Scott Bilo of Bilo Rated Sports joins Jake Wimberly on this week’s edition of “SEC Hot Sauce” on VSporto. With spring football in full swing across the SEC, numerous players and position groups are in the spotlight.
Let’s start at Texas A&M where the Aggies offensive line returns eight players who saw extensive time a season ago. The problem is, that group was all mixed and matched, giving up 29 sacks and while allowing for only four yards-per-carry in the run game.
How much better can A&M’s offensive front be with new head coach Jimbo Fisher and line coach Jim Turner?
“The success of this unit could determine how year one pans out for Fisher,” Bilo said.
Florida will be adjusting to a 3-4 defensive alignment under new coordinator Todd Grantham. How much pressure is on Grantham to produce in year one?
“I think he has to succeed and do so quickly, but for Florida, they have talent, so it should make their adjustment easier,” Bilo said.
Georgia has new faces and talent across the roster this spring and one of those players is highly touted quarterback Justin Fields. “He’s got a cannon,” tight end Isaac Nauta said of Fields.
Does that mean Jake Fromm needs to look over his shoulder?
“There’s going to be some pressure, but Fromm proved last year he can handle pressure and this is his team,” said Bilo.
Mississippi State welcomes Malik Dear back to the field after a year off due to an injury. His return is vital to MSU’s offense, but how will new head coach Joe Moorhead use him?
“Moorhead has shown he will get multi-faceted players the football and in space and if Dear is healthy, he could have a great year under this staff,” Bilo said.
In Tuscaloosa it’s been all about Tua’s Tagoviola’s thumb injury. How serious is this injury and what does this mean for Jalen Hurts, and Mac Jones?
“This will cost him some time, but its spring so there’s time to heal,” Bilo said. “If your biggest concern is having to go back to Hurts, that’s not that big a deal. He’s shown he can win football games.”
LSU continues to look for a quarterback as three guys, Myles Brennan, Justin McMillian and Lowell Narcisse, continue to battle for the starting position. Per Ross Dellenger of the Baton-Rouge Advocate, the early synopsis is this: Myles Brennan throws a “bullet” and possesses a “sharp eye,” Justin McMillan has a “cannon” for an arm and can scramble, and Lowell Narcisse’s passes have “beautiful touch.”
But, when you have three quarterbacks you really have none, and Ed Orgeron has yet to say if one is better than the others.
“Look they have to get this right and do so fairly quickly. Orgeron is on a semi hot seat and he cannot afford for this to not work out at quarterback,” said Bilo.
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