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SEC prospects shine in conference opening

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 01 Outback Bowl - Minnesota v Auburn Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Saturday, the SEC kicked off its modified season and to no ones surprise produced a ton of good football. With top prospects all across the conference, it means a lot to stand out and Florida’s Kyle Pitts and Auburn’s Roger McCreary did just that.

Kyle Pitts name was buzzing all offseason as a potential top tight end prospect and his performance against Ole Miss only fueled that fire. The 6’6”, 240 pound Philadelphia native went off for eight catches, 175 yards and FOUR touchdowns. Pitts got it done in every single way too: Picking up huge yards after the catch, winning contested situations and getting separation deep downfield. The fact that he is only one touchdown off from his 2019 total through ONE game should tell you a huge season is in store for Pitts. With his power forward build and athleticism, it’s hard not to get excited about what Pitts could do in the NFL.

About five hours south east of Kyle Pitts’ domination of Ole Miss, Roger McCreary was helping Auburn’s defense stymie Kentucky for four quarters. The Tigers only allowed 13 points while they forced three turnovers. Roger McCreary was responsible for two of them. The junior cornerback forced a fumble and had a crucial goal line interception that completely deflated Kentucky’s chances of winning.

The six foot cornerback has rare speed and is physical despite being a bit lanky. His blend of length, athleticism and toughness in man coverage makes him one of the more talented cornerbacks in the conference. McCreary played in the shadow of eventual first round pick Noah Igbinoghene last year but it is clear he is the top cover guy in Auburn’s secondary now. With a ton of talented prolific passing offenses and talented receivers On the schedule, McCreary will have plenty of opportunity to build his draft resume. After week one, there’s only reason to be excited.