Last year in the SEC, there were enough heroes on defense to fill up a team of Marvel Avengers. Terrence Cody, starting nose tackle on the national champions Alabama, was like the Incredible Hulk, demolishing offensive lines and breaking through blockers to reject kicks (two blocked FGs).
Brandon Spikes was Iron Man, an intelligent leader with tons of weapons at his disposal. A versatile performer, Spikes could stop the run (52 tackles in nine games), rush the passer (three sacks), or drop in coverage and make plays (four career pick sixes).
To round off the team, Eric Berry was Spider-Man. A heralded five-star recruit with great power, Berry had the responsibility of holding a Tennessee defense together through a coaching change. Playing a hybrid safety/linebacker role, Berry racked up 83 tackles en route to winning the Thorpe Award and finishing second in career interception yardage. So, what new Avengers will save their teams from danger?