KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Any teams wanting to capitalize on the suspect Southeastern Conference defenses should get their shots in now.
Defenses were hit hard by the NFL draft and have turned to promising freshmen to fill vital roles.
Thirteen of the 20 SEC players selected in the first two rounds of the draft were defensive standouts. Now, nearly all the contenders for the SEC title have at least one defensive starter just out of high school.
They’re learning on the job, and the lessons have been difficult.
Georgia has had five freshman defenders start games this season and the seventh-ranked Bulldogs are allowing a league-worst 32.2 points per game.
Still, several SEC freshmen have had an immediate impact. Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves is tied for the conference lead with three interceptions.
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- American Airlines Paying $200 Million For Stake In China Southern
- Texan Pleads Guilty To Claiming Rigged Wisconsin Jackpot
- Music Teacher Says Jam Sessions Help Kids Graduate
- Mother Shot And Killed Trying To Sell Gaming Console
- Little Elm Residents Still Reeling From Hail Storms
- Sasquatch Genome Project Reveals Bigfoot Photos
- Tricks To Using The New iPhone Software
- Enter The “Show Your Spirit’ Sweepstakes
- Mexican Monster Truck Wreck Kills 8, Hurts Dozens
- Nolan, Daniels Involved In Heated Confrontation
- PHOTOS: Your Pet Pictures