Week 1 of SEC Football begins this weekend, so it is time for me to give my top players to watch in the SEC.
I will be picking one offensive, one defensive, and one wildcard player (can be offense, defense, or special teams), as well as some honorable mentions, who I think, will either stand out or be someone worth keeping an eye on for the upcoming week.
Offensive Player to Watch
- Kylin Hill – MSU
- With Ja’Marr Chase opting out, Kylin Hill is arguably the best offensive player in the SEC. Going up against the former National Champions in week one with a new QB and new Coach, expect Leach to lean on the Senior Running Back week one.
Ja’Marr Chase – LSU Chase is the best player in the SEC, but he also had the best player in the NCAA throwing to him last year. It’ll be interesting to see how Chase adapts to a new signal-caller this season.
Defensive Player to Watch
- Dylan Moses – Alabama
- After missing all of the 2019 season with a knee injury Moses returns as one of the best defensive players in the country. Going up against one of the worst teams in the SEC allows everyone to see how well Moses will be able to come back from injury.
Wildcard Player to Watch
- Terry Wilson – Kentucky
- Similar to Moses, Wilson missed practically all of the 2019 season with a patellar tendon injury. It is surprising enough to see him come back from an injury of his stature, but if he can provide some consistent play for the Wildcats, they could be a team to watch.
- Mac Jones – Alabama
- Jones could wind up being a stud for Bama or could be on the bench at the end of the season. I will be watching his week 1 performance against a not so good Missouri team to see what type of QB he will be for the Crimson Tide.
- Kelvin Joseph – Kentucky
- After losing 4 starters two years ago, Kentucky came into last season not knowing how their secondary was going to be able to manage. Well, what they managed to do was build off the defensive success in 2018 and provide one of the SEC’s best defenses once again, allowing less ppg than 11 SEC teams, including their week 1 foe, Auburn. A secondary that only allowed 9 passing touchdowns last year adds an LSU transfer and former top 100 recruit to the mix. This could be a secondary to give Bo Nix some trouble week one.
- K.J. Costello – Mississippi St.
- Lookout to see what kind of offense Mike Leach and Costello can bring together for the Bulldogs. Maybe one of the biggest wildcards in the entire SEC, the former Stanford QB could be trying to make a name for himself week 1 against the defending National Champions.
- Felipe Franks – Arkansas
- After getting injured against Kentucky, and ultimately losing the starting job to Kyle Trask, Franks transferred to an Arkansas team that has won 2 games each of the past two seasons, none in the SEC. Franks will be looking to remake a name for himself on a major stage at home against the Georgia Bulldogs in week 1.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.