With odds for college football team win totals recently released in Las Vegas, here are predictions for the SEC East teams.
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The SEC East has an impressive crop of first-year players coming in, including top recruit Trey Smith at Tennessee.
Former Baylor and Kentucky coach Guy Morriss says he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease last fall and is currently undergoing treatment.
Florida and Tennessee are off to fast starts in the spring as 2018 recruiting classes begin to take shape.
Early official visits mean less real personal time to build relationships with prospects and their families for SEC coaches.
Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says that his team is "better across the board" coming out of spring but he's still looking to build along the defensive line. He's hoping that his 2017 recruiting class, which signed seven defensive linemen, can help fill some voids and add quality depth but he doesn't want to totally rely on his young guys. He'd prefer if some of his veterans would step up in the coming months.
Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer
ESPN 300 quarterback Jarren Williams has recommitted to Kentucky. The No. 257 ranked prospect initially decommitted from the Wildcats after receiving an offer from Alabama in April. Williams tweeted that the relationships he had with the Kentucky coaches were something that stood out and helped him make this decision, saying, "The relationships and trust that I have built with the coaching staff, players, and all the support from the fan base is all too important." Kentucky now has three ESPN 300 commitments with defensive end Alex Reigelsperger and offensive lineman Marquan McCall.
Here are seven names to keep an eye on in the SEC East this summer, including Georgia's Isaiah Wilson who could be counted on sooner rather than later.
It was a little surprising to see Stanley Williams go undrafted. But with the uncertainty in Cincy's backfield, he could fill a role.
A team-by-team examination of the most improved players in the SEC East.
Marquan McCall has the tools to grow into a quality multi-year starter who can really help propel Kentucky's ground game.
The starting quarterback spot was supposed to belong to Stephen Johnson, but he may have opened the door to some competition.
Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer
Nice run from running back Jojo Kemp here at Bucs rookie camp. He's a tryout player out of Kentucky. He and the other backs are benefiting from the fact that Jeremy McNichols is still recovering from a torn labrum. More reps.
At least five SEC East teams will need to address critical concerns on defense during the remainder of the offseason.
Not being selected in the NFL draft is a disappointment for some players, but doesn't mean they won't land a spot on a roster this summer.
Florida is making a move within the SEC with Felipe Franks at quarterback as LSU's Ed Orgeron handles a weak spring effort from his offense.
Spring practice didn't dramatically change the landscape of the SEC, but a few developments might have opened the door for competition with Alabama.
ESPN Stats and Information
The SEC had 12 players taken in the first round Thursday night -- including nine from the West division alone -- tied for the most by any conference in the common draft era. The SEC has produced the most first-round picks in six of the past seven drafts.
The Wildcats' class is headlined by ESPN 300 quarterback Jarren Williams, but holding onto the Peach State signal-caller is key with many more SEC offers now on the table.
Derek Tyson RecruitingNation
At No. 22 in the ESPN recruiting class rankings is Kentucky. The Wildcats are off to a solid start with six verbal commitments including two, defensive end Alex Reigelsperger and quarterback Jarren Williams, who are ranked in the ESPN 300. Williams has seen his stock explode in recent weeks.
Derek Tyson RecruitingNation
The SEC has eight teams ranked in the top 25 of the ESPN recruiting class rankings. Surprisingly, only 1 in the top 10. —— 5. LSU 13. Texas A&M 14. Auburn 17. Florida 19. Tennessee 20. Arkansas 22. Kentucky 25. Alabama.
Kentucky is a team that might be capable of making some noise in the SEC East race, but its ceiling seems tied to the quarterback position.