One of the most exciting plays in football, the quarterback sack can often make or break the outcome of a drive.

As it is such an important piece of the puzzle for SEC programs, we are tracking how each team is performing throughout the season.

We will take a look at both how good each team’s defense is at creating sacks, as well as how well each offensive line is at preventing them.

We’ll also take a look at some of the league’s top sack and tackles for loss producers.

Here is how things stack up after Week 4:

SACKS: RANKING EACH SEC DEFENSE’S ABILITY TO GET TO THE OPPOSING QB

The quarterback sack is the stat of the year so far for Texas A&M. The Aggies have 17 sacks through three games thanks to the efforts what could be considered the nation’s top pass rusher in sophomore Myles Garrett.

Florida’s spot at No. 2 on this list is not surprising, as the Gators have a talented and physical defensive front led by Jonathan Bullard.

Missouri ranks in the middle of the pack in terms of sacks, but the Tigers are tops in the league in tackles for loss. Ole Miss is another team that is much higher in the tackles for loss category than it is the sacks rankings.

After getting just one sack through the first three games of the year, Arkansas caught up to the pack a little bit with two against Texas A&M.

TEAMSACKSSACK YARDSTACKLES FOR LOSS
1. Texas A&M1793 38
2. Florida14108 35
3. Mississippi State1294 30
4. Alabama1162 25
T5. LSU960 16
T5. Vanderbilt955 26
T7. Georgia855 25
T7. Missouri849 41
T7. Kentucky849 16
T7. Tennessee846 26
11. South Carolina741 15
12. Auburn642 19
T13. Ole Miss326 29
T13. Arkansas319 22

SACKED: ANALYZING HOW WELL EACH SEC TEAM HAS AVOIDED THE QB SACK

In spite of allowing its first two sacks of the season on Saturday, the Arkansas offensive line still tops the rankings for sack avoidance.

They are closely followed by LSU and Georgia, which are the two teams that feature arguably the best running backs in the country in Leonard Fournette and Nick Chubb, making it tough for opposing defenses to work up a good pass rush.

It also is no surprise that Georgia leads the rankings in fewest tackles for loss allowed, given that Chubb, Sony Michel and Keith Marshall are rarely brought down behind the line of scrimmage.

TEAMSACKS ALLOWEDSACK YARDS ALLOWEDTACKLES FOR LOSS ALLOWED
1. Arkansas213 15
T2. Georgia31912
T2. LSU326 14
4. Vanderbilt426 22
T5. Alabama544 27
T5. South Carolina530 16
T5. Mississippi State538 15
8. Ole Miss641 19
9. Missouri740 30
10. Florida838 18
T11. Auburn961 23
T11. Tennessee974 27
T13. Texas A&M1279 24
T13. Kentucky1283 27

TOP INDIVIDUAL PERFORMERS

It is all Texas A&M atop the list of sacks leaders, with defensive linemen Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall holding the top two spots. Though, it is worth noting that all four of Hall’s sacks came against Arizona State in Week 1.

Gators DL Jonathan Bullard has pulled into a tie for second place with Hall after a strong effort in Week 4.

NAMETEAMPOSITIONSACKS
1. Myles GarrettTexas A&MDL6.5
T2. Daeshon HallTexas A&MDL4.0
T2. Jonathan BullardFloridaDL4.0
4. A.J. JeffersonMississippi StateDL3.5
T5. Nine playersvariousDL/LB3.0

On the tackles for loss side of things, it is Missouri’s Charles Harris that is in the lead, keeping alive what has become a long tradition of defensive end excellence in the SEC for Mizzou.

Tennessee LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin is a new name on this list after a solid performance against Florida in Week 4.

NAMETEAMPOSITIONTACKLES FOR LOSS
1. Charles HarrisMissouriDL9.5
2. Jonathan BullardFloridaDL8.0
T3. Myles GarrettTexas A&MDL7.5
T3. A.J. JeffersonMississippi StateDL7.5
5. Jalen Reeves-MaybinTennesseeLB7.0