With sky-high expectations and question marks at every turn, and coaches on the hot seat, the 2011 SEC season looks to be as competitive as ever.
Which players from seasons past could help their team to success amidst all the talent and uncertainty in the conference?
Let's answer that question as we take a look at the former player from each school that could lead his team to the promised land in 2011.
Kenny Stabler, QB
The Crimson Tide will return a stellar defense and have one of the top rushers in the country in Trent Richardson.
The biggest question mark for the Tide?
The Tide would love to have The Snake back in Tuscaloosa in 2011.
Darren McFadden, RB
The Razorbacks will likely not need any help at quarterback or receiver, but they could surely use a top-notch running back to carry the rock.
Having Darren McFadden would open up all sorts of room for quarterback Tyler Wilson.
Cam Newton, QB
Was there any doubt about this one?
With Michael Dyer in the backfield, the biggest question mark Auburn has is under center.
Who would they rather have than their Heisman-trophy winning, national champion?
Tim Tebow, QB
Another obvious pick, Tim Tebow would be a huge upgrade over disappointing John Brantley.
Herschel Walker, RB
Georgia has huge question marks at running back this season, considering they've already lost their top two rushers from last season.
How about the greatest college running back to ever play the game.
Randall Cobb, ATH
Randall Cobb is one of the best players in Kentucky history, and his playmaking ability could put the Cats squarely in the SEC East race this season.
Glenn Dorsey, DT
LSU's biggest questions for this season?
Their defensive line.
Having behemoth Glenn Dorsey back on the line would help the Tigers navigate the talented SEC West.
Eric Moulds, WR
Quarterback Chris Reif will make strides from last season, but he could sure use the playmaking ability of Eric Moulds.
The best receiver in Mississippi State history, Moulds would help the Bulldogs finish near the top of the SEC West.
Archie Manning, QB
Archie Manning is the only player that can save the Rebels from an abysmal 2011 campaign.
Though even with Manning, Ole Miss would likely still struggle in the West.
Sidney Rice, WR
If South Carolina lined up Sidney Rice on one side of the field and Alshon Jeffery on the other, they would threaten to score 50 points every game.
The running game would benefit as much as the passing attack, and Marcus Lattimore would likely be a Heisman finalist.
Peyton Manning, QB
Tennessee could surprise many this season, and the addition of Peyton Manning could lead the Vols all the way to the SEC East title in 2011.
Jay Cutler, QB
Larry Smith has been blamed for most Vandy's struggles lately, and Jay Cutler could come in and alleviate all those concerns.
The only problem is that even with Cutler, Vanderbilt will still finish at the bottom of the SEC East.