It’s that time of year again in the SEC; our baseball stadiums are full, and, the sounds of pads hitting against each other can be faintly heard from nearby Football facilities as each SEC Football program starts its journey into a new season. For some, Spring Football has just added construction on an already pristine product; for others, Spring Football is a time of reflection and rebuilding, and this year is no different.
Last season alone, we saw the changing of a guard when Kirby Smart and his Georgia Bulldogs won their first National Championship in 41 years.
With all, what are the three major storylines to watch out for this Spring Football season?
First, how does Brian Kelly do in his first Spring as the Head Coach at LSU, and have the fans fallen for the Coach from up North?
We have all seen the crazy antics and weird dancing moves from Coach Kelly this off-season, but will the weirdness take a toll on him reshaping the program, or will the Cajuns turn their back on the new guy? In all honesty, this subject is rather tricky to even begin to dissect because of the total disconnect there seems to be with Coach Kelly and the LSU fans. You have opposite personalities clashing in Baton Rouge, which has the potential to produce something special for the program. I mean, there’s no secret that Coach Kelly brings a winning pedigree to LSU, and this Spring will shape how his tenure at LSU will go.
Alabama, Ole Miss, and; Texas A&M are all in better positions than LSU, for the future but don’t count out the pedigree that Brian Kelly brings to the table. This Spring will be the start of something special and new to the LSU faithful.
Second, how does Mark Stoops and his Kentucky Wildcats finally get over the hump and earn their way into a New Years’ Six Bowl Game? Last season, Kentucky finished season 10-3 with a win over Iowa in the Citrus Bowl. Despite that, Kentucky dropped two mysterious games to sub-par opponents. Kentucky lost a string of three straight games that eventually knocked the Wildcats out of contention for a bid in a New Years’ Six Bowl game.
So what do the Wildcats have to show this Spring to bring a calming feeling to the Big Blue Nation? Honestly, Kentucky has struggled with getting overhyped for the Georgia game then letting the outcome of that game dictate how the season will go. In the 2022 season, Mark Stoops and his Wildcats have got to figure out a way to calm their nerves and finish the season on a strong note. This Spring, Wildcat fans want to see Will Levis make a drastic improvement in his leadership on the field. In 2022, Kentucky will go just about as far as the offensive unit will allow them to go. The defense will be there, there’s no question about it, but to take the program to the next level, Kentucky will need to see better offensive efficiency numbers.
Lastly, how will Lane Kiffin and his explosive offensive unit look this season without Matt Corral leading the charge? We saw in the Sugar Bowl loss to Baylor just how vulnerable Ole Miss was without Matt Corral leading the charge for the offense. This Spring, Ole Miss wants to see the improvements, or lack thereof, of the starting quarterback for the 2022 season, Luke Altmyer.
Luke Altmyer came in last season in the Sugar Bowl loss following the injury to Matt Corral and did just about as well as a true freshman could have done in his situation. Some of the Rebel fans might not like it because change is often not welcomed, but Altmyer is the guy to lead Lane Kiffin and the Rebels into the 2022 season. Altmyer got a strong arm, his accuracy has improved, and he should have an offensive line unit to block for him.
All the pieces are there for Lane Kiffin to have another successful season of Ole Miss Football.
There’s nothing like the Spring Football season as SEC fans it’s our little slice of Football action to hold us over until next fall. Enjoy it! Spring Football is just a tiny sliver of what makes SEC Football the greatest spectacle in all of College Athletics.