John Adams: In the SEC, new faces are always ready to step into star status

John Adams
Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) is tackled by Florida defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy (15) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) is tackled by Florida defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy (15) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

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Seven of the first 18 players taken in the last NFL draft were SEC underclassmen. That gives you an idea of the conference’s outgoing talent.

But in a little more than two weeks, you will be reminded that the SEC replaces old stars with new ones.

Texas A&M added to the tradition in its rookie SEC season.

Aggies quarterback Ryan Tannehill was the eighth player taken in the 2012 NFL draft. Later that fall, Texas A&M replaced him with redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy.

That’s how it goes in the SEC. And you can expect more of the same this season when new stars emerge.

Here are some likely candidates to have breakout seasons in 2013.

Jordan Jenkins — He was good enough to start six games as a freshman outside linebacker on a veteran Georgia defense last fall. The Bulldogs now hope he’s good enough to make up for the loss of All-American Jarvis Jones.

Cedric Ogbuehi — Texas A&M had the top offensive tackle tandem in the country last season with Jake Matthews and Luke Joeckel, who was the second pick in the NFL draft as a junior.

It still might have the best pair of tackles in the country with Matthews teaming up with Ogbuehi, who moves from guard to right tackle.

Victor Hampton — His career at South Carolina had a rocky beginning. He was redshirted, kicked off the team and suspended for the first three games of the 2011 season.

Two years later, the fourth-year junior looks like the next in a long line of outstanding South Carolina defensive backs.

Loucheiz Purifoy — He teamed up with Marcus Roberson to give Florida one of the league’s best cornerback twosomes last season.

But his value to the Gators increased in the spring when he split time at wide receiver, where there is a shortage of playmakers.

Chris Black — Wide receiver should be Alabama’s strongest and deepest position, but this redshirt freshman still could crack the starting lineup.

Black wowed coaches before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in preseason last year.

Cameron Artis-Payne — The junior college transfer exceeded expectation in spring practice, which included 117 rushing yards on 18 carries in Auburn’s spring game. He should give the Tigers a power running threat in coach Gus Malzahn’s up-tempo offense.

Robert Nkemdiche — Nkemdiche is only a true freshman. But that’s like saying South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was only a freshman two years ago.

Nkemdiche, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound end and the nation’s No. 1 recruit, should further bolster an improving Ole Miss defense, just like his brother, Denzel, did at linebacker last season.

Dorial Green-Beckham — After a slow start for Missouri as a freshman in 2012, the 6-6 wide receiver showed his potential in the last five games when he had 21 of his 25 pass receptions.

Daniel McCullers — The 6-8, 360-pound junior college transfer proved last season he could do more than take up space. If he continues to keep his weight down and develop more stamina, he could become a defensive force for Tennessee.

Rohan Gaines — The undersized, hard-hitting safety made freshman All-American last season at Arkansas. He could become an All-SEC player this season under first-year coach Bret Bielema.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

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DawgDayAfternoon writes:

Yes, John, newcomers do sometimes step up in the SEC. No one knows that better than the Dawgs, and no one fears our newcomers more than Vol newcomers. How well both sides can still hear the sweet baritone of The Greatest as it still reverberates throughout Neyland and in stark contrast to the stunned silence of a 2nd rate John Ward. The only question this year is which Dawg will cement his legend by putting his cleat marks all over young Dillon, in the same way his daddy got it all those many years ago.

Here: Enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuRET...

ReeseHallRelic writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

Yes, John, newcomers do sometimes step up in the SEC. No one knows that better than the Dawgs, and no one fears our newcomers more than Vol newcomers. How well both sides can still hear the sweet baritone of The Greatest as it still reverberates throughout Neyland and in stark contrast to the stunned silence of a 2nd rate John Ward. The only question this year is which Dawg will cement his legend by putting his cleat marks all over young Dillon, in the same way his daddy got it all those many years ago.

Here: Enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuRET...

Yes, that is a great question... but even the Dawggies (well, most of 'em, anyway) should have more speed than that, since young Bates won't even be on campus until the 2014 season. That'd be one sloooooooow Jawjuh cretin that has to get a whole year's head start.

