Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Five post-spring burning questions
By ESPN.com staff ESPN.com
Had we learned too much about anybody in the SEC this spring, then somebody probably wouldn't have been doing his job.
Come on, nobody wants to show a whole lot in the spring, which is why most of the scrimmages are closed and the spring games are purposely vanilla most of the time.
Still, a few things stuck out.
1. Getting offensive in Tuscaloosa: Everybody knows that Nick Saban digs defense, but the Tide Nation is going to dig this offense in 2010. The Mark Ingram-Trent Richardson combo at running back should be even more effective next season, especially with a healthy Julio Jones out there at receiver.
John Brantley knows expectations for him this season are high.
2. Another round of quarterback questions: Weren't we talking about quarterback instability in the SEC this time a year ago? Come to think of it, we have been for the past two years. Of the first-year starters, Florida's John Brantley appears poised to have the biggest season. Don't be surprised if close to half the teams in the league wind up playing two quarterbacks.
3. Hog heaven: Arkansas is confident that it has everything in place offensively to make a run at its first SEC championship. But where coach Bobby Petrino felt that the Hogs made up the most ground this spring was defensively with their fundamentals, their depth and their mindset. Arkansas took it on the chin defensively last season but is ready to make a stand on that side of the ball in 2010.
4. Feeling Spurrier's wrath:Stephen Garcia's numbers might have improved from his freshman season to his sophomore season, but not his standing with South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier. The Head Ball Coach is as down as he's ever been on Garcia and has made it known to everybody who'll listen that he's serious about playing true freshman Connor Shaw if Garcia doesn't have a great summer.
5. Rocky times on Rocky Top: It may be a while before Tennessee sees double-digit wins again. This spring was eye-opening for first-year coach Derek Dooley, who inherited a mess. It goes much deeper than merely a lack of talent and experience, too. This is a once-proud program that's lost its stinger, and it could take more than a year or two to get it back when you look at how the heavyweights in this league have run off and left the Vols.