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SEC preseason football capsules

BRYNN ANDERSON/ASSOCIATED PRESSFormer Florida head coach Will Muschamp took over as Auburn’s defensive coordinator after being fired by the Gators last season.
BRYNN ANDERSON/ASSOCIATED PRESSFormer Florida head coach Will Muschamp took over as Auburn’s defensive coordinator after being fired by the Gators last season. AP

EAST DIVISION

FLORIDA

Head coach: Jim McElwain (22-16 in three seasons overall; first season at Florida).

Record last year: 7-5, 4-4 SEC.

Returning starters: Four on offense; six on defense.

Players to watch: Vernon Hargreaves (Jr., DB); Jonathan Bullard (Sr., DL); Antonio Morrison (Sr., LB); Demarcus Robinson (Jr., WR).

Schedule

Sept. 5 New Mexico St.

Sept. 12 East Carolina

Sept. 19 at Kentucky

Sept. 26 Tennessee

Oct. 3 Mississippi

Oct. 10 at Missouri

Oct. 17 at LSU

Oct. 31 vs. Georgia

Nov. 7 Vanderbilt

Nov. 14 at South Carolina

Nov. 21 FAU

Nov. 28 Florida St.

KENTUCKY

Head coach: Mark Stoops (7-17 in two seasons overall and at Kentucky).

Record last year: 5-7, 2-6 SEC.

Returning starters: Seven on offense; seven on defense.

Players to watch: A.J. Stamps (Sr., DB); Austin MacGinnis (Soph., K); Stanley “Boom” Williams (Soph., RB); Melvin Lewis (Sr., NT).

Schedule

Sept. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette

Sept. 12 at South Carolina

Sept. 19 Florida

Sept. 26 Missouri

Oct. 3 E. Kentucky

Oct. 15 Auburn

Oct. 24 at Mississippi St.

Oct. 31 Tennessee

Nov. 7 at Georgia

Nov. 14 at Vanderbilt

Nov. 21 Charlotte

Nov. 28 Louisville

MISSOURI

Head coach: Gary Pinkel (186-103-3 in 24 seasons overall; 113-66 in 14 seasons at Missouri).

Record last year: 11-3, 7-1 SEC.

Returning starters: Seven on offense; five on defense.

Players to watch: Maty Mauk (Jr., QB); Charles Harris (Soph., DE); Evan Boehm (Sr., C); Kentrell Brothers (Sr., LB).

Schedule

Sept. 5 SE Missouri

Sept. 12 at Arkansas St.

Sept. 19 UConn

Sept. 26 at Kentucky

Oct. 3 South Carolina

Oct. 10 Florida

Oct. 17 at Georgia

Oct. 24 at Vanderbilt

Nov. 5 Mississippi St.

Nov. 14 BYU

Nov. 21 Tennessee

Nov. 27 at Arkansas

SOUTH CAROLINA

Head coach: Steve Spurrier (226-85-2 in 25 seasons overall; 84-45 in 10 seasons at South Carolina).

Record last year: 7-6, 3-5 SEC.

Returning starters: Four on offense; eight on defense.

Players to watch: Pharoh Cooper (Jr., WR); Marquavius Lewis (Jr., DE); Connor Mitch (Soph., QB); T.J. Gurley (Sr., DB).

Schedule

Sept. 3 North Carolina

Sept. 12 Kentucky

Sept. 19 at Georgia

Sept. 26 UCF

Oct. 3 at Missouri

Oct. 10 LSU

Oct. 17 Vanderbilt

Oct. 31 at Texas A&M

Nov. 7 at Tennessee

Nov. 14 Florida

Nov. 21 The Citadel

Nov. 28 Clemson

TENNESSEE

Head coach: Butch Jones (62-40 in eight seasons overall; 12-13 in two seasons at Tennessee).

Record last year: 7-6, 3-5 SEC.

Returning starters: Ten on offense; eight on defense.

Players to watch: Joshua Dobbs (Jr., QB); Derek Barnett (Soph., DE); Cameron Sutton (Jr., DB); Curt Maggitt (Sr., LB).

Schedule

Sept. 5 Bowling Green

Sept. 12 Oklahoma

Sept. 19 W. Carolina

Sept. 26 at Florida

Oct. 3 Arkansas

Oct. 10 Georgia

Oct. 24 at Alabama

Oct. 31 at Kentucky

Nov. 7 South Carolina

Nov. 14 North Texas

Nov. 21 at Missouri

Nov. 28 Vanderbilt

VANDERBILT

Head coach: Derek Mason (3-9 in one season overall and at Vanderbilt).

Record last year: 3-9, 0-8 SEC.

Returning starters: Nine on offense; nine on defense.

Players to watch: Ralph Webb (Soph., RB); Nigel Bowden (Soph., LB); C.J. Duncan (Soph., WR); Stephen Weatherly (Jr., OLB).

Schedule

Sept. 3 W. Kentucky

Sept. 12 Georgia

Sept. 19 Austin Peay

Sept. 26 at Mississippi

Oct. 3 at Middle Tennessee

Oct. 17 at South Carolina

Oct. 24 Missouri

Oct. 31 at Houston

Nov. 7 at Florida

Nov. 14 Kentucky

Nov. 21 Texas A&M

Nov. 28 at Tennessee

WEST DIVISION

ALABAMA

Head coach: Nick Saban (117-59-1 in 19 seasons overall; 86-17 in eight seasons at Alabama).

Record last year: 12-2, 7-1 SEC.

Returning starters: Four on offense; seven on defense.