But, then again, if Jawjuh's REAL cretins are anything like our own (a.k.a. Jeffy Flowers) they might be awfully bad. Jeffy, you never got cleat marks cuz you never got on the field, but you're still pickin' splinters out of your heinie, aren't ya?

TreeSnake writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

Yes, John, newcomers do sometimes step up in the SEC. No one knows that better than the Dawgs, and no one fears our newcomers more than Vol newcomers. How well both sides can still hear the sweet baritone of The Greatest as it still reverberates throughout Neyland and in stark contrast to the stunned silence of a 2nd rate John Ward. The only question this year is which Dawg will cement his legend by putting his cleat marks all over young Dillon, in the same way his daddy got it all those many years ago.

Here: Enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuRET...

With coaches like Ray Goff & Jim Donnan, you need a great play by play announcer to put some zing in the mediocrity.

jack4444 writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

Yes, John, newcomers do sometimes step up in the SEC. No one knows that better than the Dawgs, and no one fears our newcomers more than Vol newcomers. How well both sides can still hear the sweet baritone of The Greatest as it still reverberates throughout Neyland and in stark contrast to the stunned silence of a 2nd rate John Ward. The only question this year is which Dawg will cement his legend by putting his cleat marks all over young Dillon, in the same way his daddy got it all those many years ago.

Here: Enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuRET...

After the SEC meetings, everybody knows your QB is afraid of Clowney. Only question is after which play will he take himself out?

WaltGoVoIs writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

Yes, John, newcomers do sometimes step up in the SEC. No one knows that better than the Dawgs, and no one fears our newcomers more than Vol newcomers. How well both sides can still hear the sweet baritone of The Greatest as it still reverberates throughout Neyland and in stark contrast to the stunned silence of a 2nd rate John Ward. The only question this year is which Dawg will cement his legend by putting his cleat marks all over young Dillon, in the same way his daddy got it all those many years ago.

Here: Enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuRET...

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

utvolfan1955 writes:

a KNS plant, DawgDay the former Crafty Commodore, responds to a KNS article

WaltGoVoIs writes:

in response to utvolfan1955:

a KNS plant, DawgDay the former Crafty Commodore, responds to a KNS article

Apparently he is not much of a student of film.

Walt

UT '81

sameolvolalum writes:

Dear KNS: You did this. I'd be willing to bet no other SEC school's banner newspaper has such a pitiful lack of sports editing, as the good ones simply remove this kind of garbage before it can appear. Maybe you're just wanting to run off the educated UT sports fans so they'll contribute to your 247 money sponge. There's nothing in the previous posts above except for trolls and troll feeders; none of whom show any semblance of gray matter. You created this trashy site. What are you going to do about it?

ReeseHallRelic writes:

in response to sameolvolalum:

Dear KNS: You did this. I'd be willing to bet no other SEC school's banner newspaper has such a pitiful lack of sports editing, as the good ones simply remove this kind of garbage before it can appear. Maybe you're just wanting to run off the educated UT sports fans so they'll contribute to your 247 money sponge. There's nothing in the previous posts above except for trolls and troll feeders; none of whom show any semblance of gray matter. You created this trashy site. What are you going to do about it?

Thanks so much for putting me in my place. I truly seek your forgiveness for lacking gray matter. Would it be possible for me to touch base with you before I make any additional comments in the future, because I would feel horrible if I caused you any more anguish.

Sincerely,
KMA

DawgDayAfternoon writes:

in response to ReeseHallRelic:

Thanks so much for putting me in my place. I truly seek your forgiveness for lacking gray matter. Would it be possible for me to touch base with you before I make any additional comments in the future, because I would feel horrible if I caused you any more anguish.

Sincerely,
KMA

Thanks for your support.

DDA

ctwins writes:

Speaking of newcomers how about the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Champion, Alabama Soph Emma Talley. National Champions all over the Capstone. Way to go Emma and Yea Alabama.....

Rock_E_Topp88 writes:

in response to utvolfan1955:

a KNS plant, DawgDay the former Crafty Commodore, responds to a KNS article

Guys...please refer to ReeseHallRelic's post. The snotball troll is a Dawg imposter....he is none other than the lowest form of troll slime to ever disgrace this site. I won't mention his name because Relic already did.

Please stop responding to the Dawg fraud.

