Lots to address here. If we're evaluating each position group for the 2021 season, I'd rank the units as such, from best to worst ...
* Running back: It's mostly a one-man show with Tyler Badie having the most prolific regular-season in team history. Now, if the team had a clear-cut No. 2 maybe Badie doesn't get all those carries and yards, but it's not like he wore down late in games or late in the season. He was at his best in the fourth quarter and in the month of November.
* Specialists: Mevis, Koetting and McKinniss were all solid to great. Same with the long snappers.
* Secondary: Lots of injuries here, but Abrams-Draine, Evans and Carlies were all second-team All-SEC candidates on my ballot. Manuel had his moments, too. Green played well late in the year when pressed into more duty.
* Offensive line: No real stars in this group, though Maeitti was my first-team All-SEC choice. Durable, reliable, very good in the run game. The tackles were solid as first-year full-time starters.
* Quarterback: It was an uneven season for Bazelak. He had a solid start, a shaky middle and a troubling finish. You have to take the injury into consideration, but as a unit, if the staff had great faith in the backup options, they would have played more.
* Linebacker: Rough, rough start for this group, but once they settled on Bailey and Alldredge as the No. 1 pairing, they became much more productive.
* Defensive line: Again, not a good start by an experienced unit. But McGuire was productive all season. Jeffcoat showed up in November. Robinson was effective once he got healthy. As a unit, this group didn't seem to play well until about a month after the coaching change from Jethro Franklin to Al Davis.
* Receiver: Dove didn't score any touchdowns, but he was the best deep threat and showed pretty steady hands. Chism is a fine possession receiver but not incredibly consistent. Lovett and Cooper went through some growing pains. Banister had an injury but was productive as you'd expect.
* Tight end: This group didn't have a dynamic athlete, but Hea and Parker had their moments as productive blockers and occasional receivers.
As for the future, the O-line and D-line will be OK pending any unforeseen departures. Jeffcoat, McGuire, Wingo, Robinson is a fine starting four along the D-line. They need some of the young guys to emerge, whether that's Ford, Walker or Montgomery, they need some depth and youth along the front. Maietti won't be easy to replace, but if both tackles and the current guards return, they'll figure out a center.
Bailey is a nice returning piece at linebacker. Need to identify the other starter.
Manuel, Carlies, Abrams-Draine, Jackson, Rakestraw is a good core in the secondary to build around. Need some more young guys like Carnell to emerge. If Shawn Robinson returns, that would be a big boost.