6-4, 265, Jr.
LB 11 Ashlee Palmer, 6-2, 222, Sr.
LB 42 Jonathan Cornell, 6-1, 225, So.
LB 9 Allen Walker, 6-1, 215, So.
CB 8 Marshay Green, 5-9, 170, Jr.
SS 13 Jamarca Sanford, 5-10, 200 Sr.
FS 20 Johnny Brown, 5-11, 207, So.
CB 12 Dustin Mouzon, 5-11, 175, Sr.
P 36 Rob Park, 5-11, 194, Jr.

Mississippi State

QB 13 Wesley Carroll, 6-1, 190, So.

Position Spotlight: Compared to the rest of the SEC, MSU is at a severe disadvantage at quarterback. Carroll improved throughout spring ball and the coaching staff isn't going to hide him like they had to at times last year, but he still has to prove he can be consistent and dangerous enough to take the heat off the running game.

RB 24 Anthony Dixon, 6-1, 240, Jr.
FB 35 Brandon Hart, 5-11, 240, Sr.
WR 89 Jamayel Smith, 6-0, 183, Sr.
WR 15 Co-Eric Riley, 6-1, 200, Sr.
TE 85 Brandon Henderson, 6-1, 250, So.
OT 79 Derek Sherrod, 6-5, 290, So.
OG 53 Anthony Strauder, 6-3, 290, Sr.
C 70 J.C. Brignone, 6-1, 290, So.
OG 78 Michael Gates, 6-4, 305, Sr.
OT 74 Mark Melichar, 6-5, 284, So.
PK 37 Adam Carlson, 6-4, 195, Sr.

DE 93 Brandon Cooper, 6-3, 240, So.
DT 65 Kyle Love, 6-1, 320, Jr.
DT 94 Jessie Bowman, 6-1, 305, Sr.
DE 39 Tim Bailey, 6-3, 241, Sr.
LB 34 K.J. Wright, 6-3, 215, So.
LB 22 Jamar Chaney, 6-1, 236, Sr.
LB 10 Dominic Douglas, 6-2, 227, Sr.
CB 23 Jasper O’Quinn, 5-10, 185, Sr.
SS 1 Keith Fitzhugh, 5-11, 206, Sr.
FS 3 Derek Pegues, 5-10, 196, Sr.
CB 18 Marcus Washington, 5-10, 180, Jr.
P 43 Blake McAdams, 5-10, 190, Sr.