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Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
Jenkins hasn't made Bulldogs' fans forget about Jarvis Jones—the prolific, J.J.-initialed pass-rusher whom he replaced—but he's starting to dim their memory.
He's quickly become the featured player on Georgia's defense which, admittedly, has struggled to keep points off the board, but has done just enough to beat two top-10 opponents this year.
Jenkins leads all (true) SEC linebackers with five tackles for loss and has created at least one negative play in each game this season. That's pretty darn good.
C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Mosley had nine tackles and recorded a safety against Ole Miss on Saturday, helping Alabama shutout the high-scoring Rebs in Tuscaloosa and win by 25 points.
And nobody batted an eyelash.
That's how good Mosley has been during his Alabama career, to the point where production of that magnitude is expected more than it impresses.
At a school that's produced many a great linebacker, he's simply one of the best in program history.
Avery Williamson, Kentucky
Two inside linebackers on the first team? Sure. Why not. It would be a shame to keep either Williamson or Mosley off the list.
Trying his best, once again, to hold Kentucky's defense together, Williamson leads the SEC with 42 tackles in four games.
Some of that is inflated by teams running against Kentucky late in games (ostensibly because they have the lead), but Williamson shows up on enough early game tape to make that contrarian argument look foolish.
Second Team: Ronald Powell, Florida
Second Team: Lamin Barrow, LSU
Second Team: Adrian Hubbard, Alabama