GO VOLS!!!!

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to ctwins:

Speaking of newcomers how about the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Champion, Alabama Soph Emma Talley. National Champions all over the Capstone. Way to go Emma and Yea Alabama.....

Why are you here, and what does this have to do with the price of milk in China?

Rock_E_Topp88 writes:

in response to sameolvolalum:

Dear KNS: You did this. I'd be willing to bet no other SEC school's banner newspaper has such a pitiful lack of sports editing, as the good ones simply remove this kind of garbage before it can appear. Maybe you're just wanting to run off the educated UT sports fans so they'll contribute to your 247 money sponge. There's nothing in the previous posts above except for trolls and troll feeders; none of whom show any semblance of gray matter. You created this trashy site. What are you going to do about it?

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

tovolny writes:

I feel like a lot of potential "household names" were not mentioned. Freshman and red-shirt freshman that are expected to excel sometimes don't. Surprises like Johnny Football seem to happen every year. Well, maybe not Heisman Trophy magnitude, but the big names annually emerge. This would have been a little more interesting had someone concentrated on the Vols. I am looking for North and Croom to heat up the newsrooms. Both Dobbs and Ferguson are much better than the other QB's. Dobbs has a quick throwing motion that looks akin to Vince Young's. Ferguson is quick and can get yardage with his legs as well as his arm. It sure would be nice if some of the defensive backs could step up and perform like Roland James, Terry McDaniels, and Andre Lott did. Of course, Eric Berry types, that are just downright awesome from the get-go, would be nice. Some of the Vols' new guys will get the job done, I am sure.

MetroplexMojo writes:

I'm going against the grain and will actually stay on topic...

Marquez North

bUTch_please writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

I'm going against the grain and will actually stay on topic...

Marquez North

True this. Add Cameron Sutton as well.

jowemedo writes:

If you're going to compare Munson to anyone, you'd be better off to compare him to Kesling. I wouldn't trade a John Ward hocker for 15 Munsons.

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to Samuel_L_Salma_GataBait_HowBoutDemCowboys_BlueWaffles88:

KELVIN TAYLOR

GO GATORS

Antonio Morrison

Woof Woof

Samuel_L_Salma_GataBait_HowBoutDemCowboys_BlueWaffles88 writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

Antonio Morrison

Woof Woof

Haven't heard from you since the UF/UT GAME. Hmmmmm.... :)

Timbo_Slice writes:

After a long hiatus, I am quickly reminded why I haven't been on here in a while. New screen names, same old troll garbage posts.

Colliervol writes:

in response to sameolvolalum:

Dear KNS: You did this. I'd be willing to bet no other SEC school's banner newspaper has such a pitiful lack of sports editing, as the good ones simply remove this kind of garbage before it can appear. Maybe you're just wanting to run off the educated UT sports fans so they'll contribute to your 247 money sponge. There's nothing in the previous posts above except for trolls and troll feeders; none of whom show any semblance of gray matter. You created this trashy site. What are you going to do about it?

That question has been asked before and the answer is they are going to do nothing. They are either too lazy, don't know how or don't want to. This site is nowhere close to what it was and, yes, they have run off 90% of the good posters that used to be here. (Only the most stubborn of us are left.) When it started, there would be hundreds of posts on articles (with few trolls) and now it's a big one if they get 50. And half of those are from a couple of half wits. Really pathetic but they don't seem to want to improve things.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Colliervol:

That question has been asked before and the answer is they are going to do nothing. They are either too lazy, don't know how or don't want to. This site is nowhere close to what it was and, yes, they have run off 90% of the good posters that used to be here. (Only the most stubborn of us are left.) When it started, there would be hundreds of posts on articles (with few trolls) and now it's a big one if they get 50. And half of those are from a couple of half wits. Really pathetic but they don't seem to want to improve things.

Yeah, it's kinda like a motorcycle gang taking over a quiet pub. Anybody who just wants to enjoy their drinks and talk with friends has to look out for the flying furniture. It isn't necessary for everybody to only spread sweetness and light, but the ones we're talking about are only here to spread hate and discontent. We know who they are, we know what they say, and there is no need to respond to them. At least they aren't standing next to us, yelling in our ears.

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