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ESPN: These Three SEC Programs Are Rising Heading Into Summer

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Three big-name SEC programs could be on the rise heading into next season.

This week, ESPN unveiled stock reports on all 14 SEC programs. They’re designed to give you an idea on how each team is trending heading into the off-season.

According to ESPN’s Edward Aschoff, three prominent SEC teams are trending upward out of spring practice. Aschoff sees both Florida and Georgia making strides out of the East and Auburn picking up steam in the West.

Here is what Aschoff had to say about Auburn:

Yes, we've seen this movie before and it didn't end well for the Tigers -- or the sport writers who bought into the Auburn hype. BUT things are trending up on the Plains. For starters, former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham is the run-throw threat coach Gus Malzahn needs for his offense. Stidham had a limited career at Baylor, but what we saw of him was pretty impressive. He has a talented -- buy young -- group of receivers to work with and a loaded backfield, led by 1,200-yard back Kamryn Pettway. The defensive front seven has the chance to be one of the SEC's best, while the secondary could be a top-five group in the league.

And here's are his breakdowns of Florida and Georgia:

Let's be clear: The Gators have some soft spots on offense and defense that have to be filled before they meet Michigan in Arlington, Texas in September. But Florida's stock is up right now because there's finally some confidence in the quarterback position. Redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks hasn't taken a collegiate snap -- and he hasn't even officially won the starting job -- but he came a long way this spring. He'll get more competition from classmate Kyle Trask and former starter Luke Del Rio, but he's the guy, right now, and he has the kind of arm talent to resurrect a position that's been mediocre for nearly a decade. The defense took some hits with graduations and the draft, but coaches were pretty pleased with the play of the line and secondary this spring.

Getting 10 starters back on a defense that was quietly one of the SEC's best last year was always going to be a good thing for the Bulldogs, but seeing some much-needed maturity from freshman quarterback Jacob Eason has people giddy about the Dawgs. He's getting good push from backup Jake Fromm, but this is still very much his offense, and that only increased the more comfortable he got with the system and with reading defenses this spring. The offensive line lost three starters, but should be more cohesive and athletic this fall. Finding a go-to wide receiver and a starting nickel corner are the next steps for Kirby Smart.

Are Florida and Georgia destined to duke it out for the SEC East crown? Can Auburn challenge Alabama out West? We'll see soon enough.

You can read Aschoff's breakdowns of every team in the links above.