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Stock Reports for SEC Teams in 2011

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Is your team trending upward, holding steady, or falling back behind a loaded pack in the SEC?

Alabama
2010 record: 10-3
2011 returning starters: 17
Stock: Rising
Alabama followed up the best performance by the SEC in bowl games this past season (a 49-7 trouncing of Michigan State) with another top-rated recruiting class. There’s tons of upside for Alabama in 2011, though replacing key members of the offense will be paramount to any future success.

Arkansas
2010 record: 10-3
2011 returning starters: 15
Stock: Rising
Arkansas will not have Ryan Mallett calling signals next year, and this is a good thing. Mallett’s propensity to implode under pressure is something the Razorbacks do not need as they return an improving defense and well-balanced offense.

Auburn
2010 record: 14-0
2011 returning starters: 7
Stock: Dropping
Not only did the two best players depart early for the NFL, so did the leading receiver and veteran offensive and defensive lines. Auburn’s had two good recruiting classes but will have to rely on too many young, inexperienced players to think they can stay above the waterline in 2011.

Florida
2010 record: 8-5
2011 returning starters: 13
Stock: Holding
Florida returns some nice pieces and like Alabama, they are loaded with top-shelf talent from years of solid recruiting. The fact is, as interesting a hire as Will Muschamp is as Urban Meyer’s replacement, there is simply no telling what this team will look like under a new regime (not to mention a head coach who’s never held that position).

Georgia
2010 record: 6-7
2011 returning starters: 17
Stock: Holding
Mark Richt knows he has to win in 2011 or it is all over. That’s why he pulled out all the stops in the recent recruiting efforts to land the biggest surprise class of the offseason. The question still remains though: Can Richt get this team over the hump and into SEC title contention?

Kentucky
2010 record: 6-7
2011 returning starters: 17
Stock: Dropping

Do not let that large number of returning starters fool you. None of those guys are named Randall Cobb or Andre Woodson. Kentucky’s had a nice run but it takes time to find marque players that make them competitive, and from the looks of it, they are missing those.

LSU
2010 record: 11-2
2011 returning starters: 15
Stock: Rising
LSU, in spite of having almost no offensive identity to speak of, won 11 games in 2010. They lose some big players on defense but are as loaded as Florida and Alabama. With the Les Miles-to-Michigan speculation finally over, it looks like the Tigers will be one of the top SEC teams in 2011 if they can get the offense to be consistent.

Mississippi
2010 record: 4-8
2011 returning starters: 16
Stock: Dropping
The one-year experiment at quarterback is over and now Houston Nutt is left with the rubble he had going into 2010. Ole Miss has some players with speed but they still lack elite players on defense to make them competitive in an already stacked West division. Nutt’s days in Oxford could be coming to a close if 2011 goes sideways.

Mississippi State
2010 record: 9-4
2011 returning starters: 15
Stock: Rising
Dan Mullen is still molding Mississippi State into what he wants them to be. He took advantage of some opportunities in 2010 to pick up some surprise wins and gave a boost of confidence to a young team. If he gets the quarterback situation under control, this team could be the sleeper in 2011.

South Carolina
2010 record: 9-5
2011 returning starters: 13
Stock: Holding
South Carolina finally got to the top of the SEC East after years of coming up short, and they still came up short in some major ways last season. Back-to-back solid recruiting classes should bolster the talent ranks but the question remains: Are the Gamecocks a one-hit wonder or are they for real?

Tennessee
2010 record: 6-7
2011 returning starters: 13
Stock: Dropping
Tennessee had terrible luck last year, coupled with just being plain ordinary in terms of talent. The recruits did not exactly flock to Rocky Top, and now pending NCAA action in the wake of Lane Kiffin’s tenure, point toward stormy days ahead for the Volunteers.

Vanderbilt
2010 record: 2-10
2011 returning starters: 21
Stock: Holding
Vandy has a brand new coaching staff in place and a ton of players coming back from a squad that got worked up and down the field for a lot of 2010. While they probably won’t be back in bowl contention any time soon, there’s no reason the Commodores can’t at least get back to being respectably bad (like they usually are) in 2011 if the new staff can invigorate the team.

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  • WDE4Life

    What a pile of crap! Auburn’s recruiting classes are STELLAR! And couple that with an intact staff for the third year in a row, Auburn isn’t going away anytime soon! So you and your whiny butthurt Bammer buddies can stick it, Newcastle. You suck!