A.P. Steadham

SEC Players Evaluate Newcomers Poised to Impact 2016 Season

Prognosticators have less than seven weeks until the 2016 college football season kicks off. Members of the Fourth Estate were asked to project the East and West Division winners, the eventual conference champion and All-League selections at the recent 2016 SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.

The historical batting average of the collective media over the past 24 years would make an infield utility player blush.  Only five times (.208) have they correctly forecasted the SEC Champion.  Alabama in the Western Division and Tennessee from the East were the designated choices a few days ago with the Tide tabbed as the King.

BamaMag.com decided to poll a large sampling (30) of the 42 players, three from each school, as to predicting outstanding newcomers (reserves or first-year players) on offense and defense from their respective teams.  Some of the respondents were only familiar with one side of the ball.

Wide receiver Calvin Ridley and defensive backs Minkah Fitzpatrick and Marlon Humphrey performed above and beyond any reasonable expectation for the Tide.  Texas A&M is hoping QB Trevor Knight, formerly of Oklahoma, will be the best addition on offense.  He played outstanding against Alabama with a signature performance winning the MVP in the 2014 Sugar Bowl 45-31 victory for the Sooners.  Missouri is counting on a fifth-year graduate transfer from Alabama, WR Chris Black.       

Alabama

Jonathan Allen

Offense – QB Jalen Hurts, OT Jonah Wiliams

Defense – DL Raekwon Davis

O.J. Howard

Offense – TE Miller Forristall, TE Irvin Smith, WR Trevon Diggs

Defense – DB Shyheim Carter 

Eddie Jackson

Offense – WR Gehrig Dieter

Defense – DB Shyheim Carter, DB Aaron “A-Rob” Robinson

Arkansas

Brooks Ellis

Offense - RB T.J. Hammonds, RB Devway Whaley

Defense – DL Jonathan Marshall

Jeremy Sprinkle

Offense - RB T.J. Hammonds  

Auburn

Marcus Davis

Offense – WR Nate Craig-Myers, WR Marquis McClain

Defense – DL Derrick Brown

Montravious Adams

Offense – WR Nate Craig-Myers

Defense – DL Marlon Davidson

Florida

Jarrad Davis

Offense – RB Mark Thompson, WR Dre Massey

Defense – LB Jeremiah Moon, LB Vosean Joseph, LB David Reese

Marcus Maye

Offense – WR Tyrie Cleveland, RB Mark Thompson

Defense – DB Chauncey Gardner, Jr., DB Quincy Lenton, DB Jeawon Taylor

Georgia

Brandon Kublanow

Offense – OL Ben Cleveland

Dominick Sanders

Offense – QB Jacob Eason

Defense – DB Mecole Hardman

Kentucky

Courtney Love

Offense - all the freshmen OL

Defense – LB Eli Brown, LB Kash Daniel, LB Nico Firios, LB Jordan Jones

LSU

Tre’Davious White

Offense – WR Drake Davis

Defense – Freshmen DB’s

Ethan Pocic

Offense – OL Donovaughn Campbell, OL Lloyd Cushenberry, WR Dee Anderson, WR Drake Davis

Defense – DL Rashard Lawrence  

Mississippi State

Richie Brown

Offense – WB Donald Gray, 

Defense – DB Brandon Bryant, DL A.J. Jefferson

Fred Ross

Offense – WR Malik Dear, WR Donald Gray, WR Keith Mixon

Defense – DB Brandon Bryant, LB Gerri Green

A.J. Jefferson

Offense - OL Deion Calhoun

Defense – DB Jamal Peters

Missouri

Sean Culkin

Offense – WR Chris Black, RB DaMareo Crockett

Michael Scherer

Offense – RB Alex Ross, WR Chris Black

Defense – DB Thomas Wilson

Charles Harris

Offense – WR Chris Black

Defense – LB Trey Baldwin, DL Tre Williams

Ole Miss

D.J. Jones

Offense – WR Van Jefferson

Chad Kelly

Offense- QB Shea Patterson

Defense – LB Terry Caldwell, LB DeMarquis Gates, DB C.J. Hampton

Evan Engram

Offense - WR A.J. Brown, WR D.K. Metcalf, WR Tre Nixon, OL Greg Little

Defense – LB Rommel Mageo

South Carolina

Deebo Samuel

Offense – WR Korey Banks, WR Randrecous Davis, WR Bryan Edwards

Marquavius Lewis

Defense – DL Griffin Gentry  

Tennessee

Jalen Reeves-Maybin

Offense - WR Marques Calloway, WR Brandon Johnson, WR Latrell Williams

Defense – LB Daniel Bituli, LB Ja’Quain Blakely, DB Baylen Buchanan, DB Nigel Warrior, DL Jonathan Kongbo

Texas A&M

Ricky Seals-Jones

Offense – RB Trayveon Williams  

Defense – LB Tyrel Dodson

Vanderbilt

Ralph Webb

Offense – RB Khori Blasingame, RB Josh Crawford, RB Dallas Rivers

Defense – LB Nigel Bowden, DL Jay Woods

Zach Cunningham

Offense – QB Kyle Shurmur

Defense – LB Jordan Griffin, LB Jay Hockaday

Oren Burks

Offense – WR Trent Sherfield

Defense – SAF Emanuel Smith, SAF Trey Tarpley


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