5. Auburn running back Michael Dyer- Mario Fannin returns and will be the starting running back for the Tigers. It wouldn't be surprising to see Dyer get on the field in key situations. He may only be 5-9, but his thick 200-pound frame allows him to carry the pile for extra yards. He runs with a low center of gravity that lets him change direction quickly.
Dyer and Ontario McCalebb will both see carries behind Fannin, but Dyer could take over the second-team carries early on.
4. Florida wide receiver Andre Debose- He earned the comparisons to Percy Harvin out of high school, but a hamstring injury suffered during his senior year of track held him back. The Florida coaches took their time getting him to the field, but the injury got worse. They finally decided on surgery, which ended his 2009 season before it started.
The redshirt freshman returned to the field for the second half of spring practice and was participating in the spring game without any setbacks.
His presence in the slot, along with Chris Rainey, could force some tense moments for opposing defenses. Both could also take handoffs in the backfield, similar to what Harvin did in Gainesville. The benefit of two electric players in the slot is they can split the extra touches, keeping both players fresh down the stretch.
3. Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers- The Volunteers continue to search for a consistent quarterback to get the ball to Rogers. When they do decide on a quarterback, he will have a game changing wide receiver to throw to.
Rogers has excellent body control when going for the ball in the air. His 6-2, 205-pound frame gives him an advantage over most defensive backs he goes up against, but he also has a knack for coming down with the reception. Rogers is also fast for someone his size.
The Volunteers return two veteran starters at receiver, Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore, but Rogers will see the field. He is the best deep threat on the team as a freshman, and with Tennessee struggling to find a quarterback, Rogers will give the eventual starting quarterback a receiver who has a chance to come down with every pass, regardless of where it is thrown.
2. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray- The Bulldogs toyed with burning Murray's redshirt last season as senior Joe Cox struggled through the season at quarterback. The goal was to set up a two-man battle between Murray and Zach Mettenberger to become the starter in 2010, but Mettenberger was kicked off the team in April for violating team rules.
Murray becomes the starter at Georgia in an ideal situation for a first-year starter. He will line up behind a veteran offensive line with one of the best receivers in college football, A.J. Green, lined up out wide. The Bulldogs also have Washaun Ealey at running back, who finished the season as their starting running back, rushing for 717 yards on 125 carries.
All the pieces are in place for Murray to be successful during his first season on the field. The Bulldogs will find out what they have at quarterback early in the season, as three of their first five games are on the road.
1.South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore- Steve Spurrier finally has a go-to running back at South Carolina. Lattimore was heavily involved in the run and pass game at Byrnes High School, and he could be an every down back for the Gamecocks. He is a patient running back who reads the holes well and explodes through them. He did struggle with fumbling the football at the Army All-American Game.
The Gamecocks return their three leading rushers from 2009 in Kenny Miles, Brian Maddox and Jarvis Giles. The trio was solid for South Carolina last year, but no individual players stepped up and became the go-to running back. Don't be surprised if Lattimore does that as a freshman.
SEC's Best Offensive Freshmen
Fightin Gators Top Stories
Franz Beard's Thoughts of the Day; April 25A few thoughts to jump start your Tuesday morning...
Fightin Gators9:38 PM
Faedo Named SEC Pitcher of the WeekJunior Alex Faedo pitched 8.2 scoreless innings in a win against No. 18 South Carolina last Thursday and was named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week after his…
Fightin Gators9:08 PM
Gators and More Podcast; April 24Bob Redman and Denny Courson discuss the NFL Draft, Gator football recruiting, Florida basketball, and Gator baseball in the latest edition of the Gators and More Podcast.
Fightin Gators8:38 PM
Look back: Draft-able Gators Rankings Part 1The Florida Gators should have several players go in the NFL Draft later this week. WE take a historical look back at where these NFL prospects were ranked when recruited by…
Fightin Gators6:52 PM