College Fantasy Football: SEC Pre-Spring Questions
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Here are some key college fantasy football questions to ponder as the SEC embarks on spring ball.
* Just how many carries can we expect out of Trent Richardson in 2011? Glen Coffee logged 233 carries in 2008, while Marc Ingram ran the ball 271 times in 2009. If Richardson can fall somewhere in between those two figures, he'll be an elite fantasy option this fall.
* Who will win the quarterback battle between A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims? McCarron seems to be the man to beat heading into March.
* Is quarterback Tyler Wilson ready to step in and run the ship? He sure looked good spelling the injured Ryan Mallett at times last fall. His surrounding cast should be excellent once again and most of the key skill position playmakers return.
* And just like that, Cam Newton is gone. One and done. Can Barrett Trotter do an admirable job in running Gus Malzahn's offense? Or will he leave the door open for touted freshman Kiehl Frazier or sophomore Clint Mosely to get a sniff at the gig?
* How will the Tigers replenish their wide receiver corps? Their two leading receivers, Darvin Adams and Terrell Zachery, are lost to graduation. Keep an eye on Trovon Reed. He missed the 2010 season due to a holdover injury from high school but has big-time potential.
* How will new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis utilize Urban Meyer's old personnel? After suffering through a miserable 2010 campaign, will quarterback John Brantley have better luck in Charlie's pro-style offense? All the buzz is surrounding incoming freshman Jeff Driskel. He's enrolled early for the spring. Could he swoop in and win the job? What does this mean for Trey Burton and Jordan Reed? Likely a position change.
* Who's going to tote the rock for the Dawgs? Washaun Ealey was the favorite heading into the offseason, but he ran into some off-the-field trouble and has been indefinitely suspended from team activities. When will he return to action? Can stud incoming frosh Isaiah Crowell make an instant impact? What about Caleb King—is this the year he lives up to his hype or has that ship already passed?
* The Wildcats need to replace two of their top playmakers from last fall in "Mr. Everything" Randall Cobb and running back Derrick Locke. Who will step up in their absence? La'Rod King should see more action out at wide receiver, but can he become a star? At running back, Brandon Gainer is back from injury and should find himself in the mix, along with incoming true freshman Marcus Caffey and Josh Clemons.
* All eyes will be on the quarterbacks this spring. Incumbent starter Jordan Jefferson returns along with Jarrett Lee. But neither have been spectacular in recent years. Former Georgia stud Zach Mettenberger arrived on campus and probably has more raw talent than both Jefferson or Lee. Can he win the job outright? Or will Jefferson be motivated by Mettenberger's arrival and step up his game?
* With Stevan Ridley moving on early to the NFL, who will be the main back for the Tigers? Michael Ford and Spencer Ware should fight for carries.
* Nathan Stanley won the starting quarterback job last spring only to have it stripped away by Oregon transfer Jeremiah Masoli. This year, Stanley will battle for the job with Randall Mackey and possibly Barry Brunetti, a West Virginia transfer who is petitioning the NCAA for instant eligibility.
* Everybody will have the Bulldogs on their "surprise team to watch" list in 2011. Can they live up to these newfound expectations? The exciting Chris Relf returns at quarterback, but can he improve the passing game that was anemic for most of the 2010 season?
* What kind of drama can we expect out of Steve Spurrier and his stable of signal callers this spring? Will the Old Ball Coach stick with the inconsistent Stephen Garcia or shake things up with Connor Shaw?
* Wide receiver Denarius Moore graduates. In his absence, can Da'Rick Rodgers and Justin Hunter become top flight wide receiver targets for rising sophomore-to-be QB Tyler Bray?
Todd DeVries is the founder of CollegeFootballGeek.com, the nation's foremost authority on college fantasy football. Prolific and deadly accurate.
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