So far, here’s where the Vols’ units have ranked in the SEC heading into the 2020 season:
- Quarterbacks, No. 4
- Running backs, No. 4
- Wide receivers, No. 10
- Offensive line, No. 2
- Defensive line, No. 2
- Linebackers, No. 8
Today, we’ll look at the defensive backs.
2020 SEC Defensive Back Rankings
A recurring theme for the Vols is that their defense ended up a Top 25 unit in 2019. The DBs were part of that, and although they have to replace Nigel Warrior this fall, he’s the only one. Also, it looks like the Vols better be able to run the ball in the SEC East this year. 🙂
Georgia, again, is at the top, as the Bulldogs return most of their secondary from a stellar defense in 2019. They’re on a level of their own.
The next five — Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and LSU — are all bunched together. LSU may look low, but the Tigers’ defense wasn’t quite as good as some of the others, the pieces they lost are a little more painful (Grant Delpit, Kristian Fulton), and their recruiting for the unit was a bit behind the others. But it’s super close among all five of those teams. Tennessee, A&M, and LSU are all only separated by a total of 16 yards of projected defense.
What do y’all think? Where did we get it right? Where are we wrong?
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