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What if SEC College Football Teams Had an All-Star Game?

Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette

Major League Baseball’s 2016 All-Star Game is slated for Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego. While the Midsummer Classic won’t satisfy the hunger for football at this point in the summer, the All-Star Game got the staff at Athlon Sports thinking about potential all-star matchups at the college football level. What if each Power 5 league had an all-star game during the offseason or just after the year ended? The idea isn’t likely to come to fruition, but it is an interesting concept to ponder.

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How would a potential East vs. West All-Star Game this break down for the SEC in 2016? Athlon Sports’ Lance Dozier drafted a team for the East side, while Steven Lassan drafted a team comprised of the best players from the West.

Which team has the advantage? 

SEC East All-Stars 

Offense

QB Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee

RB Jalen Hurd, Tennessee

RB Nick Chubb, Georgia

WR Antonio Callaway, Florida

WR Terry Godwin, Georgia

TE Ethan Wolf, Tennessee

C Jon Toth, Kentucky

OL Jashon Robertson, Tennessee

OL Greg Pyke, Georgia

OL Martez Ivey, Florida

OL Will Holden, Vanderbilt

AP Boom Williams, Kentucky

Defense

DL Derek Barnett, Tennessee

DL Charles Harris, Missouri

DL Cece Jefferson, Florida

DL Trenton Thompson, Georgia

LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt

LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee

LB Jarrad Davis, Florida

CB Jalen Tabor, Florida

CB Cam Sutton, Tennessee

S Marcus Maye, Florida

S Marcus McWilson, Kentucky

Special Teams

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K Elliot Fry, South Carolina

P Johnny Townsend, Florida

RS Evan Berry, Tennessee

East Division Team Analysis:Everyone will say that the SEC West has more talent, but as Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast my friend!” The East is absolutely loaded with talent at every position group. The quarterback spot is set with a signal-caller who can hurt you with both his arm and his legs. The running backs are electric with the ball in their hands, and the Nick Chubb-Jalen Hurd duo will be in the Heisman discussion this fall. The offensive line is built extremely well with speed and strength, but the weakness is a couple of up-and-coming receivers who we expect to take a step forward this season. On the other end, the defense has an All-American at every position group and the special teams are represented well by upperclassmen experience. - Lance Dozier

SEC West All-Stars 

Offense

QB Chad Kelly, Ole Miss

RB Leonard Fournette, LSU

RB Bo Scarbrough, Alabama

WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama

AP Speedy Noil, Texas A&M

TE Evan Engram, Ole Miss

C Ethan Pocic, LSU

OL Cam Robinson, Alabama

OL Alex Kozan, Auburn

OL Dan Skipper, Arkansas

OL Braden Smith, Auburn

Defense

DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama

DL Arden Key, LSU
DL Carl Lawson, Auburn
LB Reuben Foster, Alabama

LB Kendell Beckwith, LSU

LB Tim Williams, Alabama

CB Tre’Davious White, LSU

CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

S Jamal Adams, LSU

S Eddie Jackson, Alabama

Special Teams

K Daniel Carlson, Auburn

P JK Scott, Alabama

RS Speedy Noil, Texas A&M

West Division Team Analysis: Lance put together a strong team for the East Division All-Stars, but let’s be honest: The balance of power is in the West Division. The offense is led by the league’s top quarterback in Ole Miss senior Chad Kelly, while LSU’s Leonard Fournette carries the ground attack. It’s a down year overall for talent on the offensive line in the SEC, but the West All-Stars feature some of the league’s top blockers, including Cam Robinson (Alabama), Dan Skipper (Arkansas) and Ethan Pocic (LSU). Loaded – that’s the best way to describe the defense. The line features three likely All-Americans in Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett, Alabama’s Jonathan Allen and LSU’s Arden Key. Tim Williams can wreak plenty of havoc off the edge at linebacker, while Kendell Beckwith and Reuben Foster can handle the middle of the field. Similar to the defensive line, the secondary features three likely All-Americans – Tre’Davious White, Jamal Adams and Eddie Jackson – and Alabama cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick is one of the SEC’s top rising stars for 2016. - Steven Lassan