Breakdown of SEC’s most experienced offensive and defensive lines for 2014
The SEC is a line of scrimmage league.
That’s good news and bad news for several conference teams.
While the conference boasts great talent among the skill players, the conference’s foundation is built on elite trench play. Great offensive and defensive linemen make or break championship hopes in virtually every conference in football. Being built from the inside out is what coaches preach in the SEC.
Phil Steele recently published the combined starts of offensive and defensive linemen in the conference. Auburn, which returns 113 career offensive line starts and 68 defensive line starts, has the most combined starts with 181. That’s 31 more starts the second most team, Mississippi State, which has 150.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Alabama and Tennessee return the fewest, two teams in completely opposite situations. The Crimson Tide are expected to compete for a College Football Playoff spot, while Tennessee is in the midst of another rebuilding year. The Vols return just 14 combined starts. That’s been well documented.
Here’s a look at the combined starts of both offensive and defensive linemen for 2014, via Phil Steele:
|Overall Rank||Team||OL Career Starts||OL Rank||DL Career Starts||DL Rank||Combined Starts|