SEC East: Fifteen Key Questions

After a month of workouts, we have a better idea about this year's college football teams than we did during the summer. As always, there are some questions that can only be answered once the games get going. Here are the three biggest unresolved issues for each of Florida's five SEC East division competitors.

GEORGIA

1. Can Joe Cox be a quality SEC starting quarterback as a fifth year?
senior when he's only started one game?
2. Can the Bulldogs survive the first half of their schedule before their bye week and the UF game? All seven games are against BCS conference opponents, and four of them are on the road.
3. Is the defense improved enough to stop quality offenses and force some turnovers?

TENNESSEE

1. Jonathan Crompton struggled miserably in Dave Clawson's system last season. Is Lane Kiffin's offense a better fit for him, or is he just not an SEC caliber QB?
2. How much will injuries to the Volunteers starting center and multiple wide receivers affect their performance in the early part of the season?
3. Will true freshmen like Bryce Brown, David Oku and NuKeese Richardson be able to handle carrying a big part of the offensive burden right away?

SOUTH CAROLINA

1. How much progress has Stephen Garcia made while working with new quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus - can he reduce the Gamecocks?
nightmarish total of 38 turnovers in 2008? 2. Under the tutelage of new coach Eric Wolford, can the offensive line finally block successfully enough for the Gamecocks to execute some phase of their attack at a high level?
3. Does South Carolina have a kicker? Ryan Succop is gone and punter Spencer Lanning will now try doing double duty.

VANDERBILT

1. How much will the no huddle be a part of Bobby Johnson's strategy this season?
2. With the loss of touted transfer Terrence Jeffers, who will be any factor at the wide receiver spot?
3. How will the Commodores make up for the loss of depth on their defensive line due to injuries and a transfer?

KENTUCKY

1. After losing multiple WRs in preseason on what already looked like an unimposing offense, can the Wildcats generate points in SEC play?
2. Is this the final season for coach Rich Brooks, and if so how will players respond?
3. Will anyone throw the ball at potential first round cornerback Trevard Lindley all season?


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