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Phil Steele's top 15 D-lines for 2013

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http://espn.go.com/b...e-lines-in-2013


Everyone who knows anything about college football knows that one major thing that separates the SEC from all the other conferences is the play -- and talent -- along the defensive lines.

Ask any coach out there to describe the biggest difference and "defensive line" is bound to be one of the first things that slip out of his mouth. It truly is all about the trenches in the SEC, both defensively and offensively. The offensive lines deserve some love for just putting up with their burly counterparts, but the defensive lines really do get all the attention.

So it should come as no surprise that when Phil Steele ranked his top 15 defensive lines in college football that the SEC was represented by five teams -- the most of any conference.

While none ranked first or second -- that was reserved for Notre Dame (No. 1) and USC (No. 2) -- South Carolina topped the SEC lines at No. 3 on Steele's list. Florida ranked sixth, Ole Miss was 12th, Alabama was 13th and LSU was 14th.

That's pretty good when you consider that Florida lost first-rounder Sharrif Floyd and Mr. Solid Omar Hunter in the middle, while LSU pretty much lost its entire starting defensive line from a year ago.

The SEC truly does just reload up front.

South Carolina's ranking isn't surprising because there's more than just Jadeveon Clowney to work with. Sure, Clowney might be the best player in the country, but he has help from Kelcy Quarles and J.T. Surratt inside and Chaz Sutton on the other side of him. Quarles was pretty consistent for the Gamecocks last year, while Sutton grabbed five sacks as a backup. The departure of starters Devin Taylor and Byron Jerideau shouldn't shake this lineup too much.

Getting Ronald Powell back should help the Gators with Lerentee McCray gone on the outside. Powell will play that hybrid linebacker/defensive end "Buck" position, where he'll get help from freshman All-SEC player Dante Fowler Jr. Dominique Easley is moving back to defensive tackle, where he was very disruptive during his first two years on campus. He can still move outside if needed. End Jonathan Bullard is coming off of a solid freshman season, while more is expected out of tackle Damien Jacobs, who came from the junior college ranks last year.

Ole Miss still has depth issues at defensive tackle, but has plenty to work with at end. C.J. Johnson should be healed from the leg injury he suffered this spring, while Cameron Whigham is coming off of a season in which he started 11 games. Rising sophomoreChanning Ward should be fun to watch, and top recruit Robert Nkemdiche is expected to see the field very early. Tackle Issac Gross should be back from his groin injury this fall and he'll get help from juco transfer Lavon Hooks, who had a very good spring.

Alabama might not have the elite players it's had in the past up front, but defensive endsJeoffrey Pagan and Ed Stinson could have big years. Pagan has a lot of potential, while Stinson recorded 30 tackles last season, including 8.5 for loss and three sacks. Stinson is versatile enough to play both inside and out. Then there's Brandon Ivory at noseguard, who has to replace the talented Jesse Williams. Alabama still needs players to step up more as starters and reserves because the line as a whole has a ways to go before the season starts.

You can tell how well Les Miles has recruited along the defensive line when the Tigers can lose so much but still have a line that's considered one of the nation's best. Tackle Anthony Johnson has so much potential and it sounds like he's ready to unleash his talents on the rest of the league. Miles raved about end Jermauria Rasco this spring and doesn't think the Tigers will miss much of a beat with him outside. True freshman Christian LeCouture played his way into the two-deep at defensive tackle this spring, while Miles expects to get more from tackle Ego Ferguson and ends Danielle Hunter and Jordan Allen.

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Lol at Southern Cal being ranked 2 at anything on the football field right now

Edited by RebelFan4Life, 14 June 2013 - 02:18 PM.

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Why is this in recruiting?
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Didn't do his research. Powell is a LB now, only the backup Buck.
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View PostMizzou_Fan, on 14 June 2013 - 04:57 PM, said:

Why is this in recruiting?

Thought I put it in SEC football talk....mods feel free to move

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notre dame and southern cal?  really?  well see how good they really are come the season time.  my guess will be that both will have a showing about as good as notre lames in the championship...nonexistent!

Edited by MrGamecockFan, 22 June 2013 - 09:10 PM.

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Phil Steele posted something that didn't have Florida State at #1? I'm impressed. It has Notre Dame at #1 though, which disappoints me.
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View PostLarge Marge, on 23 June 2013 - 11:31 AM, said:

Phil Steele posted something that didn't have Florida State at #1? I'm impressed. It has Notre Dame at #1 though, which disappoints me.
Well to be fair Notre Dame will be #1 when it comes to sucking cawk.
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To be fair,the recognition has to come preseason cause the facts will take over as the season progresses.The SEC will need to share something,sometime,just to pacify the minions.

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i would like some recognition, but yo, its still baseball season, so ill defer until later.

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Phil Steele has the perfect name if he decides to go into the porn business.

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I think I'll take about 3 SEC D-Lines before ND or USC's, hell maybe more than that.

You don't win like the SEC does without the best lines in the country, year in and year out they're by far the best.

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View PostTider27, on 23 June 2013 - 12:29 PM, said:

I think I'll take about 3 SEC D-Lines before ND or USC's, hell maybe more than that.

You don't win like the SEC does without the best lines in the country, year in and year out they're by far the best.

id take the 1 good sec defensive line before half of what exists in division 1 football!
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View PostMrGamecockFan, on 23 June 2013 - 08:15 PM, said:



id take the 1 good sec defensive line before half of what exists in division 1 football!

Even your homer self doesn't believe there is just one good SEC defensive line. I would take Clowney...that's it.

Edited by Tider27, 23 June 2013 - 09:11 PM.

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