Post Spring Practice SEC Power Rankings

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Post Spring Practice SEC Power Rankings

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Post Spring Practice SEC Power Rankings

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Spring practices have wrapped up around the Southeastern Conference. We are still a few months away from the opening of fall camp. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t take a look at how teams could be positioned going into to 2022 football season. Here are my post-spring practice SEC power rankings.

14. Vanderbilt

The Commodores have struggled to find success of late, not having been to a bowl game since 2018. Things could be on the upswing, however, under second-year head coach Clark Lea. Vandy just produced its first top 50 recruiting class in nearly ten years. Even though they rank fourteenth on this list, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic in Nashville.

13. Auburn

Second year head coach Brian Harsons has many hurdles to cross in his young career with the Tigers. Even though Auburn is returning eleven starters from last year, they lost close to twenty players to the transfer portal, including quarterback Bo Nix. Running back Tank Bigsby is one of the best in the conference, however, he alone may not be enough to carry this team towards the success of years past.

12. Missouri

Losing defensive coordinator Steve Wilks to the NFL and quarterback Conner Bazelak were quite a blow for the Tigers. They were however, able to replenish their defense personnel to a degree through the transfer portal. Mizzu also put together an impressive recruiting class lead by top five wide receiver Luther Burden and high four star quarterback Sam Horn. The Tigers are loaded up to be a force down the road, maybe just not at this moment.

11. LSU

The Tigers made a big splash hire with head coach Brian Kelly. The former leader of the Fighting Irish has an impressive resume, however, there are still a lot of question marks on this team. LSU will have quite the battle at quarterback between many candidates, including Myles Brennan, Garrett Nussmeier, Walker Howard and ASU transfer Jayden Daniels. They are also counting on running back John Emery Jr to live up to his promise. There is no reason to believe the Tigers won’t come back to prominence, but it may take some time.

10. Florida

The Gators are in the midst of a program rebuild, but they are off to a strong start. New head coach Billy Napier is one of the brightest up and coming coaches in the nation. The former Louisiana coach has already put together a top 20 recruiting class in his first off-season. This momentum should only continue to grow in one of the most talent rich states in the country. Quarterback Anthony Johnson has the potential to be a star and the defense should be solid. It may not be long before Florida becomes a contender again.

9. South Carolina

Head coach Shane Beamer caught the SEC by surprise leading the Gamecocks to a 7-6 record in his first season. There is no reason to believe he can’t improve on that in year two. South Carolina did some serious work in the transfer portal putting together a strong group led by quarterback Spencer Rattler and tight end Austin Stogner. An improved offense combined with a solid defense should make the Gamecocks a formidable foe in 2022.

8. Mississippi State

Mike Leach led the Bulldogs to a 7-6 season in 2021. His team could be even better in 2022. Junior quarterback Will Rogers is coming off a 4,739 yard and
36 touchdown season and the roster will see a plethora of returning players. That being said, replacing Charles Cross will be a difficult task and Mississippi State has a tough schedule ahead of them. It won’t be easy, but neither will be beating the Bulldogs.

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