College Football

SEC teams aim to find defensive stoppers

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) This week's NFL draft showcases some of the Southeastern Conference's top defensive players from a year ago.

It also is a window into the SEC's challenges this year.

Last year's Associated Press All-America team featured six defensive linemen or linebackers from the SEC: Alabama's Quinnen Williams, Kentucky's Josh Allen, LSU's Devin White, Mississippi State teammates Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons and Florida's Jachai Polite. All of them left for the NFL.

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AP Rank
Rank School Rec
1 Clemson (15-0)
2 Alabama (14-1)
3 Ohio State (13-1)
4 Oklahoma (12-2)
5 Notre Dame (12-1)
6 LSU (10-3)
7 Florida (10-3)
7 Georgia (11-3)
9 Texas (10-4)
10 Washington State (11-2)
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Coaches Rank
Rank School Rec
1 Clemson (15-0)
2 Alabama (14-1)
3 Ohio State (13-1)
4 Oklahoma (12-2)
5 Notre Dame (12-1)
6 Florida (10-3)
7 LSU (10-3)
8 Georgia (11-3)
9 Texas (10-4)
10 Washington State (11-2)
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