Now that spring practice is done around the SEC, it's time to take a look back at what we learned about the league over the course of a couple of months.
Remember, everything we learn during spring practice is the gospel for the upcoming season. Really, it's set in stone and lacks the ability to change or evolve. What we learn now is what we will see when the games are played.
Here's what we know in the SEC East:
1. Florida has a passing game: Give Jim McElwain and Doug Nussmeier some credit for the work they did with journeyman Luke Del Rio. The former scout-team quarterback -- the son of Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio -- was the clear leader at QB this spring. He isn't the most talented quarterback McElwain has worked with, and he might not even have the most potential at the position on Florida's roster, but he made all the throws and was the most consistent passer in Gainesville this spring. In a watered-down spring game, Del Rio looked sharp and took care of the football. Del Rio will make the passes needed and will have a bigger presence with passing downfield than former starter Treon Harris.
2. Kirby Smart is being, um, smart with Jacob Eason, but he's the guy: Blah, blah, blah, Georgia has a continuing quarterback battle. But don't get it twisted: True freshman Jacob Eason will end up being the guy. Maybe not in Week 2 or even Week 4, but he'll earn the most starts this fall. While he should be gearing up for prom right now, he's the most talented quarterback on the roster. He needed to be pushed this spring and Smart couldn't just hand him the job. That's not how it works with young, potential superstars. Eason needed to be humbled -- and probably still does -- and Smart did that. He gave Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey every shot to distance themselves from Eason and they didn't. Eason then lit up the spring game with 244 yards and a touchdown. Slowing things down for Eason is the right approach, coach.
3. Joshua Dobbs will throw a lot more: Speaking of even more quarterbacks, Tennessee's is upset. The funny, relatively soft-spoken gunslinger has heard all the criticism revolving around his passing ability, and he's out to prove them wrong. The Vols chucked it around more this spring on purpose. He only threw it nine times in the spring game, but that was indicative of the previous practices. Offensive coordinator Mike DeBord likes to add more to Dobbs' plate because he thinks it helps him. Dobbs wants the challenge of throwing the ball more and throwing the ball downfield more. He only had 17 completions of 25 yards or longer last season, and he wants that number to dramatically increase in 2016.
4. It's a steep climb for Will Muschamp and Barry Odom: South Carolina and Missouri have new coaches and the same ol' problems they had last year. Are the offensive lines good enough to let their respective offenses progress this fall? Will quarterback play be consistent at all? Any dynamic running backs? Any true go-to receivers? Does South Carolina have pass-rushers? How will Odom adjust to life as a head coach on a campus that dealt with so much turmoil last year? I'm not saying neither of these guys won't be successful in their new stints, but they're both going to struggle mightily in Year 1. There are just too many holes and inefficiencies at key positions.
5. Kentucky added more respect to its offense: The Wildcats found their quarterback in Drew Barker (still a work in progress, but he took some big steps this spring), have a deep, experienced group of running backs and some life in the playmaking department at receiver. One opposing coach told me Kentucky has a very underrated group of receivers that just need the right quarterback to be an intimidating group. Barker, who also adds a running element, can be that guy and new offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, whose Cincinnati offense ranked sixth in passing offense (359.9 yards per game) and averaged 33.8 points per game in 2015, should get this offense moving in the right direction down the field.