SEC Power Rankings: Eastern division defenses

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Nov 23, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Brendan Douglas (22) is tackled on a run by Kentucky Wildcats safety Ashely Lowery (5) in the first half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats

Defensive Coordinator: D.J. Eliot (2nd year)
2013 ranks – 60th vs. run, 64th vs. pass

The Wildcats lost linebacker Avery Williamson, who was probably the SEC’s most underrated defensive player (nice pick, Titans, by the way), and most of the experience and depth Kentucky had on their line is also now no longer there.

Alvin Dupree is one of the few bright spots for this defense, along with Za’Darius Smith, both of whom are big pass rush threats, and have to be prepared for carefully. But other than that, the Wildcats have a young (although impressive) group of recruits coming in that could be this or that.

They do have a secondary that has a lot of experience, but not any real standouts, as witnessed by their mere three interceptions in 2012. That group could see a boost from sophomore DB Blake McClain, who may have a breakout season. But still, this is a very middling group that may slide back from last year’s middling finish.