July 21, 2007

SEC position rankings: Tide specialists check in

1.] South Carolina
Projected starters: kicker Ryan Succop; punter Ryan Succop
Top return threat: Kenny McKinley averaged 8.9 yards per punt return.
Biggest loss: None significant.
Biggest concern: None, unless Succop somehow gets injured.
Biggest reason for optimism: Succop proved he can handle double duty last year, nailing 80 percent of his field goals (16 of 20) and showing as much consistency from long range as short. He also boasted a 43-yard punting average that only missed the SEC leaders list because he had too few attempts (29).


2.] Georgia
Projected starters: kicker Brandon Coutu; punter Brian Mimbs
Top return threat: Mikey Henderson was the SEC's top punt returner last year, averaging 14.7 yards with two touchdowns.


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