SEC football programs across the country open fall camp this week—many with substantial questions yet to be answered.
Some of those answers won’t come until the season begins.
The vast majority, though, will be discovered during fall camp. Whether coaches decide to make public what might be obvious during closed practices, naturally, varies from program to program.
Today, we will focus on positions that see few substitutions, thus making the starting competitions more important.
Of course, quarterbacks will get the most attention—typically only one can play at a time and coaches are hesitant to give more than one player significant practice repetitions.
Other positions that will get the most attention include offensive line and safety.
While competitions such as the tailback race at Auburn might be intriguing—largely to figure out who might be a potential breakout star of the year in the SEC—it isn’t a crucial battle.
Remember, Tre Mason hadn’t locked down the starting job by the season opener last year, and he finished as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
If numerous players stand to receive numerous opportunities, the importance of who “wins” the job fall camp diminishes greatly.
Here is a look at our nine biggest position battles entering fall camp.