Spring football wrapped up in April, and now there’s a less than four months until the start of the 2017 season.
Not all of the following are observations on the best SEC football performances from the best SEC football players. Yet some of these might spark your interest. Just call them the most intriguing.
LSU running back Lanard Fournette: Fournette, intriguing mostly because his All-SEC brother Leonard was a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, rushed for only 28 yards on eight carries and one TD. However, it was a lightning-shortened spring game. Doubtful he’ll replace starter Derrius Guice, but he did enough to impress Coach Ed Orgeron. Said Orgeron: “Lanard Fournette ran the ball well tonight. I thought he showed some flashes.”
South Carolina running back Ty’Son Williams: A North Carolina transfer eligible to play for the first time this fall, Williams was the spring game’s leading rusher with 83 yards on 11 carries. According to The State, when Williams slipped past starting defensive back Steven Montac late in the second quarter, “there were reflexive gasps from Montac’s defensive teammates on the sideline.”
Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams: Williams, one of the top backs from the 2016 season, kept rolling in the Texas A&M spring game. He rushed for 45 yards on only five carries, but Williams’ highlight of the day came when he caught a swing pass out of the backfield and scooted 15 yards up field.
Tennessee tight end Ethan Wolf: Wolf, who has 67 catches in three seasons with the Vols (one off the team record held by Jason Witten), had three receptions for 28 yards, including a 17-yard reception. He will be expected to be the safe target for the new Tennessee quarterback in 2017.
Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown: The sophomore had 133 yards receiving on five receptions. On one pass, Brown shed a would-be tackler and ran 76 yards for the touchdown. Brown and fellow sophomores Van Jefferson and D.K. Metcalf are expected to help give depth to the Rebel receiving corps.
Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy: The freshman and early enrollee had five receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns (26.8-yard average). Jeudy’s performance earned him the Dixie Howell Memorial Award given to the most valuable player of the Crimson Tide’s spring game. From Saban: “He’s improved well, and he had a good day today.”
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