Ranking the SEC: OL

In just two weeks, SEC Media Days kick off followed by the release of the all-conference teams. As usual, there will be several expected selections and some surprises. In anticipation of the new season getting underway, here's a look at how the league's offensive lines stack up.

Florida's offensive line maybe didn't get the credit they deserved last season after overcoming the loss of four starters. But the Gators look to have the SEC's best line this fall.

#1 Florida – After replacing four starters last season, the Gators return four starters this season and should have one of the best offensive lines in the SEC. Drew Miller needs to become more comfortable at center after struggling a bit with the move in the spring. And there's some talented youngsters backing up the starters.

#2 LSU – LSU returns three starters from last season and senior guard Will Arnold who was a starter before being sidelined with injuries. With the second best rushing yards per carry total last season and a decent job in pass protection, the Tigers will have one of the SEC's best offensive lines if they stay healthy.

#3 Arkansas – Arkansas posted the league's best running attack with 5.9 yards per carry and allowed a league-low nine sacks. But they were also the only SEC team to throw the ball fewer than 40 percent of the time. Although they lost three starters upfront, they return with one of the nation's best centers in Jonathan Luigs. And, the three new projected starters are all upperclassmen.

#4 Tennessee – Tennessee returns experience upfront, but many of their offensive linemen are coming off injuries. The leader of the group, Eric Young missed the spring due to shoulder surgery, but as long as everyone returns healthy in the fall, the Vols should have a strong line that allowed the third fewest sacks in the SEC a year ago (19).

#5 Ole Miss – Ole Miss ranked in the middle of the pack last season in sacks and rushing yards. They return four starters, so things should only get better for the Rebels. Led by All-SEC candidate Michael Oher at left tackle, Ole Miss is feeling good about their line heading into the fall.

#6 Alabama – The Crimson Tide return five starters to the offensive line, led by junior Antoine Caldwell who is an All-SEC candidate. ‘Bama allowed too many sacks last season (28), ranking near the bottom of the league, but decent on the ground, gaining 3.5 yards per carry for 123 yards per game.

#7 Vanderbilt – Vanderbilt could start five seniors this season, all with starting experience. Led by Brian Stamper who was a second team All-SEC selection two seasons ago, the Commodores have the potential to be solid on the line.

#8 Georgia – Georgia lost three starters to a line that was second best in the league in fewest sacks allowed and sacks per pass attempt. There wasn't much depth, but they have lots of talented newcomers for the line.

#9 Auburn – With a line shakeup in the off-season, Auburn hopes to improve its pass protection after allowing the SEC's second most amount of sacks last season (35). The Tigers did have success on the ground, rushing for nearly 150 yards per game. Auburn allowed a sack more than 10 percent of the times they passed last season.

#10 Mississippi State – The only team last season to allow fewer than 3.0 yards per carry, the Bulldogs also allowed 29 sacks. But Mississippi State returns four starters and has some experience now upfront, including Michael Brown who transferred over from the Gators last season.

#11 South Carolina – The Gamecocks front five played well last season, but after losing three starters, they're looking for answers before the fall. The offensive line struggled in South Carolina's spring game, and many of the starting jobs are still up in the air.

#12 Kentucky – Kentucky allowed the most sacks and rushed for the second fewest yards in the SEC. Maybe it's a good thing they only return two starters upfront.

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