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25 Things to Know from Spring Football

Spring practice has ended, here are all the key injuries, personnel decisions and storylines
<p> Spring practice has ended, here are all the key injuries, personnel decisions and storylines</p>

Depending on your point of view, spring practice is either a respite from the football-free months of winter and a taste of things to come in August. On the other hand, it’s only appealing to the hardcore football fan.

Sure, there’s the same questions every year -- is my team’s defense really good or is the offense really bad, or vice versa. But there’s also plenty of news and notes.

Early 2014 NFL Draft Rankings

Athlon takes a very early look at who could have their name called in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
<p> Athlon takes a very early look at who could have their name called in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.</p>

The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books.

Some fans, in Minnesota and St. Louis for example, should be ecstatic about their new toys (Sharrif Floyd, Tavon Austin) while others, in Cleveland, Dallas or Oakland perhaps, might be wondering what just happened in New York. So while more than 250 bright-eyed and bushy-tailed prospects prepare for the long summer trek from being a draft pick to making an NFL roster, the next wave of college stars are already preparing themselves for the 2014 NFL Draft.

And so is Athlon Sports.

Ranking the SEC's Running Backs for 2013

Georgia's Todd Gurley ranks as the SEC's No. 1 running back for 2013.
<p> Ranking the SEC's Running Backs for 2013</p>

Eddie Lacy, Mike Gillislee and Zac Stacy are gone, but the SEC isn’t hurting for options at running back.

Georgia’s Todd Gurley and Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon are back after standout freshman seasons. And both players are due for a bigger workload in 2013.

Mississippi State’s LaDarius Perkins quietly rushed for over 1,000 yards last season, while Texas A&M’s Ben Malena is an underrated option in a deep stable of backs.

2013 NFL Draft Sleepers and Steals

Who are the best sleepers NFL teams should be targeting after Round 1?
<p> 2013 NFL Draft Sleepers and Steals</p>

The first round of the NFL Draft monopolizes coverage in the media and fan’s minds alike. While the first 32 picks are important and generally feature the most elite talents, the best organizations in football are competitive year after year because of quality middle round work.

Ranking the SEC's Quarterbacks for 2013

Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel leads the way in the SEC.
<p> Ranking the SEC's Quarterbacks for 2013</p>

The SEC is one of college football’s top conferences for quarterback play in 2013.

Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel clearly ranks as the No. 1 quarterback for this season, as the sophomore hopes to repeat as a Heisman Trophy winner, while leading the Aggies to a SEC West title. Alabama’s AJ McCarron ranks as the No. 2 quarterback, with Georgia’s Aaron Murray not too far behind.

Ranking All 125 College Football Head Coaches for 2013

Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and Bill Snyder rank as the best coaches in college football.
<p> Ranking All 125 College Football Head Coaches for 2013</p>

Coaching is one of the driving forces in building a national championship team or program. No matter how much talent a program has, it can’t win a national title if the coaching is questionable.

 

Considering how important coaches are to teams or even making preseason predictions, Athlon is taking a look at how all 125 college football coaches rank nationally.

 

Ranking the SEC's College Football Coaches for 2013

Alabama's Nick Saban is clearly the top coach in the SEC.
<p> Ranking the SEC's College Football Coaches for 2013</p>

Coaching is one of the driving forces in building a national championship team or program. No matter how much talent a program has, it can’t win a national title if the coaching is questionable.

Considering how important coaches are to teams or even making preseason predictions, Athlon is taking a look at how each conference stacks up with its head coach rankings for 2013.

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