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Returning starters breakdown

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Alabama
Breakdown: 9 starters return – 7 on offense, 2 on defense
The skinny: That “Alabama doesn’t rebuild; it reloads” thing will be put to the test on defense. The offense – even if (when?) there is a quarterback change – has a big number of returning starters and is going to be talented, but there is an air of mystery about the defense. The secondary, especially, is a concern: The top six defensive backs are gone.

LSU
Breakdown: 10 starters return – 5 on offense, 5 on defense
The skinny: While the Tigers do have five starters returning on offense, they will be looking for a new quarterback, a new feature back and a new go-to receiver. Defensively, both starting safeties are back.

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Tennessee
Breakdown: 11 starters return – 4 on offense, 7 on defense
The skinny: The offense will undergo an overhaul for new coach Jeremy Pruitt. There are some interesting parts on defense, including three defensive ends who started at least seven games each and two returning starters at safety.

Vanderbilt
Breakdown: 11 starters return – 7 on offense, 4 on defense
The skinny: All five starting offensive linemen are back, which – presumably – means QB Kyle Shurmur will be well-protected. Vandy needs a new feature back, but maybe the line will be a better run-blocking unit in 2018 than it was in 2017.

Auburn
Breakdown: 12 starters return – 6 on offense, 6 on defense
The skinny: The Tigers return three starting wide receivers for QB Jarrett Stidham, and there also are three starting defensive linemen returning. But one area was hit especially hard: Auburn lost four starting offensive linemen.

Ole Miss
Breakdown: 12 starters return – 8 on offense, 4 on defense
The skinny: Ole Miss has been offense-heavy the past two seasons, and that looks as if it will continue. Four starting linemen return, as well as three starting wide receivers. And maybe starting over will be good for the defense.

South Carolina
Breakdown: 12 starters return – 7 on offense, 5 on defense
The skinny: The Gamecocks return three starting wide receivers – and that doesn’t include Deebo Samuel, the team’s best receiver who missed all but three games with injuries and is back for his senior season. QB Jake Bentley certainly will have some weapons on the outside.

Arkansas
Breakdown: 13 starters return – 6 on offense, 7 on defense
The skinny: New coach Chad Morris has four starters back on the offensive line; perhaps that group will perform better for Morris than it did for Bret Bielema. The front seven on defense has five starters back for new coordinator John Chavis.

Georgia
Breakdown: 13 starters return – 8 on offense, 5 on defense
The skinny: Four starters are back on the offensive line (and the Bulldogs also look to be bringing in the best o-line class in the nation on the recruiting trail). Linebacker took a big hit, though, as there are no fulltime returning starters for a defense that plays a 3-4.

Texas A&M
Breakdown: 14 starters return – 7 on offense, 7 on defense
The skinny: Four starting offensive linemen return for new coach Jimbo Fisher. The problem? That unit wasn’t exactly a team strength in 2017. Positives on defense are that the linebacker corps loses no one of note and there are three starters back in the secondary – though the secondary was torched on weekly basis in 2017, it seemed.

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Kentucky
Breakdown: 15 starters return – 7 on offense, 8 on defense
The skinny: The Wildcats return four starting offensive linemen and four starting defensive backs, including both corners. RB Benny Snell, who has rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, has to like that four o-linemen are back.

Florida
Breakdown: 16 starters return – 10 on offense, 6 on defense
The skinny: The Gators return all five starters along the offensive line for new coach Dan Mullen. The only fulltime starter gone on offense is TE C’yontai Lewis, who had seven receptions in 2017. Injuries wreaked havoc defensively on the Gators, and technically they lost just two fulltime starters from that unit. Why the relatively low number of starters, then? Few guys were healthy enough to start at least seven games.

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Arkansas
Breakdown: 13 starters return – 6 on offense, 7 on defense
The skinny: New coach Chad Morris has four starters back on the offensive line; perhaps that group will perform better for Morris than it did for Bret Bielema. The front seven on defense has five starters back for new coordinator John Chavis.

Georgia
Breakdown: 13 starters return – 8 on offense, 5 on defense
The skinny: Four starters are back on the offensive line (and the Bulldogs also look to be bringing in the best o-line class in the nation on the recruiting trail). Linebacker took a big hit, though, as there are no fulltime returning starters for a defense that plays a 3-4.

Texas A&M
Breakdown: 14 starters return – 7 on offense, 7 on defense
The skinny: Four starting offensive linemen return for new coach Jimbo Fisher. The problem? That unit wasn’t exactly a team strength in 2017. Positives on defense are that the linebacker corps loses no one of note and there are three starters back in the secondary – though the secondary was torched on weekly basis in 2017, it seemed.

RELATED: A look at all the SEC underclassmen available in the 2018 NFL draft

Kentucky
Breakdown: 15 starters return – 7 on offense, 8 on defense
The skinny: The Wildcats return four starting offensive linemen and four starting defensive backs, including both corners. RB Benny Snell, who has rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, has to like that four o-linemen are back.

Florida
Breakdown: 16 starters return – 10 on offense, 6 on defense
The skinny: The Gators return all five starters along the offensive line for new coach Dan Mullen. The only fulltime starter gone on offense is TE C’yontai Lewis, who had seven receptions in 2017. Injuries wreaked havoc defensively on the Gators, and technically they lost just two fulltime starters from that unit. Why the relatively low number of starters, then? Few guys were healthy enough to start at least seven games.

Missouri
Breakdown: 16 starters return – 9 on offense, 7 on defense
The skinny: All five starting offensive linemen return, as do six starters in the defensive back seven. But just one starting defensive lineman is back, though its stud DT Terry Beckner Jr.

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Mississippi State
Breakdown: 17 starters return – 9 on offense, 8 on defense
The skinny: The Bulldogs return four starters on the offensive line and five starters in the defensive front seven for new coach Joe Moorhead. QB Nick Fitzgerald and 1,000-yard rusher Aeris Williams are back, too.

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Please don’t bring up Tennessee again till at least 2020..... tia

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46 minutes ago, possumslayer said:

Please don’t bring up Tennessee again till at least 2020..... tia

Why bring up anybody till saban is gone?

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