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College football 2016 preview: Best newcomers in the SEC

Who are new faces to watch for in 2016? Our SEC panel's predictions.

Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama - Considering the depth situation at offensive tackle, Williams (6-5, 288) could be in the starting lineup. He enrolled in January and was impressive in spring practice working primarily at right tackle. -- Kirk McNair, BamaMag

McTelvin Agim, DE, Arkansas - A five-star recruit who has all the tools to be one of the best freshman in the SEC this season. Extremely fast for a defensive end and should get to the quarterback a lot. -- Jackson Safon, Hawgs Illustrated

Marlon Davidson, DE, Auburn - An early high school graduate, Marlon Davidson was impressive at defensive end in spring drills and is pushing for a starting spot. -- Mark Murphy, Inside the Auburn Tigers

Dre Massey, WR, Florida - Signed out of junior college, Massey quickly became the go-to receiver in the spring with the absence of Callaway and Brando Powell who he will challenge for the slot position. -- Bob Redman, Fightin' Gators

Jacob Eason, QB, Georgia - No one knows when or even if Eason will start in 2016, but he’s got a tremendous amount of hype surrounding him. No one can really know if Eason will live up to the hype, but he’s got tons of potential. -- Dean Legge, Dawg Post

Kash Daniel, LB, Kentucky - The Cats have several freshmen who could play immediately, but perhaps the biggest area of need is at inside linebacker, where the US Army All-American could provide a huge boost if he picks things up quickly. -- Jeff Drummond, All Wildcats

Devin White, LB, LSU - Les Miles said at SEC Media Days that he expects White to play every game and, with LSU looking for depth at linebacker, White has a chance to contribute a lot and often early. He's got an SEC body already. -- Billy Embody, Tiger Blitz

Greg Little, LT, Ole Miss - While, on paper, Ole Miss lost five players with starting experience from last year's team, the Rebels return a wealth of talent and production. However, there's no clear-cut replacement for Laremy Tunsil at left tackle. Enter Little, a former five-star prospect who has the potential, and opportunity, to step into a starting role immediately. -- Ben Garrett, OM Spirit

Reginald Todd, WR, Mississippi State - A former basketball recruit who committed to New Mexico State, but decided to stick with football. At 6-5 he is a big big physical receiver who should contribute near the end zone during his freshman season. -- David Murray, Gene's Page

Tyler Howell, LT, Missouri - A JUCO signee who enrolled in January, Howell lined up as the Tigers’ starting left tackle during spring ball. He will need to be good right away to anchor a young and inexperienced offensive line. -- Nate Latsch, Black & Gold Illustrated

Brandon McIlwain, QB, South Carolina - McIlwain might not win the starting job right away (or at all this season), but if he does, he could be special. He's a dual threat who could be a crucial playmaker for this team. -- Bryan Matecun, Scout

Jonathan Kongbo, DL, Tennessee - The former Scout five-star should slide all along the Vols' defensive front depending on down and distance. Coordinator Bob Shoop will put Kongbo in positions to be productive, which shouldn't be difficult as teammates will command double teams. -- Danny Parker, Inside Tennessee

Justin Madubuike, DE, Texas A&M - You can never have too many defensive ends and Madubuike looks to the next great one to come to A&M. Playing time may be hard to come by because of the depth but he should have an impact at some point this season. -- Elijah Silas-Tafelsky, Aggie Digest

JoeJuan Williams, DB, Vanderbilt - Williams, a 4-star prospect, was by far Vandy's most heavily recruited signee. An early enrollee, he participated in spring drills and should be able to contribute as a freshman. -- Don Yates, VandyMania

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