No shortage of intriguing position-battles exist around the SEC as spring football prepares to hit full-stride. On this episode of “SEC Hot Sauce” on VSport hosted by Jake Wimberly, Wimberly is joined by Vince Ferrara of 99.1 in Knoxville and the SEC Network as well as Billy Embody who covers LSU for 247sports.com.
That’s where we’ll start.
LSU opened spring football last weekend and continues working on a new offense behind sophomore quarterback Miles Brennan.
“It’s Miles Brennan’s job to lose this spring,” Embody said. “He is the number one guy to beat in the LSU quarterback race.”
At Ole Miss, there is no question about who the starting quarterback will be, and when Jordan Ta’amu drops back to pass, this year’s trio of AJ Brown, DK Metcalf and DaMarkus Lodge could be the best pass-catching threesome in college football.
“Their size, speed and athleticism make them hard to defend and when you add in the newcomers off this last recruiting haul, you have to put them with the best in the country.” Ferrara said.
At Auburn, questions on offense persist at offensive line and running back where the Tigers will be looking to fill the void left by Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway. Who is that guy or guys? Is Kam Martin, the most likely candidate, a feature back?
“Martin is going to be a good one, but his size doesn’t allow him to be that feature back,” Ferrara said of the rising junior who’s listed as 5-foot-10 and 182-pounds on the official Auburn athletics website. “I fully expect the committee approach from Auburn this fall at running back.”
Mississippi State expects to boast one of the best front sevens on defense in the league for 2018, but can a completely new coaching staff hit the ground running with the talent on hand?
“The Bulldogs bring back a ton of talent, but they are still going through their eighth defensive coordinator in nine years,” Ferrara said. “I want to see Bob Shoop work with this group and see how he rebounds after a lack luster stint at Tennessee.”
Speaking of running backs, Texas A&M will be looking to become more physical in the run game under Jimbo Fisher in year one. Can Trayveon Williams take it to the next level?
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