At Georgia, you can run down a list of NFL prospects and “watch list” athletes on Todd Grantham’s defense — Jarvis Jones, Bacarri Rambo, John Jenkins, etc. But the Bulldog defense hasn’t lived up to its full potential yet, even with everyone back from suspension.
At Florida, the situation is a bit different. The Gator D has been better than expected without all the hype and star power. Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn likes it that way, too.
“You’ll hear me say to the guys, ‘I think the best player on our defense is our defense.’ We don’t need one guy to feel like, ‘Man, if he doesn’t do it, we’re not going to make it.
For me to say that we have a number of guys who we feel like can make plays on our defense, that’s good.”
The second-year coordinator also said his unit features “more than one” player with what The Gainesville Sun termed a “bad-boy edge.” Quinn singled out defensive end Dominique Easley as a player who “provides a lot of toughness and effort and finish and that kind of attitude for us.” Linebacker Lerentee McCray and safety Matt Elam were also praised for their “edge.”
The Gators currently ranked #3 in the SEC in scoring defense, #4 in total defense, #4 in rushing defense, and #4 in passing defense.
Not bad for a bunch of no names.