Spring is finally here and while many are gearing up for MLB Opening Day, or NBA Playoffs, or the Final Four… it’s never too to look at some college football. As Spring games around the country approach, here are the top 5 storylines to watch for in the SEC this Spring…
- Is there really a QB battle in Athens?
If we believe what Mark Richt says then there is an open competition for starting QB. Last year’s backup Brice Ramsey by all accounts is the favorite to start on opening day but there is some competition from last year’s 3rd stringer Faton Bauta and Blue Chip recruit, Redshirt Freshman Jacob Park. Expect Ramsey and this to be more smoke screen than fire.
- Can Will Muschamp quickly turn Auburn’s Defense around?
Just watch the last 2 games of the year for Auburn’s Defense against Alabama and Wisconsin and you’ll see why Muschamp was made the highest paid coordinator in CFB. CB Johnathan Jones is a good starting point but there is much to rebuild here.
- Will Florida’s Offense looked improved under new coach Jim McElwain?
There’s no more Muschamp or departed QB Jeff Driskel to use as punching bags for the ineptness of the Gator offense. A new QB, a pro-style system, and a hopeful breakout year from RB Kelvin Taylor make UF an interesting team to watch how quick things get back on track in Gainesville.
- Who replaces Amari Cooper as the go to guy in Alabama’s offense?
Under 1st year OC the Alabama Offense flourished especially Cooper who became the most productive WR in the country. He won’t be easy to replace but there is hope Cam Sims or Robert Foster at least can give the Bama Offense a downfield threat.
- Who emerges as the starting QB at LSU?
There is no bigger unanswered question in the SEC…Both Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris played last year and neither took control of the position. LSU as usual is loaded with talent but if someone doesn’t emerge as a leader here it could derail the season again as it did in 2014.