College Football Preview – SEC Offenses
David Funk, a good friend and writer of the Fantasy Sports Network blog, put together a ranking of the SEC Conference Offenses. He was kind enough allow me to post his breakdown on my site to pass the great information on to you. This is very useful info as you gear up for the college football season, especially if you play the Sporting News College Football Salary Cap game.
“Finally, we move on with my fantasy college football rankings as I look at the SEC Offenses. Enjoy.
SEC Team Offensive Rankings:
1. Florida – Starters returning: 7
As long as quarterback Tim Tebow is in Florida and is healthy, the Gators offense has a chance at dominance. Receivers Percy Harvin, Louis Murphy, and Riley Cooper form a very potent corps. Running back Chris Rainey will likely start with Kestahn Moore and Emmanuel Moody likely to see sometime, too. The offensive line returns three starters from a year ago which is good because they have their usual tough schedule again.
2. Georgia – Starters returning: 8
Quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Knowshon Moreno return to lead a very experienced offensive unit. Mohamed Massaquoi returns at receiver and Kenneth Harris will likely start with him. Tight end Tripp Chandler is returning as well. The offensive line has three players who have started in games before, and four of the five that are projected starters are sophmores.
3. Tennessee – Starters returning: 8
Jonathan Crompton will start at quarterback after waiting three years. Arian Foster is back and is one of the best all-around running backs with the ability to run and catch the ball out of the backfield. Receivers Austin Rogers and Lucas Taylor give Crompton experienced options in the passing game. The offensive line returns all five starters from a year ago from a unit that allowed a nation-low four sacks last season.
4. Alabama – Starters returning: 9
The Crimson Tide returns a veteran offense, but will operate under it’s third offensive coordinator in as many seasons. Quarterback John Parker Wilson returns, but will have to pick up the new offense quickly for them. Terry Grant is speedy and big-play running back returning. Receiver Mike McCoy returns, and the program is very high on freshman Julio Jones. The experienced offensive line returns four starters.
5. LSU – Starters returning: 5
With quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux now gone, Jarrett Lee or Andrew Hatch will replace them and neither has much experience. Running backs Keiland Williams, Richard Murphy, and Charles Scott are very talented and the group is deep. Brandon LaFell returns at wide receiver and Demetrius Byrd is a lightning play-maker, too. The offensive line is one of the nation’s best with four starters returning.
6. Auburn – Starters returning: 8
Running back Ben Tate returns and they have depth behind him led by Brad Lester and Mario Fannin. Kodi Burns is the likely starter at quarterback and is in the midst of learning a new offense. Chris Todd will back him up. Rod Smith and James Swinton are the likely starters at receiver, and could have big years in the new pass-happy offense. The offensive line is one of the conference’s best that returns all five that have started games in the past.
7. Arkansas – Starters returning: 6
The offensive line returns four starters for new coach Bobby Petrino. Casey Dick will start at quarterback and has picked up the new offense fairly well. The team loses Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, but the Hogs are high on Michael Smith, who is now the starting running back. Returning receiver London Crawford leads a talented group, but the rest of the unit is inexperienced.
8. South Carolina – Starters returning: 6
Chris Smelley has experience at quarterback, but Tommy Beecher could start in front of him. Mike Davis will start at running back with Brian Maddox seeing time, too. The receiving corps is loaded and deep led by Kenny McKinley, who led the SEC with 77 receptions a year ago, and Dion Lecorn and Moe Brown. The offensive line returns only two starters from a group that has struggled in recent years.
9. Ole Miss – Starters returning: 6
Houston Nutt arrives at Ole Miss from Arkansas. Jevan Snead will start at quarterback, and he’s inexperienced. The receiving corps is loaded which has Mike Wallace, Shay Hodge, and Dexter McCluster. Cordero Eason is in experienced and will start at running back. Enrique Davis will push for playing time at running back, too. Nutt does inherit an experienced offensive line that returns four starters from a year ago.
10. Kentucky – Starters returning: 4
The offense will miss quarterback Andre Woodson, and Curtis Pulley will start now. Derrick Locke played well at running back last year and leads a talented group of running backs that will see Tony Dixon playing some, too. Dickey Lyons is the only receiver returning with starting experience. The offensive line returns three starters, and with the Wildcats going to a likely more run-oriented scheme this year, they should improve on an SEC-worst 38 sacks last season.
11. Mississippi State – Starters returning: 5
The Bulldogs ranked 113th in offense a year ago, but quarterback Wesley Carroll returns and has experience. Anthony Dixon returns at running back and Christian Ducre and Robert Elliott provide solid depth behind him. Jamayel Smith and Aubrey Bell are returning at receiver, but Co-Eric Riley will play alot, too. The offensive line is a question mark with only one starter returning from a year ago.
12. Vanderbilt – Starters returning: 4
Either Chris Nickson, who struggled with consistency and injuries in 2007, or Mackenzi Adams will start at quarterback. Receivers George Smith and Sean Walker return, but the rest of the unit is inexperienced. Jared Hawkins will likely win the starting job because Jeff Jennings doesn’t appear to have recovered fully from ACL surgery. The entire offensive line is new for a unit that finished 103rd in total offense a year ago.
Stud offenses: Florida, Georgia
Rising offense: Tennessee
Falling offense: LSU
Overall analysis: The theme for the SEC has always been strong defenses and will be again this year. But Florida and Georgia are very experienced and talented at the skill positions to be options every week. Tennessee is still a solid option, but can be an elite one if Crompton progresses quickly in 2008. Alabama and Auburn have good talent, but they have new offenses so they have to be watched. LSU is much like Tennessee in that their numbers will depend on the progression of their starting quarterback – whoever it is. Arkansas and Ole Miss have new coaches and talent, but the Razorbacks have a fighting chance to be good on offense because of experience at quarterback and the offensive line. The bottom three teams have talent as well, but with so much inexperience among those schools, it’s not a wise move to pick them up in the usually ultra-tough defensive conference that is the SEC.”