SEC East: Players You Would Steal from Other SEC Schools
Last week it was the SEC West, this week it is time to consider which SEC player teams from the East could add to their roster that would make an impact in the coming season.
Yes, you love your team and like any good fan, you really love the players who made the choice to be on your sideline every Saturday.
Put all that aside for right now and think hard about what you see when you glance across the field to the other sidelines. Who is the guy you covet in another uniform? Which SEC player from another school would you add to your roster given the opportunity?
Would you go for a hot-shot QB even if you have a guy who has solid upside, but lacks experience? Are you going to look around and see where you have a particular position that needs upgrading to complete your team?
Here is a look at an SEC player who would be of genuine value for each team from the SEC East. Think your head coach would want him as well?
It is tempting to grab one of the SEC's top flight running backs for the Gators or possibly a go to wide receiver, but it does not matter who is running the football or who it is being thrown to if the guys up front are not taking care of business.
With several starters gone from last season and a lack of depth along the offensive front the best addition for the Gators is center William Vlachos from Alabama.
Adding Vlachos would give Florida an experienced senior on the line who can provide leadership and intelligent play.
Georgia begins the season with the best QB in the conference as Aaron Murray comes back for his second year as the starter for the Dawgs. What he needs to finish the season as the top signal caller in the SEC is a top notch receiver to throw the ball to.
Georgia fans will be familiar with the guy Murray needs to replace A.J. Green. Greg Childs hauled in forty yard pass from Ryan Mallet against the Dawgs last year that gave the Hogs a win in Athens.
Alabama fans may howl, but Childs is almost as physical as Julio Jones and has better hands.
A receiver like Childs could be the difference for Mark Richt in the coming season.
Kentucky has plenty of holes as the 2011 season approaches, but if they want to make the most improvement possible the Wildcats must learn to stop the run.
Florida's Omar Hunter is a big guy (302 pounds) and has the strength, size and quickness to fill up the middle at the nose position on defense so Kentucky's linebackers can get to the football.
Hunter is poised for a big year in Gainesville and would be a real difference make for Kentucky.
Steve Spurrier has the Gamecocks ready to go in 2011 and many prognosticators believe this year's South Carolina team will be better than last year.
Why? Marcus Lattimore is back to run the ball, Alshon Jeffery is returning to catch it and the defensive front is stout. Oh, QB Stephen Garcia is back too.
Garcia is a frustrating player for Spurrier. He must be the most talented QB on the Gamecock roster, because otherwise Spurrier would have dumped the oft suspended player for good.
Adding Georgia QB Aaron Murray to the team would put the Gamecocks at the top of the list for capturing the SEC East title this year. With Garcia, well, things are a little more unpredictable.
The Vols will need to win with defense this season. Tyler Bray will become a solid QB, but the offensive unit is not quite ready to carry the day.
If defense is the key to winning for the Vols then the question becomes where is a player going to make the most difference.
The defensive line is young, but has great potential. The secondary is bringing back experience and depth. The linebackers also have promise, but this is the spot on the Vol defense where a guy who can provide leadership and ability could make a real difference.
Vanderbilt's Chris Marve is a big hitter and has outstanding leadership qualities. Marve has been scary good for the Commodores, and would be recognized as one of the nation's best linebackers if he was surrounded with a talented supporting cast.
Vanderbilt has ten starters back on offense and nine returning for the defense. For most SEC schools this would mean you are set for the year. Not at Vanderbilt.
In 2010 the Commodores finished either last or next to last in most of the major statistical categories. So...who do the Commodores need to make 2011 a better season.
It would be impossible for one player to bring all of the elements needed to make Vandy a credible SEC football team. Why that player would have to be a superman. Wait...that is it. He may not currently be an SEC player, but Vanderbilt needs to add THE real big man to make significant strides this season.
The addition to the Commodore roster? The man of steel himself, Superman.