Biggest Questions for each SEC Football Team Heading into the Summer

Sep 9, 2017; South Bend, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart and Notre Dame Fighting
Sep 9, 2017; South Bend, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart and Notre Dame Fighting / Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina Gamecocks

Do Rec-Specs become the fall fashion trend or does Shane Beamer's seat get too hot?

The Gamecocks may a truly special quarterback in LaNorris Sellers who could've started as a true freshman if not for Spencer Rattler's return for 2023. Shane Beamer had two solid seasons to start his career but, now after a 5-7 season, his seat may be a little warm. He's done well enough recruiting to keep his job but, the team now needs to have the results on the football field.

The Gamecocks season may go as well as Sellers plays and with his iconic rec-specs look the Gamecocks fans may fall in love with Sellers. The dual-threat quarterback has a rocket for an arm and could easily find himself in the Heisman race while if he gets off to a slow start Shane Beamer could find himself on the hot seat or even fired.

Tennessee Volunteers

Will the secondary be enough to round out a solid roster?

The Tennessee Vols have one of the best rosters and the team may be the best group Josh Heupel's had at Tennessee. The team has had a massive turnover in the secondary as every starter from 2023 has departed while the team lost key depth to the transfer portal. At cornerback, a pair of rising freshmen will be taking on the starting roles in Rickey Gibson and transfer Jermod McCoy. The only safety returning with any experience is Andre Turrentine who got to play in place of Wesley Walker at the end of the season. The Vols will need massive jumps from some relatively inexperienced defensive backs if they want to slow the high-powered offenses in the conference.

Texas Longhorns

How fast will the incoming receiving targets gel?

The Texas Longhorns lost plenty of their key weapons to the NFL Draft as AD Mitchell, Xavier Worthy, Ja'Tavion Sanders, and Jordan Whittington. While for most programs these losses would be plenty to overcome, for Texas they may have gotten better. Coming in are Alabama transfers Isaiah Bond and Amari Niblack both of whom are game breakers with speed that makes them matchup nightmares. Matthew Golden comes in from Houston with two seasons of solid production and will look to explode in year three. Junior Silas Bolden is transferring in from Oregon State and after recording 746 yards and five touchdowns, he may explode when paired with Quinn Ewers.

The biggest concern for Texas will be if the Longhorn receivers can catch on right away or if they'll take longer to gel. The Longhorns will have just one game before taking on the defending champions in Michigan which could be a concern if the offense isn't clicking on all cylinders. This team has the talent to compete for the National Title if everyone gels.

Texas A&M Aggies

What can Mike Elko do with his most talented group yet?

While the Duke Football program has been able to bring in some talented players over the past few years, their rosters have looked nowhere near as talented as this Texas A&M roster. Despite massive departures after the firing of Jimbo Fischer, this roster is still far and away the most talented group Mike Elko has ever had. This team has four and five star talents that Duke was never able to recruit giving Mike Elko more high end talent to work with.

Compared to many of the teams in the conference, Texas A&M may be behind the eight ball in terms of talent after the departures. Former Five-Star recruit Conner Weigman will look to return to his early 2023 form to lead the Aggies offense. If Elko can get the most out of A&M's roster as he has with Duke's then this Aggies team may find itself outperforming expectations.


Can Diego Pavia make Vanderbilt competitive?

The Vanderbilt Commodores have been incredibly underwhelming since James Franklin left for Penn State as the team hasn't finished above .500 since 2013. In comes Diego Pavia from New Mexico State who was impressive for the Aggies. As the New Mexico State quarterback, Pavia helped the team knock off Auburn keeping them from making it to a bowl game. Vandy has a tough non-conference schedule but, if Pavia can make some plays the Commodores may end up being somewhat competitive in a few weeks.

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