The SEC’s top returning tacklers

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In the coming series, SDS will take a look at the SEC’s most productive returners over the next few weeks broken down by position. Next up are the tacklers.

All positions:

I can’t say enough good things about Tennessee’s AJ Johnson. Not only does he eat up ball carriers, but he also ran in a team-high six touchdowns in goal line situations. The notable returner of the top 10 is Alabama’s CJ Mosley. He was considered an upper-round pick of this year’s draft, and he’s one of the country’s best linebackers in coverage.

This is not a ranking, and it’s based on total tackles:

1. AJ Johnson, LB, Tennessee
2012 stats: 138 tackles

2. Avery Williamson, LB, Kentucky
2012 stats: 135 tackles

3. CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama
2012 stats: 107 tackles

4. Lamin Barrow, LB, LSU
2012 stats: 104 tackles

5. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Miss State
2012 stats: 102 tackles

6. Alvin Dupree, DE/LB, Kentucky
2012 stats: 91 tackles

7. Kenny Ladler, S, Vanderbilt
2012 stats: 90 tackles

8. Demetruce McNeal, DB, Auburn
2012 stats: 90 tackles

All stats based on CFBStats.com

Photo Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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