I ought to have known that there were more graduate transfers that have entered the SEC than I have mentioned. So out of fairness, I went back and researched who have made their decision to come to the SEC. I will do my best to use this as a learning curve to keep up with who is coming and going, of course I know I won’t be able to keep up with everyone. Those who I missed deserve some attention, and I will right the wrong that I have made. Now it is time to look at who I have missed.
- T.J. Neal, LB – Auburn: New defensive coordinator Kevin Steele gets some much needed help, at least for this year as Gus Malzahn is once again forced to rebuild his roster and his coaching staff. Neal was second in total tackles with 109, including 15 tackles for loss for Illinois, and fifth in the Big Ten in total tackles. He will back up defensive back Johnathan Ford, who led the team with 118 total tackles. Landing Neal from the Illini will be huge for Steele’s new defense.
- Tyler Catalina, OL – Georgia: New head coach Kirby Smart looked to find some experience inside the offensive line department, and signed one gentleman from up north. Catalina played for the Rhode Island Rams out of the CAA for three years, earning awards such as 2014 CAA third-team all-conference and 2015 second team all conference. The rest of the OL roster have had no playing experience as most were redshirted. Catalina should be expected to start and help provide support for the offensive guards.
- Kalvin Cline, TE – Texas A&M: Okay let me look at this right. Only one tight end caught the ball for the Aggies last season? Seriously? Two catches for seven yards and a touchdown? Well even with limited time due to injuries, Cline comes over from Virginia Tech with 362 career yards and two touchdowns. Looking at the tight end stats make me wonder if there was one reason why the team may have melted down the last two seasons. But how am I to judge right?
That should be all the remaining graduate transfers, a total of six so far. Should there be more to come by the end of Spring? We shall see.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Bryan Law