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August 17, 2012

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Matt Barkley Cover - Sports Illustrated August 17, 2012

August 17, 2012 | ELIZABETH MCGARR
Fleet and fearless, a record-breaking wideout will venture into harm's way if it means getting to the ball

August 17, 2012 | DICK FRIEDMAN
The stadiums of the SEC—the most worshipped spots on campus—blend aura, mystique, memory, pageantry, scenery, sustenance and joy to keep fans making the pilgrimage, time and again

August 17, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
With titles turning on their capricious talents, placekickers are being sought—and taught—as never before

August 17, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
They are tried and true, all but automatic after a touchdown and dead solid in the clutch. Here, in alphabetical order, are the nation's top kickers

August 17, 2012 | MARK GODICH
We're not with Kansas anymore: A Missouri alum is enthralled by the challenges offered by his new conference

August 17, 2012
FLORIDA GATORS

August 17, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
Now two seasons removed from their glory years, the Gators are reinventing themselves, with two QBs hoping to sling into the act

August 17, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
ON QBS WHO LEAD, AND LINEMEN WHO MOVE PEOPLE

August 17, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
Over several years—and defenses—a versatile Gator has learned to use his hands, his feet and, finally, his mouth

August 17, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Last season's 10-game winning streak gave the Dawgs all kinds of good feelings. Now, they're fixing to get the high times started early

August 17, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
ON HIS ROLE MODEL, DAWG PILIN' AND VEGGING OUT

August 17, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
A speedster hopes that so many late-day workouts with his quarterback will put them on an honor roll

August 17, 2012 | DAN GREENE
A refreshing sense of purpose has been established, but that doesn't erase the question marks on both sides of the ball

August 17, 2012
Sports Illustrated PRESENTS

August 17, 2012 | DAN GREENE
ON SHUTTING OUT THE NOISE AND CHANGING YOUR LIFE

August 17, 2012 | DAN GREENE
The son of a Navy officer has relied on discipline and conditioning to become a coveted draft prospect

August 17, 2012 | GARY GRAMLING
Hoping to make a rousing first impression, the SEC's newest member could have the talent to compete for a division title

August 17, 2012 | GARY GRAMLING
ON HIS QB, A YOUNG BUCK AND THE RECRUITING MAP

August 17, 2012 | GARY GRAMLING
Having overcome his faulty footwork, a onetime quarterback has become a route runner par excellence

August 17, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
The two newest members of the nation's premier college football conference will love everything from the food to the fervor—except, perhaps, how hard it is to move the football

August 17, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
His philosophy evolved, coach Steve Spurrier has found a new way to put an elite SEC team on the field. Call it the Run 'n' Stun

August 17, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
ON DOING THINGS FOR THE FIRST TIME—AND GOING TO 11

August 17, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
He menaced QBs as a freshman. Now his little bit of knowledge could be a dangerous thing—for opponents

August 17, 2012 | ZAC ELLIS
After a lackluster effort in a lackluster year, the team underwent a housecleaning that it hopes will be a first step on the road to respectability

August 17, 2012 | ZAC ELLIS
ON BEING SETTLED, HAVING DEPTH AND GETTING FEISTY

August 17, 2012 | ZAC ELLIS
A crushing injury behind him, Tennessee's big-play threat is gearing up to fly high (and go long) once again

August 17, 2012 | ZAC ELLIS
A little more winning, an impressive crop of recruits and a coach with some serious bluster. Is a culture change really under way?

August 17, 2012 | ZAC ELLIS
TALKS RECRUITING GEMS AND THE HUGENESS OF THE SEC

August 17, 2012 | ZAC ELLIS
Motivated by his younger brother, Vanderbilt's single-season rushing leader has his eyes on making a difference

August 17, 2012
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

August 17, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
High turnover to the roster has not lessened expectations. With one more championship the talented Tide would make history

August 17, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
TALKS TITLE PRIDE, AND 'BAMA'S PIPELINE OF YOUTH

August 17, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
With a rebuilt arm and a team that wants him to lead, the senior aims to deliver an encore to his title game MVP

August 17, 2012 | MATT GAGNE
The shocking end of coach Bobby Petrino's reign might have sent the team reeling. Instead it may have hardened the Hogs' resolve

August 17, 2012 | MATT GAGNE
GETS INTO HIS TEAM'S DEPTH AND HIS STAFF'S FEELINGS

August 17, 2012 | MATT GAGNE
After persevering through fallow years, then ignoring the call of the NFL draft, Tyler Wilson has some slinging to do

August 17, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
With new approaches on both sides of the ball, the team is aiming to get past a disturbing off-season and return to its physical ways

August 17, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
ON DEVELOPING YOUNGSTERS AND A DAY AT THE BEACH

August 17, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
A football education imparted by his QB father Jeff Blake has made the pass catcher adept at his craft

August 17, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
With the sting of that title-game loss still fresh, the Tigers come back loaded with talent and hungry for the trophy that eluded them

August 17, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
SI picks the top 25 players in the conference (offense, defense and specialists) plus their understudies

August 17, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
ON HIS OVERLONG HOURS AND BEING A FOOTBALL FAN

August 17, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
After a year in juco the sought-after former Georgia QB is back in the SEC, determined to leave his past behind

August 17, 2012 | REBECCA SUN
A new no-nonsense coach and a new no-huddle offense could revitalize a team whose first goal is simply to win a conference game

August 17, 2012 | REBECCA SUN
ON HIS LOVE OF REBEL NATION AND THE VALUE OF THE BLIND SIDE

August 17, 2012 | REBECCA SUN
Strengthened by the words of his elder, a Rebels star has matured into the kind of leader Mississippi needs

August 17, 2012 | DAN GREENE
The margin for error is slim and there are holes aplenty, but a renewed edge means a return to 2010 form could happen

August 17, 2012 | DAN GREENE
TALKS BABYSITTING, THE GOOD LIFE AND TEBOWMANIA

August 17, 2012 | DAN GREENE
NFL riches were beckoning this ball hawk—until he was intercepted by a little boy tugging at his heart

August 17, 2012 | ELIZABETH MCGARR
Listen up, SEC: A music-loving new coach wants to move at a tempo that won't permit you to catch your breath

August 17, 2012 | ELIZABETH MCGARR
ON DRILLING TO MUSIC AND HIS AFFECTION FOR WALK-ONS