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My Preseason SEC Player of the Year and Champions

Throughout the south, the annual SEC media jamboree is considered the unofficial start of football season.  Well, in most states. With a month of off-season danger still lurking, today’s predictions can change within a police blotter instant. This week, every talking head known to mankind will be publishing their prognostications. I thought I’d better follow suit. Here are my preseason superlatives and projected divisional races.

SEC Champion: Georgia

SEC West

1. Auburn
2. Ole Miss
3. Alabama
4. LSU
5. Texas A&M
6. Mississippi State
7. Arkansas

SEC East

1. Georgia
2. Tennessee
3. Missouri
4. Kentucky
5. Florida (West opponents are Ole Miss and at LSU)
6. South Carolina (West opponents LSU and at Texas A&M)
7. Vanderbilt

Player of the Year: QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

Offensive Player of the Year: QB Jeremy Johnson, Auburn

Defensive Player of the Year: DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

Comeback Player of the Year: WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

Rookie of the Year: OT Martez Ivey, Florida

I know better. I’ve seen too many half-hearted efforts. At Media Days, Georgia won’t receive many overall first place votes.  Current quarterback issues are worrisome. But when studying league personnel, I rank teams based off position groups. I do this mainly due to the importance of positional depth, not so much off individual talent. This is a major difference between football and basketball. Of seven position group categories, Georgia has three of the conference’s best. Running back is an obvious one, but the Dawgs also have the SEC’s top collection of linebackers as well as offensive line. A game managing quarterback will surface. How hard could it be? Take the snap, turn around, hand the football off to Nick Chubb or any other of its high school All-Americans. After that challenging task, just simply watch them run behind the best frontline in the game.

We’ll revisit this post in December.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

12 Comments for My Preseason SEC Player of the Year and Champions

  1. Jason
    12:42 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

    My predictions


    1. Georgia
    2. Missouri
    3. Tennessee
    4. South Carolina
    5. Florida
    6. Kentucky
    7. Vanderbilt


    1. Auburn
    2. Alabama
    3. LSU
    4. Mississippi
    5. Texas A&M
    6. Arkansas
    7. Mississippi State

    SEC Champions: Auburn

  2. RICK
    1:12 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

    Ole Miss. is the only one i can’t agree with. You know a lot more about it than i do so lets hope your right.

    • Adam from Awesome Trot
      1:28 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

      Those look about right to me.

  3. Adam from Awesome Trot
    1:29 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

    Ole Miss was the best team in the West until Treadwell’s injury happened.

    • asdf
      1:34 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

      That is arguably true, but depth is a part of how good a team really is, too. It’s unreasonable to expect any team to go through a season without at least a few major injuries.

  4. jonmatt
    1:29 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

    Arkansas will be MUCH better n a tough division. They will surprise several.

  5. Angelo
    1:59 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

    The SEC is as tough as it has ever been. And it gets better every year.

  6. Sec sports
    3:24 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

    Have u even watched Arkansas or studied their personnel? They’re being picked by legitimate experts that follow this stuff for a career as the 3rd best team in the west. 4th at worst case.

  7. Sec sports
    3:25 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

    Freddie, as the voice of UK football, why aren’t you at sec media days?

  8. Freddie
    3:36 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

    KSR has you covered. Tyler is on-site and I’m bunkered down at an undisclosed studio location. Will have many Media Days angles covered.

  9. JR
    3:48 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

    So basically #1-6 in the SEC West will be #1-6 in the national polls…

  10. WestWorld
    4:44 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

    UK – Landon Foster – Punter of the Year?