Injuries are a big part of any college football season. Just ask the coaching staffs at Maryland, Missouri or USC.The Terrapins lost four quarterbacks to season-ending injuries last year, while the Tigers played 2012 without the services of standout running back Henry Josey. USC lost defensive end Devon Kennard in the preseason, which played a role in the Trojans’ defense finishing seventh in the Pac-12 in yards allowed.
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings and evaluations by the experts. It’s no secret what a program needs in order to win big at this level.
Recent history shows that if you want to win in the NFL, you need to have a solid-if-not-elite defensive line to do so. Recent history also shows that if you are looking for elite defensive linemen in the college ranks, the Southeastern Conference is a great place to start.
Before National Signing Day on Feb. 1, many considered Florida’s 2017 recruiting class disappointing. The Gators were ranked in the 30s by several recruiting services and had a few of their targets such as Elijah Blades and Kai-Leon Herbert commit to other schools.
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are entrenched behind a proven starter. Needless to say, quarterbacks are the position likely providing the most headaches for coaches throughout the year.
The Tennessee Volunteers will be well represented in the upcoming NFL Draft for the first time in several years. That's nice, but the drawback is that the Vols will have plenty of big shoes to fill on Rocky Top in 2017.