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Predicting each SEC breakout player in 2016

Scout's SEC panel believes these players are poised to have a big 2016.

Rueben Foster, LB, Alabama - "There has been a thread in the Alabama defense at middle linebacker with Rolando McClain followed by C.J. Mosley followed by Reggie Ragland, all-stars all. Next man up is senior Reuben Foster, who started last year at weak-side linebacker alongside Ragland and who moved into the middle spot in the spring." -- Kirk McNair, BamaMag

Dominique Reed, WR, Arkansas - "With Hunter Henry gone, he will be the second most targeted player in this offense and really has a chance to shine in that role." -- Jackson Safon, Arkansas

Tre Williams, LB, Auburn - "An athletic junior linebacker, was in on 55 tackles while starting three games last season, but has the potential to do much more." -- Mark Murphy, AU Tigers

Luke Del Rio, QB, Florida - "He's a walk-on, but the by expect big things from Del Rio who is heady and has the right kind of tools to do the job they need him to do at Florida." -- Bob Redman, Fightin Gators

Natrez Patrick, LB, Georgia - "Another young player for UGA on defense, by the end of the season Patrick had taken over the linebacker spot at that crowded and deep position. He’s one to look out for in 2016." -- Dean Yegge, Dawg Post

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CJ Conrad, TE, Kentucky - "Look for the Cats to have their biggest production at the position in almost a decade as the big, athletic, sure-handed Conrad enters his sophomore season under a new OC (Eddie Gran) who loves to use the tight end." -- Jeff Drummond, All Wildcats

Brandon Harris, QB, LSU - "Harris led LSU to a 7-0 start and threw for 200+ yards in three straight games before the Tigers lost three straight. He regressed as the year went on, but going into Year 3 as starter, big things are expected." -- Billy Embody, Tiger Blitz

Aeris Williams, OT, Mississippi State - "There are a half-dozen competitive running backs on the roster. But sophomore Williams is the best-rounded of the group as the Bulldogs get back to pounding the grounds in 2016." -- David Murray, Gene's Page

Cameron Hilton, S, Missouri - "This could be QB Drew Lock or CB T.J. Warren but we’ll go with Hilton, who moved to wide receiver as a freshman last season but then back to safety this off-season. He’s a special talent." -- Nate Latsch, Black And Gold Illustrated

Van Jefferson, WR, Ole Miss - "Jefferson redshirted last season due to depth at the position. However, in the spring and despite a number of seasoned, proven players around him, Jefferson shined, winning spring offensive MVP. The 2016 season could be his coming-out party." -- Ben Garrett, OM Spirit

Jamarcus King, CB, South Carolina - King is a JUCO transfer from Coffeyville Community College. He was the No. 1 JUCO recruit at his position, and should give the Gamecocks secondary some much-needed help. -- Bryan Matecun, Scout

RaShaan Gaulden, S, Tennessee - "Two seasons on Rocky Top have been marred by injury but a proper recognition of skills alongside two starting safety jobs up for grabs should equal the jet-fueled Gaulden laying hits and making plays." -- Danny Parker, Inside Tennessee

Josh Walker, ILB, Texas A&M - "Emerged as the Aggies’ starter at middle linebacker before suffering a broken foot vs. Missouri. Walker had started three straight games before the injury. He is healthy and should be in for a strong sophomore season." -- Elijah Silas-Tafelsky, Scout

Khari Blasingame, RB, Vanderbilt - "The Vandy staff has been looking for a big back for a couple seasons. They may have found one in Blasingame who was moved from linebacker in the spring and played well." -- Don Yates, Vandy Mania


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