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Pre Spring Power Rankings: SEC East

By Southern Pigskin Staff
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An early look at the SEC East.

1. Georgia -- The Bulldogs will be one of the national favorites and for good reason; there will be great balance offensively with quarterback J.T. Daniels, running back Zamir White and receiver George Pickens and company and the front seven, led by tackle Jordan Davis, will again be one of the nation's best. Play at the line of scrimmage will be where Georgia wins a lot of games. There is talent, depth and experience everywhere.

2. Florida -- Keep an eye on the Gators defensively as this unit could quickly emerge as one of the SEC's best. Players like Zachary Carter, Brenton Cox, Trey Dean, Mohamoud Diabate, Kaiir Elam and Ventrell Miller are all accomplished returning standouts. The talented Emory Jones will now get his opportunity at quarterback in Dan Mullen's system as new playmakers emerge on the perimeter on offense.

3. Missouri -- Eli Drinkwitz's debut was a successful one. Now former NFL head coach Steve Wilks has been brought in as defensive coordinator. After a freshman season where he completed more than 67% of his passes, quarterback Connor Bazelak is ready to take the next step. Even with a dip at the end of last season, this feels like a program with a lot of momentum moving forward.

4. Kentucky -- Darian Kinnard returns as one of college football's best offensive linemen and will headline another strong front five for the Wildcats. Running back Chris Rodriguez, Jr. averaged over 87 yards rushing per game last season and ran for eleven scores. Expect the Wildcats to have another great secondary as well. More production is obviously needed in the passing game.

5. South Carolina -- Running back Kevin Harris, 1,138 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2020, is a star. He gives new head coach Shane Beamer an obvious offensive focal point. Look for him to run the ball early and often this fall. End Kingsley Enagbare is one of the best in the league and will lead a refurbished defense. Quarterback play will be a priority in this year of transition for the Gamecocks.

6. Tennessee -- There are so many questions for the Volunteers at this point. In addition to the coaching turnover and the introduction of Josh Heupel to lead the team, Tennessee has lost a number of key players to the transfer portal. While Heupel has notable credentials, the entire program is hitting the reset button. The new-look 'Vols will have a revamped depth chart to go along with new offensive and defensive schemes.

7. Vanderbilt -- Former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Clark Lea, a former fullback for the Commodores, brings an impressive resume back to Nashville. A young talent base on defense should only get better with his insight. Vanderbilt will have to work on developing more of a big-play offense and building around quarterback Ken Seals, who had some success as a freshman.