Two All-SEC linebackers will return for senior seasons


The 2013 NFL Draft was a mass exodus of draft-eligible SEC players, but 2014 could be different. All-SEC linebackers in Georgia’s Ramik Wilson and Alabama’s Trey DePriest say they will return for their senior seasons.

Players who submitted draft grades to the NFL Advisory Board are about to start getting their grades and projections back.

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Wilson, the first-team All-SEC middle linebacker who racked up an SEC-leading 128 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss, will return to Athens, via Athens

“It will be a dream come true, the chance to get drafted but school is more important, getting my degree.

“My parents said to make the best decision for me and live with it. They will support me no matter what. They understand I need to stay in school and get better on the field.”

Wilson returning for UGA’s defense is huge, and it adds experience and playmaking ability to a very talented and experienced returning group overall.

Alabama’s Trey DePriest, who was a second-team All-SEC linebacker, made it official yesterday in New Orleans while preparing for Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, via

“I’m coming back,” he said.

With CJ Mosley graduating at Alabama, DePriest should be the top candidate to replace his ability and leadership on Nick Saban’s defensive unit. DePriest racked up 58 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles.

Photo Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports



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