Georgia and Alabama squared off in the College Football Playoff National Championship to cap an exciting 2021 season back in January, further cementing the SEC as the best in the land. That’s in the rearview mirror now, though. Both squads face pressing questions — as do the other 12 teams in the conference — as spring practices are in full swing ahead of the 2022 college football season.
In addition to the questions surrounding the talent on the field, two new coaches joined the conference during the offseason as well — Billy Napier at Florida and Brian Kelly at LSU. Both will look to put their own stamps on their new programs as they hit the practice fields for the first time with the Gators and Tigers, respectively.
So what are the most pressing questions for each team this spring? Let’s break them down.
How to replace the star receivers … again: It seems like replacing stud receivers with stud receivers has become an offseason tradition in Tuscaloosa, and this spring is no different. Jameson Williams, John Metchie III and Slade Bolden — three of Alabama’s top four pass-catchers from last season — are gone, as is tight end Jahleel Billingsley.
Georgia transfer Jermaine Burton was the Bulldogs’ second-leading pass-catcher last year, and tops among wide receivers (tight end Brock Bowers lead the team). He is the most likely candidate to be this year’s Jameson Williams — a star transfer who exploded on to the scene. Ja’Corey Brooks saved the day in the four-overtime win over Auburn with the game-tying touchdown in the closing seconds of regulation, and he should be one of the top targets for Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young. Sophomore Agiye Hall was the star of the Crimson Tide’s spring game last year but only…