With SEC Football Media Days taking place next week, a look at one star from each team.
Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida
Gone are the small running backs such as Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey. In is the power back -- Gillislee. He averaged 5.9 yards a carry this past season.
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Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
In his first season at Georgia after sitting out following a transfer from Southern Cal, Jones made life miserable for SEC quarterbacks with 13.5 sacks.
Maxwell Smith, QB, Kentucky
He gave hope to a struggling offense last season as a true freshman. He passed for 819 yards and four TDs, completing 57.5 percent of his passes.
James Franklin, QB, Missouri
He passed for more than 2,800 yards, ran for nearly 1,000 yards and accounted for 36 touchdowns last season. But he is recovering from shoulder surgery.
Ace Sanders, WR, USC
He has 54 career catches for 699 yards, the best stats of USC’s returning receivers. He also is the Gamecocks’ top punt returner.
Marlin Lane, RB, Tennessee
If he has a breakout season, the Vols could become a multi-dimensional offensive threat. Tennessee averaged only 90 yards rushing a game last season.
Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt
He rushed for a single-season school record 1,193 yards and averaged 5.9 yards per carry. He’ll be backed up by freshman Brian Kimbrow, the top prospect in Tennessee.
Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
He will have to get used to a new position after having started as a tackle and a guard. Jones, the 2011 Outland Trophy winner, anchors a Tide line that averages 316 pounds.
Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
He missed last season with a broken ankle but was able to participate in spring drills. He rushed for 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns in the 2010 season.
Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE, Auburn
He chose to return for his senior season. His size and pass-catching ability make him an ideal pro prospect. He averaged 9.9 yards a catch as a junior.
Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
The Honey Badger had two punt returns of more than 60 yards for TDs. He scored twice on fumble returns, caused six fumbles, had two interceptions and broke up nine passes.
Bo Wallace, QB, Mississippi
A Juco transfer, he earned the starting job during spring practice. Wallace spent a redshirt year at Arkansas State being tutored by new Rebels coach Hugh Freeze.
Tyler Russell, QB, Mississipi State
He threw for 1,034 yards and had a quarterback rating of 135.1 a year ago when he supplanted starter Chris Relf. The junior might throw 30 times a game.
Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
He has 180 career receptions for 2,204 yards, and might end up with 100 catches in his senior season. He will be playing under the spread system of new coach Kevin Sumlin.