After the preseason predictions came out and all the preseason All-SEC teams, I thought who was being left out? Who isn't getting the attention that they might deserve and who are the players that you better keep an eye on and might be under the radar.
Here's a few that were overlooked and should make some noise this season.
QB- Jevan Snead, Ole Miss: The talented transfer from Texas will be one of the best quarterbacks in the league this season and could take Ole Miss to a bowl game this year. There have been lists that have put him as the sixth or seventh best quarterback in the SEC this season, but he could be the third best quarterback in the league when the season is over.
RB- Brad Lester, Auburn: The senior enters as the starter, but it was Ben Tate who was voted as second team All-SEC, while Lester didn't even make the third team. Look for big things from Lester this season.
WR- Lucas Taylor, Tennessee: How does a 1,000 yard receiver with 73 catches last season end up third team preseason All-SEC? Well that's where Taylor ended up, but he should be one of the better receivers in the league.
WR- Dicky Lyons, Kentucky: Wasn't voted to any preseason All-SEC teams, has over 100 career catches and 16 touchdowns and has produced his whole career. Expect him to be the go to guy this season for the new quarterback at Kentucky.
TE- Tommy Trott, Auburn: Trott was a highly regarded tight end in high school, but the old offense didn't seem to showcase what he's capable of. Trott could shine in a new offense.
OL- Antoine Caldwell, Alabama: Caldwell is one of the best centers in the nation. He was voted second team All-SEC preseason, but still doesn't seem like he gets the respect his other linemen teammate does. Some say Caldwell is the best linemen on that team, not Andre Smith.
OL- Jamon Meredith, South Carolina: This third year starter was snubbed off the preseason All-SEC teams all together, despite being a third year starter and a projected second round draft pick.
DL- Jermaine Cunningham, Florida: This defensive end has speed and size and will put fear into opposing offenses, but was left off all three preseason All-SEC teams. Cunningham will be dominant this season.
LB- Braxton Kelley, Kentucky: He led the team in tackles for loss last season, and is taking over for departed Wesley Woodyard. Look for a big year from Kelley.
LB- Dustin Doe, Florida: Although Brandon Spikes gets all the attention, and rightly so, Doe was second on the team in tackles with 85 last season and can go sideline to sideline, but got no love from the preseason All-SEC teams.
DB- Kareem Jackson, Alabama: Was second team Freshman All-American last season, fifth on the team in tackles and had 3 interceptions, but is without the preseason accolades going into 2008.
Punter- Chas Henry, Florida: Not voted to any preseason All-SEC teams, had a 40 yard average last season and only allowed an amazing 5 punt returns all last season.
Kicker- Wes Byrum, Auburn: The lasting image of Byrum is him doing the Gator Chomp in Gainesville after hitting the game winner, twice, against Florida last season. That didn't help though as Byrum was left off all three preseason All-SEC teams, despite hitting 17 of 23 field goals last season.
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