Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Poll: Who was the spring's biggest star?
By Chris Low
Spring stars can break your heart.
Sometimes, guys look like All-SEC material during spring practice and then don't do much of anything during the season.
Other times, we get a glimpse of what's to come during the spring, guys who tear it up during spring practice and then ride that momentum into big falls.
We've come up with five players who had excellent springs this year, and we're going to leave it up to you the fans to pick who was the biggest spring star by voting in our SportsNation poll.
It's a good mix of players.
Georgia's Tray Matthews is only a true freshman who enrolled early. He played well enough this spring (and handed out enough bone-crunching licks) that he enters preseason camp as one of the starters at safety.
On the other end of the spectrum, there's Tennessee linebacker Dontavis Sapp. A senior with just two career starts, Sapp was the Vols' most consistent defender this spring, and first-year coach Butch Jones couldn't say enough good things about the way Sapp performed.
Florida thinks it's found its go-to running back in sophomore Matt Jones. LSU junior receiver Jarvis Landry caught everything in sight this spring and put up big numbers, while Auburn junior Justin Garrett found a home in Ellis Johnson's new 4-2-5 defense at the hybrid "star" position, which is part linebacker and part safety.
Go ahead and start voting, and we'll unveil your pick as the SEC's biggest spring star in the coming days.