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Content: Alabama has been in this spot before, searching for a quarterback as it heads into a season, and usually it has worked out just fine.Coach Nick Sabans Crimson Tide has won four national titles since 2009 and three of those championships came with a first-time starting quarterback running the offense.So when talking about pivotal players in the Southeastern Conference, dont be so quick to mention Alabamas starting QB, whoever that might be. History suggests the Tide will be OK.No one player will ever hold the fortunes of a team and, notwithstanding Alabamas unique situation, the quarterback is going to be really important for every team. No need to name them all. With that said, here are six players who will play a big role in determining how things shake out in the SEC this season.Nick Chubb, RB, GeorgiaChubb was one of the best running backs in the country, right in the conversation with LSUs Leonard Fournette, when he blew out his knee last October. The sophomore was averaging 124.5 yards per game. New Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said he expects Chubb back by preseason camp but hedged on when he will be fully ready to roll and if he will play in the opener against North Carolina.Now Chubbs very capable backup, Sony Michel, is expected to be out six to eight weeks after breaking his arm. And the Bulldogs are unsettled at quarterback and receiver. The difference between a successful first season for Smart and a bumpy transition could come down to how soon Chubb is back to being the player he was before the injury.Gregory Little, OT, MississippiLaremy Tunsil is gone, leaving an NCAA mess and a big hole at left tackle behind in Oxford, Mississippi. In the 305-pound freshman from Texas, coach Hugh Freeze hopes he has another plug-and-play five-star lineman.The Rebels used redshirt freshman Alex Givens and senior Jeremy Liggins, a high school quarterback-turned-tight end and now 300-pound lineman, at tackle during the spring, and could even move center Sean Rawlings back outside. But getting Little established on quarterback Chad Kellys blind side could make a huge difference.Josh Dobbs, QB, TennesseeThe Volunteers are favored to win the East as coach Butch Jones rebuild appears to be nearing a peak. Dobbs has already established himself as dangerous dual-threat (2,291 yards passing, 671 yards rushing, 26 touchdowns accounted for) for a potentially powerful offense.The question is whether he can take the next step from good to great player by improving his accuracy (59.6 completion rate) and ability to stretch the field. It could be the difference between the Vols playing for an SEC championship or a national championship.Daylon Mack, DT, Texas A&MThe Aggies already have maybe the best defensive end in the country in Myles Garrett. Paired with edge pass rusher Daeshon Hall, Texas A&M has one of the best combos in the country outside.Defensive coordinator John Chavis is hoping former five-star recruit Mack, who shed 25 pounds in the offseason to weigh-in at 315, can blossom into a steady run stuffer in the middle of a defense that ranked near the bottom of the league against the rush (5.01 yards per carry against).Carl Lawson, DE, AuburnIts a given that the Tigers need to solve a quarterback problem that was a big part of what ruined last season. Maybe JUCO transfer John Franklin is the next Nick Marshall? But for the second straight year Auburns defense was bad (5.37 yards per play allowed and just 19 sacks), and having a healthy Lawson could help change that.Lawson missed all of 2014 (knee) and much of 2015 (hip), but has the potential to solve Auburns pass rush problem.Antonio Callaway, WR, FloridaThe sophomores status with the team is murky. Callaways attorney says he has been held out due to a university conduct code issue. Coach Jim McElwain again this week said its still unclear when Callaway will be part of the team again.Solely from a football standpoint, the Gators are lacking established playmakers, breaking in a new quarterback and could really use Callaway, who averaged 19.4 yards per catch last season.Extra pointEight more pivotal players: Brandon Harris, QB, LSU; Kody Walker, RB, Arkansas; Alex Ross, RB, Missouri; Matt Elam, DT, Kentucky; AJ Jefferson, DE, Mississippi State; Ralph Webb, RB, Vanderbilt.---Follow Ralph D. 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Crouched behind the 10th green at Sheshan International, McDowell looked over at the powerful American and said, "Ive probably seen 18 of the best drives Ive seen all year in the last two days.Former Hoops striker Andy Walker says Brendan Rodgers appointment as Celtic manager is a huge boost for the club, its fans and for Scottish football. Walker, who played 108 games for Celtic, believes Rodgers appointment on a 12-month rolling contract also signals the club will be willing to spend money to strengthen its playing squad.Its a huge boost for the Celtic supporters and its a huge boost for Scottish football for Celtic to be able to attract a manager of his pedigree, someone who could get one of the top jobs in England, Walker said. Obviously hes going to get a bit of money to spend which will be welcome news to the Celtic supporters. Rodgers will be on a 12-month rolling contract Walker continued: Theyve certainly got a name. This is a guy who I remember covering a few games for Sky a number of seasons ago and the football he played at Swansea was absolutely terrific and of course enabled him to get that job at Liverpool.Former Swansea manager Rodgers led Liverpool to seventh spot in the Premier League in his first season in charge at Anfield and within two points of the title the following year, but left the club in October.Walker added: He could have had a whole host of job offers and for him to have chosen this one to take, I think its a sign of serious intent from Celtic. Rangers manager Mark Warburton has backed Rodgers to do well as the new Celtic boss Walker believes the appointment of Rodgers, with his reputation for playing an exciting brand of football, will on its own lead to a significant increase in the number of season tickets sold at Celtic Park.ddddddddddddhe Sky Sports pundit added: I dont think he would have taken the job without the prospect of spending a bit of money in the transfer market - clearly not anything like he was used to spending at Liverpool, Celtic just cant compete at that level.With the potential of a challenge from Rangers, the excitement that Aberdeen and Hearts have given Scottish football over the last couple of years - its that challenge that Celtic have to meet and I think theyve met it head on. Also See: Celtic appoint Rodgers Rodgers to-do list Lambert: Brendan fit for Celtic Get £10 free bet! 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