Winners and losers from SEC football spring practices: A team-by-team look

Spring has sprung and fall’s not here yet, but that’s no excuse for not taking a look at how SEC football teams came out of spring practice.

Just as it is on fall Saturdays, there are winners and losers in spring football practice. The USA TODAY Network’s team of experts who cover SEC teams take a look at who won and lost big this spring.

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Here are their takes:


2021 record and finish: 13-2 overall, 7-1 SEC (won West, won SEC championship)

2022 first game: Sept. 3 Utah State

Winner: Jahmyr Gibbs transferred from Georgia Tech after Alabama starting running back Brian Robinson Jr. went to the NFL Draft. Gibbs showed on A-Day that he can be an electric addition for this offense.

Loser: Agiye Hall had a prime opportunity to play in 2022 with Alabama needing two new starting receivers, but he couldn’t take advantage. Hall was suspended for violating team rules before he entered the transfer portal, landing at Texas.

— Nick Kelly

Apr 16, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Head coach Nick Saban yells at defensive players during the A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports


2021 record and finish: 9-4 overall, 4-4 SEC (third in West)

2022 first game: Sept. 3 Cincinnati

Winner: Linebacker Drew Sanders, who transferred from Alabama, was a standout on defense in the open spring scrimmage. Sanders and returning star Bumper Pool look like a strong duo in the middle of the defense.

Loser: Receiver Warren Thompson struggled with drops in some spring practices, and coach Sam Pittman said transfer Jadon Haselwood looks likely to become Arkansas’ new “bell cow” in place of NFL Draft prospect Treylon Burks.

— Christina Long


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