Players to watch: A’Shawn Robinson (Jr., DL); Cam Robinson (Soph., OL); Reggie Ragland (Sr., LB); Cyrus Jones (Sr., DB).

Schedule

Sept. 5 Wisconsin

Sept. 12 Middle Tennessee

Sept. 19 Mississippi

Sept. 26 Louisiana-Monroe

Oct. 3 at Georgia

Oct. 10 Arkansas

Oct. 17 at Texas A&M

Oct. 24 Tennessee

Nov. 7 LSU

Nov. 14 at Mississippi St.

Nov. 21 Charleston Southern

Nov. 28 at Auburn

ARKANSAS

Head coach: Bret Bielema (78-39 in nine seasons overall; 10-15 in two seasons at Arkansas).

Record last year: 7-6, 2-6 SEC.

Returning starters: Nine on offense; six on defense.

Players to watch: Hunter Henry (Jr., TE); Dan Skipper (Jr., OL); Denver Kirkland (Jr., OL); Alex Collins (Jr., RB)

Schedule

Sept. 5 UTEP

Sept. 12 Toledo

Sept. 19 Texas Tech

Sept. 26 Texas A&M

Oct. 3 at Tennessee

Oct. 10 at Alabama

Oct. 24 Auburn

Oct. 31 UT-Martin

Nov. 7 at Mississippi

Nov. 14 at LSU

Nov. 21 Mississippi St.

Nov. 27 Missouri

AUBURN

Head coach: Gus Malzahn (29-10 in three seasons overall; 20-7 in two seasons at Auburn).

Record last year: 8-5, 4-4 SEC.

Returning starters: Four on offense; eight on defense.

Players to watch: D’haquille Williams (Sr., WR); Carl Lawson (Soph., DL); Jeremy Johnson (Jr., QB); Jonathan Jones (Sr., DB).

Schedule

Sept. 5 Louisville

Sept. 12 Jacksonville St.

Sept. 19 at LSU

Sept. 26 Mississippi St.

Oct. 3 San Jose St.

Oct. 15 at Kentucky

Oct. 24 at Arkansas

Oct. 31 Mississippi

Nov. 7 at Texas A&M

Nov. 14 Georgia

Nov. 21 Idaho

Nov. 28 Alabama

LSU

Head coach: Les Miles (131-50 in 14 seasons overall; 103-29 in 10 seasons at LSU).

Record last year: 8-5, 4-4 SEC.

Returning starters: Nine on offense; six on defense.

Players to watch: Leonard Fournette (Soph., RB); Vadal Alexander (Sr., OT); Jalen Mills (Sr., S); Kendell Beckwith (Jr., LB).

Schedule

Sept. 5 McNeese St.

Sept. 12 at Mississippi St.

Sept. 19 Auburn

Sept. 26 at Syracuse

Oct. 3 E. Michigan

Oct. 10 at South Carolina

Oct. 17 Florida

Oct. 24 W. Kentucky

Nov. 7 at Alabama

Nov. 14 Arkansas

Nov. 21 at Mississippi

Nov. 28 Texas A&M

MISSISSIPPI

Head coach: Hugh Freeze (54-22 in six seasons overall; 24-15 in three seasons at Mississippi).

Record last year: 9-4, 5-3 SEC.

Returning starters: Nine on offense; seven on defense.

Players to watch: LaQuon Treadwell (Jr., WR); Evan Engram (Jr., TE); Laremy Tunsil (Jr., OL); Robert Nkemdiche (Jr., DL)

Schedule

Sept. 5 UT-Martin

Sept. 12 Fresno St.

Sept. 19 at Alabama

Sept. 26 Vanderbilt

Oct. 3 at Florida

Oct. 10 New Mexico St.

Oct. 17 at Memphis

Oct. 24 Texas A&M

Oct. 31 at Auburn

Nov. 7 Arkansas

Nov. 21 LSU

Nov. 28 at Mississippi St.

MISSISSIPPI STATE

Head coach: Dan Mullen (46-31 in six seasons overall and at Mississippi State).

Record last year: 10-3, 6-2 SEC.

Returning starters: Five on offense; four on defense.

Players to watch: Dak Prescott (Sr., QB); De’Runya Wilson (Jr., WR); Chris Jones (Jr., DL); Will Redmond (Sr., DB).

Schedule

Sept. 5 at Southern Miss

Sept. 12 LSU

Sept. 19 Northwestern St.

Sept. 26 at Auburn

Oct. 3 at Texas A&M

Oct. 10 Troy

Oct. 17 Louisiana Tech

Oct. 24 Kentucky

Nov. 5 at Missouri

Nov. 14 Alabama

Nov. 21 at Arkansas

Nov. 28 Mississippi

TEXAS A&M

Head coach: Kevin Sumlin (63-28 in seven seasons overall; 28-11 in three seasons at Texas A&M).

Record last year: 8-5, 3-5 SEC.

Returning starters: Eight on offense; seven on defense.

Players to watch: Germain Ifedi (Jr., OL); Mike Matthews (Sr., C); Myles Garrett (Soph., DL); Speedy Noil (Soph., WR).

Schedule

Sept. 5 Arizona St.

Sept. 12 Ball St.

Sept. 19 Nevada

Sept. 26 at Arkansas

Oct. 3 Mississippi St.

Oct. 17 Alabama

Oct. 24 at Mississippi

Oct. 31 South Carolina

Nov. 7 Auburn

Nov. 14 W. Carolina

Nov. 21 at Vanderbilt

Nov. 28 at LSU

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