Today we take a look at the SEC West as spring practice gets up to full speed. On Friday we will look at the ACC Atlantic.
ALABAMA (12-2, practice started March 13, ends April 18)
What we know: Greg McElroy will be the starting quarterback. How do we know that? Look at the schedule. Alabama opens the 2009 season against Virginia Tech at the Georgia Dome. Virginia Tech returns seven starters from a defense that finished No. 7 nationally. McElroy knows Jim McElwain’s offense and he has played in a Division I-A game. Star Jackson, the redshirt freshman, is talented but you can’t start him against a Bud Foster defense. We also know that Alabama’s defense, which finished third nationally last season (263.50 ypg) will be scary good. NT Terrence Cody has now been through an offseason program and will again be impossible to block. LB Rolando McClain is one of the best in the country.