8 Most Feared Defenders in the SEC

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8 Most Feared Defenders in the SEC
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Approaching the final few weeks of college football, some familiar names have fallen off the tongues of many.

Jadeveon Clowney, the pick of many as a dark-horse defensive Heisman underdog for 2013, racked up 23.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks a year ago. This year, he's on pace for around a quarter of those numbers.

New faces have taken the SEC's center spotlight, which is strangely dominated by offense in 2013-14. Still, the SEC touts the nation's top-scoring defense in Alabama and a total of five of the nation's top-25 scoring defenses.

SEC coaches are well aware that playing the best isn't easy. With the year of the SEC quarterback, the league's defensive coordinators covet players that can force turnovers, hold tackles and generate pass pressure.

It's not all about the name; it's about doing your job. This is a list of the SEC's best at doing their jobs on the defensive side of the ball.

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