Today we looked at teams that have answered the most questions this spring. This is the flip side. These four teams head into the summer with almost as many issues as they had entering spring ball. What do all four teams have in common? Here's a hint: It involves a starting quarterback, or lack thereof.
Edward Aschoff: Florida
Defensively, there weren't a ton of questions, but the Gators are very thin at linebacker. The major issues in Gainesville are on offense -- like every offensive position. For starters, Will Grier left spring with a slight lead at quarterback, but there wasn’t enough separation to provide much confidence there. The offensive line is in shambles because of injuries and poor depth. Demarcus Robinson is back at receiver, but with Brandon Powell injured for the second half of spring, the Gators are searching for multiple consistent receiver threats. And is there any true stability at running back behind Kelvin Taylor?
Sam Khan Jr.: Texas A&M
Yes, the Aggies addressed their biggest issue on defense by hiring former LSU coordinator John Chavis, but how much improvement to expect in one year is still unknown. There are questions at linebacker, because most of the projected starters sat out some or all of spring practices with injuries. The Aggies didn't declare a starter at left tackle (Avery Gennesy and Germain Ifedi competed for the job in spring, and both received practice time at left and right tackle). And offensive coordinator Jake Spavital made it clear that Kyler Murray will get a fair chance to compete for the starting quarterback job when (if) he arrives in the summer (assuming he doesn't sign a pro baseball contract following the MLB draft). Kyle Allen is the incumbent, and with two springs and five starts under his belt, he certainly has an edge, but the position obviously isn't set in stone.
Greg Ostendorf: Ole Miss
There is a lot to like about Ole Miss, and I do believe the Rebels have a team that can compete in the SEC West, but there are still plenty of question marks. Who will be the starting quarterback? Everybody expected Chad Kelly to come in and take the job. He still might, but nobody pulled ahead this spring. Can receiver Laquon Treadwell be the player he was before the injury? His recovery has been amazing, but until I see him in a game, I just don’t know. And can this team stay healthy? The offensive line was a mess this spring with all the injuries.
Alex Scarborough: Alabama
Domestic violence charges against cornerback Cyrus Jones were dropped last week, but any time your program has four arrests in the span of just over a month, you are going in the wrong direction. That’s what was so concerning about Alabama this spring. Because it wasn’t just off-the-field behavior that came into question. What occurred between the lines wasn’t as productive as it could have been, either. Despite Jake Coker's time in the system, he couldn’t win the starting job at quarterback. David Cornwell, who emerged as his primary competition, wound up finishing on a down note at A-Day. Bo Scarbrough, who was needed at running back, was sidelined with a knee injury. And the defense, which improved in the secondary despite Jones’ absence recovering from a bum hip, was hit with another injury to everyone’s favorite preseason All-American, lineman A'Shawn Robinson.