To finish out the All-SEC defense, it’s time to preview the safety position. This is another group where there are a few returning guys who were among the leaders in the league a season ago. SEC teams will be stacked in their secondaries, and the safety position will have plenty of fun players to watch.
Prewitt may have been the best defensive back in the conference during the 2013 season. He led the league in interceptions while also totaling 71 tackles, seven pass break-ups and two forced fumbles. That’s great work from the safety position.
The Rebels are a dark horse going into the 2014 season. If they want to make some waves in the SEC West, Prewitt has to be the force he’s proven he can be. Last season the defense around him was fairly young, but a year of experience should do wonders for the players surrounding the rising senior.
By the end of 2014, Prewitt should be not just one of the best safeties in the SEC, but in the nation. He has the potential to power the Rebels to a big season.
The Volunteers also have a great safety in Randolph. He picked off four passes last season, along with 75 tackles and a forced fumble. Tennessee didn’t have many bright spots last year, but Randolph was certainly one. He will be needed to help right the ship for the once proud Tennessee program.
Butch Jones is looking to take the Vols to the next level during his second season in Knoxville. For his team to have a winning season in 2014, it will be on the shoulders of Randolph to anchor the secondary and be a leader on the defense. If he can step his game up from where it was last season, the Volunteers may find themselves going bowling when the season concludes.
As is the case with most positions in the SEC, safety is stacked with talent for 2014. These two are worthy of preseason accolades and could find themselves taking home hardware when December comes. If they do, their teams could be in for a good season.