Nick Saban again addressed NFL coaching questions (he says he's not leaving) and talked up his quarterback — and soon-to-be senior leader AJ McCarron — before starting work on the next version of the Tide.
After winning its seventh straight national championship, the SEC finished first in ESPN Stats & Information's conference power rankings. And it wasn't even close. After going 6-3 in bowl games, including Alabama's 42-14 national championship win against Notre Dame, the SEC finished atop of the rankings with a rating of 98.7, which was a .4 percent increase for the league before the postseason. The SEC remained No. 1 in the AP rank and second in the computers.
Alabama defensive back Nick Perry posted this Youtube video of the Alabama football team singing the fight song in the locker room following the Crimson Tide's win over Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship.
It's time to take a look into our own crystal balls here on the SEC blog. Now that bowl season is over, we're taking a look at some potential breakout players for the 2013 season. We are looking for guys who made the jump like Alabama's Amari Cooper and T.J. Yeldon, or Georgia's Todd Gurley. Players like Florida's Mike Gillislee, South Carolina's Ace Sanders and LSU's Kevin Minter are also great examples of what we're looking for. Now will these candidates be as spectacular as the guys above? We'll have to wait to find out -- but we think they have the ability to make a difference next fall. Players who earned first- or second-team All-SEC honors from either the media or the league's coaches weren't eligible for our list. We're starting with the SEC East. We'll take a look at five offensive players to keep an eye on in 2013 and then move over to the defense later today.